From an article posted on the ORGANIC FAIR TRADE site:
"Did you know that the average woman applies more than 200 chemicals to her skin by using her skin care products in one day? Did you know that 60% of these chemicals are further absorbed into your bloodstream? These are two of the main reasons that organic skincare is one of the fastest growing areas of the beauty industry today. The more we learn about the bitter side effects of unhealthy skincare, the more quickly we will seek out other options."
Certified products ensure the highest quality ingredients are used to nourish and replenish the skin which will assist in improving the desired results. These products are free from harmful, toxic chemicals commonly found in many skin care products. KORA Organics products are free from Sulfates, Parabens, Synthetic Fragrance, Synthetic Colours, T.E.A., D.E.A., Glycols, Silicones, PEGS, Ethoxylate or Formaldehyde or Formaldehyde derivatives.
When Miranda decided to create the most natural, certified organic skincare line possible, she didn't realise how powerful it would be! We have had incredible results with people suffering from Eczema, Psoriasis, Dermatitis and Rosacea. KORA Organics products were not formulated to specifically help with these skin conditions, but because they are so pure and gentle they can help provide relief for troubled skin conditions.
Not only are you looking after your skin but you are looking after the environment as well. Using certified organic products help us reduce the impact on our environment. The products are grown free from the nasty chemicals and according to strict uniform standards that are verified by COSMOS-standard AISBL, a global certification body that promotes ecological harmony. Since the product inside the packaging is certified organic or certified natural, what you are washing down the drain won’t harm the environment. Not only does the product itself have to be certified, but the packaging also needs to be certified, ensuring that product packaging meets eco-friendly standards and is recyclable.
The certification process includes a yearly audit of all registered companies, suppliers and manufacturers to ensure compliance with the strict regulations set out by the certification body. Certification includes inspections of farm fields and processing facilities, detailed record keeping and periodic testing of soil and water to ensure that growers and handlers are meeting the standards which have been set. Certified organic foods and fibre are spared the application of toxic and persistent insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilisers. In the long run, organic farming techniques provide a safer, more sustainable environment for everyone and more and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of using and consuming certified organic products and foods.
At KORA Organics our products are certified by the leading international certification body COSMOS-standard AISBL/Ecocert.
"I grew up in a small country town in rural Australia, with a family which embraces and understands the importance of living close to the land and in balance with nature. For a number of years, I've lived in some of the busiest cities in the world and have managed to maintain my organic lifestyle by purchasing certified organic food, healthy cleaning products, growing my own vegetables and herbs and by using the most natural and healthy skincare I could find.
In the past I could not find a certified organic skincare line that I was happy with so in 2006 I decided to create my own: one that contained all of the ingredients I personally wanted in a skincare range and one that I knew would enable people to experience first-hand the many benefits of using certified organic, healthy, natural products. I personally wanted the best for my skin and for my health and that is exactly what I have created.
Remember: What you put on your skin – soaks in – use organic!"
Love Miranda xxx
KORA Organics products are all certified organic & certified natural in accordance with COSMOS (COSMetic Organic Standard) strict guidelines, so you know exactly what you are putting on your skin. To comply with the COSMOS standards, our products are free of:
Sulfates and sulfonates are surfactants or cleansing agents and used to create foam. KORA uses natural and organic plant derived cleansing agents that are free of sulfates and are proven to be gentle on the skin.
Parabens are preservative agent that is known to be controversial and not widely used. KORA Organics uses only preservatives that are approved by COSMOS for use in natural and organic products.
Synthetic fragrances and colors
KORA Organics only uses natural or organic essential oils to scent our products, and the products reflect a natural color derived from the ingredients.
Also known as genetically modified organisms. KORA Organics products are always GMO-free.
Known as a solvent and/or preserving agent that adds emolliency and keeps the product from drying out. KORA uses naturally-derived botanical oils and glycerin in place of glycol based ingredients.
Used in skincare to smooth and blend formulas, but known not to be skin friendly. KORA uses naturally-derived oil based esters and botanical butters to create smooth and silky textures.
Known as a heavy based moisturizing agent derived from petroleum that is occlusive upon the skin. KORA does not use any petroleum based products because of the potential harmful effects on the skin and environment.
Petrochemicals (petroleum, paraffin)
Similar to Mineral Oil, they are known not to be skin friendly and potentially harmful. As an alternative KORA uses naturally derived plant based waxes.
Known as polyethylene glycol that is used as an emulsifier and/or solvent. KORA uses alternatives derived from natural plant based gums and waxes.
Animal derived ingredients (ex. Beeswax & Goat's Milk)
All KORA products are considered vegan as we do not use any animal derived ingredients, except for organic Beeswax & Goat's Milk which is a by-product and causes no harm to the bees or goats.
Controversial exfoliating materials used in facial or body scrubs that are potentially harmful to the environment and wildlife. KORA uses naturally derived exfoliating particles such as Ground Oatmeal, Bamboo and Diatomaceous Earth powders.
Also known as Triethanolamine which is a pH adjusting agent known to be toxic. KORA uses naturally derived Citric or Lactic Acid as alternatives.
Diethanolamine is a wetting or foaming agent used in cleansing products. KORA uses plant oil and sugar derived foaming agents and fatty acids as the safest alternative.
Controversial chemical based solvents used to extend the scent of a synthetic fragrance. KORA only uses pure essential oils which add light scent and skin benefit.
Ingredients created by process of ethoxylation are known to cause irritation and may contain carcinogens. KORA does not allow any ethoxylated ingredients.
A bi-product of preserving agents and known to cause irritation and sensitivity. KORA does not allow formaldehyde derivatives.
By adapting to the COSMOS guidelines surrounding natural/organic ingredients and sustainable packaging, all KORA Organics products are non-GMO verified, deemed cruelty free, not tested on animals, considered vegan (excluding the Vitamin Enhanced Lip Balm & Unscented Cleansing Bar) and free of any added herbicides or pesticides.
MAKING THE SWITCH
When you move from a non-organic range to a certified organic one your skin will need to assimilate and process any remaining chemicals remaining from your old skincare. Your body will naturally detoxify itself by getting rid of these toxins.
We recommend that you support your skin during this detoxification by ensuring you drink plenty of water and cleansing, toning and moisturising your face regularly. Keep in mind it may take up to a month for your skin to fully detoxify from your old skincare.
Manufacturers can misleadingly state that their products are ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ without censorship and may still contain other nasty chemicals. Unfortunately, this is due to the lack of regulation within the beauty industry. It is very important to always look out for a trusted certified organic logo to ensure you are receiving a true organic product that is of an optimal standard of quality.
A "certified organic" product on the other hand must adhere to the strict guidelines and regulations governing not only all of the ingredients used in the products, the processes undertaken to produce the product but also the packaging used in the products – there are strict guidelines covering all aspects of delivering an approved certified organic product to market.
Read the ingredients label. As like food, beauty products ingredient listings are listed from highest > least percentage quantity. Take note of what ingredients are listed at the very beginning as these are what makes up most of your beauty product.
DON'T STOP AT SKIN CARE
Look for other ways to reduce the amount of chemicals within your lifestyle through certified organic food and cleaning products. Remember that these items can also have effects on our skin.