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Natural versus Organic

Natural versus Organic

Nat·u·ral:
existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind.

Or·gan·ic:
of, relating to, or derived from living matter.

 

In order to recognize ‘organic’ products, the facility or farming operation must meet strict standards set and approved by the National Organic Program. The National Organic Program regulates the creation, production, handling, labeling and enforcement of all organic-certified products. In short, products labeled ‘organic’ did not earn the title lightly! Anything labeled organic went through a strict regulatory process, and you can feel confident that what you’re buying does not contain any synthetic additives or pesticides.

While many people may be used to seeing the ‘organic’ label on fruit, vegetables and meats on grocery store shelves, the term can also apply to products used in the beauty industry.

 

On the other hand, many soapers use the term ‘natural’ to denote that their soaps or products were made without synthetic dyes, oils or fragrances. The word ‘natural’ is an umbrella term that can be applied to almost anything that comes from nature.

So, what does all this mean? The bottom line is that ‘natural’ is a common term in bath and beauty product marketing, and in most cases the ingredients and the products themselves really are natural, or only from nature. However, since the same stringent regulations do not exists for ‘natural’ products as they do for ‘organic’ products, it’s up to you to be an educated soaper and be aware of what you’re buying – and putting on your own labels.

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