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Have you ever found yourself wondering what makes a product organic? How about feeling lost when you're shopping for new products and you are unsure if the claims on the package are true or not?

We've been there! And we are here to help make that process a little easier.

The first step in identifying an organic product (versus a synthetically based one) is actually pretty simple. It comes down to a few easy to identify things and a few that are a little more tricky to catch.

The very first thing I teach people is Color! Vibrant and catchy colors that mimic something that would be in print or are just too perfect of a shade, usually are synthetic. Natural based dyes come from earth and are naturally occurring therefore they are not harmful to your skin. As an example, I have an orange soap bar that is dyed using Turmeric. The color is achieved by the amount of Turmeric in the soap thus naturally dying the bar. Synthetic dyes are formulated in a lab and made from chemicals and cause many skin irritants people experience today. Fun fact: Even white bars you see on the shelves of many stores today contain a dye to achieve that color as natural soap bars have a tint from the oils used and are more yellow in hue. Another fun fact: almost every big name soap bar is not even soap, it's classified as detergent as it has no natural ingredients contained in it to be labeled a soap. They are almost all synthetic ingredients. This is why they are much cheaper.

The next thing I mention is Scent! Pick up the bar and if that scent is strong, lasts a super long time or gives you a reaction (headache, eye pain, dizziness) put it back! You may not even realize that your soap can cause these reactions, but they can and they do.

The most important step is the next one, Ingredients! This is where you will learn what it was made from; mostly. Companies are not required to tell you what's in their blends as its "proprietary" information. Even if that blend contains dangerous chemicals. Look for ingredient names like paragons, triclosans, dioxane, formaldehyde, phthalates, ethanol amines, sodium laurel sulfate and propylene glycol. These ingredients all have natural alternatives to them, however they are expensive and reduce profits and big name companies don't like that.

We do not use any of these ingredients no matter how little our profit is, we simply dont believe in poisoning people for a profit. You can use the cheaper store brands as well and It wont kill you the first time you use them, but over time it will cause issues that can get worse and more serious with each use. Leaving you to not only need to switch to a better and/or organic brand, but also to now fix an issue you did not have previously.

In the end you need to find a product that works for you, is in your price range and that you love! When I first started this journey I was educating people on what is good versus what is bad. I am continuing that today with this blog of information to help you in your personal care journey. Wether you chose one of our products or another brand, I urge you to take the above steps to make sure you are getting a truly organic product that is good for you. I hope this helps you how to identify real organic products in the future.

We wish you the very best in your personal care journey!

Best, Miss Laine


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