Beauty Products and Organic Ingredients
Once you get past the so-called "natural" components of a body care product label (see Organic vs. Synthetic), there are ingredients that are simply not acceptable in a product that claims to be natural and organic. Check your bathroom shelves to see how many of these ingredients are listed, and decide if you really want to take a chance with something that isn't what it appears.
The core ingredients in these products often include one or more of the following:
Olefin Sultanate is a surfactant, derived entirely from petroleum, and has no place in an organic product.
Cocoamidopropyl Betaine uses a petroleum intermediate in building the surfactant.
Ethoxylated surfactants like Sodium Myreth Sulfate use petroleum-derived ethylene oxide to ethoxylate sulfates which can produce 1,4 dioxin, a toxic material, in trace amounts.
Paraben preservatives are also petroleum-derived.
We believe that body care ingredients and products should only be labeled organic if:
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