If It Doesn't Have The Seal... It Ain't The Real Deal!
Needless to say, I've become an extremely conscious consumer recently... I guess the Big "C" will do that to you. I'm "that girl" who spends 4 hours reading labels a the grocery store, who knows most of the team members in the Whole Body department at WF's by name. At first, I remember thinking- wow, these "organic" brands weren't as bad as I thought- and they actually work too! It seemed too good to be true, but I wasn't gonna ask questions- I had other things on my plate.
Low and behold... I had been bitch-slapped by organic cheater brands! Umm... so yeah- up until a few months ago, I honestly believed that when a product said "organic" or "natural" on the label- it meant that it truly was. Stupid me. I, along with everyone else I knew who was trying to buy safer cosmetics had been tricked yet again! This is one of the reasons I started this blog.
Get Beauty-Schooled About The Cosmetics Industry...
- There are actually no laws, rules or regulations for cosmetic companies to follow- (how is that possible in this day and age?) Find Proof Here...
- Cosmetic companies are not required by any law to test ingredients for product safety, report adverse reactions, register products, list ALL ingredients in a product on the package or release their formulas to the FDA.
- They are allowed to use ANY ingredient on the planet in their products. Yikes!
- When you pull a product off the shelf, you probably assume it's been tested for product safety- guess what? Most likely it hasn't been. How sad.
- The FDA spends only about 1% of it's budget to monitor the entire beauty industry, which is considered self-regulated by the very same companies that sell us "Hope in a Jar".
- Just because a label says "Natural" or "Organic" doesn't mean anything actually is natural (or organic for that matter) in the product.
- Just because companies sign the "Compact for Safe Cosmetics" campaign agreement on the Skin Deep website, doesn't mean their products are automatically safe- it means that they intend to TRY to make them safer in the future.
- You might be paying premium prices thinking you're getting pure, premium products- when in reality it's just a conventional product with the word "organic" slapped on it.
USDA Organic Standards:
- There are currently standards for organic food and agriculture, where if "organic" is used in the product name- it is truly organic.
- There are no set standards for what constitutes a "natural" or "organic" other than for those that are USDA certified organic.
- Many beauty products so-called "natural' products are often mis-labeled and are made primarily from synthetic ingredients, petrochemical compounds, laced with herbicides, pesticides and other harmful carcinogenic chemicals.
- The USDA regulates organic personal care products ONLY if they are made up of agricultural ingredients.
- Know your Organic Certification seals and understand what they mean...
Info on USDA National Organic Certification Program for Cosmetics, Body and Personal Care Products...
Confused by the Symbol on the Package? Organic Certifications, Standards and Symbols Explained...
Fake "Organic" Cheater Brands Exposed
(Sadly, A Few Of My Faves...):
- Avalon "Organics"
- Desert Essence "Organics"
- Earth's Best "Organic"
- Eminence "Organic" (Except Few w/USDA Seal)
- Giovanni "Organic"
- Freeman Goodstuff "Organics"
- Head "Organics"
- Jason "Pure, Natural & Organic"
- Kiss My Face "Obsessively Organic"
- Nature's Gate "Organics"
- Physicians Formula "Organic" Wear
- Stella McCartney "100% Organic"