Natural and organic skincare share many of the same standards, mainly that they are both made with plant matter. The differences come about in the actual ingredients in them. Organic skincare has more limitations than natural skincare, as there are a lot more natural actives that can be used in beauty products than organic actives. Ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid for example cannot be obtained organically. However, it is an amazing beauty ingredient for hydrating and plumping skin. This is why at Nakin we class ourselves as a natural skincare company as we use modern plant actives that cannot always be obtained organically. The fact that they are natural means that they are kind to skin and help skin to flourish and thrive holistically when compared to synthetic skincare.
The truth is that the main factor is not whether an ingredient is natural or organic, it is how much of it is in the actual product. We see so many statements on skincare products saying things like ‘made with organic lavender’ when this might mean that it has just 1% organic lavender in the whole product.
Organisations like Cosmos and the Soil Association are able to certify whether products are organic, by going through the ingredients list and ensuring that the product contains over a certain amount of organic content. Their requirements are that a product can only be labelled as organic if over 95% of the ingredients are organic. Although the rules are more complex than this and there are different ways to express the organic content of a product. There are lots of beauty brands that have products certified by organisations like Cosmos, the Soil Association or Ecocert. However, they have quite high charges attached with this, which invariably puts the cost of the products up. At Nakin we choose not to be certified by these organisations for this reason, instead as an ethical company we ensure that our products contain as much natural ingredients as possible and meet high quality standards. Our products are also free from undesirable ingredients like parabens, mineral oil, silicones, PEGs, phthalates, synthetic dye and fragrance.
With natural and organic beauty products it is also as much about what a beauty product does not contain. A product might say it is made with organic ingredients, but also be filled with other ingredients that are not so desirable. This is well known in the industry as green washing, so we need to take care when purchasing beauty products.
We hope that you found this article about the difference between natural and organic beauty products helpful. Nakin is a natural brand, and we use lots of high performing natural plant extracts like hyaluronic acid, which are not available in organic versions. Our Revitalising Face Oil and Lip Treatment Balm are 100% natural, and the rest of the range is nearly 99% natural. All of our products are vegetarian and cruelty free plus registered with the Leaping Bunny Scheme, they are also all vegan except for the Lip Treatment Balm that contains Beeswax. To find out more about Nakin and our anti-ageing skincare then visit our website to see the full product range and read our story.