What's the Difference Between Organic and Certified Organic?
A few weeks ago I wrote about the things I consider when trying to decide if a beauty product is ethical or not. One of the things, along with sourcing, ingredients, and packaging, is the product's certifications. For the most part, certifications can mean certified vegan, fair trade, or organic.
And so today I want to talk a little bit more about the difference between organic and certified organic. Because they are different.
What is Organic?
Our beauty products can be made with a mix of organic and non-organic ingredients, and you'll know because organic ingredients will be marked as such. Generally, an organic ingredient is one that is grown without fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, or GMOs.
These are the kinds of ingredients we want right? So why do we need certification?
What is Certified Organic?
Well, I'm of the opinion that we don't *need* certification. There are a lot of factors when it comes to deciding if a brand wants to go the extra mile and become certified organic. The thing is, it's tough for smaller companies to become certified organic. It's a lengthy, expensive process that isn't always accessible for beginning businesses. And while I think certification is a bonus, and more reassuring for consumers, each business has to decide if it's something they want to invest in.
Back to definitions. Certified organic products take things one step further than just regular organic ingredients. Instead of just being labeled organic, these products are certified by a governing body. Which means you can really trust that the product is *actually* made with organic ingredients. And usually, the entire product (and entire brand) is certified organic, instead of using just a handful of organic ingredients. Which means less fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, or GMOs in your skincare and on your face.
To you, there might not be a huge difference. There really isn't to me. I've always said I think people (including myself) should buy products that are accessible to them - and we should buy the highest quality products that fit our budget. Which means when I can, I'll get the certified organic product over the regular organic product. But sometimes it doesn't work like that, or the certified one is too expensive. And that's okay. I don't think there's anything wrong with not using certified organic products. But I do want you to know more about the labels of the products you're using!
So what do you think? Do you try to use certified organic? Or could you care less?