What is Green Beauty?
Green beauty composes beauty products sourced, produced, and packaged ethically sustainable and eco-friendly. Unfortunately, many brands claim to be eco-friendly when they really aren't. The reason is that terms like "green," "clean," and "natural" are subjective and not regulated.
What makes naturally sourced ingredients stand out?There's a lot of discussion around preservatives in the beauty world today. It is vital to understand the ingredient labels before choosing a cosmetic or skincare product for ourselves. Preservatives, if not fully understood, can be more harmful than practical.
Here are a few pointers to keep in mind:
Preservatives are not all harmful. For example, an oil-based product requires an excellent antioxidant to keep the product from going bad. Every preservative has its own reason for usage.
Natural preservatives, namely sodium benzoate or potassium sorbate, are safe to use. However, some preservatives should be avoided at all times. For example, despite their similar names, methylparaben and butylparaben are totally different ingredients.
The Concentration of the Preservative
Regulatory agencies understand the use of preservatives. Primarily, a safe limit is imposed on the quantity of preservatives being used instead of banning them totally. Thorough testing can determine the safe concentration well.
The International Programme on Chemical Safety reports that preservative doses of over 600 mg/kg of body weight per day (2.2 pounds is approximately equivalent to 1 kg) have created no adverse effects.
ReactivityProbably the most complicated thing to look out for on a label is reactivity risk, and preservatives aren't exempt from this. For example, I mentioned sodium benzoate earlier, reacting with ascorbic acid to form benzene, a known carcinogen. The risk is shallow when the product doesn't contain both ingredients, to begin with (and further lowered by determining a minimum safe concentration to use); however, it is still there, and it is challenging to look out for.
Natural vs. SyntheticA big question is whether the preservatives I use are naturally sourced. Continuing with the sodium benzoate example, though it's naturally occurring in many fruits and spices, it is almost always extracted and processed in labs.
Does this make it a synthetic preservative? Would it be better for you if it wasn't processed in a lab?Consider that many essential oils require solvents such as hexane or methanol to extract, some of which are inevitably left over. The label certainly won't bring this to your attention, and it may even tout an "all-natural” message on the box.
CD Beauty NYC is a Green Beauty Brand
- Vegan, Natural, Clean, Organic, Eco-Friendly, and Non-Toxic.
- Free from Parabens, Toluene, Lead, Formaldehyde, Fragrance, Phthalates, and Heavy metals.
- Cruelty-free (No testing on animals, ever).