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Many of us wish for pure and natural beauty products, because we believe petrochemicals are not suitable for our skin; here I share with you a few simple tips to keep your skin free from petrochemicals.

-Believing something is natural does not make it natural, ie beware of green claims or stories. There is no official regulation regarding the natural claim, you simply need a small percentage to claim a beauty product is natural, such as a squirt of aloe vera extract to call it natural.

-Seeing or smelling something natural or organic does not make it natural or organic. There are synthetic fragrances that mimic the flowers and fruit scents and packaging that looks very organic but the content is far from organic or natural. Fake natural beauty products can trigger your senses, so beware green looks and smells can be just a thin layer of green paint

-Using an organic or natural certification as a shortcut to spot truly natural and organic beauty products is not fool proof. Certification bodies allow a few petrochemicals in beauty products such as sodium benzoate, propanediol (this is propylene glycol in disguise), phenoxyethanol and more.

The good news there is a new way you can go about avoiding petrochemicals on your skin for sure. It is literally under your eyes. I shall give you an example. Here is a premium face oil claiming to be free from of some specific synthetic ingredients (parabens, silicones and so on). The key question is, does that make it completely free from petrochemicals?

This is a simple example where you can get familiar with the process of checking the ingredients list (you can see that latin names are easy to spot and tell you they are of plant origin). You can see on the last page, at the end of the ingredients list what a big surprise you find..

With natural cosmetics, seeing is not believing, reading the ingredients list is. What do you think?