"Natural" or "Chemical Free" vs. "Synthetic": What's the diff?

All about natural vs synthetic in skincare and haircare


Many customers prefer to use products with natural ingredients only, and without harmful chemicals. But this is when it gets confusing: scientifically, the biological effect of a particular chemical is the same, whether it is synthesized in a lab or isolated from natural sources in a lab.

Beyond that, there is no direct correlation between the benefits & dangers of a chemical and whether it has been "manmade" or naturally found.

It is important to distinguish between a chemical that is "synthetic" but structurally identical to a natural one, and a synthetic one that is not found in nature.

The bottom line is that any ingredient needs to be proven safe and effective in its intended quantity by research.

To ease your mind, every ingredient we used is in that category! Naturally derived or structurally identical, and safe for use.

It's a bit amusing to hear marketing jargon like "chemical free" when it comes to cosmetic products. Of course, even water is a chemical! Even though this humorous video is about the food industry, it brings home the point about the use of the term in cosmetics & skincare too:

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Are cosmetics safer in Europe?

Have you ever heard someone conjecture that cosmetics are safer in Europe because they "ban over 1,000 dangerous ingredients and the U.S. only bans 8?" As usual, the truth is a lot more complicated, and in fact cosmetics in the U.S. are effectively just as safe as their European counterparts.

Our colleagues over at The Beauty Brains teamed up with a U.K.-based cosmetic chemist Colin Sanders to explain the ins and outs of the relatively new cosmetic laws in the E.U. vis-a-vis U.S. FDA regulations.

Read more about it here:


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