Makeup is an inseparable element of most girls and women’s toilet. Nowadays, in the era of diversity, there are thousands of manufacturers, which offer numerous options for cosmetics in order to satisfy the particular needs of different consumers. However, it is important to realize that there is a significant difference between the main product types, which can be found on the market.
That is why I decided to study organic and non-organic makeup in order to find out whether there are any crucial distinctions between them. To begin with, I looked up the definition of organic and non-organic cosmetics. That said, organic makeup is manufactured from natural ingredients and without any artificial affiliations or genetically modified products, pesticides or fertilizers (Grigore, par. 4; “Mineral Makeup vs Organic Makeup vs Natural Makeup” par. 3). It means that the whole process of production is organic and including unhealthy constituents is avoided.
In general, it is made up of oils, beeswax, minerals, plant extracts, and vitamins. Moreover, no parabens, talc, and synthetic are added as well as animal testing is not acceptable. As for non-organic makeup, it can be made of natural ingredients, but in combination with synthetic and artificial elements. It means that the production of non-organic makeup is closely connected to chemical processes and the use of intricate technologies (Stryker par. 20). In simple words, the most significant difference between organic and non-organic is the fact that the latter cannot be made up at home using kitchen devices and available natural ingredients because they require more complex processing.
During the next step of this research, I decided to take a closer look at organic and non-organic makeup and test some samples. I began studying ingredients. Organic makeup contains only natural ingredients. They are easy to read and understand. For instance, aloe vera or chamomile extracts, jasmine buds, flowers, different vitamins, coconut oil, etc. are added. As for non-organic makeup, most compounds are hard to understand such as different dimethicones, polymers, oxides, hydroxides, etc. (“What’s the Difference with Organic Makeup?” par. 7, 11).
It means that the process of production is impossible to imagine. The final stage of the study was to test the samples of both organic and non-organic make-up. I thought that wearing them on different days would be a perfect decision in order to obtain accurate results and see the true difference between the two. So, what I learned is that, first of all, organic makeup is gentle and makes skin smooth because of rich nourishment. On the other hand, after using non-organic makeup, there was a feeling of slight discomfort and itching (Group par. 7).
Moreover, the smell is different, as the fragrance of organic makeup is strong and pleasant. As for the non-organic samples, they either did not have an odor at all or it was light and unnatural. Nevertheless, non-organic cosmetics have some significant advantages compared to organic ones. Even though there might be some discomfort while using it, its efficacy is more profound. For instance, less shampoo is needed when washing hair or powder masks skin problems more effectively. Moreover, it lasts longer on the face. That is why there is no need for refreshing makeup. Still, the skin is softer and more pleasant to touch and does not require additional nourishment and care after using organic makeup (Colvin par. 3).
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Grigore, Adina. #Beautyschool: The Real Difference Between Natural, Organic, and Non-Toxic Beauty Products. 2016.
Group, Edward. 6 Reasons to Use Organic Makeup. 2014.
Mineral Makeup vs Organic Makeup vs Natural Makeup. n.d.
Stryker, Lori. Making Sense of the Natural vs Synthetic Debate: The Acceptability of Synthetic Ingredients in Cosmetics. n.d.