organic madness…is it worth it?

21 Sep

as promised, here’s part II of our last entry! we covered the topic of parabens. now onto the broader question: is it worth it to go organic?

before going on, readers beware: this entry is a bit longer than previous ones, but (IOHO) probably merits the length given the controversy and confusion around this topic.                                                                                                                                   

well, let’s begin with first defining what “organic” means in the beauty industry.

this is actually very tricky to do for beauty products versus for food. for beauty, there really isn’t an official industry standard. the FDA, one of the main regulating bodies for cosmetics, doesn’t have a definition for the term “organic.” the USDA has strict guidelines in defining foods that can be labeled “organic” and if a beauty company would like, it can abide by those guidelines and receive the NOP (National Organic Program) USDA “organic” label. however, it can also label its products as “organic” even though it’s not USDA certified, which makes it confusing for consumers. to add to the confusion, there are other standards (e.g. the OASIS seal) that provide some sort of “organic” certification. 

in short, there unfortunately isn’t an industry standard, so the “organic” label could mean a pretty wide range of things for beauty products.

now with all of that said, the bigger question still remains…are organic beauty products better for you?

so the answer depends on what you’re looking for. if you’re looking to guarantee that most of the ingredients in your beauty products are from agricultural materials that have not been exposed to toxins or persistent pesticides, then yes, going organic (whatever it might mean) will be the way to go. btw, even if you go “organic”, the products will be mostly organic and never 100% organic.

however, one important thing to note is that plants/things found in nature that are used in beauty products could be harmful and have serious allergens. so just because a product is “organic”, even if the strictest guidelines apply to this term, it doesn’t mean that the product is necessarily compatible with your skin.

beyond this though, there are many studies that demonstrate “organic” beauty products being less effective as skincare products than non-organic products.

what’s the peach & lily stance?

much like your comfort level with parabens, we think this is also all about what you’re comfortable with.

that said, you should a) remember that there is no real standard yet in the beauty industry for what is labeled as “organic”, b) note that a product being labeled as “organic” does not mean it’s safe or safer than non-organic products, and it may actually be incompatible with your skin type depending how the product is formulated and c) there may be a real tradeoff that needs to be considered between going “organic” and the efficacy of “organic” products.

for us, we lean more towards prioritizing products that work well, feel good on your skin (will be different for each person), and hey, if it’s “organic”, then that’s an added bonus…but we probably wouldn’t start the hunt for that perfect skincare regimen with the first criteria being an “organic” product.

that was a mouthful – thanks for reading!

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