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Organic Labeling Confusion

Beauty and other personal care products that are labeled "All Natural" or "Organic" can be very confusing and misleading to the consumer. There are loopholes in the Federal law which many companies are taking advantage of and labeling themselves.


A product whose label states that it is "made with organic ingredients", more than likely contains only a few ingredients that are grown organically and it can still be mixed with other chemical ingredients or contain other ingredients that are chemically processed. And products labeled as "all natural" may contain just a few natural ingredients (i.e. aloe vera, lavender, etc...) but those ingredients are still grown with pesticides and processed chemically and typically the product contains additional chemical ingredients.

The difference between "100% Organic ingredients" or "Certified Organic" vs. "Made with Organic ingredients" or "All Natural" is the way the ingredients are grown, processed and manufactured. "Certified Organic ingredients" are grown on pure uncontaminated soil without the use of pesticides. It is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers. The ingredients are processed organically after farming and the final ingredients are manufactured into a final product that does not contain any other chemicals. These organic ingredients are certified by a third party organic certification agency.

"All Natural" ingredients are grown on contaminated soil and are sprayed with pesticides. Many also contain herbicides and genetically modified organisms. The contaminations in the soil and the pesticides absorb into the food or plant and can't be removed. Even if an "All Natural" product did not have any additional chemicals added to it, you would not know by looking at the ingredient panel that it still had the pesticides from where it was grown and could still cause damage and irritation to the skin. So labeling a product "natural" really means nothing. And natural products are not certified by third parties.

The bottom line is, if you are looking for superior purity, quality and effectiveness, you want to be sure that you are purchasing products that are "Certified Organic" or that are "100% Organic".