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Did you say “Organic”?

If you ask if organic products are better than industrial one, I would say it’s a personal choice. These days I am much more aware of the list of ingredients of the products that I purchase. I am the one standing in the aisle of the corner supermarket reading the fine print on the bottle of limoncello or the jar of pack of biscuits.

Someday soon, I like to thing we will all be standing in the aisles reading labels. (Picture credit: The9billion)
Someday soon, I like to thing we will all be standing in the aisles reading labels. (Picture credit: The9billion)

Organic = Vegan !

Most of my friends associate it to the vegan food:

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Watermelon is also my favorite fruit! (Photo credit: thrivingvegetarian)

There are strong cliché inherent to the word “Organic”. In people mind, “Organic” refers to what you eat, rather than what you put on your skin.

Most of my friends associate it to the vegan food & the silly jokes we have all heard at least once. My favorite one (apologising in advance for my twerk sense of humor) is:

“I’m going to eat some meat and dedicate it to PETA”

Definition of “organic“.

It is the way farmers grow and process agricultural products, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and meat. The final goal is to soil and water conservation and reduces pollution.

You could go out for lunch and have roasted vegetable wraps and mushroom burgers and fancy grilled cheeses with truffle butter or artisan fig preserves, it would not automatically means you eat organic.

Or, you could have the local Banana leaf vegetarian curry.
Or, you could have the local Banana leaf vegetarian curry.

Organic = happy hippy !

Apart from the above association to vegan cuisine, “organic” is also often associated to the hippy lifestyle or of full adhesion to nature.

Not that we should all defy the odds, live in the backwoods of an abandonned farm!

Hippies in the 1960’s
Hippies in the 1960’s

Organic = Personal choice !

Broadly speaking, the word “organic” is synonymous with a bunch of others common terms. The non-exhaustive list below regroups the one that come straight from my mind, though there must be much more:

  • Labels
  • Ethically clothing brands sourcing
  • Handmade/Homemade Craft
  • Green cosmetics aka 100% natural
  • Free of preservatives, adulteration and artificial flavors.

I personally relate it more to the last two.

I see organic as a generic term, it encompasses much more than a label or an industrial sector. It may sound overrated, for me it is more of a philosophy of life, the idea of balance in harmony with nature.

Organic Green washing.

Much to my surprise, anyone can use the term “natural” or “organic” when it comes to cosmetics.

Buying organic herbs from the produce section of a grocery store guarantees that they were produced under certain circumstances. However, if I step into the cosmetics aisle of the same store and see a product claiming to be organic and containing organic herbal extracts, there is no guarantee at all that it is true.

From parabens (chemicals linked to cancer) to petroleum waxes, an ordinary lotion can contain quite a toxic mixture.

Unfortunately, there is no global definition for green as it pertains to cosmetics and skin care product regulation, although it is often assumed that a green product adheres a variety of eco-friendly philosophies.

I believe in what I see

(Photo credit: Behappy.me)
(Photo credit: Behappy.me)

I just believe that whatever you put in your system, you are going to see it on your body and your face.

Well, I like to know what I eat, what I apply on my skin. This innocent curiosity turned into a hobby. Traveling has helped too in many ways. I get to meet local producers and discover new (or what I consider new for me) chemical-free ways to grow plants, herbs or veggie. In Malaysia and the neighboring countries. I can ask direct questions and understand any fundamental healing, calming properties about a specific plants and integrate them in my daily skin and health care routine.

There is no magical trick: it is a learning curve to educate ourselves and stay away from any dictatorial green washing.

Yet, it is important to be aware that for instance, many plants, whether or not they are organically grown, contain substances that may be toxic or allergenic.

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