Why organic cosmetics, skincare and personal hygiene

Your skin is the largest organ in your body and actively absorbs what is applied to it. So while you might focus on what you put in your body, it’s just as important to focus on what you put on it.

But what’s the problem with conventional cosmetics, skincare and personal hygiene? Unfortunately, many use harmful synthetic chemicals that may serve an industrial, production or marketing related purpose (such as ensuring a long shelf life or achieving an attractive colour) but can be harmful to your health over time.

Researchers have identified more than 10,500 industrial chemicals used as cosmetic ingredients, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxicants, endocrine disruptors, plasticisers, degreasers and surfactants. Those synthetic chemicals can have a negative effect on skin (contact dermatitis), or can be persistent and bio accumulative and when absorbed through the skin, ultimately lead to various health problems.

Moreover, chemicals in cosmetics and skincare that we rinse off can contaminate our water and aquatic ecosystems
Conventional cosmetics and skincare products are made to last for a long time as well as withstand various environmental and storage conditions through the use of strong chemicals. While the quantity of any particular chemical linked to health and environmental hazards is in most cases very small, those small doses add up daily and exposure to derived health risk increases.

However, you don’t have to expose yourself to these toxins. There are certified organic beauty and personal care products available that provide all the benefits of traditional products without the nasty additives. You can find certified organic serums, moisturisers, hand wash, tanning enhancers, even tampons and maternity and nursing pads – just to name a few!

Week 3 is proudly brought to you by Zk’in Organics, Divine by Therese Kerr, Carol’s Beauty, TOM Organic and The Beauty Chef who all provide great information around the importance of ‘why organic’ and develop products to help you make a real difference to your beauty and personal care routine.

Should I just look for the word organic?

Unfortunately, that’s not enough. Due to lax marketing regulations, companies can use the word organic very loosely. For instance, if a product has carbon containing compounds, it can be classed as organic, despite containing harmful synthetic ingredients.

ACOAustralian Certified Organic requires products to use 95% certified organic ingredients with the remaining 5% to be sourced naturally. We use some of the strictest certifying criteria in the world and products we certify require no extra certification when being sold into the EU, US and Asia. So by looking for the Bud logo, you can be assured that the cosmetic product you’re buying is genuinely organic and good for you.

Plus, Australian Certified Organic products are not tested on animals and certified organic ingredients have been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.

Synthetic fertilisers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used. So, choosing certified organic products means not only caring about your body and health, but also caring about animal welfare and the environment.

What about the COSMOS logo?

When it comes to certified organic cosmetic and skincare products you will also come across this logo…

Cosmos Organic
The COSMOS logo is another certification logo you can trust when buying certified organic.

The COSMOS standard took 5 years to be developed and came about to bring harmony to organic cosmetic certification. It’s now the only world wide and united standard that consumers can place their confidence in.

COSMOS certification goes the extra step when it comes to the environment. Products certified under the COSMOS standard must have an environmental management plan that shows there are energy savings initiatives in place. At each annual audit, they must be accounted for.
Suppliers must also have green chemistry principles when it comes to the creation of raw materials. This involves low energy use in the creation process, such as using energy efficient techniques for extraction of raw ingredients.

Packaging must also be certified and approved – no metalisation, no acrylic, no PVC and all packs must be BPA free. You can read the COSMOS standard here.

We have a lot happening this week in celebration of all things certified organic beauty and personal care. Stay tuned for some great introductions into some amazing certified organic brands, launch of a new episode on healthyMEtv, health and wellness tips from our ambassadors, recipes for organic face masks and body scrubs, plus heaps more surprise activities along the way!

This week challenge yourself to choose something you don’t usually buy organically. Tell us why you love it and you will have the chance to WIN $1,000. Plus there are additional prizes up for grabs.