Tips for choosing healthy organic moisturizers, serums, and body lotions, and avoiding harmful chemicals in skincare products.

Consider looking for products with natural ingredients such as aloe vera, coconut oil, and shea butter. Check for certifications like “USDA certified organic” or “ECOCERT” to ensure the product meets organic standards. Avoid ingredients like parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances. Look for products labeled “unscented” to steer clear of unnecessary fragrances.

Summary of Cosmetics Labeling Requirements

Cosmetics in the US must comply with FDA labeling regulations, including requirements for the principal display panel, net quantity, and firm information, as stated under the FD&C Act and the FP&L Act. Failure to meet these requirements may lead to regulatory action. Cosmetics in the US must comply with FDA labeling regulations. Requirements include labeling for both inside and outside packaging. The principal display panel must state product name, nature/use, and net quantity. Net quantity of contents must be in avoirdupois pound and ounce for solid/viscous cosmetics. Liquid measure must be in terms of the US gallon, quart, pint, and fluid ounce. Firm marketing the product must state name and place of business on the label. If distributor isn’t the manufacturer, this must be clearly stated on the label.


The term “Natural” and “Organic” are not the same.  The market is full of body care products labeled “natural.” Remember that natural is an illusory marketing term not regulated by the government. Organic products are made with ingredients grown without any synthetic chemicals, sewage sludge or GMOs (genetically modified organisms), and are third-party certified.  Organic products typically do not contain synthetic ingredients because you cannot certify a synthetic as organic. “Certified organic” means that an official certifying agency has approved the producer has grown and handled the ingredients adhering to strict procedures. 

The cosmetics industry continues to make products with extremely hazardous chemicals. The FDA claims that these products are safe because they are not consumed orally. You would be amazed to find what the FDA allows to be sold as long as it says, “for external use only.”  Toxic chemicals on the skin quickly lead to toxic blood in the body.  The same is true with fragrance, hair color products and all varieties of personal care products that contain toxic chemicals. The next time you are shopping for any personal care products, keep in mind a good rule I learned from Amazon John, the founder of the Amazon Herb Company: Don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat. 

Environmental Working Group (EWG) released the results of a new investigation that found literally hundreds of cosmetics sold in the U.S. containing chemicals the industry itself has determined to be unsafe even when used as directed. Many of the products lining the shelves of stores in the U.S. actually included chemicals most other countries have outright banned. In a letter to the head of FDA, EWG protested the absence of public health, consumer and environmental organizations at the meeting scheduled for Thursday of this week in Brussels.
Read more of the article from the Environmental Working Group.
Synthetic Chemicals Found in “Organic Products”
“In my quest to live a more sustainable and organic lifestyle, one of my goals has been to uncover and discover personal beauty products that are organic and chemical free. You may wonder why I add chemical free to my qualifications. You may think organic products must be chemical free because they are organic, right? Wrong.

You would be surprised at the uses of the synthetic chemicals commonly found in cosmetic and personal care products. The same chemicals used in these products are used in industrial manufacturing processes to grease gears, clean industrial equipment and scour a cement floor. Chemicals used to clean industrial equipment may not be the safest choice with which to wash one’s face. Some of these chemicals are linked to cancer, birth defects and other health problems that continue to rise in the human race.”
Read more of Laura Klein’s My Quest for Organic Skincare at the
200 Chemicals A Day
“Natural, organic products are gentle on the inside, while actively working on the outside to rejuvenate the skin. Consumers are offered health and beauty products that are non-toxic and safe. There is nowhere that you will find ingredients that will leave your skin looking more gorgeous than in nature. The therapeutic powers of Mother Earth have been used in the ancient traditions and customs of our ancestors. Indulging the skin with these properties will repair, protect, and enliven.