If you're anything like me, you're a sucker for skin care products that are labeled "natural", "organic", made with things like "green tea" and "chamomile". Unfortunately, those products aren't necessarily better for our skin despite their high price tags.
The New York Times came out with a story today by Natasha Singer, titled Natural, Organic Beauty, that takes a close look at the cosmetics industry in the U.S. Turns out, there are no FDA regulations when comes to labeling your product organic or natural. Companies can choose to do it whether their entire product is actually organic, or whether it has one organic element in it.
Even if the product IS fully organic, there are no studies that prove that ingredients from plants, and so forth, are better for your skin.
Some brands, like Origins and Nature's Gate, have received certification from the National Organic Program, a division of the Department of Agriculture, because they are, indeed, 95% organic. Otherwise, there's no real way of telling whether something is natural unless you read the back for the ingredients.
According to the article, Americans have spent $150 billion on "organic" products in the last 12 months. That's $51 million more than we spent during the previous 12 months. I say we better start doing some research before we waist all of our money on products that, really, are no better than the cheap, synthetic stuff in the less attractive bottles.
Published On: November 01, 2007