Yes, we are confronted every day.
How can I avoid greenwashed skincare products?
First, what is greenwashing? It means giving the impression that the product is something that it is not. For example, calling a synthetic face wash all-natural when it isn’t.
Claims about natural, organic, and botanical are very loosely regulated. Therefore, you need to do some research yourself.
Also, the “free-from” claims are useless. You still need to look at what is IN the product. To see if there is anything else that you don’t want to be exposed to. And that’s why it’s so difficult these days.
And so, we pose the question. How can I avoid greenwashed skincare products?
My advice. Read the product ingredient label. By applying some simple rules you can start to distinguish good from suspect products. My simple rules are:
(1) Avoid products with the words parfum, perfume, and fragrance in the ingredients list. These are all synthetic.
(2) In product ingredient lists look for layman’s terms in parentheses, so you know what the ingredient is. For example, Cymbopogon flexuosus (Lemongrass) oil.
(3) Avoid products containing PEG, MEA/DEA/TEA, ALS/ALES/SLS/SLES, EDTA, etc.
(4) The order of ingredients is important. The first listed ingredient is the most concentrated ingredient in the product. Knowing this, you can easily determine the relative concentration of each ingredient in a product. What if you find that Shea Butter listed behind some synthetic ingredients? Then you know that the product contains more of these synthetic ingredients than Shea Butter.
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Dr Mike Thair
Master Formulator & Co-Founder
Indochine Natural Sdn Bhd