Which are some natural beauty products

What is natural cosmetics?

What are the advantages of certified natural cosmetics?

Manufacturers of certified natural cosmetics must adhere to the standards of the natural cosmetics seal, which go beyond the legal requirements for cosmetics. The following rules apply to the common natural cosmetics seals:

  • Ingredients based on petroleum, silicones and PEG (polyethylene glycols: substances that are often used as emulsifiers or foaming agents in conventional cosmetic products) are prohibited in certified natural cosmetics.
  • Many substances that are problematic for the environment and health are forbidden in certified natural cosmetics, including mineral oil-based microplastics and many preservatives. Only mineral light protection filters are allowed. However, nanoparticles are not prohibited.
  • Natural raw materials such as vegetable oils can be changed through defined chemical reactions. Only very few chemically produced substances such as some pigments and nature-identical preservatives are allowed.
  • There are stricter bans on animal experiments than required by law.
  • Depending on the seal, at least some of the ingredients must come from organic farming. In the list of ingredients, organic ingredients are often specially marked, for example with an asterisk.

Tips for allergy sufferers

Anyone suffering from an allergy should always compare the ingredients on the packaging with their allergy passport - regardless of whether they are natural cosmetics or not. Because natural essential oils and plant extracts can also trigger allergies.
For people with an allergy, there are special natural cosmetics without fragrances in stores. In some cases, it also bears the seal of the German Allergy and Asthma Association (DAAB).
Allergy sufferers can replace creams and lotions with a pure, skin-nourishing vegetable oil such as jojoba oil or almond oil, which is applied to damp skin. Even with such oils, you should avoid the allergens you are reacting to; for example, someone with a peanut allergy should not use peanut oil.

How do I recognize certified natural cosmetics?

The most common natural cosmetics seals in Germany are the NATRUE seal and the BDIH seal.

You can find more information about the cosmetic seals here.

Plant on it - nature in?

Even with chemical oxidation hair dyes, cosmetics advertising gives us the impression of being natural by showing pictures of plants and oils on the packaging. Or it says "with aloe vera" in large letters on the package. In reality, however, the product often consists mainly of chemical-synthetic substances such as paraffin or silicone oil, to which small amounts of herbal ingredients have been added.

There are some cosmetics manufacturers who mainly rely on plant or animal ingredients, but still do not do without certain chemical-synthetic ingredients. Such "near-natural" cosmetic products generally do not meet the requirements of the natural cosmetic seal.