A 10 Minute Certified Organic Skin Care Crash Course, a.k.a. Give Your Skin Some Love

certified organic skin care

Why use certified organic skin care? The truth is that there are so many synthetic chemicals and potential toxins in our everyday products like shower gels, shampoos, moisturisers, etc., etc.  Parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde-donating ingredients, petroleum by-products, animal by-products, and more than I have time to name here and now.

One of the best ways to avoid these chemicals is to go all natural and organic.

But wait!

“Natural” and “Organic” aren’t always what they seem.

If you want a truly natural product, one that comes from nature and is not cooked up in a lab, you will have to do a little bit more than just pick the “natural” labelled product on your pharmacy’s selves.  This is because there is a lot of greenwashing out there (companies marketing themselves as natural when they are really so very far from it).  How do we sort out the good from the bad?

There are two simple ways to determine if your product is really natural.

  1. Read the label.  Do you know what the ingredient is?  Is it a plant?  Or is it a chemical?
  2. Buy certified organic products.  The certification makes all the difference.  USDA Certified Organic skin care is great for us North Americans, and there are other certifying bodies out there that will determine if your product is the real deal.

Do you want a full run down on potential toxins in skin care products (even the so-called “natural” ones)?  Read this post for an extensive list of chemicals to avoid in cosmetics (hint: you need to eliminate the same chemicals in skin care and shower products).

What do the terms “Natural” and “Organic” mean?

Industry definition of natural:toxins in skin care
Any ingredient “derived from” a natural substance.  

Industry definition of organic:
Any compound containing carbon.

Miessence’s definition of natural:miessence certified organic skin care
Existing in, or formed by nature; Not artificial.

Miessence’s definition of organic:
A sustainable system of agriculture that uses natural substances and
methods to create healthy, nutrient-rich, fertile soil.

Certified Organic Skin Care: What does “Certified Organic” mean?

An independent third-party guarantee of an “organic” claim.Australian-Certified-Organic-Logo

Must comply with stringent international standards, showing and proving an organic audit trail from seed, growing, harvesting, storage, transporting and processing right through to the finished product.

What’s in your average product?

This is the breakdown of a typical shampoo or shower gel: mostly water and cheap fillers.  Some synthetic chemicals used as scents, colours, preservatives, surfactants, and emulsifiers.  Maybe an extract of a flower or two.

A lot of these chemicals are actually pretty harmful!

Did you know that the European Union has banned over 1300 chemicals from their personal care products?  Canada has banned 600 chemicals.  The U.S. has banned barely a dozen.

USDA certified organic skin care

What’s in Miessence?

certified organic skin careThis is the brand that I am totally in love with.  Miessence is the world’ first  extensive range of internationally certified organic skin, hair, body, cosmetic, oral and nutritional products.

Certified organic means that they are independently reviewed by a third party.  Miessence offers USDA certified organic skin care products, and they are certified by the ACO (Australian Certified Organic) and BFA (Biological Farmers of Australia).

They also employ fair trade practices and they donate heavily to various charities worldwide.


Why use Miessence?

  • no parabens
  • no phthalates
  • no synthetic fragrancessave on organic products
  • no formaldehyde-donating ingredients
  • no petroleum by-products
  • no animal by-products
  • no nitrosamines
  • no SLS
  • no GMOs
  • no synthetic chemicals
  • sustainable farming practices
  • sustainable business practices
  • never tested on animals
  • fair trade

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I am a Ph.D. candidate at McMaster University, a twin mommy, and a health and wellness entrepreneur. I am in the process of building a sustainable online business to support my family, and helping others to build sustainable businesses themselves. Find me on Google+.

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