Is “Organic” Truly Organic?

Several labels for organic productsToday, everyone understands that organic products are far more useful to the body than ones produced with the use of chemicals. However, manufacturers understand this too, and some of them use this fact to their advantage.

Producing something truly organic; be it cosmetics, food, or supplements; is more expensive than doing the same thing with various chemicals. There are all kinds of fertilizers, growth boosters, and pesticides that make growing various plants much easier, so it’s really no wonder why many business owners resort to using them. The less honest of them “fail” to mention the methods used to produce the items and claim them to be organic in order to charge more money.

If you want to avoid the products of these frauds, you should watch out for the following things when reading the labels:

Is the product officially certified as organic?
The first thing you need to do is find out which governing body issues official certifications for organic products in your area. The product must possess a legal certificate that actually proves its quality. You will need to know what the necessary logos look like in order to understand whether the words written on the label are truthful.

Watch out for “derived” products.
When the label states that its ingredients are “naturally derived,” this doesn’t actually mean that they are 100% organic. It is highly likely that some (usually a lot) synthetic chemicals were involved in the creation of the product. Even if the original ingredients were natural, the rest of the mix may not be.

Do not fall for the “contains organic ingredients” claims.
If the label states that the product “contains” some organic parts, this is exactly what you should expect. This doesn’t mean that the product itself is organic, and this technically isn’t even a lie, so you can’t be angry with the manufacturer.
Although some of the ingredients are organic, the rest of them are most likely obtained from less eco-friendly sources. Note that the special few may even be certified, so you need to pay attention to whether the marks on the label say the “certification” spreads to the whole product or just a few of its components.

How many ingredients are organic?
In order to be considered truly “organic,” no less than 95% of the ingredients that make up the product must meet the official “natural” certification requirements. Anything less is not enough.

Learn to read the bar code.
The bar codes that start with 9 and have 5 digits belong to organic products. The ones that start with 8 and still have 5 digits are reserved for the products that contain GMO. Four digit bar codes are for the items grown with using pesticides.

Organic Products Using Tips

Determining whether the product you think of buying is indeed organic isn’t your only problem when it comes to cosmetics in particular. There are several important issues that one needs to understand and remember in order to truly benefit from using these things. They are:

Expiration date:
Organic products cannot be stored for as long as the synthetic ones, so you need to check the expiration dates before buying them. Otherwise, you will risk purchasing a product that will go bad before you can benefit from it.

Storage conditions:
Be sure to store the items in the correct conditions to prevent the products from spoiling.

Directions of use:
Read the instructions very carefully in order to understand how and when the product must be applied to produce the best results. Some organic cosmetics will only be effective when combined with special products, so you need to read the detailed instructions that are usually offered on the manufacturer’s website.

Always shake bottles that contain organic cosmetic products before use, as they often dissociate while stored due to the nature of their chemical combinations. You also need to remember that some of these products will not behave like their synthetic counterparts. For example, organic shampoos do not lather much. You will need to consider this and prevent yourself from using too much of the product, as this will only damage your hair or skin. 

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