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In a world full of all kinds of beauty products, it's hard to know the best products to use on your body. You want something gentle, yet effective. You also want to know it will be safe, without any possible side effects. SkinBotanica is devoted to bringing you the finest natural and organic skin care, body care, hair care, and cosmetics available. You can rest assured that not only will our products help you look your best, they will also help you feel your best as they support your healthy lifestyle.

Want to learn more? See below for our most frequently asked questions, an overview of the certifications you will see on our site, and links to more information about natural and organic products.

What does Natural mean when describing a beauty product?
Natural is a term that is not regulated in the beauty industry, however, at SkinBotanica, we consider natural products to be formulated with ingredients from natural sources, such as plants, flowers, fruit, vegetables, etc. These products do not contain any synthetic chemicals, including parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petrochemicals, fragrances, or dyes.
What are parabens? How do they affect the body?
Parabens are synthetic preservatives commonly used in skin care, hair care, and body care products. They ensure a long shelf life and inhibit the growth of bacteria, yeast, and mold. Although the scientific community and the American Cancer Society say parabens are safe for long-term use, there have been some studies which suggest parabens may lead to an increase in breast cancer, as well as reproductive abnormalities.
What are sulfates? How do they affect the body?
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), also known as Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate, and Sodium Laureth Sulfate are detergents used as foaming agents in a variety of personal care products. They are classified by the FDA as irritants, and often lead to skin or eye irritations. The American Cancer Society and FDA have said sulfates used in personal care products are safe for long-term use and are not known carcinogens.
What are petrochemicals? How do they affect the body?
Petrochemicals are chemicals made from petroleum (crude oil) and natural gas. These products include, mineral oil, paraffin, propylene glycol, and sulfates. Some studies suggest petrochemicals may lead to nerve, liver, and brain damage, birth defects, acute asthma, and cancer.
What are phthalates? How do they affect the body?
Phthalates are a family of compounds made from alcohols and phthalic anhydride. They are oily, colorless, odorless liquids that do not evaporate readily. They are often used in fragrances and nail polish. Although generally considered safe by the scientific community, some studies suggest phthalates may cause birth defects, breast cancer, and an increase in asthma.
What does organic mean when describing a beauty product?
Organic is also a term that is not widely regulated in beauty industry. However, many companies have gone to great lengths to ensure their products meet an organic standard (whether by an organization or by their own set standards). These standards follow the recognized definition of an organic product, which is, a product that contains natural ingredients that have been grown excluding the use of toxic and persistent fertilizers and pesticides, plant growth regulators, sewer sludge, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), with little harm to soil life, animals, depletion of nonrenewable resources, and impact to air and water quality.
What are the benefits of using Natural or Organic products?
There are numerous benefits for using what nature has given us. Natural beauty products interact well with the skin and hair. They are gentle, causing little to no irritation, and often work just as well as their chemical counterparts. For those who want to take their health and the health of the planet a step further, organic is the way to go. Organic products are even safer for the skin, as they are guaranteed to not have any residual chemicals from the way their ingredients were farmed, as well as have no harmful impact on the environment by the way they were grown and harvested.
USDA Seal
The U.S. Department of Agriculture seal indicates a product contains at
least 95% organic ingredients.
Made with Certified Organic Ingredients Seal
A USDA-accredited certifying agent grants this seal to products with at
least 70% organic ingredients.
U.K. Soil Association Seal
The U.K. Soil Association Seal certifies products contain at least
95% organic ingredients.
http://ams.usda.gov/nop/indexNet.htm
http://www.soilassociation.org/
http://www.howtogoorganic.com/
http://organic.org/
http://www.wwf.org/
http://www.treehugger.com/
http://www.gliving.tv/
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