At the moment when people hear the word “organic”, they usually associate it with food. Organic cosmetic is a very niche segment and very few companies are manufacturing certified organic cosmetics. But its catching on.

Organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation.

Before a product can be labeled ‘organic’, a government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified too.  Hence Organic Products are free from all toxic chemicals and thus they are purely natural

The demand for organic products is more than natural products because organic product seals are granted and monitored by the government. Below are some of the important differences between organic and natural products.

Natural Products

  • Organic product refers to items that are produced using organic means.
  • Stringent standards for organic production, handling and processing exist throughout the world.
  • Many countries have certification bodies, the most prominent being the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  • Organic labels have legal implications. A manufacturer should follow the specified rules and regulations before using the organic label.
  • Demand for organic products is more than the demand for natural products.
  • People prefer organic products because they feel it is safer than the products as chemicals are not used in its production and cultivation too.
  • The organic product is priced more than non-natural products.
  • The shelf life of organic food is more than that of natural products. You can store it for a longer duration.

Organic Products

  • Natural Product items are minimally synthesized.
  • The International Association of Natural Products Producers (IANPP) is trying to get the definitions for natural products into place. It should be noted that it is not a certification body.
  • The International Associations of Natural Products Producers (IANPP) is trying to get the definitions for natural products into place. It should be noted that it is not a certification body.
  • Natural labels are normally used freely by manufacturers due to lack of adequate guidelines. So it may be misleading.
  • The demand for natural products is also increasing however, not as much as organic products.
  • People prefer natural products because they believe excessive processing of food items disturbs their health benefits. But the natural product may be cultivated by using pesticides and fertilizers.
  • The natural product is also priced more than non-organic products.
  • Since it is minimally processed it has higher water content, the shelf life is short.