Organic face creams. Well, if you just landed on this page, welcome! If you’ve browsed through the website first, you’ve probably realized by now that I’m hugely in favor of toxin-free natural organic skin care. So, organic face creams…? Yes please! I’m down. Hope you are too… and with a cosmetics industry turning over billions of dollars a year, there should be some organic face creams available, right?
Of course there are some amazing organic skin care products out there. After all, how often do you feel like we live in a world where everything has already been invented & done (or is that just me…? ;-))
The only thing with organic face creams is that they can be a bit hard to find. There are so many face creams on the market. Many play the ‘green’ tune astonishingly well. Mesmerizing the public with a charming ‘natural organic’ melody, one never realizes something’s off, until taking a look at the fine print on the label. Or, in some cases, inexplicable skin issues will pop up, due to an overload of synthetic chemicals. This is not meant to sound scary! It was my own experience, and the ones of so many other people around me. The good news is: switching to all-natural organic face creams has made all the difference. An experience which marked the start of me passionately wanting to share these tips with others!
So, here are three pointers when it comes to discerning truly organic face creams. (And other organic skin care products, or organic hair care for that matter.)
How To Find Real Organic Face Creams
With the organic market gaining in popularity, the term ‘organic’ has become no more than a marketing tool for some brands. Tonnes of products have a strategically placed “made with organic something” on the front. When you take time to read the small letters, the cream turns out to be barely organic – or even natural – at all, except for that one ingredient.
- Don’t be fooled by the wrap.
- Turn to the small print.
- Learn how to read ingredients.
Looking clean and green, with nice images of leaves and flowers on the package, the words ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ are mentioned here and there. Just know that it doesn’t mean anything at all. Many brands promote their skin care products as natural, because that’s what people like, there’s a market for it. It does not mean a single thing about whether the cream contains harmful chemicals or not.
My apologize to Yves Rocher for taking their cream as an example. I don’t mean them any harm (and I think their market impact is big enough to handle one not-so-positive personal opinion.) So here we go.
The Moisturizing Cream Day/Night by Yves Rocher, with a chamomile flower on the beautiful, pristine looking package.
Wrap & Presentation
As part of the ‘wrap’ (read: presentation), I was looking at the description on the official Yves Rocher website.
It says: “Care for your skin naturally with the gentleness and purity of organic chamomile! Smooth Pure Calmille Moisturizing Cream is full of Organic Chamomile extracts and Roman Chamomile Floral Water…”
It was not easy to find the ingredients for this cream, as they weren’t even listed on the American, nor the French, official Yves Rocher website. After some research, I was directed to a brilliant little website called leflacon.free.fr (meaning of le flacon: the bottle in French) which has put labels of many different cosmetics online, making the Moisturizing Cream Day/Night ingredients accessible to us, without having to buy it. I’ve used it in the past – just didn’t want to buy it again, just for the label.
The Small Print
Ingredients for the Moisturising Cream Day/Night by Yves Rocher: Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Talc, Methylpropanediol, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, PEG-100 Stearate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteareth-2 Phosphate, Parfum (Fragrance), Methylparaben, Carbomer, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ethylparaben, Allantoin, Dimethiconol, Propylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium EDTA, Linalool, Citronellol, Amyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol, Citral, Isoeugenol Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Eugenol.
INCI ingredients are always listed in order of the amount present in the product. The chamomile extract is in line seven out of eight. There is actually more of the fragrance and parabens present in this cream, than of the actual (and only) natural organic ingredient!
Known to be harmful are Propylene Glycol, the third (!) ingredient, Methylpropanediol (line two) PEG-100 and Dimethicone (line three), Ceteareth-2 Phosphate (line four) and Tetrasodium EDTA (line six).
Harmful as well: actually, pretty much all of the remaining ingredients – Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben and Fragrance.
The rather sneaky little problem with ‘Fragrance’ on an ingredient list, is that it does not require the manufacturer to give more information about the substance. Fragrance can therefore be any chemical, and toxic.
Allright, it is nice to know the chamomile extract is organic and the water is probably floral water, but this moisturiser certainly isn’t full of chamomile extract, and even if the term full is highly subjective, one can’t argue the cream still contains more harmful chemicals than actual extract. When looking for organic face creams, reading the small print is key.
Bringing us to the next point: the importance of learning how to decipher the terms on ingredient lists.
Learn a Tiny Bit about Ingredients & Find the Best Organic Face Creams
All the ingredients mentioned above, will not mean a thing to you, if you’ve never looked into the subject before. No panic – it is not hard to learn what the scientific names mean. With a few basic guidelines, you will very be totally in the loop!
Check out cosmetic ingredients to avoid before and while shopping – write it down, print it out (on recycled paper), and soon enough you will remember more and more. You will be able to quickly check labels without list… but with understanding.
As more and more people choose to buy healthy and responsible skin care products, we send out a message to the conventional manufacturers. Through our behavior as customers, in picking organic face creams, we can show the other brands that we want them to incorporate this respect for the human body and the environment in their business model.
We are in a transition towards becoming more conscious of the importance of organic living and it is a big step to choose skin care free of chemicals and toxins. Even if not all the ingredients listed come from organic farming yet, it is a huge step forward to choose organic face creams instead of regular ones.
You will do your skin and body a big favor, by learning the basics about skin care ingredients and being able to discern the true natural organic face creams from the others.
Organic Face Creams
These organic skin care lines do not just add a few percent of an organic extract to a cream full of toxic, synthetic ingredients. They make natural skin care with mostly organic ingredients, and have great values and ideas about responsible and ecological entrepreneurship.
- Annmarie Gianni organic skin care is my favorite brand. Prepare to have your world rocked by Annmarie Gianni’s organic facial oils – that’s right, facial oils instead of organic face creams! Treating the face with an oil instead of a cream is something we’re not really used to, but chances are that once you’ve experienced one of these facial oils, you will never go back. Good to know: sample bags ship worldwide, for free. I have reviewed the Anti-Aging Facial Oilst and Anti-Aging Serum and Herbal Facial Oil, or you can read what others are saying here.
- Miessence is a great choice because of their affordable worldwide delivery. It’s an Australian brand and they have been a real forerunner in organic skin care products.
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