The same rules can be applied for cosmetic products as they can be applied for cooking – required elements for success are natural, healthy, fresh and simple ingredients.
Have you been aware of the fact that by applying cosmetic products up to 130 different chemicals are brought into the body daily? Most cosmetic products that women use also have substances that can be seriously harmful, such as various petroleum products, phthalates, parabens, propylene glycol, synthetic colors and similar.
Our skin absorbs up to 60 percent of what we apply to it, and some of these chemicals can be harmful to our health because they disrupt the hormonal balance, prevent the elimination of toxins, and are toxic and even carcinogenic.
That is the reason why natural cosmetics is becoming a global trend, and especially the organic one, which the main ingredients are vegetable oils, essential oils, and waxes, plant extracts, hydrolats, and minerals. The minerals and plants used to make such products are grown without chemicals and are minimally processed to preserve their features.
In order for cosmetics to be called organic, the plants used for it must be grown without pesticides and artificial fertilizers, on land that has not been treated with any chemistry for several years. Also, this cosmetic must not contain genetically modified plants, and its production does not use nanotechnology, radiation sterilization and other methods potentially risky to human health.
It is also very important for natural cosmetics that it serves not only for the beauty but also for skin health, and manufacturers have a holistic approach that does not view skin separately but as part of our whole being: spirit, soul, and body.
Due to all this, when it comes to our health and the well-being of the planet, natural and organic cosmetics are a better choice.
The most common question asked about organic cosmetics is how effective it is.
Those who want quick effects usually do not reach for it, but for those who are thinking long term, such products are the right choice. More commercially conventional cosmetics have a more aggressive and therefore more efficient effect, as they use modern technological mechanisms to deliver the active substances into the skin. This is especially related to so-called anti-age cosmetics that use active molecules of retinol, but also sun protection, where nanoparticles are used.
The benefits of organic cosmetics are numerous. In the first place, it is healthier. When used, there is no saturation that is very common if you use conventional products, which artificial ingredients remain on the surface of the skin.
In the production of organic cosmetics artificial fragrances aren’t used, only essential oils, while behind the labels of “scent”, “perfume”, “fragrance” there are as many as 12,500 hidden chemicals used to make our creams, soaps, and baths more attractive. The ingredients of organic products are clean, fresh and simple, so the chances of irritation or drying the skin are much less.
It is also very important that organic cosmetics do not harm the environment and almost always come to us in biodegradable or environmentally less harmful packaging.
To recognize the right organic cosmetics and differentiate them from the one that because of marketing only carries the labels “bio”, “natural”, “eco” “healthy” you need to search for the certificates. There are several different criteria as to what percentage of natural or organic substances must be found in a product to be called natural (or organic).
So far, there is no unique certificate in the world, and several European certificates are used in our country: the most widespread are NaTrue and EcoCert, followed by CosmeBio, created as a project of the association of about 200 laboratories, and the German BDIH.
Organic products also have the labels: “Vegan”, if they do not contain meat, eggs, dairy products, “Cruelty-Free” which guarantees that any ingredient included in the structure of the product is not tested on animals, “Demeter” that represents a biodynamic production of plants.
The rule that applies worldwide is that the label “organic” means that at least 95 percent of the natural ingredients in the product are from organic production.
The biggest problem with the certification of cosmetics is water, which is almost impossible to prove its organic origin, so in fact 100% organic product is only oil.
Many smaller manufacturers of natural and organic cosmetics are unable to certify their products, as this requires large financial investments. This does not mean that their products are not natural or organic. Whether you choose them depends on the information you can get about them and the confidence they (do) not give you.
In our cosmetic market, there are certified cosmetics of several mostly foreign brands, and especially with the quality and design the local brand Koozmetik stands out. Their approach to production is completely holistic, on each package the ingredients and the percentage of natural origin are detailed, and cosmetics are deprived of everything excessive and that could be harmful. And their new shop in Višnjićeva 2, is a zone of special experience, where you can try out the products and learn more about their feature and how they are made.
Search for them and try them out, you will not be disappointed.