There’s something really disturbing to me about dowsing my skin or my children’s skin with a bunch of chemicals that I can’t even pronounce. I prefer natural skincare products. But these days the words “all natural” and “from nature” on a label are meaningless; usually it’s just a marketing ploy. Too many companies that started out with the best of intentions have been bought out. The products we once trusted are now filled with the cheapest preservatives, making them no better than their conventional counterparts. I find the lack of conscience in the skincare industry to be very sad and, in many cases, downright infuriating.
Enter Eaurganic. I was so excited when I came across this company. Their ingredients weren’t listed on their site, so I got on the phone with them to learn more. I was assured that these products, made in Canada, were certified organic by a very strict third party certification. In fact, we were told that Eaurganic was the ONLY skin care company in Canada that met this very strict criteria, putting them head and shoulders above the rest.
After receiving the link to a password protected page that contained the product ingredients, I grew a little concerned. There were some chemicals used in the facial cleanser that I wasn’t familiar with and some preservatives in the lotions. They assured me these were mild chemical preservatives and claimed they were necessary. But, why are they necessary? We’ve found companies who make 100% organic, preservative-free skin care products. Granted, they are very few and far between, but they are out there.
I held off judgment until I received the product. The first time I used the facial cleanser, I absolutely loved it. My skin tends to be oily, so there’s nothing like that clean, oil-free feeling. But I know that when my face feels that clean, it’s not a good thing. In the past, every time I’ve used a product that gives me that feeling, I end up swimming in a pool of oil as my skin tries to make up for the oil that’s been lost. It’s a vicious cycle that results in breakouts and the need to wash my face six times a day.
Once again, I decided to keep an open mind. I continued to use the Eaurganic Facial Cleanser and moisturizer. But after about three weeks, I had to discontinue its use. My skin was so oily, it was disgusting.
I talked to a friend who is also the founder of another skin care company. She has created a product line that OLM trusts, (we are not affiliated with them or any ohter company). I told her what was going on with my skin and read her the ingredients in Eaurganic’s cleanser. She confirmed what I had already guessed, that the cleanser itself was causing the oil imbalance. I switched to Tilvee’s Tea Tree Facial Cleansing Bar. After two days, the oils in my skin started to come back into balance, though it took about three weeks to get it totally under control.
If there’s one thing that my skin is teaching me throughout this quest to find real “natural” skincare lines, it’s that I need to not onlybe gentle with it, but to put back what I take away. If I cleanse my face, I need to replace the oils that have been stripped away. My pores don’t secrete lotions or creams, they secrete oil. So if I apply an oil after cleansing, my skin is definitely happier and it’s actually less oily.
If you look on the web, you’ll find rave reviews for Eaurganic. But, for me something just isn’t adding up here. Any company that does not list their products’ ingredients raises a big red flag! The companies that we have come to trust, those that produce truly organic and natural skincare products, are proud to show their ingredients for anyone to see. Eaurganic’s website under ingredients simply lists “54% organic 46% natural/natural origin.” What does that mean? Arsenic is natural, so is kerosene, but I’m not going to put either one on my face!
As for the third party certification, we at OLM have learned to be very skeptical of those claims. Anybody can start their own third party certification company, including the company seeking certification.
Eaurganic is just another company using slick marketing and hyped up claims to sell a not-so-good-for-your-skin skincare product.