What are Certified Organic products, exactly?
In the beauty world, there are plenty of buzzwords thrown around that can leave you feeling, well, confused.
One term you’ve definitely heard of is ‘Certified Organic’. You may know Certified Organic products are kind to your body, but what are they, exactly? And how are they different from products that aren’t Certified Organic?
To clear everything up, we chatted to Vanessa Grey, founder of Certified Organic skin care brand, Vanessa Megan, about why organic products are a real treat for your skin.
Q. What are the benefits of using Certified Organic skin care products?
A. Certified Organic skin care products undergo a complex certification process to ensure they use Certified Organic ingredients and that no chemicals, synthetic ingredients, or fragrances have been used at any stage of making the products. After this process, the products are safe to use. They’re made with natural oils, essential oils and plant extracts high in vitamins and antioxidants for the best results.
As the largest organ of your body, your skin absorbs what you put on it deep into your system. This means your body effectively ‘eats’ anything put on your skin. That’s why we suggest reading the labels of skin care and make-up products you use. Be aware of the chemicals you might be consuming through your skin and research what they actually are and how they affect the body.
Q. What is the philosophy behind the Vanessa Megan brand?
A. I believe in living a conscious life, being at peace with nature and looking after each other. The Vanessa Megan brand gives you the choice to live healthily, and feel good and naturally beautiful. I’ve been working passionately on developing formulations that are unique and innovative, resulting in healthy and beautiful skin. Our philosophy is: “You should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn't eat.” We wouldn’t eat chemicals, mineral oils, parabens, PEGs, artificial preservatives, colours or fragrances, so we certainly won’t feed them to you through your skin.
Q. How does the Vanessa Megan brand do its bit for the environment?
A. Firstly, we use only natural and Certified Organic ingredients in our products. By choosing high-quality ingredients, we invest in and support companies producing those ingredients without using any chemicals or harming the environment. Also, being a boutique skin care company, we are able to manage our resources precisely, so there is no wastage of any sort. Our packaging is 100 per cent recyclable!
Q. Can you talk us through the Vanessa Megan Holy Trinity Pack? How does it treat the skin?
A. The Holy Trinity Pack contains three products that make your skincare regime very simple and enjoyable while achieving the best results. It’s perfect for all skin types, and you’ll feel the difference in just 24 hours.
The pack features the gentle Petitgrain Cream Cleanser, which contains essential oils of petitgrain and lemongrass as well as coconut oil, shea butter and vitamin E. It washes away the pollutants of the day, and allows the skin’s natural pH to balance itself. It doesn’t sting the eyes.
The N.E.O Nature’s Elixir Face Oil is an intensely nourishing and skin-strengthening Certified Organic facial oil. It assists in replenishing, restoring and promoting skin cell growth, which may also help in reducing pigmentation and blemishes. It contains Certified Organic base oils high in vitamins A, E, P and K, making it like an organic multi-vitamin shot for your skin. As a bonus, it gives your skin a hint of bronze colour.
The Certified Organic Rose Water Spray is wonderful as a natural toner and spritzer to hydrate and refresh your skin. Try mixing the rose water and a couple of drops of the Face Oil – this will help the oil to absorb deeper into the skin layers.
Q. What are the upcoming trends in skin care?
A. I think consumers will become more aware of the differences between chemical, synthetic, natural, and organic skin care. I’ve noticed that increasingly, consumers are choosing natural multifunctional skin care products that are non-toxic, chemical-free, and alcohol-free with anti-ageing and nourishing properties.
Do you use certified organic products? Would you like to try the Vanessa Megan range?