How to choose quality organic beauty and wellness products
And more importantly, why you should!
In the past couple of years, wellness and mindfulness have become huge trends, inspiring many of us to lead more natural and healthy lifestyles. And the hype hasn't just been limited to what we eat or the way we work out either ... No, it's everything that we put on and in our bodies, including our skincare.
We know this is a healthy trend and accordingly, many of us want to get on board. But, where to start ...
If you’re in the research phase of shopping for organic skincare products there are a few key things to look for - because, while it might seem unbelievable, there are a swag of products out there that claim to be natural, or clean, and are in fact anything but.
Bottom line - you want to avoid the faux natural products and instead, snap up the legitimate ones. And this is how you can make that happen, according to health coach (and very fit and fabulous woman) Kirsten Scott. So, health nuts - here we go.
Over to you Kirsten.
Kirsten Scott - all natural and terribly beautiful! Image: Instagram/@Kirstenscotthealth
1 First ask this ... Is the product I am looking at truly organic?
There may be some brands that claim they're organic, however, don't have the Australian Certified Organic Certification, says Kirsten.
This is a third-party guarantee, which means the ACO will verify ingredients and test them to ensure organic status, explains Kirsten.
"Many skincare products will be derived from plant materials so this will test whether any pesticides or fertilisers were used during the growing of the materials that are used as skin care ingredients," she says.
"However, the ACO state that products must be 70 to 95 per cent organic, so read the label to make sure your product is labelled 100 per cent organic."
If a product doesn’t have certification, which may be the case for smaller companies who cannot afford certification, make sure you read the ingredients to know if all materials are organic or just a percentage. It can make a difference.
Open your heart to nature - and natural products. Image: Instagram/@Kirstenscotthealth
2 Read the labels so you can see what else is in it?
Just because something is organic doesn’t mean it won’t have other nasties in it such as preservatives, chemicals or fragrances, says Kirsten. Establish that by reading the label, she says.
"Good quality organic products should include naturally occurring nutrients that behave similarly to synthetic ingredients," she explains.
"For example, coconut oil is a great stabiliser, which we all know as a pantry staple melts in summer and hardens in winter, it is also a great preservative due to its antimicrobial action."
3 Remember, organic is not the same as natural
Labelling a product natural can be described as greenwashing, says Kirsten.
"It sounds good, but do we really know what we’re buying into?," she says.
"Just because a product is labelled natural doesn’t mean it’s organic. Unfortunately, the word natural is not regulated, so anyone can use it on their packaging and not have a governing body certify that it is. Natural essentially means it could have been derived from a mineral, animal by-product; plant, gas etc, but a product could still contain synthetic materials."
So be aware. And you'll be fine. And you'll be organic too!
Kirsten - the epitome of health. You can be too, if you follow her tips. Image: Instagram/@Kirstenscotthealth
Just because a product is organic doesn’t mean your skin will enjoy it, says Kirsten.
"Like anything we eat, we may not agree with everything we digest, so testing” a product may be the way to go," she says.
"Often beauty stores will have samples of products to try before buy, that way you may avoid the possibility of paying hard-earned cash on a 100 per cent organic product only to find that your skin is fussy and doesn’t react well to it. Best way to test what you buy is to place a small amount into the crook of your elbow (where the skin is thinnest) and leave it for 24hrs. If all clear – then it is good to use!"
One product that is genuinely organic is Rosehip Plus. We particularly like the brand's oil which, frankly, is ace. Try RosehipPLUS® Rosehip Oil (30ml), $19.95.
If you would like to do a little more research on natural skincare visit nourishedlife.com.au
Kirsten is a Bondi-based Holistic Health Coach, Certified Yoga and Meditation Instructor with a passion for all things wellness. When she isn't caught up working with clients you can find Kirsten on her yoga mat, swimming down at Bondi Beach, sipping on green smoothies and laughing way too hard at her own jokes.