Labels of cosmetics are full of terms “natural”, “organic”, “eco”, and “bio”. Which of this is true, and what is the next trap for marketers?
1. Can I make natural cosmetics at home?
Cosmetics made at home will not be carefully monitored. There are not many chances that such products will turn out to be of high quality, effective and safe.
Real natural cosmetics, presented on store shelves, are made in accordance with special quality standards, which spell out the requirements for production, raw materials, packaging and labeling. This is a complex process. Such products must be checked for safety.
2. What ingredients should not be included in natural cosmetics?
Before you look for “dangerous” or unwanted ingredients in your composition, make sure that you are definitely buying natural cosmetics. Special eco-labeling will help you with this – signs of various voluntary certification systems for natural products, for example, Ecocert, NaTrue, BDIH, ICEA and others. Having found them on the packaging, you can be sure that you have safe natural cosmetics.
Each certification system has its own requirements for the composition of natural / organic cosmetics, but almost all prohibit the use of the following substances:
- formaldehyde and formaldehyde derivatives,
- quaternary ammonium compounds and polyquats,
- organohalogen compounds
- ethoxylated components
- ethylene diamine acetic acid
- synthetic perfumes and dyes,
- parabens and some other preservatives.
3. Is there a fundamental difference between expensive and budget natural cosmetics?
Among inexpensive cosmetics, there are products with excellent consumer properties. And the cost of luxury cosmetics is due to many factors, including the cost of brand advertising.
When choosing cosmetics, first of all pay attention to the correct labeling, shelf life, as well as consumer properties. It is not necessary to buy cosmetics of famous brands. Experiment, choose cosmetics that are right for you.
4. Are there any hypoallergenic products among natural cosmetics?
Of course, the manufacturer of such products must conduct appropriate tests and inform the buyer about this. If the label of natural cosmetics says that it is hypoallergenic, then the manufacturer has tested its product, and hypoallergenicity is confirmed by tests, and there are relevant documents.
At the same time, you need to understand that everything is very individual, any component can cause allergies, especially if essential oils are included.
5. What is glycerin for natural cosmetics used for?
Glycerin is the most common moisturizing component for hair and skin. When introduced into the product in a small amount, it moisturizes and softens the skin. When in a dry climate or indoors, glycerin will draw water from the skin, thereby causing it to dry.
With high humidity, the glycerin product can be felt as a heavy film on the skin or hair. A correctly formulated formula with glycerin implies its concentration from 1 to 8%. The average buyer can understand this if glycerin is in the composition in the middle or at the end of the list. Creams with glycerin are best applied to the skin in the morning or afternoon.
6. What should be the smell of natural cosmetics?
Natural ingredients that make up cosmetics very often have their own natural smell, not always pleasant. Natural cosmetics often contain perfumes that are made from natural essential oils. But there are natural cosmetics and without fragrances.
7. Can there be no water in the composition of natural shampoo and hair mask?
Anhydrous shampoos (dry) and hair masks exist, but for the exact answer you need the full composition of the product. It is often not indicated on the sticker – only the active components. To evaluate the composition, you need to look at the list of ingredients according to the international INCI nomenclature.