The Beauty Products That Should (and Should Not) Be Bought Organic



I like to consider myself a reasonable balance of holistic and shrewd—as someone who's wellness-obsessed, I'm understandably concerned with what goes into my body, but as a 20-something trying to hack it in a creative field, I’m just as conscious of what’s coming out of my wallet. Thus, it’s always been a priority to parse out which pricier natural products are actually worth investing in. Thanks to information like the Environmental Working Group’s list of the safest conventionally grown produce, knowing what to buy organic (and what to skip) is a breeze at the grocery store. Unfortunately, shopping for beauty can be a totally different story.

Of course, there are environmental reasons to opt for sustainably manufactured whenever possible; after all, the chemicals in our products eventually end up in our landfills and water supply. When it comes to our health, however, is where things get murky: The beauty industry isn’t subject to FDA regulation, and terms like “natural” and “organic” can be confusing (or even misleading).

To complicate things further, not all chemicals are necessarily hazardous. Preservatives, for example, keep harmful bacteria at bay. Plus, there’s a reason chemicals started showing up in our products in the first place—sometimes, the organic option just doesn’t work as well. I suspected that just like at the supermarket, there has to be a smart way to determine which organic and natural products are worth the higher price point. So I enlisted a bevy of experts to determine which beauty buys you should always be organic—and which ones you can skip. See what they had to say below.

Next up, take a look at how to know if your makeup is truly organic.

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