I used to think "organic" was a bit of a crock. I used to think that it was just expensive stuff for yuppies who were (lamely) worried about whether or not the cows they chopped up and chucked on their bbqs were grain-fed and read bed-time stories.

Natalie Portman hairstyleWell, now I’m not so sure. After a bit of reading it seems organic’s not such a crock after all; in fact you can look as good using organic beauty products as Natalie Portman and you can be healthier on yourself on the environment. Really.

Something is defined as “organic” when it’s produced without the use of artificial chemicals. As well as organic beauty products, there’s clothing made from organic cotton—Target’s apparently doing a range now—and of course there’s organic food. Organic clothing’s mostly about reducing our carbon footprint through sustainable farming, and so are organic food and beauty products, but the latter are also important because they aim to reduce our consumption of harmful chemicals.

I’ve always wondered about all the chemicals I’m spreading on my face when I rub my anti-ageing moisturiser into my skin day and night. So it’s great to know that many organic products like shampoos, soaps and hair styling products don’t contain artificial lathering agents and fragrances. With the number of alleged carcinogenic (cancer causing) chemicals multiplying daily, no artificial stuff sounds good to me.

The downside to organic beauty products is that they can be more expensive. The quality’s there though, and they perform just as good as “traditional products”—if not better. And more importantly too, the higher prices mean organic farmers can take better care of their land and implement sustainable growing techniques.

I don’t actually know if Natalie Portman uses organic beauty products, but heck she might as well, and so should you, because now I’m convinced they’re heaps better. I mean, now that I’ve realized organic can cure my fear of chemicals and I can contribute to sustainability, I’m all over the organic beauty product aisle in my supermarket. Take my advice.

  • 4 The Hair Styler
  • 0 Sui Zhen
    I think organic is to expensive.
  • 2 Jessica
    Organic is better than clogging up your body with chemicals!
  • 0 Cahonas
    organic is gay, I wash my hair with soap.
  • 0 Joe 01
    didnt realise how many bad chems I could be putting onto my face.. thanks. Organic may be the better option.
  • 0 Michelle
    Just make sure it really is organic. Sometimes I wonder if it just say's "organic" to put a higher price on it. Check your source. Do your research. Don't get scammed. There are things used in many products that are cancer causing, so I think organic or at least all natural is the way to go.
  • 0 Lynda
    There are so many choices for organic - health and environmentally friendly products out there today. Most all are quite good - but just like anything, you've got to find the one for you. Honestly, it's sad that it is such a debate as to whether or not to use them. Good research will find you horrifed at the connections to cancer and all the chemicals we put in our hair and on our bodies. The stats are there. But the cosmetic industry makes way too much money doing business as usual. Did you know that the cosmetics industry is NOT regulated by the FDA in this country (USA) like it is in other countries? They can proclaim their products do what ever they want. They do not fall under the "false advertising" laws that food does. Your skin is the largest organism of your body. It breaths. It takes things in and out. You wouldn't drink laureth sulfate (for one example) - what makes you think you're not when you put it on your body for absorption? Anyway. I could go on and on. But just to answer the cost issue. In my vast experience - the products cost no more - and often less in the long run. They are often far more concentrated and pure and never require the amounts that traditional products use. The all organic, hand made stuff I use for my face and hair is made locally here in Flagstaff - it's far more expensive by the ounce... but it's not because I only restock 3-4 times a year.
  • 4 Roger
    Hi Lynda! Thanks for your great comments and advice. What you are saying makes a lot of sense and persuades me to think more seriously about using organic.

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