Trust & Quality
When you purchase a beauty product that you’re going to be applying to your skin, hair, nails, whatever it be, there’s a level of trust you’re investing into that product. You trust what it says it’s going to help you with, and you trust that you’ve paid for something of quality. The tricky part about this is that not all products out there are trustworthy and high in quality. It’s expected that beauty and cosmetic products would be totally great and safe to use, but that just isn’t the case!
“Organic” has become quite a popular word within the last few years, trailblazing the path to cleaner and better food, beauty and house products. What does Organic actually mean though?
Definition of Organic:
- Not using artificial chemicals
- Of, relating to, or obtained from living things
Further, when talking about organic products like food or beauty, the definitions become a little more particular.
The word “Organic” when used in food or cosmetics, is actually a legal term that the US Department of Agriculture allows to be used when a product follow certain standards in how it is produced, from farm level handling to manufacturing, to it’s packaging.
Beauty Products go through a certification process and when passed get to use the USDA Organic Symbol. This means that all ingredients within the product are at least 95% Organic. The reason for 95% rather than 100% is that certain substances can not be produced organically. Citric Acid, commonly used to balance the ph in foods, would be an example. That does not mean however, that the remaining 5% can be harmful chemicals. Non-organic ingredients must meet the 3 initial criteria that the certified organic ingredients also meet by definition:
- Must not be genetically modified
- Must not be irradiated (exposed to ionizing radiation)
- If agricultural, they must have not been fertilized with sewage sludge
Some products, are also 100% Organic which simply means that that every ingredients is certified organic by the USDA. Rain Lillie favors those and in fact our Castor Oil is 100% Organic and is certified by the USDA.
When you read “Made with organic ingredients” 70% of ingredients are organic. However, the symbol is not allowed to be used.
So! When you choose your beauty products, make sure you are buying a product that is certified organic and uses the USDA symbol on its packaging.
Now that we’ve defined what we’re talking about, lets lay out the advantages to using organic beauty products.
Benefits to Organic Beauty
Health is probably the biggest factor in using organic beauty. Every product stands on it’s own, and you will need to do the dirty work to find the good ones, amongst the bad, but crossing over from “chemical, synthetic and toxic,” to “organic, natural and clean” offers some peace of mind.
Knowing what you put on your skin and in your hair everyday is a good thing. Being blind to the many, many chemicals which fill tubes and tubes of makeup, lotion, etc. doesn’t help in keeping a clean, non-toxic body. It’s nice to be able to safely say a product has come from a organically grown plant, and hasn’t been touched with any herbicides, pesticides, chemicals, synthetics, carcinogens or parabens. This way, when you apply 100% organic products, (like Rain Lillie’s Cold Pressed Castor Oil) you are actually reaping the benefits to it’s nutrients, minerals, vitamins, proteins, antioxidants, and others. They work for you, in every way, and don’t cost you your clean, healthy beauty!
There are thousands of beauty products, and not every one is able to be absorbed into your body. Particular chemicals can penetrate all three layers of the skin, reaching the blood stream. This is more technical territory we’re talking about, but the point being that products are out there which contain chemicals that happily pass into your bloodstream through the skin. The bigger point? Why would anyone think to rub toxic elixirs into their hair and skin for days on end. Nobody. But many of us just don’t know what it is that’s in that jar of face cream, so take note of the ingredients in your products to be safe.
So, Why Organic?
It’s the care factor.
The care factor that you have for your body’s wellbeing.
The care factor we have for our customers.
The care factor we all have towards our environment. (Production to make highly complex extracts, chemicals and ingredients for everyday cosmetics racks up a nice big carbon footprint.)
The care factor in doing things right.