You might not know this but the personal care, beauty, and cosmetics companies were successfully able to lobby the FDA to let them sell whatever, including dangerous products, they wanted without supervision. They wanted to “police themselves” and we know what that means. In other words, they can sell anything they want, make outrageous claims, and do so without doing any tests whatsoever as long as they include a fine print.
That is why you will see highly confusing terms being used on the labels to market these products. For instance, natural, all-natural, or some other version of these terms is often used. Similarly, we are now starting to see terms like “organic” being used.
So is there a difference between natural and organic beauty products?
First of all, since these companies set their own standards they can tell any lies they want. Just because a label says organic it does not mean that it is truly organic. What you have to look for is the USDA organic seal because then it means that at least 95% of the ingredients are organic.
The word “natural” is also totally meaningless. It simply implies that some ingredients came from Nature. By the way, only a handful of products can be manufactured without using any “natural” products.
Is organic better?
Not always. You should not pay more for organic or natural, so says Dr. Linda M. Katz, the director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors to the Times. “Consumers should not necessarily assume that an ‘organic’ or natural’ ingredient or product would possess greater inherent safety than another chemically identical version of the same ingredient…In fact, ‘natural’ ingredients may be harder to preserve against microbial contamination and growth than synthetic raw materials.”