Over the past few years, we’ve become more into fashion and beauty products that are eco-friendly and that we can feel good about using. But if you’re new to natural beauty and skincare products, there are a lot of terms that mean different things and knowing which ones to buy can be super overwhelming. But don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. Here’s what the terms mean, so you know what to buy.
In order for a product to be labeled as natural, it has to have just one percent mineral, plant, or nature-derived ingredients. If the product is 100% natural it won’t have any preservatives added and it will have a shorter shelf life.
Organic products are grown with soil that doesn’t have pesticides, toxins, or chemicals sprayed. The products are also manufactured with sustainable ingredients.
Clean means the products don’t have sulfates, phthalates, parabens, pesticides, petroleum derivatives, silicones, artificial colors, and synthetic fragrances.
Vegan products aren’t tested on animals and animal and animal byproducts aren’t used in the ingredients or during manufacturing. Products like dairy, honey, lactic acid, and biotin aren’t used.
Fair trade means the ingredients used like argan oil, coconut oil, and shea butter are purchased at fair prices and the community projects and local farmers who grew them are supported.