These days it is easy to find organic, wild harvested and natural ingredients to use in hand-crafted skincare formulas.
Here are just a few of the reasons why you should use these natural ingredients.
Grow them! Wild-harvest them! Buy them!
If you choose to cultivate your own organic plants and herbs, wild-harvest them considerately from sustainable sources, or buy them from a highly regarded natural products company.
Then you can feel good about your decision to use the finest available ingredients. You should procure many of the ingredients, such as essential oils, carrier oils, butters, waxes, and floral waters, from dependable companies.
Here are some significant features to look out for when deciding which company to purchase from:
– Does the company offer mostly, if not all, organic and/or wild-harvested products and ingredients?
– Is the company a certified organic processor or fully accredited with the
USDA National Organic Program?
– Does the company exercise Fair Trade practices when dealing with the growers and harvesters of their ingredients and products?
– Is the company mindful of the environment and does it use recycled materials, post-consumer waste materials, soybean-based inks, and non-toxic chemicals in printed materials such as flyers, brochures, catalogs, and receipts?
– Does the company use sustainable packaging for all of its products? Glass packaging is best, although the use of PETE (polyethylene terephthalate) is a practical recyclable plastic option.
– Does the company offer fresh products at fair prices?
Why choose natural?
– You can avoid putting ingredients that have suspected health risks on your body, which can then be absorbed into your system.
– When ingredients are grown organically and naturally, they are healthier, more nourishing, and ultimately more beneficial to your body.
– You are supporting organic agriculture, your local farmer, and Mother Nature.
– You are supporting a healthy ecosystem by keeping toxic chemicals out of the soil, water, and air.
Some helpful definitions
The definitions provided here are specific to the United States and may differ in other countries throughout the world.
100% Organic: The product contains only organic ingredient(s), and no pesticides or fertilizers were used during the growing process.
Certified Organic Retailer: The retailer of the ingredients follows strict USDA Organic
Rules regarding how it handles, stores, and sells its products.
Made with Organic Ingredients: The product is made with at least 70% organic ingredients and is certified according to the USDA National Organic Standards.
Natural Ingredient: The ingredient came from or was made from a renewable natural resource without any petroleum compounds or synthetic silicone.
Organic: The product contains at least 95% organic ingredients and is certifi ed according to the USDA National Organic Standards.
Organic Crops: The crop was grown without the use of irradiation, harmful pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMO), sewage sludge, and synthetic fertilizers.
Wild-harvested: The natural ingredients were harvested from their wild habitat.
Consideration is given to harvesting only what is necessary so that plant and animal species living in the same habitat are not harmed.
Source: 200 Tips, Techniques & Recipes for Natural Beauty by Shannon Buck