Are Organic Beauty Products Worth The Price?

From food to clothing to beauty products, everyone we know is going natural. While the all-natural aspect is admittedly enticing, though, we’re a bit put off by the hefty price tags. There are lots of nuances when it comes to organic food (for instance, buy organic apples but don’t bother for bananas). So we ask: What about the other stuff? Is it worth the extra cost? When it comes to makeup, the answer is yes.

A People’s History Of Organic Beauty Products

To start, make sure that products boasted as organic actually are organic; check for the USDA certified organic seal. There are four different categories:

Going organic is often better for your skin because of the lack of dyes and artificial chemicals, which makes them less likely to clog your pores and cause acne, according to Francesca Fusco, M.D., an assistant professor at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Organic Tends To Be More Expensive, But You’ll Use Less

Generally, you can use less organic makeup per use than you would with non-organic. We find that we run out of that creamy, cakey non-organic foundation before we run out of a mineral powder, so the price often evens out in the end—and organic makeup simply tends to be better quality. This includes having a lighter feel, which eliminates that caked-on look that we find with cheaper products.

  • Anonymous

    So does Dr. Fusco recommend 100% organic or just organic?

  • OoRganic

    I like to pretend that I’ll be all pro-organic, but I won’t. I’m heading on down to the drugstore for my $2 eyeliner, and the ingredients won’t even cross my mind.

  • Fiona

    What about the new Physician’s Formula organic line? You can get it at the drugstore and it’s pretty reasonably priced.

    • Anonymous

      Fiona, do you know what level of organic it is?

  • missmdp

    In response to: “(for instance, buy organic apples but donu2019t bother for bananas)” nWe don’t just buy organic for ourselves, but to protect the environment our food is grown in and to support the workers who labor to cultivate it for us. Poor worker conditions go hand in hand with pesticide use. Non-organic banana plantations are one of the top culprits for awful conditions.

    • Anonymous

      @Missmdp this is an excellent point. Thank you for commenting and bringing this issue to the surface. When you put it like that it just shows that the extra money is well worth it. nCheers,nCaroline WaxlernLearnVest’s Chief Content and Community Officer

  • Marty
    • Anonymous

      Thank you for giving us more examples of why we should consider organics. Your addition is much appreciated. nCheers,nCaroline WaxlernLearnVest’s Chief Content and Community Officer

  • Terri

    It’s unfortunate that what could have been a great article was punctuated by confusing product recommendations. Specifically, NONE of the products you recommended are organic. In fact, even the “cleanest” or most natural makeup products are rarely organic, because minerals are usually used for color and texture, and minerals – by their very nature – cannot be organic. If you are going to do a story on organic beauty products, it would be a good idea to actually list organic beauty products. There is a ton of skin care on the market today that is USDA certified organic. nnWhat’s even worse, is that most of the products you listed above aren’t even primarily natural or organic. Following what appears to have been a quick search for what Sephora offeres in their “natural” category, you’ve selected products with all sorts of synthetics. Some of the above recommendations contain more synthetics than they do natural ingredients, and only a handful of those are even organic! nnPlease, next time you consider an article like this one, please keep in mind that there are many green beauty experts you could consult with in order to make sure your information is accurate.

    • Enote

      Terri,nnWhile these products are not 100% organic, these products are affordable, accessible and do fall into the all-natural category, making them a step up from your standard drug store makeup. While 100% organic is ideal, these alternatives are an easy and affordable way to start to take that step.nnCheers,nnE. Note

      • lux

        I agree with Terri, and the response from E. Note only adds to the confusion. You claim they “fall into the all-natural category,” yet you haven’t defined the “all natural” category in your post. My understanding is that just about anything can be labeled “all natural,” such as “natural lemon flavor” which are really just chemicals.nn

  • SweetWheat

    Organic beauty products can usually help people improve the appearance of their skin, hair and nails without causing irritation or redness. They’re also not necessarily priced higher when compared to most department store beauty products.

  • Lisa has fabulous skin care products and makeup – most of it under $30.00.  For those of us with more mature skin Origins has some great anti-aging products like the youthtopia serum and eye cream. Not under $30.00 but they last several months. However,  I’m not sure what level of organic they are.

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