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Simplified Organic Skincare

simplified organic skincare

Recent years have seen immense interest in restoring natural ways of living. Organic lifestyle brings the predicament of misplaced beliefs and, more importantly, unrealistic expectations. This post discusses simplified organic skincare and living, and critical take-home points.

A compounding confusion with the terms natural and organic is a common share issue with consumer’s understanding of a cosmetic product.

Cosmetic products are frequently labeled as “all-natural”, or “organic” on the front label or the name of the company itself contains words such as natural and organic leading to a belief that the product itself is natural and organic. It is often not the case. Simplified organic skincare is a concept of utilizing natural substances in their best form while retaining effectiveness.

For example, a jar of high-quality, organic peanut butter at a local store had a transparent oil layer floating on the top. This appearance was quite different as the other jars had their peanut butter smooth and even.

At first sight, the jar with a floating oil layer might look like an old, spoiled product. In reality, this product was made fresh and did not use any gums or binding material to keep peanut butter solids and oils together.

In our opinion, such a product reflect vital principles of purity and delivering nature in its purest form. Since terms such as organic and natural are common, it is prudent for a consumer to thoroughly evaluate a product.

Another example. Organically grown fruits and vegetables will ripen fast and even spoil in a few days of harvest. On the other hand, chemically-treated fruits and vegetables can withstand the forces of nature much longer. While longer shelf-life is convenient, added chemicals and other substances are harmful to our body.

Similarly, organic cosmetic products contain naturally preserved substances. These products have a shorter shelf-life but provide natural results and free of harmful chemicals. Over the long run, embracing simplified organic skincare and living brings many benefits to life. You can read more about organic living here.

The following question and answer section will help you demystify Simplified Organic Skincare further:

1)Does the word “Organic” written on a label mean the product is organic?

Short answer- No. The devil is in the detail. One needs to read the product label in its entirety and understand it. A product may contain some but not all organic contents. Some products use synthetic preservatives, defying the purpose of using organic products. You can read more about how to read a label here.

2) How to tell if a cosmetic product is organic?

Again read the label entirely. Look at the ingredient section for product ingredients. It is common to list organic ingredients marked with an asterixis (*). At the end of the ingredient section, a text such as ” *Organic” or “*USDA Organic” indicates specific organic ingredients in the product. It is acceptable that the product may not have all of the ingredients organic.

3) Will organic cosmetics work faster?

Simplified organic living is a lifestyle change rather than an overnight miracle. We suggest setting reasonable expectations and stay the course of natural ways of living. You can read about exceptional lifestyle coach and their journey here.

4) A product worked for my friend. Will it work for me?

The effect of a cosmetic product is not universal. We suggest changing to organic living and set a simple skincare routine. Use organic cosmetics and maintain daily use.

5) What is the difference between organic and natural?

Organic substances grow without artificial, chemical, or modified treatment. Organic products contain ingredients procured organically.

A natural substance grows organically or conventionally (by using chemicals, artificial treatment). One needs to review the product label to find such details and differences.

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Nurturing For Better Tomorrow : Part 1

Nurturing For Better Tomorrow

Introduction: Nurturing For Better Tomorrow.

Conservation efforts for our planet and its natural habitat are dating back to the late 1800s [1]. Simply put, this is a push towards utilizing natural resources in a manner that does not alter, spoil, or deplete.

Human endeavors to create a habitable world have impacted our planet with detrimental effects. Increased transportation and materials use led to the rapid destruction of forests, climate change, seawater, and marine environmental change.

Increased use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), chemicals to change color, taste, and consistency of cosmetics, makeup products, shower products, and food has increased the risk of various diseases in humans, including cancer. The use of potent chemicals to preserve food, cosmetics, and shower products causes multiple skin issues.

This series of blog posts focus on core values of natural conservation, ethical sourcing of supplies, sustainable manufacturing, responsible consumption, and post-consumption recycling.

We will also discuss simple ways to identify products sustainably made with natural resources. We will share tips on manufacturers’ efforts on reducing waste while providing quality products.

Consumer Conservation Ethic

All living creatures of this planet are a consumer of some sort. Those living in the developed and developing parts of the earth consume the most resources available to us. A well-informed consumer should utilize available resources with conservation in mind.

Former US president Theodor Roosevelt initiated a conservation ethic in the United States.

“The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem, it will avail us little to solve all others.”

– Theodor Roosevelt [2]

Use nature-derived products, conserve for a better tomorrow!

The “R” for Restoration.

Four “R” s express consumer conservation ethics: “Rethink, Reduce, Recycle, Repair.” [1] Several measures such as moral purchasing, ethical purchasing, sustainable and renewable resources, and preventing harm to air, soil, and water quality forms the basis of consumer conservation ethics.

Rethink

A recent biodiversity study with data from 2011 to 2020 published in Science magazine [3] demonstrated some increase in protected land and marine areas globally. Still, the resources to these areas remain low and increased social pressure. The scientists and conservationists propose various models to improve conservations using goal-based methods for 2021 to 2030 [4].

It is clear that assigning a piece of land or water as a protected area does not reduce human activity’s impact on natural resources. It is our responsibility to think of multi-faceted ideas to aid the sensible consumption of available resources. How do we do that?

A visual attraction forms the basis of modern marketing, whether online or in stores. Do you recollect stores offering virtual experience, in-room experience from appliances to shoes? This method is referred to as “visual merchandising” and has a significant impact on various products’ sales. [5]

Time to apply this science and “Rethink.” We buy numerous products packaged in shiny, attractive boxes and wraps. But, the box and the “protective wrap” go straight to the trashcan. No need to juggle, all of us have done it frequently! Even worse, how much of that thin plastic is recyclable?

Choose products that help reduce waste. It isn’t hard!

If a product were available without unnecessary boxes and wraps, you would prevent so much waste! Modern transportation can deliver products without excessive use of resources.

At Kusum Cosmetics, we promote conservation by reducing unnecessary packaging and creating efficient transportation methods to reduce waste. Instead of using attractive boxes and wraps, we choose to connect our clients by staying transparent on our bottling! More on labels and packaging here.

Reduce

Reducing the use of material that is not recyclable or biodegradable effectively practices natural conservation. Many cosmetic products use synthetic materials, chemically formulated pesticides, preservatives, acids, artificial colors, and fragrances.

Synthetic material is hard to change by natural methods and much cheaper when produced in bulk. Using such materials translates into increased shelf life and thus more profit for someone. However, these benefits come at the cost of ill effects on you and your loved ones’ skin and health.

Let everyone enjoy nature in its purest form!

Pillars of nature created Kusum Cosmetics. We promote naturally derived ingredients in their purest form and minimize the use of non-biodegradable materials. Our bottling material is recyclable, and we use naturally derived organic ingredients and preservatives. You can participate in nature conservation by replacing products made with natural ingredients. When used sensibly, natural ingredients are healthy, bio-friendly, and harmless to other components of nature.

Recycle

Recycling produces new material from processing waste material. This concept is not new; it has been a common practice for most human history [6] Industrial revolution has opened the avenue to effectively recycling various materials. Consumer participation on an individual level is vital for any recycling program to remain effective.

In other words, we, the consumers, must thoughtfully separate recyclable material and deposit according to local standards to support recycling programs. Many countries, states, and cities have adopted legislation that minimizes non-recyclable materials and promotes ways to increase recyclable material deposition. Trash collection agencies in various parts of the world provide labeled containers for organic waste (going to farmland as fertilizer), recyclable waste (going to recycling plant), and remaining waste (going for landfill/other disposition).

Recycling. Simple, easy, and effective.

Kusum Cosmetics participates in recycling by choosing suppliers that intend to use recyclable packaging and employing nearly 100% post-consumer recyclable materials for product packaging.

Repair

Think of gluing a torn paper! Plan to use our bottles in creative ways for as long as you can! This concept helps reduce strain on the ecosystem by reusing the same material in various ways to maximize efficiency. Consider reusing an empty bottle of shower gel by filling it with natural hand soap!

Best from Waste. Torn glove, used tape, discarded ribbon. Repaired with love!

How do you feel after reading through this brief discussion? Let us know. We hope that you found this post informative and useful. You can read Part 2 of this blog post here.

Disclaimer-This website and content, comment, writing, or authors/contributors/writers do not provide or suggest medical, legal, or professional advice, opinion, or service. The information shared on this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Reference:

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nature_conservation

[2] Leopold, A. (1966) A Sand County Almanac New York: Oxford University Press.

[3] Visconti P, Butchart SM, Brooks TM et al. Protected area targets post-2020. Science. Vol 364, Issue 6437, pp.239-241.

[4] Rethinking Conservation efforts for improved biodiversity. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190411145110.htm

[5] https://www.orderhive.com/visual-merchandising-affect-store-sales

[6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recycling

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Natural Butters for Skin.

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Key Insights:

  • What is plant-based butter?
  • How is natural, plant-based butter made?
  • Composition of skin-friendly butter.
  • How to use body butter?
  • Summary.

Skin is a complex fusion of various fatty acids. We discussed various natural oils, their composition, and micronutrients in the previous blog post. You can read it here. Different plants have skin-friendly fatty acids, and using them helps you keep your skin youthful.

What is plant-based butter?

Plant-based butter is a fat and protein component of natural fruit. Natural butter is solid to semi-solid at room temperature due to low water content.

How is butter made?

Plant-based butter is extracted from the seed or fruit. Raw, unrefined process of extraction produces butter with the top-quality skin-friendly fat and retains natural micronutrients. Refined and ultra-refined butter removes biological color particles, several fatty acids and thus appears softer and white. But, it also removes skin-friendly fatty acids and micronutrients.

Skin-friendly butter-Composition.

We will discuss Shea butter, Cocoa butter, and Mango butter in this article. These are excellent sources of skin-friendly fatty acids and micronutrients.

Shea butter

Shea butter is extracted from the nut of the shea tree. Raw, unrefined shea butter typically consists of oleic acid, stearic acid, linolenic acid, linoleic acid, palmitic acid, and arachidic acid.1

Thrive Body Butter

Thrive body butter is an excellent deep moisturizer with raw, unrefined, unscented organic Shea butter whipped with Argan and Soybean oils.

Cocoa butter

Cocoa butter is an extract from the bean of the Cacao tree. It is used for making chocolate. However, it has many skin-friendly fatty acids such as Palmitoleic acid, Stearic Acid, and Oleic acid.2

Glow Body Butter

Glow body butter is another excellent deep moisturizer with raw, unrefined, unscented organic Cocoa butter whipped with Sesame and Soybean oils. It has a pleasant, natural aroma.

Mango butter

Daytime Kindle Body Lotion

Mango butter is an extract from the kernel of the fruit of the mango tree. It is pale yellow, semi-solid at room temperature, and has a pleasant natural aroma. Unrefined organic mango butter is used in body lotion, such as Daytime Kindle body lotion.

How to use body butter?

Body butter melts at body temperature and provides deep moisturizing. Thrive and Glow body butter are excellent for excessively dry areas of skin, such as the skin over the joint and palm of the hands and feet. Daytime Kindle containing organic Mango butter is excellent as a whole body lotion. Deep moisturizing properties provide round the clock hydration to the skin.

Summary

Naturally occurring, plant-based body butter contains skin-friendly substances and micronutrients. Raw, unrefined, organic body butter provides excellent hydration and nourishment to the skin.

How do you feel after reading through this brief discussion? Let us know. We hope that you found this post informative and useful.

Reference:

1-Davrieux, F., Allal, F., Piombo, G., Kelly, B., Okulo, J. B., Thiam, M., Diallo, O. B. & Bouvet, J.-M. (2010) (2010). “Near Infrared Spectroscopy for High-Throughput Characterization of Shea Tree (Vitellaria paradoxa) Nut Fat Profiles. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 58, 7811-7819”. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 58 (13): 7811–7819.

2-http://convert-to.com/656/cocoa-butter-conversion-and-nutrition.html

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Organic Cosmetics

organic cosmetics

Key Insights

  • “Organic” Explained.
  • Organic Lifestyle.
  • The Case for Organic Cosmetics.
  • Features of Organic Cosmetics.
  • How to Spot Organic Cosmetics.
  • Your Contribution to nature.
  • Summary.

What is Organic Meaning?

A simple definition of Organic would be any substance derived from a living matter. A broader definition of Organic would be any substance derived from a living thing without synthetic chemicals, engineered processes, and unnatural habitat.

The Organic Lifestyle.

Organic means food material for most people. However, eating organically derived foods, living a least burdensome lifestyle, and conserving energy is part of a natural lifestyle.

How can we help the environment by using organic cosmetics? How do I spot natural products?

Are you excited? Keep reading.

The Case for Organic Cosmetics

Chic Hair Bath

The market for Cosmetics and Beauty industry grows by five percent every year. There is ever increasing demand for skin care and beauty products due to increasing population, awareness, and desire. The industry cannot meet this demand by using only natural elements. Therefore, synthetic chemicals that simulate the effects of naturally occurring substances are extensively used in making cosmetics, beauty, and skincare products. These are produced in mass, cost less, and have a longer shelf life, a win-win for the manufacturer! The extensive use of synthetic chemicals in food, skincare, and the environment surrounding us is known to increase the risk of ill health.

Features of Organic Cosmetics.

Green Scrub

Organic cosmetic products use naturally occurring substances and gentle preservatives. These provide natural effects and help you take good care of your skin and hair in the most natural form.

How to Spot Organic Cosmetics.

Serene Face Cleanser

It is a common belief to accept a product as “natural” or “organic” because the front label reads “all-natural,” or the company has the word “organic” in its name.

We suggest reading the entire product label carefully. More information on product labels are here, and here. You will be surprised how quickly you can spot ingredients, preservatives, and sourcing of the ingredients, just by reading the entire label. Reading the product label takes less than a minute and worth it. Make an effort.

Organic cosmetics generally use natural oils, butter, fragrances, and food-grade preservatives. Organic ingredients are marked with asterisks (*) symbol and explained as “Organic” or “USDA Certified Organic” at the end of the ingredients section. The products that have a single ingredient may carry a “Certified Organic,” “USDA Certified Organic,” or similar certification. Finally, the website of the manufacturer has additional information on their products, ingredients, sourcing methods.

Organic Cosmetic companies may use Cruelty-Free, or No Animal Testing policy, Vegan contents, ethical sourcing of their materials, and avoid harsh chemicals in their products.

Your Contribution to Nature.

When you purchase organic cosmetic products, you contribute to preserving natural cultivation, ethical farming, and responsible sourcing. As the demand for organic products grows, such contributions have a significant impact on conserving nature. There is nothing better than leaving beautiful earth for our generations!

Summary

Organic living is more than eating something that is labeled “organic” in some way. Adapting to a natural lifestyle and its principles helps you live better and conserve nature. Organic cosmetics reduce harmful impact on you and the environment by using naturally occurring substances and preservatives.

How do you feel after reading through this brief discussion? Let us know. We hope that you found this post informative and useful.

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