Avantages and conditions.
• Organic cosmetics are a genuine guarantee of quality. In order for a product to be labelled “Organic”, it must comply with numerous criteria and, in particular, it must not contain any man-made synthetic ingredients. As such, parabens, phenoxyethanols, silicones and even mineral oils (derived from the petrochemical industry) are all clearly prohibited substances. Additional requirements concerning formulas must also be taken into account; these may vary according to brand, but they all aim to select and promote the use of natural, organic ingredients which are most bene cial for the user.
From 2000 onwards, various studies began to question the legitimacy of some aspects of the cosmetics industry. Certain materials were immediately revealed to be toxic. Other factors were also highlighted such as, for example, the excessive use of pesticides. These were persistently present in raw materials, and their resistance throughout the production process explained various cases of over-sensitivity and adverse reactions.
Thanks to these studies and with a closer look at the mechanisms at play, a real awareness of the issues grew within the cosmetics industry. This growing interest in the science associated with ecology gave rise to the establishment of labels which are today increasingly known and recognised. A small amount of confusion still remains, but this is to be expected since the world of “Organics” has only existed for twenty years or so. The rst real large-scale results are still considered to be marginal.
• The ingredients of a product alone are not enough: a label will be awarded if and only if a host of additional conditions are ful lled. Rules are in place from the moment production begins until the time of the final sale.
In addition to the essential and rigorous inspections that give the labels their credibility, other obligations exist, such as: sorting waste for recycling, cleaning facilities with organic and eco-friendly products and not performing tests on animals etc.
Labels cannot be obtained without adhering to these conditions. The manufacture of “organic” products should in no way harm the local or global environment.
"PRODUCING THE BEST POSSIBLE RESULTS MEANS WORKING WITH THE CLOCK, NOT AGAINST IT."
Underlying the true quality of organic products is the fact that, unlike products produced by the traditional cosmetics industry, they must contain ingredients that have been Organically Farmed. As such, an organic oil used in cosmetics will come from a plant grown according to precise speci cations and upon which the quality of the end-product will depend.
For example, a plant which is “organic” must be grown without taking cuttings. That way, each individual plant can give “all of its energy” to the entirety of its fruit. The oil extracted will be even richer because it is certain to contain speci c properties due to its improved make-up.
This oil will be guaranteed pollutant-free. The use of synthetic pesticides is forbidden; these are replaced by other active and signi cantly more natural methods of ghting against certain parasites (such as the carefully thought-out introduction of aphid-eating ladybirds for example). Excessively used toxic chemical fertilizers are no longer employed, so plants do not rely on synthetic chemicals to grow. The farmer gives them what they need for improved growth and development by respecting natural biological rhythms and by applying sound growing methods. Plant nutrition and resistance are stimulated by using naturally compatible means and knowledge of the environment.
The same goes for wines made up of a thousand and one grape varieties; nobody today would contest the importance of “native soil”, which is individual to each plot and which any winegrower worth their salt strives to perfect with the greatest of respect...
PRODUCING THE BEST POSSIBLE RESULTS MEANS WORKING WITH THE CLOCK, NOT AGAINST IT.
• Organic cosmetics speci cations lay down procedures for mechanical and/or thermal production. The material is not altered and the original properties are preserved throughout the production chain.
Producing oleaginous plants in the right conditions is something to be proud of, but if the natural element of the product is eliminated by using chemical procedures when the oil is extracted, it is a wasted e ort.
• The organic cosmetics industry is often criticised for having high operating costs etc. This may be true, but like should be compared with like.
As explained above, organic farming prohibits cuttings from being taken as well as the use of fertilizers and synthetic phytosanitary treatments; its crop-growing methods are anything but intensive but can involve very restrictive production and extraction procedures etc. The yields are understandably signi cantly lower and take longer to obtain. Added to this, all suppliers have their own periodic audits and certi cations to acquire and maintain!
This all adds a not insignificant amount onto the costs and it follows that this is passed on to the end-product.
Fortunately, there is such a qualitative di erence between the end-products of organic farming and intensive production that it is scarcely justi ed to compare, in terms of quality, the raw materials on which each is based.
IT IS THEREFORE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER THE FAIR AND RIGHTFUL PRICE OF ORGANIC RAW MATERIALS AND THEIR STRICT USAGE.
• And last but by no means least, in order to obtain an Organic label, the raw materials used must not have been tested on animals; it naturally follows that the end-product must not undergo animal testing either. Accordingly, the manufacturer:
• must not commission other companies or laboratories to carry out these tests.
• must not incorporate substances which have tested on animals within at least the last 5 years into their products.
THERE IS A CONFLICT BETWEEN FASHION COSMETICS WHERE SYNTHESIS ENABLES WIDER VARIETY IN TERMS OF TEXTURE, FRAGANCE AND COLOUR, AND ETHICAL ORGANIC COSMETICS, WHICH ARE MORE EFFECTIVE AND RESPECT STANDARDS.
This means that organic cosmetics may have less “sensuous” textures, less subtle perfumes perhaps or take longer to penetrate etc., but the e ects will be considerably better over the long term. In addition, they are developed with a view to respecting the environment throughout production and animals are not the target of e ectiveness and non-toxicity tests on the raw materials.
A quality guarantee exists for every ingredient included in an organic cosmetics product. Indeed, each ingredient actively contributes to the overall value of the formula. All that remains is to put them together in a winning combination...