Organic or Natural?


How are you?  In which market is there a better opportunity for success right now?

Natural Skincare and Cosmetics

or Organic skincare and cosmetics?



  • BobzchemistBobzchemist Member, PCF student
    In the US, anything "organic" has to be "certified organic" by USDA regulations. Doing this doubles or triples the costs of manufacturing + raw materials. I don't think anyone's making much money going that route.
    Robert Zonis, Sr. Formulation Chemist, Beaumont Products "All opinions and comments expressed are my own, have no relation to Beaumont Products, are fully copyrighted, and may not be used without written permission."
  • CC7CC7 Member
    Thanks so much Bob!
  • Here's a handy little guide for labeling requirements for "organic" cosmetics.

    You'll find a lot of companies go with the "made with 70 percent certified organic ingredients" or just denote specific ingredients on the ingredient list as "certified organic". That way you get around the hefty manufacturing price increases necessary to certify products as "organic" according to USDA regulations.
  • @Iaskedbetter - Thanks for this, that link was not working properly, but I managed to figure it out:
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    I've not seen any evidence that most consumers know that there is a difference between "organic" and "natural" cosmetics.  So, go the natural route, it's much easier to produce products.  Aveeno calls itself natural and is purely a greenwashing effort.
  • @Perry + @Iaskedbetter ...... LIKES! LIKES! LIKES! LIKES!

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