Organic body products are important because you are consuming whatever you apply to your skin, it just gets to your system in a different way than if you were digesting it. If you wouldn't put it in your mouth, would you apply it to your skin?
Body products on the market today can include hundreds of toxic chemicals, and there's very little industry regulation on what can and cannot be used to manufacture these products.
Nail polish, for instance, contains known carcinogens. Some mouthwash and mouth rinse products have been linked to increased mouth and throat cancers. Chemicals like aluminum in underarm antiperspirant/deodorant can increase your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease. If that isn't frightening enough, other chemicals and harmful additives in our everyday skincare products such as Paraben, Sodium Lauryl or Lauryl Sulfate, Paraffin, Petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances and chemical preservatives can contain toxins, skin irritants, which may even coat the skin and block pores, may cause asthma, ADHD, hormonal problems, decreased fertility and a whole host of other health issues.
Using organic body products can greatly reduce your risk for the ailments listed above. Locating true organic items can be tricky, though, so here are some tips.
First off, you may notice that the prices are higher than on the regular products. This is not a guarantee of certified organic status, though.
100% Organic Products labeled as 100% organic must be composed of only organically produced ingredients and created with organic processing aids (with the exception of water and salt.)
USDA Organic This round green and white seal is only given to certified foods and products containing at least 95% organically produced ingredients.
Made with Organic Ingredients This phrase can only be applied to foods and products containing at least 70% organically produced ingredients, and these products aren't legally permitted to display the USDA Organic seal. They must list on their label at least three organic ingredients used.
All-Natural This term has not been clearly defined by the Food & Drug Administration, so it gets used quite freely and loosely. Many so-called "natural" products list chemical and synthetic additives in their labels, so your best bet is to skip the “natural” and go straight to the organic body products.
I began using organic skincare products a number of years ago. The reasoning behind this was a diet I went on which did not permit me to use my normal routine. I went with pure aloe vera gel which is organic and has to be kept refrigerated. I smoothed this over my face, neck, hands and arms. I also switched to an organic shampoo and I will soon be adding a few more organic skincare products to my collection, like a new cleanser, body lotion, sunscreen and body wash. I just cannot see continuing to use stuff full of chemicals on my skin, which has a high potential to cause health-related issues and I am very happy with my organic skincare products.
Some of the most common ingredients that you will find in inorganic beauty products is artificial fragrances. Everything from lip balms and shampoos to body washes and moisturizers contain artificial fragrances that are created using chemical synthesis.
Your lip gloss may smell like passion fruit and your body wash may smell like lavender, but if the fragrances are artificial then the smells were actually derived from coal or petroleum. Along with artificial fragrances, there are other chemicals like sulfates, phthalates, parabens, and more in inorganic beauty products. Making the switch to organic beauty products is a good choice for people who do not want to expose their skin to all of these unnatural chemicals and artificial ingredients.
The scent of organic beauty products comes from essential oils that are extracted directly from plants. Essential oils have a very distinctive aroma and are said to be the "essence" of the plant. Just a few of these lovely aromas include:
Ginger (Zingiber officinalis) - Not only does this essential oil have a wonderful smell, it also has natural toning and moisture retention abilities.
Peppermint Leaf (Mentha arvensis) - This essential oil has an invigorating aroma that most people are familiar with. It also boast great antiseptic properties which fight fungi and bacteria.
Clove Bud (Eugenia caryophyllata) - This rich essential oil has a warm and spicy aroma that people love. The oil has properties that are great for skin care, dental care, and more.
Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) - The essential oil of the well-known lavender plant is both healing and incredibly fragrant. The scent alone is said to have a soothing effect.
Pot Marigold (Calendula Officinalis) - Also known as Calendula, this essential oil boast a wonderful aroma and awesome healing properties. It works well to treat various skin irritations and it also has great antiseptic properties.
Bergamot Orange (Citrus bergamia Risso) - Derived from a citrus plant this oil has a lovely aroma. The scent of this oil is often used for aromatherapy purposes, and the oil has antiseptic and antidepressant properties.
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) - The plant from which this oil is derived has a longstanding history as a medicinal herb. It is known for being a mood lifter, a muscle relaxer, and an antiseptic oil.
There are even more essential oils than this that you can find in organic beauty products. Whether it is a lip balm, body wash, lotion, or otherwise, you can use an all natural product that also has innate healing benefits.