I have worked in the skin care industry for over 16 years, and I get these questions all the time; what does natural mean and what is organic skincare? These terms are thrown around a lot in the skincare industry. Labels say 100% natural, or organic, or made with organics, but what does that really mean, and who made up those regulations?
Natural skin care is not a regulated term yet and certified organic is a system that is designed for agriculture, not for skin care. There are several agencies in the US that are trying to gain dominion over the terms “natural” and “organic” and their use in skin care products, but no one agency has come out on top yet. Most guidelines for skin care fall under the same guidelines as dietary supplements, but those two types of products are not the same. Having the same guidelines for each makes it extremely difficult to be in compliance when it comes to creating effective skin care products.
A natural ingredient means from nature, no chemicals to alter the product, and no synthetic way of changing the ingredient from one form to another. When referencing a finished product, the whole product (packaging included) must be recyclable or renewable. Plant extracts, oils, butters, and essential oils are all healthy, positive ingredients that come from nature and can help your body.
Organic in terms of certified organic; means the ingredient is grown without the use of conventional pesticides or chemicals, growth hormones, genetically modified origins, and that these processes are documented and tracked over a certain amount of time to ensure the quality of the growing environment. All ingredients listed on Susie Q Skin Care’s ingredient decks that state “organic” are certified organic.
When selecting your natural anti-aging skin care and tattoo aftercare products, we believe strongly in choosing nature over man made chemicals. Products like Vaseline and Aquaphor are cheaper, but they are full of nasty additives that do not nourish your skin. Your tattoo is not only your art, it is also a portal inside your body.
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The FDA has the final say about what is on our product labels, how ingredients are listed, what is recognized as “reasonably” safe for ingestion (both through the skin and by ingestion), and which products must be labeled as OTC (over the counter). This means they are considered medical treatments and claim to cure or remedy a health issue or malady. The FDA does not regulate or certify any personal care products as organic or natural.
In 1936, the Natural Products Association (NPA) was established. They claim to be the oldest non-profit agency dedicated to natural products. In recent years they have become one of the loudest voices supporting and pushing for legislation for natural skin care and supplement regulation.
Per their website, “Under the Natural Standard for Personal Care Products, allowed ingredients come from or are made from a renewable resource found in nature (flora, fauna, mineral), with absolutely no petroleum compounds”. The clause about no petroleum compounds is paramount. because crude oil (petroleum) is technically natural, but it is in no way healthy for us or our planet.
The NPA has defined four areas they consider to be parameters to define “natural” products:
Susie Q Skin tattoo aftercare products comply 100% with these guidelines.
USDA/NOP - The United States Department of Agriculture is the only agency that officially regulates the term “Certified Organic”. The program for certifying organic products under the USDA is called NOP (National Organics Program). According to their regulations, the NOP’s organic standard:
“Regulates the production and handling of farm raised crops, wild harvested crops, and livestock management. Organically produced crops are grown without most conventional pesticides, petroleum-based fertilizers, or sewage sludge-based fertilizers. Organically raised animals cannot be given hormones or antibiotics, and they must be fed organic feed and be given access to the outdoors. A certified organic product composed of a percentage of organically grown and processed ingredients.”
All products that are certified by the NOP must comply with a minimum criterion for production, handling, processing, labeling, and certification standards. The NOP has four categories of certification.