Organic vs Natural vs Wild Ingredients
Did you know the difference between organic, natural and wild ingredients? If not, don't worry - it can get pretty confusing when you are trying to find the perfect skincare products to yourself. Especially if you are new to more natural skincare, it might be hard to recognise whether the product meets all the requirements. Luckily, we at Koti Lifestyle are here to help you! We'll tell you what's the difference between organic, natural and wild ingredients in skincare products and hopefully, this will make you fell a both more confident when you next time shop beauty products!
Certified organic plants are usually grown commercially in a controlled farm environment. Organically grown plants are better for the environment, as the land they've grown in is unpolluted, and no harmful chemicals, pesticides, fertilisers, or herbicides have been used. Organic certification on a product is your guarantee that the products you're using have been independently tested to make sure they're using the purest ingredients and processing methods available.
While "organic", for the most part, is a regulated term around the world, the same doesn't apply for "natural". Basically you can say that any product is natural. A skincare product that's called natural, can surely contain natural-derived ingredients, but they might be highly processed and potentially even harmful. However, there are great natural cosmetics products in the market as well.
Wild plants are grown naturally, without any human intervention. Wild plants are usually harvested from remote locations, and therefore grown in soil that is alive with nutrients to support their growth.
In many ways, wild and organic plants offer similar benefits and ethics. The difference is that wild plants contain more nutrients than their organically farmed counter-parts. This is because wild plants are exposed to environmental stressors more. Although wild-grown plants can't have organic certification, they can be processed in a way that is approved by the organic certifying bodies. In the UK and Europe, 95% of the ingredients must be organic for a product to be classed as organic.