We at Beauteastsphere aim to source natural and organic Asian Beauty cosmetics only... but do you know what that means exactly?
The industry is still unregulated and a product formula only needs to be 1% organic to be labelled as such.
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In simple words, natural beauty products are derived from Nature. It means that it contains ingredients that are sourced from nature rather than something that was synthetically created. Natural products don't contain ingredients like parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, phthalates and synthetic dyes.
Organic beauty is grown without use of pesticides, chemicals or fertilizers and must pass rigorous standards of purity.
So which one is better?
Anything organic and natural would be softer for your skin and will lower the risk of skin irritations and/or allergies. However, people with sensitive skin can still react to natural ingredients. So the answer is really subjective here. Although switching to organic products is better for the environment.
So what are the things to look out when buying natural or organic?
Like we said before knowledge is power. Any skincare products should not contain:
Parabens, Synthetic dyes, Phthalates, Triclosan, Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), Formaldehyde. Toluene. Don't take advertising claims at face value and always research the safety of your ingredients.
Are natural and organic products necessarily also vegan and cruelty free?
A vegan product is a free of animal products and therefore is also cruelty free. However, a vegan product can contain synthetic preservatives such as propylparaben and therefore not natural.
A cruelty free product (against animal testing) can contain animal products such as beeswax but could also be composed of synthetic ingredients, so therefore is not necessarily vegan, natural or organic.
Going natural is a growing trend and all these terms are often overlapping each other so it's very important to do your own research and choose an established brand.