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What percentage of the ingredients in natural cosmetics are organic?

Before we can answer this question, we need to understand a few terms. What does natural mean? Natural has different meanings when it comes to different industries. In the beauty industry, natural ingredients are those that come from the land and sea. When you see the word botanical, it means it is created from plants. What does organic mean? When it comes to cosmetics, organic means that the ingredients are produced without the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides or other artificial chemicals.

The importance of using natural and organic products

Natural and organic products tend to be a bit heavier on the wallet however, it is lighter on the skin. If you think about it, if the chemicals keep animals away, make the product last longer and give it a brighter colour, what it is doing to your skin? Your skin can absorb the smallest amount of pesticide and keep in mind that since your skin is your biggest organ, it is important that you look after it and try your best not to expose your skin to harsh chemicals that will damage it in the long run.

When in doubt, ask

Some house brands can be a bit tricky when it comes to their wording on their packages. If you ever question the label or the brand, contact the company and ask them why are they calling their product natural? If you are still not sure, research what the ingredients are and see if they fall into the right category.

Check the label

Always check the label to see what percentage of the ingredients are organic and natural. If 70 % of it is organic, then it is safe to fall under the organic and natural category. A lot of brands will also highlight which ingredients are natural and organic by using an asterisk and a little foot note at the bottom of the label to explain.


At the end of the day it is your choice which products you would like to use. You need to take an extra five minutes and shop around for skin products, cosmetics or body products. Have a look at the label and read what the product contains and if it is up to standard with the organisations around the world. Education is the best tool you can have when it comes to buying cosmetics. Do not be scared to phone the company, ask questions, speak to people online and have a look at the websites of the organisations to see which brands are listed. Let us know which organic and natural products you have at home. Share with us your stories and tell us if your products really are 95 percent organic or not.

Author Bio

Sally Mitchell began her career as a make up artist, and after receiving a diploma in Clinical Dermatology decided to combine her passions for makeup artistry and skincare becoming a licensed beauty professional. Now she shares useful skin care tips with readers of the Lumeskin' blog.