"All-Natural" Skincare Products Explained

“All-natural” skincare ingredients may not be as green and clean as their label implies. Sometimes, creating the safest and highest performing skincare products requires using a healthy mix of synthetics and naturals. Shocking, we know. But bear with us as we break it down.

Some of the ingredients essential to the performance and function of a product have good "natural" replacements, and others simply don't. That’s why you see natural deodorants, but not natural antiperspirants. That’s why you see why there's natural soap, but no natural luxury eye cream.

But these non-natural ingredients aren’t necessarily bad, they’re just...different. In fact, many silicones and plastics are safer for your skin than oils and distillations. Some may argue about the carbon footprint or biodegradability of these synthetics—and they have good reason to do so; the manufacture and use of synthetic materials is not the most eco-friendly consumer practice—but don't forget that the manufacture and use of “naturals” isn’t all that green either.

“All-natural” refers to the source of the ingredient, but not to how it’s sourced. All told, extracting oils from seeds may be a more carbon-intensive endeavor than manufacturing synthetic emollients. Until more transparency in the skincare pipeline is obtained, it would be hypocritical to dismiss the use of some ingredients (synthetics) for the use of others (natural) merely on the grounds of an expectation of the material.

At Geologie we’re committed to delivering the best products for your skin, without compromise. We don’t compromise on texture, delivery, or function. Our commitment to uncompromising performance means a commitment to avoid biases based on labels. We’re eco-conscious, even if that means skirting the artificial term “all-natural” so as to make ingredients that are as safe on your skin as they for the earth.

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