Decoding Cosmetic Ingredients Lists – What’s Beneath The Lid?

Many brands make natural and organic claims nowadays, but what constitutes a natural or organic beauty product?

Here are some ‘home truths’ about natural and organic cosmetics:

* There is no formal definition of ‘natural cosmetics’;
* There is no legal protection for the terms ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ in the cosmetic world;
* Cosmetic ingredients often need chemical modification: even many of the oils and waxes, which are usually ‘straight out of the plant’, may sometimes be modified;
* There are virtually no regulations globally – save a bit of regulation in California concerning what can be marketed as ‘organic’, but essentially the industry relies on self-regulation. Read more

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