26 Jan, 2015
Organic Versus Organic – How Can You Tell Which is the Real Deal?
By Soap Blogger
For anyone working in the organic products industry these days, there’s really nothing more upsetting than seeing dishonest vendors calling their products ‘organic’ when they are in fact nothing but. The trouble is, it’s a little too easy for anyone wishing to do so to slap a sticker on a product or add ‘organic’ to its label, in order to then either jack up the price or have buyers think it’s a bargain. Of course the majority of organic goods these days really are all they seem to be, but in order to avoid being misled by those to the contrary, it’s important to exercise proactivity when buying.
So in the case of organic soaps and beauty products for example, how can you be sure that what you’re buying is indeed 100% organic?
Full Ingredients Disclosure
Well, first of all you need to be on the lookout for a full disclosure of all ingredients in the products you’re looking at. It’s not enough for it to just say ‘100% Natural Ingredients’ or ‘Nothing Artificial’ as this really doesn’t tell you anything at all. It’s only by consulting the ingredients list in full that you can confidently confirm whether or not the product is indeed all-natural, but even then it might not be organic.
The primary key to assessing the organic status of any product comes by way of traceability. Or in other words, can the manufacturer tell you exactly where each ingredient came from and how it was grown, processed, farmed or sourced etc.? In order to something to qualify as organic, every single ingredient and process across the board must include the use of nothing but organic ingredients. And as mentioned, it’s also crucial to be able to prove this is the case.
Something else to be aware of is the way in which some retailers use third-party providers of all shapes, sizes and persuasions to handle their manufacturing efforts on their behalf. Whenever a vendor allows a third-party to take over any part of the production process, it’s crucial that they verify and monitor their 100% organic operations in order to ensure that the final product is genuinely organic. The best option of all is to take full control of production and distribution personally – this way you know exactly what it is you’re selling.
Last but not least, for reasons that are relatively obvious it isn’t quite as cheap to make any organic products as it is their mass-produced counterparts. Paying extremely close attention to details across the entire sourcing, manufacturing and distributing processes takes time, effort and investment. As such, when and where you see so-called ‘organic’ soaps being sold for pennies, common sense should set alarm bells ringing immediately. Organic products don’t have to cost the Earth, but at the same time they can’t expect to be priced lower than supermarket staples.
When buying organic, don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as necessary – any vendor proud of what they do will be happy to help and advise.