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The Lure of Organic Ingredients

By: Abby Penning
Posted: March 28, 2013, from the April 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Professional skin care is moving into more functional products with super fruits and natural ingredients.

Professional skin care is moving into more functional products with super fruits and natural ingredients.

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Thus, the organic beauty market is becoming richer with opportunities every day, but there are also lots of potential pitfalls along the road for skin care professionals and clients to be aware of.

“Most conventional cosmetics contain synthetic components that are more likely to trigger allergies and adverse reactions, especially for those with sensitive skin,” Daniel Sabará, executive director, Beraca, notes of the growing organic beauty marketplace. “Organic cosmetics source their ingredients from nature and combine them in formulas with no chemical preservatives, thereby reducing the chances of skin irritations. They are also [primarily] manufactured with no animal testing or chemicals that may harm the environment, providing a high added value to the cosmetic product.”

Sabará continues: “The disadvantages can be that the organic ingredients sometimes are more difficult to incorporate in a formula and, because they have more added value, the prices can be higher compared to a synthetic product.”

The biggest factor in the high cost of organic ingredients is their lack of dependable availability. “If you look at farmland, basically an acre of farmland that produces organic ingredients versus an acre of farmland that produces conventional ingredients, you are going to find, because of things like modern pesticides and modern agricultural techniques and modern fertilizers that are maybe not allowed in the USDA Organic standard, the acre of land producing conventional, non-organic ingredients is going to produce a greater amount of crops,” comments Gill. Fondots, however, notes that this issue is gaining more attention, too. “I think in time—and I’ve already seen this in the past few years—a lot of these cost issues will go away,” he says. “The difference between conventional ingredients and certified organic ingredients—that delta is getting smaller, as more growers look to grow and provide organic raw materials and ingredients.”