Organic Skincare and Its Benefits
Gordon Chalmers, Chief Operations officer of Jasmin Skincare shares the following facts about the use of organic skincare and its benefits:
Q1) How do you determine what is organic?
As an end user/customer the best and only true way of verifying that a product is truly “organic” is to search the packaging for the Organic Certification logo or registration on the product. Such Organic Certification should be from an accredited internationally recognized third party or Government Certifying body or one that is associated to IFOAM, the accepted international body.
If this is missing, then it is likely that the supplier is simply paying lip-service and just using the words “organic” for marketing reasons. In the skincare industry, it is known that certain products may only contain as little as 3% of the weight, usually being a few Essential oils blends as being from a “certified organic” source. It is therefore very wrong to use the word organic if this is the case.
Q2) How different/similar is organic skincare to organic food?
The answer is “similar but also different”. In a nutshell, food products are often a single ingredient or product such as an organic apple or egg and therefore the certification really relates primarily to the growing conditions to ensure pesticides etc are not used.
With Organic Skincare, there are often a wide range of ingredients used. At Jasmin Skincare we source well over a hundred different ingredients in total and some products have up to 25 ingredients alone.
The manufacturing process is also religiously monitored to ensure compliance, and we are audited annually by a third party auditor. In our case we use the ‘Organic Food Chain’ as our certifying body in Australia and we also meet the same standards that they set their primary producers.
Q3) Is there any medical/scientific proof that organic products work?
It is probably easier to answer this by stating that there is a vast array of medical proof of the harmful effects on the human body of the ingestion of synthetic ingredients, pesticides and herbicides. At the end of the day the human body was not designed, nor is far enough evolved to cope with the barrage of such chemical into our bodies and the alarming and increasing incidences of certain diseases is surely proof that today’s diet often leaves much to be desired.
There is absolutely no doubt that organically grown vegetables taste much better. If you compare a free range organic egg with that from a “battery hen” then the proof is surely there for all to see.
Q4) How come dermatologists do not use them?
I know that is not a true statement. There are many naturopaths, doctors and dermatologists who are intimately involved in the natural and organic movement and would not consider using or recommending anything else.
Q5) Organic products are natural, but natural products need not necessarily be organic. If the difference to my skin is minimal, then why should I buy organic?
I guess one could argue the same about a fake Gucci Handbag and the real thing from Italy. Maybe they look the same today but in a few weeks then let me guess whether the original leather bag or the synthetic plastic bag looks good. As per the food example again, the potency of the Organice Essential Oils is certainly better and the fact that you have a certification in place eliminates the risks of any such contaminants that might be in the so called “natural” products.
Q6) As a consumer, what things should I look out for when I am considering buying organic products?
As stated above, the most obvious issue to ensure is that the product is actually “certified organic” as opposed to some natural or synthetic product that may be just using the word for marketing.
Q7) Besides the way the ingredients are harvested, what else am I paying for?
Peace of mind, a healthier mind, body and soul, plus a knowledge that you are supporting the environment. The old saying, “you are what you eat” is important and therefore considering that such a large percentage of the applied skincare or cosmetic is actually ingested through the skin or swallowed (as per lipstick) then it is important to know the risks you are taking applying synthetic ingredients to the body’s largest living organ – the skin !!!
Q8) I heard from someone that there is NO such thing as an organic beauty product because they contained distilled or treated water, which has all the natural bacteria removed making it synthetic. Do you agree with this?
Well that is a very interesting but rather silly statement. Firstly, only 7 of our 123 current Jasmin products contain water so that makes a nonsense of this persons arguments to start with. Secondly one could counter this inane statement by asking what is to be gained by leaving “bacteria” in water other than the health risk this poses via a contaminated product ?
In the case of Jasmin Skincare we use ‘hydrosols’ such as Rosewater which are a by- product of the steam distillation process during essential oil extraction and therefore any harmful bacteria is removed at the 100 deg C temperatures used in this process. As far as our primary water source is concerned however, we draw our own water from underground Mountain Springs some 150 metres down on our own farm at the top of Mount Tamborine. This is probably the cleanest water in Australia and indeed the neighbouring properties supply this as drinking water for the largest springwater bottling plants and most certainly the most famous and best selling brand. From hereon we pass our ‘all natural’ water through the following all natural processes:
At the Well:
Primary Fine Sand Filtration, Primary Zeolite Filtration, Magnetic alignment, Aeration agitation, Primary Paper Cartridge Filter
At the Factory (200m away):
Silica Filtration, Carbon Filtration, Secondary Paper Filtration, Reverse Osmosis, Resin Bed Extraction, 5 Micron Filter, 1 Micron Filter , UV Light Sterilisation through Steam Heating to 85 Deg C
There is little chance that any bacteria would survive all of these fourteen stages. Most importantly however you will note that we do not use ‘town water’ that has Chlorine and often other “nasties” added to kill bacteria. I therefore believe we can claim to be truly organic as we certainly do not add any such harmful ingredients in our water purification stages.