Organic Skincare - What Does It Mean?

In a previous blog post, we’ve discussed how natural is one of those very ambiguous terms when it comes to skincare products. But what about organic? Surely there must be a standard for that like there is for food! And there absolutely are some coinciding factors between the process of organic skincare and food. Let’s compare and take a look!

General Definition of Organic

Most people are familiar with the term “organic” in connection with food. Organic refers to the farming method of food or ingredients overall without the use of chemicals, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and any artificial chemicals. Organic also often infers that the ingredient is derived from plants or animals, and left in its most natural state possible. When something is organic, it is pure from contamination or chemicals. 

Organic Certifications for Skincare

Similar to food, there are certifications that ensure high quality and safety for skincare and cosmetic products. These certifications have stringent quality control and testing procedures in order to qualify. For skincare products, two common safety certifications are Ecocert and COSMOS. 


With the COSMOS certification there are the following requirements:

  • 95% of plant-based ingredients must be organic
  • Leave on products: 20% of total ingredients in the formulation must be organic
  • Rinse off products: 10% of total ingredients in the formulation must be organic

Many companies forgo this quality control and certification since it costs large amounts of money to invest into high-quality ingredients, and is easier to forgo. Sometimes a consumer’s health is viewed as less important than the profit a brand can make. 

Why Some Natural Ingredients Aren’t Considered Organic

Certain plant-derived or natural ingredients can’t be considered organic. Even though it’s hard to imagine why they may not be considered that, water, clay, and wild-grown flowers are never given the organic label. Why? Because these are considered in-organic materials from the get go. These can’t qualify for an organic certification not because they fail the label, but because they simply can’t be tested as such. This makes it difficult, if not impossible, to even reach a 100% organic product. 

Organic vs. Natural - What’s Better For Your Skin?

Keep in mind when you buy organic skincare products, that the quality will be higher and is being regularly tested. When purchasing natural skincare products, it’s uncertain what you’re exactly getting and what the standards are (unless it’s clarified somewhere). Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it’s important to remember that whatever we put on our skin is actually absorbed into our bloodstream. Bottom line, if you prefer consuming organic food, you’re most likely going to want to stick to organic skincare products. 

Going organic with your skincare products can be of huge benefit to your skin. Non-organic cosmetic products can often be drying, or even cause more breakouts. Both natural and non-natural cosmetic products can cause breakouts and skin irritation, but going organic may be the answer for you if you have sensitive skin. Overall, organic ingredients tend to absorb better into your skin and therefore produce better results. So if you’re already spending money on skincare products, it’s best to get the most for it! 

Potion Organic 

At Potion Organic, we take pride in using only COSMOS and Ecocert certified ingredients. We take quality extremely seriously and work hard to provide you with high-quality solutions to your skincare needs. Look at our website to read about what we do to ensure the safest and best products for your skin’s health. We use natural ingredients, and organic whenever possible, knowing that they will serve you better. We look forward to being your trusted organic and natural skincare brand!