I have dedicated my life to health, wellness, and living a wholehearted lifestyle. I spend each day elevating the quality of the life around me, starting with my Mind, Body, and Soul. I eat clean, meditate and work out regularly. Yes, there can be the occasional day when I’m sick, but even then, I try to do something to benefit my mind, body, and soul. Alternating between yoga, weight training, hiking, and running. I keep moving, but breathe and live first. Naturally, I prefer a line of skincare to support my fitness lifestyle. The things I choose are easy to throw in a gym bag and look great not only in my bathroom but the guest bathroom as well. It’s all aesthetically pleasing, to the eyes and nose. Some of it purchased and others homemade. Very similar to health food, natural beauty products aren’t new but have become immensely fashionable, and yet some still retain that hippie image. But is it right for you, can you sustain an organic lifestyle?
Going natural is a growing trend, with almost 50 percent of consumers buying natural/organic beauty products and a further 8 percent wanting to, according to Yes To beauty brand. The trend is big and growing, more and more consumers are turning to it, as I started eating more natural foods I became more interested in what I was putting on, as well as in, my body, too. I started researching the ingredients in what I was using and looking at alternatives, then started making my own lotions, moisturizers, and hair conditioners, which I love! Buying new beauty products required a high level of commitment, trust, money, and always looking for that next new miracle fix. If traditional over the counter brands aren’t cutting it for you anymore, and it is becoming too expensive, it may be time to switch to an organic skincare routine.
But is it right for you, can you sustain an organic lifestyle?
1. There Are Varying Levels of Organic-Read and educate yourself
The word organic can have different meanings for many people and appear in different ways on products. If you are going for a truly organic product, the USDA Organic seal is the only thing to buy as it will be honestly organic. In order to display the trusted organic label, products must contain at least 95 percent organic ingredients. According to this Organic Certified Label Guide, the remaining 5 percent or less must not be available in an organic form and will be approved by the National Organic Program. Products that say “Made with Organic Ingredients” must have at least 70 percent organic ingredients, but they will not have the USDA seal. Some companies may use a combination of natural and synthetic ingredients, but if they contain less than 70 percent they can only include organic ingredients in the list of ingredients, not as a label.
So, you can see, your journey will require label reading and at times compromising, depending on what you are looking for. Much like food preparation, what can you purchase ahead and what do you want to spend time making.
2. The Price of Organic Skin Care Can Be Higher-But there are ways to overcome
The USDA Organic seal may come with an increase in the price tag, but the price can be associated with a higher quality product that is, therefore, healthier than the cheaper alternatives. The application and fees for obtaining a USDA Organic seal can cost up to $1500 and beauty brands have to register each additional product they want to display the seal with additional cost. Labeling may not be a financial issue for larger brand companies, but small made-to-order beauty brands often have to price even higher to account for the fact that organic skin products have a shorter shelf-life. However, once you learn where to purchase quality organic ingredients you find a cost-effective to make some of your own skin care products. I discuss this in a previous post ‘Natural/Organic Skin Care on a Budget-Can you Do It’ and give ideas of organic ingredients, at low cost, to have on hand in order to make many effective and amazing skin care products, from moisturizers to hair conditioners.
There are so many amazing beauty brands that simply don’t have the manpower or other resources to mass-produce their products or they simply value the quality control of small batches and thus carry a heftier price tag that’s totally worth it. You must believe in quality over price. But again, there are many ways to save even when purchasing from smaller retailers or brand name manufacturers, see my ‘Natural/Organic Skin Care on a Budget-Can you Do It’ post for discount ideas.
4. Support Organic Farmers While You Nourish Your Skin-Doing good never felt so good
Research covering organic farming and conventional farming for a 30-year period stated that conventional farming systems emit 40 percent more greenhouse gas emissions than organic farming. Purchasing organic skin care, therefore, not only limits your carbon footprint, but climate change also leads to food shortages. Supporting organic farmers will support food security for future generations because organic fields have an innate capacity to capture, store, and use water, and then there is the best reason to support organic farming, being kind to the earth that so generously produces our natural beauty products.
5. The Results of Ingredients in Organic Cosmetics Can Vary Just Like Any Other Product
It is very important that you remember: Just because something says organic doesn’t mean it’s always or completely safe for everyone. If you have specific allergies (especially nuts) or reaction to certain plants or oils, such as almond oil or coconut oil, you definitely want to make sure you check the ingredient list. Many essential oils contain anti-cancer properties, making them much safer than “fragrance”, but unfortunately, not all essential oils are safe for babies’ sensitive skin or the delicate thin skin of the elderly. Consider purchasing unscented organic products if you have sensitive skin and always read your labels.
The good news is that there is a standard for natural beauty products, even for those that are not USDA approved organic: The Natural Products Association has developed a set of guidelines to determine if a product can be considered and labeled as “natural”.
6. Time Needed to Make Your Own Products
In my money saving post, I talk a lot about making your own products. This can definitely be a cost-saving tip, but what about time-saving? This is something else you need to think about; do you have the time to purchase and then mix your own products. Just like going grocery shopping, once you find a place to purchase your ingredients that are not only cheaper but has the quality you want, it becomes easier. Only you know how often you use a product and can, therefore, make batches accordingly. This is similar to food prepping; maybe you can make Sundays your day to food prep and make some nourishing OH so Heavenly Body Butter.
Is It For You? Does It Fit Your Lifestyle?
As you can see there are many things to consider when wanting to go organic or natural with your skin care. It is a question only you can answer. Do the benefits to not only your skin but internally outweigh some extra expense? Does your overall feeling of satisfaction justify splurging on those organic ingredients? For most, the answer is YES!!! I have never looked back or regretted giving up my over the counter products, and I don’t think most that have adapted this same lifestyle have either. If you chose to go the route of organic/natural, then visit my site often for new information, deals, ideas, tips, and more.
What made you go organic/natural? I would love to hear your story, or what is preventing you from going organic/natural? Drop me a line or two and tell me all about it.