To go all natural, or not to go all natural…
The subject of organic beauty products has been debated for quite a while now. Do they actually do anything? What are the benefits? Is it worth taking the perceived risk when my L’Oréal lotion is doing just fine? More to the point, are they really just a fad?
According to Mukti Organics CEO, Mutki, natural, plant-based beauty products are definitely not a fad, and do in fact work. Borne of a passion for herbalism and aromatherapy, Mukti decided to take the plunge and launch her own homemade line just over a decade ago, and says she hasn’t looked back since.
Here are the organic skincare expert’s three reasons why natural products are worth making the switch to…
1. Saying farewell to chemicals
“Our skin is extremely permeable and absorbs the products that we put on our skin. Thirteen per cent of the cosmetic preservative butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and 49 per cent of the carcinogenic pesticide, DTT (found in cosmetics containing lanolin) is absorbed,” explains Mutki.
Other chemicals found in non-natural beauty products include mercury, dioxane, and ammonium laureth sulfate, all of which are harmful in the long term. Who would want all of that on their face?
2. It’s better for the environment
Just like using recycled paper is good for the environment, so too are using organic beauty products good for your eco-conscious side.
“Choosing organic skincare is sustainable, ethical and less impactful on our resources,” says Mukti.
Because much of your beauty products are actually washed down the drain, they can find their way into the environment where they can wreak havoc being ingested by marine life. When products are farmed and manufactured naturally, fewer chemicals are put out into the air and water.
3. Your skin’s less likely to freak out
The chemicals, artificial fragrances and fillers in regular beauty products can lead to irritation of the skin. Ever been super excited to try that new toner, only to wake up looking like you have a bad case of rosacea? You were probably allergic to some of the more harsh ingredients, explains Mutki.
“It’s been proven that whatever we put on our skin gets absorbed into our blood stream. Organic skincare is safe to use as it’s chemical free, and you’re supporting the best ingredients nature has to offer.”
Our organic skincare picks
Left to right, clockwise: Mutki Organics Balancing Foaming Cleanser, Soapwalla Deodorant Cream, Trilogy Rosehip Oil, Aesop Sage & Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream.
Comment: Do you use natural skincare products, and have you noticed a difference in the quality of your skin since making the switch?