Wondering what the fuss is all about when it comes to natural haircare or organic products? What is the difference? Aren’t they one and the same? Well, let’s dive in and see if the ‘upgrade’ to organic products are worth it.
What's the difference between organic and natural? Isn't "natural" just as safe and healthy as organic? Unfortunately, natural does not mean organic and comes with no guarantees. "Natural products" are often assumed to be products that are minimally processed and do not contain any hormones, antibiotics or artificial flavors. In the United States, however, neither the FDA nor the USDA has rules or regulations for products labeled "natural." As a result, manufacturers often place a "natural" label on products containing heavily processed or synthetic ingredients.
What about organic? Well, organic is the most heavily regulated product system. Only ‘organic’ guarantees no toxic synthetic pesticides, toxic synthetic herbicides, or chemical NPK fertilizers are used in production, and no antibiotics or growth hormones are given to animals. Organic producers and processors also are subject to rigorous announced - and unannounced - certification inspections by third-party inspectors to ensure that they are producing and processing organic products in a manner you and your family can trust.
It is important to point out that the “natural” claim can be genuine, sometimes. Botanicals like aloe, chamomile, shea butter, beeswax, and essential oils are all examples of natural haircare ingredients with a ton of benefits—even when not technically organic. A product could also include a few truly organic ingredients, which would be denoted in the ingredients list, without being marketed as such.
So, When Is Organic Worth the Splurge? The most important place to pay the price for organic, if you so choose, is the grocery store. But when it comes to grooming, start with skin and haircare. Your epidermis is, after all, your body’s largest organ (and absorbent to boot). Strands of hair, on the other hand, consist of dead cells, which can withstand a little more abuse. Still, your scalp is very much alive and more susceptible to damage—so go wholesome whenever you can. This is why we use only certified-organic ingredients in all our products and will continue to do so. Our bestselling Scalp and Hair Treatment boasts of certified organic and natural oils only to pamper and stimulate the scalp, helping to increase blood flow and grow your hair. It is alright to be picky with anything that goes into and onto your body.
Rule of thumb: Don't be fooled by branding, and always check the ingredients label. It’s the one part of the packaging that doesn’t lie (at least not without breaking the law). Below is the list of simple ingredients, all certified organic and worth the ‘natural haircare product’ tag:
Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Red Pimento Oil