Why should you choose
personal care products?
is the largest organ of the body and absorbs a lot of what it encounters every day
Studies have shown that chemical absorption through the skin can occur without being noticed.
Some products even contain "penetration enhancers" like propylene glycol that actually increase the amount of a product that enters the body through the skin.
using beauty products
certified to an organic standard reduces your skin's exposure to potentially harmful chemicals
an organic standard
using beauty care products not certified to an organic standard can expose you to unknown chemicals
U.S. companies are not required to list the chemicals used to create products ingredients, and may use almost any raw material as a cosmetic ingredient without approval from the FDA.
Many controversial ingredients "hide" in products because their listing is not required. For example over 500 chemicals, many of them considered hazardous, can be used to create a single ingredient listed as "fragrance" on a label.
other hidden contaminants
Phthalates have been banned from cosmetics in the European Union, but still remain prevalent in U.S. products. Testing conducted by the Environmental Working Group found phthalates in nearly 75% of 72 name-brand products, though none of these products listed phthalates as ingredients.
Genetically Modified Organisms
Currently, GMO-labeling is a requirement in Europe, but not in the U.S. This means that companies can use Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in creating products without disclosing this on the label. Choosing certified organic products means no GMOs were used to create the product.
Many non-organic certified soaps are made with ethoxylated sudsing agents that contain 1.4 dioxane, a by-product of the production process. 1.4 dioxane has been shown to cause cancer in lab animals and at least two government agencies have warned that it is a likely carcinogen to humans, but you won't find it listed on any labels.
ensure your products
are organic by looking for certifications
Look for products with third party organic certifications. This will ensure that the product meets a published ingredient standard and has been independently certified.
The NSF/ANSI 305 Certification seal represents the only American national standard specifically designed for personal care products containing organic ingredients. This seal ensures the product contains at least 70% organic content, and that all non-organic ingredients have been produced using acceptable ingredients and processes.