Read Between the Lines
Organic skincare is booming and there are more products available than ever before. However there are currently no Australian government regulations on making organic claims on cosmetics and personal care products, so you need to be careful you aren't being mislead. Looking for certifications is one of the best ways to avoid this - the USDA Organic and Australian Certified Organic are the most stringent.
We talked to Michael Bronner of Dr. Bronner's about his tips for what to look for when buying organic products:
1. Read the label: a label that contains the word organic may only use a small percentage of organic ingredients so check the list of ingredients.
2. Natural does not mean organic: it is important to recognise that 'natural' ingredients are often produced on farms that use synthetic petrochemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers.
3. Organic herbal extracts and Aloe Vera: while these are fine on their own, they are often included in non-organic formulations based on synthetic cleansers and moisturisers to give an organic veneer. Dr Bronner's has been making natural soap for over 60 years, with certified Fair Trade and organic ingredients sourced from India, Ghana, Palestine, Israel and Sri Lanka.