Are you in doubt about a product’s claim to being natural? In many countries, natural and synthetic ingredients are allowed for use in the production of cosmetics. If you’re a lover of all things natural, however, this is not what you want in a natural cosmetics product.
Natural cosmetics contain only substances found to exist in nature and may be extracted or combined with other natural substances, but must not contain any artificial or over-refined chemical substances.
Recognizing an increasing consumer push towards natural/green products, many companies also label their products as green or all-natural but in many cases this is untrue.
If you are big on natural cosmetics, you might find this piece of information rather alarming. Fortunately, there are ways for you to distinguish authentically natural cosmetics from the rest. Here’s how:
1. Check in Label
Intuitively, the first step to discovering if a product’s ingredients are natural is to simply read the label. Check to see if there are any unfamiliar substances and look up the ingredients online if you don’t know what they are. While some manufacturers will lie or present misleading information, this is at least a good first step to take.
You might take a further step in seeking out more information on the product, by visiting the producer’s website. Things to look out for are details and explanations of how their products are made.
For example, at Enecta, we provide a dedicated page on our website describing the production process for our products in detail.
This can be a crucial step, especially considering the fact that many manufacturers may hide behind the excuse of using a secret ingredient to introduce synthetic and possibly toxic ingredients to products.
2. Avoid Parabens
Parabens are a type of preservative commonly used in cosmetics. Studies have found that they have the capability to permeate the skin and remain present in the body, where they can disrupt the functioning of the endocrine system by mimicking the behavior of Oestrogen.
Many manufacturers might claim that their products are parabens-free, however, this could be misleading, and should evoke further scrutiny.
This is is because there are several types of parabens so the absence of one type might not necessarily guarantee that there are no others present.
3. Avoid Products that have Petroleum
Petroleum-based products are very commonly used in the manufacture of cosmetics. Most of such substances tend to act as endocrine disruptors and can cause allergies or asthma, however.
Enecta’s CBD cosmetics, on the other hand, are made from all-natural ingredients based on cannabidiol (CBD).
4. Check for the “Natural” Seal
It is much easier to trust products with third party seals that certify them as natural. What this means is that the product and the ingredients have been scrutinized by an independent body and verified to be constituted of natural products.
5. Avoid products that contain fragrance
Fragrances are a common component of most cosmetics. You may enjoy having them, but you should know that these are generally artificial chemicals. The presence of fragrances in a supposedly natural CBD cosmetics product compromises any claim the manufacturer has made about their product being all-natural.
In addition to this, fragrances are frequently linked with the onset or triggering of allergies and may cause skin conditions such as dermatitis. Even worse, fragrances that contain phthalates have been linked to the development of severe sexual and reproductive health conditions.
If you must use a scented cosmetics product, then choose only those which are labeled as having been scented with 100% natural essential oils.
5. Go for products with non-toxic packaging
The product may be all-natural but when the packaging is wrong it can be contaminated with synthetic materials through leaching. Containers made with glass are always the best ways to package cosmetic products because there is no risk of leaching. Some plastics such as polyethylene terephthalate with recycling code number 1 and other plastics with recycling code 2 are safe and can be used to package cosmetic products.
As a rule of thumb, always avoid products that are packaged in plastic containers labeled with recycling number 3. These types of plastics contain hazardous chemicals that are persistent pollutants and cancer-causing dioxins.
When it comes to finding truly natural cosmetic products, looks are often deceiving. Many manufactures twist the truth or outright lie about what their products contain, so you will have to be extra vigilant, or simply shop with a manufacturer you can trust.
At Enecta, we provide the highest grade of 100% CBD-based cosmetics that protect your health and enhance your beauty. Enecta moisturizers, body lotions, cleansers, and and anti-aging creams are made with all-natural ingredients which include CBD, vitamin C, jojoba oil, coconut oil, natural vitamin E, hyaluronic acid of vegetable origin, and beet extract.