What determines your choice when it comes to body and hair care cosmetics? Most of us decide to use natural products. One thing though, which one are actually the best: ecological, BIO or perhaps vegan? Check out below if you know what differs them.
The amount of cosmetics the beauty industry is saturated with can cost you a headache. Especially to those of you who don’t know the difference between BIO, ecological, natural and vegan cosmetics. What should you choose if you want to take care of your skin with respect to nature?
As the name indicates, natural cosmetics are products created with substances that occur naturally in nature – oils, floral waters, macerate, extracts. There are also present animal-based substances that are obtained without any harm to the animals, such as honey, beeswax, royal jelly.
However, it is worth knowing that the law is not regulating the definition and natural cosmetics can be called many products – often these are cosmetics that do not contain 100% natural ingredients. You should always read the composition to makes sure that the given cosmetic is natural and its action is based only on natural ingredients.
One of the groups among natural cosmetics are ecological cosmetics, in other words, cosmetics with carefully selected ingredients. What ingredients specifically? Such that come from ecological plantations with proper certificates. There must be at least 95% of them.
You should know that an ecological cosmetic:
- contains ecological plantation ingredients,
- is made in a natural way with no artificial ingredients,
- is placed in a biodegradable container.
If you want to be sure that the cosmetic you buy is ecological, look for ECOCERT, COSMOS, COSMEBIO certificates. These are products that contain, for example, organic oils.
Another group is biocosmetics, which is a yet different type of natural cosmetics. These are similar to ecological cosmetics as they also have to contain natural ingredients and there are no synthetic components, colorants, etc.
The difference? Ecological cosmetics have to have 95% of natural ingredients while biocosmetics need to have around 50%. Still, it is entirely accepted definition because in case of biocosmetics many countries do not yet have any regulations in law about it – manufacturers can use ‘BIO’ in their names as they please.
Time for the last group. When it comes to vegan cosmetics it’s simple – these are all cosmetics that have no animal ingredients in the composition. There cannot be even such ingredients like honey or beeswax, which are obtained with no harm to animals. The composition in these cosmetics is natural.
Additionally, vegan cosmetics cannot be tested on animals. You should look for cosmetics with right certificates on the box like the one with a rabbit that confirms it, for example, Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Not Tested On Animals.
BIO, ECO, VEGE – WHAT TO CHOOSE?
If you strive for natural skincare, it is best to limit harmful ingredients by choosing ecological cosmetics. These are natural which is confirmed by proper certificates and composition with 95% of natural ingredients. If you additionally care for cruelty-free cosmetics, the best solution is to go for vegan cosmetics that have no animal ingredients while still having ecological formula.