Organic and natural toiletries
Written by Simon Osborne
With the increasing pressure for the world to be more eco-friendly, organic toiletries are becoming more and more popular in today’s luxury industry. Yachting Pages has taken a look at the advantages of these natural products and why they are so popular in the yachting industry of today.
Why organic toiletries?
It is estimated that up to 60% of what we put on our skin gets absorbed into the body and it is no surprise that natural and organic toiletries are increasing in popularity. On average, organic ingredients contain higher levels of vitamin C and essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and chromium as well as cancer-fighting antioxidants.
Regulations can mean that virtually any ingredient could be used in the manufacture of products that are used daily on skin, hair and nails. It only makes sense to search for healthier options and to check what you are using isn’t harmful to your body.
Guaranteed to be natural
In order to be certified organic a product needs to be 95% organic. The other 5% of ingredients need to be approved non organic, which means they must be nontoxic to humans and the environment.
Developments in organic ingredients
Today there is a host of organic high-tech ingredients which have proven efficacy, for example anti-wrinkle, anti-ageing, firming etc. qualities.
Synthetic chemicals in skincare, combined with the pollution our skin faces daily, can trigger or exacerbate sensitivity. Synthetic ingredients that are commonly used in cosmetics can cause skin sensitisation and allergies, either immediately or through prolonged use.
More and more, environmentally-conscious owners and crews are moving towards organic or sustainably-sourced ranges. Green is the future; it’s no longer just about having a quality product, users want to feel as though they are doing something good for the environment.
Harmful ingredients found in non-organic toiletries
Many industrial chemicals have reportedly been found in some beauty products such as carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins and hormone disruptor. Reports have stated that some products can even include plasticisers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers (used to get grime off auto parts), and surfactants (they reduce surface tension in water, like in paint and inks).
What to look out for
Some of the most common non-organic skin care products can contain:
- Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
- Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40)
- Polyethylene Glycol
Experts advise you should avoid chemical such as:
- Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (FRPs)
- Anything with the generic term fragrance
Be aware of synthetics
Be careful that the ingredients you are looking for are not synthetic versions, but natural versions of that particular ingredient, as synthetic versions can all be harmful. So some products may say they are made from natural ingredients but the substances listed are actually synthetic chemicals derived from a natural product.
Specialist companies for superyachts
It is becoming common for the interior staff of superyachts to request all products to be organic or natural. (Link to news story) There are specific companies who can help guests, owners and crew get these organic and natural toiletries, ensuring all products are authentically natural and organic.