16 Mar, 2015
100% Organic Versus All Natural – What’s the Difference?
By Soap Blogger
One of the questions we’re asked most commonly of all is that of what exactly is the difference between something that’s organic and something that’s natural. These two words breed a fair bit of confusion to say the least as it’s common for them to be mistaken for one and the same. In reality however there’s actually a huge difference between the two as while 100% organic products are always natural, natural products are not necessarily organic.
In terms of what exactly qualifies as a natural product, one of the problems here is the way in which the term is thrown around far too much to have any real meaning anymore. With no real regulation or control on the part of the government, the ‘natural’ label tends to be thrown the way of anything that has at least some natural ingredients. As such, it’s common to see the word being used as a selling point for everything from makeup to clothing to food.
If however a product wishes to call itself 100% natural, this means that it must contain no synthetic ingredients or material whatsoever. This again can be something of a grey area as when something says ‘Made with 100% Natural Cotton’ for example, this natural cotton may represent only 10% of the total materials used meaning that the final product is anything but 100% natural.
On the whole therefore, taking the ‘natural’ badge at face value can be unwise.
By contrast, organic represents a much more strictly-controlled set of guidelines that are very black and white in terms of what qualifies and what doesn’t. In order for a product to be certified as 100% organic, it has to be made not only from 100% all-natural ingredients, but ingredients that haven’t been treated with or processed using any kinds of synthetic additives at all.
You could therefore say that organic really is the very essence of 100% natural as this is the only way of ensuring that the products you buy are indeed sourced from 100% natural ingredients and processed with nothing synthetic.
Of course, saying that a product is organic and actually proving it are two very different things, which is why it’s always a good idea to look a little closer at the manufacturer’s story before making a purchase.
What’s the Difference?
Across the board, organic is regarded as the superior of the two in every way. In the case of our soaps and skincare products for example, eliminating anything and everything from the process that isn’t 100% natural allows us to create uniquely gentle and nourishing products that are suitable for even the most sensitive skin types and hypo-allergenic to boot.
When it comes to doing what’s best for your body, nothing does more than Mother Nature herself – the single most comprehensive argument for switching to the organic side of life!