Recently I’ve been thinking about the things I put into my body. I’m not sure if it’s my age, the company I keep or the society I live in, but I’m starting to embrace organic foods. However, the more I learn and become aware of it, the more I wonder if my skin care should be organic too.
It all started with my waxer. During a conversation about body oils, she mentioned that I should buy only organic. In the same salon (but not the same day) I overheard a lady question a nail polish they use because “in Europe, it comes with a health warning.” That warning is ‘this product contains a chemical that may cause birth defects.’ More recently, a nutritionist told me she only uses organic products as we absorb everything that goes on our skin. It is a sponge, and not a barrier after all. Something I constantly forget.
So What’s The Deal With Organic?
For something to be organic, it has to clear of any growth hormones, pesticides, and fertilisers. This industry is heavily regulated, and farms are subject to frequent testing. But that’s the food. Skin care is somewhat different. To carry the organic symbol of approval that product must be 100% organic. But many brands will sell themselves as being natural or organic and still contain a number of harmful ingredients.
Sophie Allouche founded her brand Kosme Paris because of this reason. “Many products which claimed to be natural or organic had a very small concentration of the natural ingredients they boasted which did not produce the desired effects that they promised.” How many times have you used a cream only to find it has no effect whatsoever?
In her own products, Sophie uses ingredients such as Prickly Pear seed oil, Babassu Nut butter, and Argan oil, as vegetable oils “provide long lasting benefits to the skin.” The percentage breakdown of each product is clearly labeled with the organic ingredients asterisked; For example, the coconut butter is 100% natural and 95% organic.
But How Far To Take It
I discovered Kosme Paris not so long after the previously mentioned conversation, which is why I featured them, and why I wrote this post. I guess I’m trying to digest my feelings about the topic.
But how far does all this go?
Everything around us contains something harmful – shopping trolleys, cars, our watches, our Starbucks cups, perfumes. So will switching to organic skin care really make a difference? Will organic carrots counteract all the chemicals around me?
I mean, I know for a fact I’m not going to buy organic makeup. There are too many amazing products on the market. and I’m not going to stop drinking out of a bottle. But for some reason, I like using natural skin care. For one, it actually does work. I use the rose face spray while I’m flying and my skin lands hydrated and fresh. And two, it suits my skin type. After removing my makeup and cleansing, my face doesn’t feel like it’s been stripped of all its goodness (you know, that tight, oh my Thor I need to tone and moisturise right now feeling). It just feels clean.
I don’t know. Maybe it’s a coincidence that I found a skin care regime that works, and it happens to be organic. Maybe I’m reading way too much into the things I hear.
What are your thoughts? Are you pro-organic or nah, not really that bothered?