▷ Differences between organic and conventional cosmetics?

What we apply to our skin every day has a direct impact on our health and the environment. Given this observation, the demand for organic products is booming and so-called “natural” and / or “organic” cosmetics are flourishing on the market. But what are the differences between conventional cosmetics (called “natural”) and organic cosmetics, and how can they be easily recognized?

What is an organic cosmetic?

Ecological cosmetics is made from natural raw materials from organic farming , with a production method respectful with the environment . Unlike conventional cosmetics that use chemical synthesis or ingredients derived from petrochemicals, organic skincare emphasizes vegetable oils, essential oils, and natural waxes . All synthetic materials that are aggressive to the skin and body, or that pollute the environment, are prohibited in the formulations: parabens and other endocrine disruptors, silicones, sulfates, synthetic dyes and fragrances.

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The advantages of organic cosmetics

To health

Ecology allows avoid carcinogens and endocrine disruptors . For it so much, no risk from compromise your health when applying their creams daily. Even more so for expectant mothers, using natural cosmetics is a good way to ensure that not are transmitted dangerous ingredients to your baby.

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For the skin

The skin absorbs all the care we apply to it. The use of conventional cosmetics made up of harmful ingredients , such as silicones, parabens or mineral oils and waxes, can cause irritation, dryness, pimples or discomfort. The allergic reactions are more frequent.

In organic cosmetics , chemical and synthetic ingredients have been replaced by plant extracts, floral waters, vegetable oils and even essential oils . Organic care, much more effective, is also better assimilated by the body by penetrating deep into the skin.

For the environment

Going to natural and organic cosmetics is also to be more respectful with the planet . The ingredients of Organic Agriculture are grown with respect for the land and the people who work it. The same is true of the cosmetic manufacturing process as well as its recyclable packaging lo what limits the impact on the environment.

Quality Products

Organic cosmetics they are made through ecological processes without chemical transformation; therefore, they are better quality .

Natural and organic ingredients that compose them are assets, with very specific actions for the skin . For example, to water is often replaced with floral waters or aloe vera juice .

Finally, organic care is also better assimilated by the skin thanks to the biological relationship that exists between the epidermis and the plants. In fact, the composition of natural and organic ingredients has more affinities with the natural components of the epidermis.

Frequently asked questions about organic cosmetics

Are organic cosmetics effective?

Organic cosmetics contain 30 to 40% of active ingredients of natural origin known for their efficacy, whereas conventional cosmetics often only contain the 1 to 2%. In addition to being more efficient, they contain far fewer synthetic ingredients harmful to health and the environment .

Are organic cosmetics more expensive?

With the democratization of organic beauty products, the price range has become as varied as that of conventional cosmetics. Therefore, you will find organic products accessible and available everywhere even in supermarkets. Choosing organic cosmetics is also to prefer take care of your skin, your health and the planet favoring more noble and respectful ingredients. Therefore, it is necessary to take into account the quality / price ratio if you want to favor more natural and effective treatments.

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Are organic cosmetics nice?

A few years ago, organic cosmetics were criticized for their unpleasant textures and odors. The innovation of organic and natural cosmetics has continued to evolve and the sensoriality is at the heart of the products .

Organic cosmetics today offer textures varied and pleasant, that easily penetrate the skin without leaving a greasy, sticky finish. Likewise for perfumes, formulated exclusively with ingredients of natural origin, they are worked by formulators and perfumers who create divine scents .

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Are organic products kept for a shorter period of time?

On each product, a small pictogram that represents an open bottle. This is the PAO (Period after opening) . It tells you, in months, the recommendation of the duration of use of the product once opened. In general, the shelf life after opening varies from 6 to 24 months for classic and de 6 to 12 months for organic cosmetics .

NB: For hygiene reasons, whether the product is organic or not, it is preferable to renew the treatment every 6 to 8 months after opening.

How do I know if my cosmetic product is really organic?

Only the official labels present on the packaging of the products are the guarantee that the cosmetic complies with certain manufacturing and composition rules and is in fact organic.

For example, all treatments of Leonia are attached with the ECOCERT labels, our certification body and COSMEBIO.

Tags like Ecocert , Cosmebio Cosmos Organic They are the most widespread in France and guarantee a composition that is respectful with the environment and your skin.

The main ecological labels in cosmetics


The Spanish BioVidaSana certification system is a standard aimed at Spanish companies that manufacture and market natural and organic cosmetics. Allow small and medium-sized enterprises (including manual enterprises) to enter the market. It was created by the lack of supervision of natural and organic cosmetics, thus avoiding misleading claims.

The standard BioVidaSana generally contains the following points:

  • The main ingredients of the cosmetics are natural and / or ecological.
  • Do not use natural or synthetic ingredients or additives that are prohibited by the standard.
  • Do not use raw materials or products that have been irradiated, tested on animals, contain genetically modified ingredients, contain nanoparticles, or contaminate or harm the environment.


Cosmebio was defines herself as ” the professional association for natural, ecological and organic cosmetics . The association brings together all the players in the sector and brings together nearly 400 members in France and internationally. Since 2002, Cosmebio has been working in favor of the development of natural and organic cosmetics from organic farming products and green chemicals. ”.

To carry this label, a product must be manufactured by a member company of the association Y its formula must have been certified organic by the ECOCERT and Quality France standards . Only these two standards are considered to comply with the statutes of the COSMEBIO association.

Cosmebio labeled products do not contain synthetic fragrances, synthetic colorants, GMOs, synthetic preservatives, ionizing treatments and the finished products are not tested on animals. They must also respect:

  • At least 95% natural ingredients and of natural origin
  • At least 95% of the plant ingredients are from organic farming
  • At least 10% of all ingredients are from organic farming

Cosmos Organic

The presence of the logo with the word COSMOS ORGANIC attached below indicates that the cosmetic is organic according to the current COSMOS specifications with:

  • 95% minimum ingredients of natural origin
  • 95% minimum organic ingredients in all ingredients that can be organic (such as plants, beeswax, milk, etc.)
  • 20% minimum of organic ingredients on the total product (10% for rinse products and minerals; water and minerals considered non-organic because they are not grown)


NaTrue is a international non-profit association which aims to offer a harmonized label for natural cosmetics.

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  • The 95% of the natural ingredients or of natural origin must be from organic farming.
  • A limited number of authorized manufacturing processes (without irradiation, for example)
  • Environmentally friendly practices
  • No fragrance or synthetic coloring
  • No petrochemicals

There are three levels of certification: natural cosmetics (maximum naturalness), partially organic natural cosmetics and organic cosmetics.

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