Organic health products were few and far between about twenty years
ago. Some of the more earthy types bought into it, but the
mainstream resisted. Now, the industry has made great strides mostly
due to the mainstream.
The sale of organic products is a billion dollar industry. The
United States leads the way in organic trade with over eighteen
billion dollars in sales. The organic food market in the UK has
grown to over a billion pounds and is continuing to enjoy an upward
trend. Japan has also jumped on the band wagon with over three
billion dollars worth of sales. What does all this mean? The
consumer is getting savvy about what they put into and onto their
Cosmetics and skin care has always been a multimillion dollar
industry. With the addition of organic beauty and skin care
products, the sales are better than ever. Unfortunately, with the
popularity of organic products comes the problem. What is truly
Companies have been getting by with a thoroughly inadequate
definition of organic for far too long. They consider any compound
in their product that contains carbon atoms to qualify as organic.
We all know that carbon is a basic building block of all life on
earth. But, toxic chemicals can contain carbon as well.
Read the labels. The front of the shampoo or skin lotion bottle may
say it contains palm oil, but how much? If we see it listed on the
back amongst the ingredients thats good enough for us. Ingredients
on labels must be listed in order of the amounts of each that are
contained in the product. You may see palm oil on the label, but if
it is at the bottom, then that means that there is actually very
little in the preparation. Whats more, the product is not as
organic as it appears to be. Most of the ingredients are actually
not good for your skin or hair and can be hurting you instead of
National chain stores such as Target, Walgreens, Kohls, and Wal-Mart
carry certified organic skin care products. Paul Mitchell and Weleda
carry body wash and lotion that are all natural. Mod Skin Labs and
Ojon offer organic hair and body cleansers that dont produce a
build up on chemicals in the skin and they reduce irritation. All of
these companies are also active in the environment, trying to make
it a better place to live. These products and more are easy on the
pocketbook and wonderful for your body.
Organic encompasses more than food. We start with the inside and
work our way out. Then, we work to give back to the earth for all it
has supplied to us.