Is Green Skin Care Real “Green” in Natural or Organic Skin Care Products?

There is so much confusion lately about “what works to make your skin look it’s best” and “what the ingredients really are that are contained in the products” we put on ourselves, that it’s time to define a few things.


Natural skin care is the care of the skin (the largest organ of the body) using naturally-derived ingredients (such as herbs, roots, essential oils and flowers) combined with naturally occurring carrier agents, preservatives, surfactants, humectants and emulsifiers (everything from natural soap to oils to pure water). The classic definition of natural skin care is based on using botanically sourced ingredients currently existing in or formed by nature, without the use of synthetic chemicals, and manufactured in such a way to preserve the integrity of the ingredients.


Green skin care consists of products, procedures and equipment designed to have a reduced environmental impact while maintaining superior performance. These programs are being designed for a variety of markets where the products can make an immediate impact. The focus is on healthy alternatives to synthetic and preserving the environment.

Educated skin care clients, including Hollywood celebrities and green activists, who are very informed about maintaining a healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle while being under the pressure of looking fantastic for their profession, have decided to seek out a line of products that combines anti-aging technology with a formulation that is 100% free of harsh industrial chemicals; packaged with environmentally friendly or recycled materials, are manufactured with a reduced carbon footprint while being safe and effective.

Some companies are very open about what is natural and what is not in their products. Burt’s Bees products show a percentage of natural ingredients included in the product. The numbers are often very specific; for example, their royal jelly eye cream is 94.2 percent natural. The company explains that some things can’t be made naturally. For example, vitamin E is wonderful for the skin but unstable in nature.

The fact is, no one really knows how certain chemicals affect us over a time, or how they react in our bodies in combination. Other chemicals have known dangers: Phthalates, for example, which are often found in artificial fragrances, are a class of hormone disruptor known to cause birth defects, sperm damage, infertility, and the feminization of baby boys, for instance.

What is 100% Climate Neutral?

Arrestage Laboratories and others in the USA are now looking into becoming the early leaders in 100% climate friendly carbon neutral skincare range. To be awarded this status by Climate Friendly, an organization who supplies the highest level of gold standard carbon credits, they will join the ranks of companies such as World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, Australian Conservation Foundation and Earthwatch Institute. In fact the Vatican also just became the first sovereign state to go carbon neutral.

Being 100% Carbon Neutral means that you have had both your business and your products assessed for the amount of carbon that we have contributed to the environment. Many companies have already purchased carbon credits which go to neutralize these emissions by contributing to the renewable energy industry, which is the long-term solution for global warming.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, there is no legal definition for “natural” as pertains to natural skin care products.

The term natural implies that ingredients are derived from extracts of plants and animals instead of being synthetically produced. Still, according to the FDA, “There is no basis in fact or scientific legitimacy to the notion that products containing natural ingredients are good for the skin.”

Instead of trusting the label that says “natural,” the FDA advises that you look at the ingredients for any product you are thinking about using. That will tell you a lot about what is in the product and whether it contains something that could cause a reaction for your skin.


  • 4 pounds: Average amount of lipstick a woman will ingest over her lifetime.
  • 11: Percentage of the 10,500 ingredients used in personal-care products that the U.S. government has documented and publicly assessed for safety.
  • 1,110+: The number of ingredients banned in cosmetics in the European Union.
  • 10: The number of ingredients banned in cosmetics in the United States.
  • 600: The number of companies that have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics.
  • 33: Percentage of personal-care products that contain at least one chemical linked to cancer.
  • 22:Percentage of cosmetics contaminated with possible cancer-causing impurity 1,4-dioxane.
  • $160 billion: Amount spent annually on skin- and hair-care, makeup, cosmetic surgery, fragrances, health clubs, and diet products.

Copyright © 2009 Dr. Roy Shapiro *Is Green Skin Care Real “Green” in Natural or Organic Skin Care Products?*

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