Organic Vs Natural in Skincare

The trouble with natural

We find it very annoying that some products that claim to be 'natural' in large lettering on the front of the container, are proven to include many 'not so natural' ingredients when you examine the tiny type which carries the list of ingredients at the back. This has led to a distrust of the term 'natural' and many customers prefer to buy products with an organic certification.

The cost of organic skincare

Unfortunately the costs of getting that certification contributes to making the cost of organic skincare products very high, especially for small brands selling small volumes. Many consumers can only afford the the odd organic product as a special treat, having to resort to cheap products laden with all sorts of unsavoury ingredients most of the time. 

The Republic of Natural Skincare

At Lyonsleaf we think this is unacceptable. We think everyone should be able to afford safe, pure effective skincare all of the time.

Optimising purity and value

So as yet we have chosen to not go for organic status for our very natural products (we may do so in the future). We do use a very high proportion of organic ingredients in our skincare, most of our products are over 95% organic/wild harvest. Nearly all of our carrier oils are organic. These are the base oils that make up a high percentage of our products of our products and it is very important that these are very clean. These oils are shea butter, sunflower oil, babassu oil, coconut oil etc. 

Many of the essential oils we buy for our skincare are also non-organic. We know from growing herbs that they are very pest resistant and do not generally require the use fertilisers. Also, because the essential oils appear in our products at very low percentages we do not feel that using a non organic crop will add any significant contamination to the final product.


Lyonsleaf home grown herbs

Lyonsleaf own herbs are grown at our farm to organic standards. The field we use to grow the herbs went into organic conversion in 2018 and we should have organic certification in 2020. 

The elephant in the room

Lastly, we feel that the contamination from non-organic crops is fairly insignificant compared to addition of artificial chemicals added to preserve and stabilise formulations containing water, juice or hydrosol. Preservatives that are deemed 'safe' are allowed in organic certified products. Phenoxyethanol used to be allowed by Ecocert and The Soil Association, but it has now been banned. We wonder what other ingredients will be disallowed in the future and why?

Our view is that we find it difficult to see the point of using the purest organic ingredients and then deliberately adding a harsh preservative specifically designed to kill cells that is likely going to cause a skin reaction in at least some people and that may have long term effects we don’t yet know about. 

Lyonsleaf policy

So our policy is to use pure plant oils (mostly organic), organic beeswax, mineral powders, herbal extracts - and nothing else. Our skincare products are not certified organic, but they really are 100% natural. We also believe a water free system, undiluted goodness, is far better for your skin

This policy allows us to deliver the purest skincare at the most reasonable price - optimising purity and value for the benefit of the masses.

Vive la revolution!