According to industry estimates, the average consumer uses as many as 25 different cosmetic and personal care products containing more than 200 different chemicals each day. Even people who don’t use make-up still use skin and body care products such as shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, hand soap, sunscreen, lip balm, and hand lotion. The vast majority of chemicals in these products have not been evaluated or regulated, although many have been shown to pose significant health and environmental risks
The organic and natural segment of the personal care market is the one most relevant for spas and continues to be one of the fastest growing in the cosmetics industry, increasing by 15-20% per year worldwide. Many companies claim their products to be “natural” or “organic,” but what do these words mean? A worldwide standard for natural and organic personal care products does not exist, though there are a number of organizations and certifications that help businesses and consumers make informed decisions.
This GSN toolkit chapter was made possible in part through generous funding from ilike Organic Skin Care and Living Earth Crafts.