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Why is “Organic” Better?

When I buy a food product labeled “organic” I feel like a warrior who just dodged a bullet of chemical warfare.  But with the introduction to TICO* in our lives, I started questioning all of the junk I have been putting ON my body, not just IN it. Using organic lotions and skin products is actually just as important if not more important than purchasing organic fruits and vegetables. Here are 7 reasons why organic body care and cosmetics are better than mainstream products.

  1. Organic toiletries respect our water resources by the elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching. This, combined with soil building, protects and conserves our water resources.
  2. Skin is a chemical absorber. Our skin is our largest organ, meant to protect us. But what scientists have found is that 60% of what touches our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream. So that lotion with 32 ingredients that you can’t pronounce is not just moisturizing your outer layer of skin; it is actually invading your body with toxic chemicals.
  3. Natural ingredients offer healing effects. Organic manufacturers aim to utilize the properties of herbs, essential oils, and other ingredients to create a product that contains only beneficial ingredients. The naturally positive effects of each product’s ingredients make these products far more preferable to those that are chemically produced.
  4. Non-organic products often cause irritations or sickness or both!  Synthetic fragrances can contain as many as 200 ingredients and are known to cause headaches, coughing, skin irritation, and even vomiting. As one example, propylene glycol should be made from vegetable glycerin and grain alcohol, but is often seen as polyethylene or polypropylene glycol, which indicates that it is synthetic and could cause allergic reactions and eczema.
  5.  The FDA and FD&C Act do not have to approve organic labels of cosmetics. In fact, the term “organic” is not regulated or enforced under their authority. USDA has no authority over the production and labeling of cosmetics or body care products that are not made up of agricultural ingredients, but each product may be held to private company standards. Basically, this means, private companies get to decide if a product meets high enough standards to be called “eco-friendly,” “natural,” or “earth-friendly”.
  6. Organic products save money on medications. Sure, mainstream products are a little less expensive. But let’s say you purchase an inexpensive shaving cream or lotion that causes you a skin irritation. You would then have to purchase medication or another cream to combat the issue, which means you didn’t save any money after all. Using TICO* as an example, it is a 4-in-1 shave product- pre-shave, shave, after-shave, and moisturizer. One bottle, 150 shaves, multiple benefits.
  7. We actually HAVE resources and products designed for their natural beneficial properties. We were given an entire planet with natural resources, so why aren’t we using them? Why are we paying for products that are making us sick or causing us irritants and allergies? If hemp seed oil is just as effective at healing eczema as some cream prescribed by a doctor, and it offers multiple skin benefits, why are we not using more of it?

I would love to hear of any mainstream cosmetic or body care product you have traded for an organic one. I sincerely hope TICO* is at the top of your list!

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