Natural vs Synthetic
With natural cosmetics being on the forefront for the last few years, more and more questions arise. Which products are natural and which are synthetic? Which ones are better? This question is difficult to answer because the answer isn’t black or white. Nevertheless, we wanted to address the issue as clear as possible, so we decided to dedicate a blog post to it.
Cosmetics are considered natural when all their ingredients come from natural, non-chemically processed substances. Natural substances may originate from vegetable, animal or even mineral sources. But if the ingredients have been subjected to any kind of chemical process, they are no longer considered natural.
Synthetic cosmetics have been dominating the market for decades because their industrial production is easy, they present standard properties and quality and compared to natural, synthetic cosmetics are cheaper to produce. However, chemical substances are being tested on human organisms only for some decades and some of them are accused of implications for the human body from allergies and diseases to more serious problems such as cancer. And don’t forget about the environmental impact coming from the handling of the industrial waste.
Natural cosmetics have a major advantage: our bodies have been evolving through the ages always in close contact with nature and as a result they are more “compatible” with substances with natural origin. In other words, natural substances have properties that are widely known and have been tested for thousands of years. Consequently, it is easier to pick those substances that will deliver the desired outcome without side effects. Especially organic products, are produced following traditional, pure techniques.
On the other hand, nature does not “produce” these substances in consistent quantity and quality that industrial production requires and this results in higher prices. Natural cosmetics have a shorter lifespan and they do not always present the desired properties so sometimes we resort, even supplementary, to Chemistry. So in general, it is difficult to find pure natural products in the market, except for some oils that can be 100% naturally composed. The rest usually contain certain quantities of chemical substances to assure the quality and safety of the consumers.
But that doesn’t mean that anything natural can be beneficial! Some of the most drastic poisons are natural. Many substances that can be found in nature are toxic and let’s not forget that diseases are a natural process. Last but not least, cosmetics are not only content but also packaging. Natural packaging such as glass or paper instead of plastic is friendlier towards the environment and our choice as consumers, is a statement on which the future of our planet depends!