Most of us can agree that growing and using organic products whenever possible is a good thing.
For us, there are many instances where organic ingredients make sense. For example, ingredients known to have high levels of chemical contamination through non-organic farming are better purchased organic as an alternative. We also prefer to avoid supporting anything GMO.
For us, we use a common sense approach to ingredient sourcing.
Some of our ingredients are “Certified Organic” and others are not.
We believe that the “Certified Organic” label is not always a guarantee of what that term was originally intended to describe.
“Certified Organic” isn’t always the better option, in our opinion. “Organic Certification” is regulated by the FDA. We believe that the term has been politicized and regulated in a way that diminishes the term “organic” to a set of regulations and checklists. These regulations have loopholes and can sometimes mislead the consumer.
A lot of bureaucratic cost and red tape has been added to what was once affordable.
Sometimes the costs of “Certified Organic” ingredients are too high and not justifiable in comparison with an insignificant or non-existent difference in quality.
Instead, we use a common sense approach to choosing soap making ingredients.
That includes knowing where our ingredients come from and assessing the risk/benefits to using a particular product. We use organic where it makes a big difference and makes sense.
- As consumers we need to be aware that “Certified Organic” is
- A marketing strategy aimed at targeting a select group of heath-conscious consumers
- Has an expensive and lengthy certification process where those costs get passed on to the end consumer
- Many farmers grow things more sustainably and more organically than farms that have been “Certified Organic” and choose not to legally certify because of financial and/ or ethical objections to the process.
We believe that organic certification is not always the most important factor when selecting quality ingredients. We work to look at all angles of the situation. Sometimes that means sourcing “Certified Organic” ingredients and other times it does not.