What is a chemical free product?
The word chemical for a layman simply means synthetically created ingredients. And therefore from a non-technical common man’s perspective – a chemical-free product is one that is
- Completely free from artificially/synthetically prepared ingredients
- Retains its natural state & solubility (no alteration in the physical property) For example – an oil cannot mix with water and vice versa. And mixing the two will call for alteration in their properties. For example – Lotion, a product that contains both water & oil with an added emulsifier to mix the non-mixable.
While from a chemist’s point of view, everything around us is composed of chemicals and energy. This simply means that all that exists in nature or derived from nature is a chemical. And that’s why the term chemical free is often considered a misnomer (inaccurate) in the skin care industry. This gives room to brands that make use of synthetic ingredients in their formulation to justify their make and mislead the consumer. These brands argue that chemical free products don’t exist simply because everything is chemical including the water we drink and the air we breathe.
Are the two words Natural & Chemical same?
And if everything natural around us is chemical then why does the dictionary meaning define both differently?
And above all why is Natural termed as Chemical now?
Often brands mislead consumers with different ideologies to prove themselves correct & true to words. Therefore we bring to you the in-depth analysis of the two terms Natural & Chemical.
Dictionary meaning of the word NATURAL
existing in or derived from nature; not made or caused by humankind.
Dictionary meaning of the word CHEMICAL
Relating to chemistry, or the interactions of substances as studied in chemistry.
A distinct compound or substance, especially one which has been artificially prepared or purified.
In the course to study our surroundings to understand the substance, composition and make of natural things, the matter & energy is broken down to chemistry/scientific terms for better understanding by the scientific fraternity.
But does the natural water become a chemical if we break it to H2O – the two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen.
But think, isn’t there a difference between compounds found naturally in plants, soil, water, air etc. and the compounds created or mimicked in a lab?
Isn’t there a difference between natural & chemical?
Can we really put both – natural & synthetic ingredients on the same scale?
Natural nutrients are derived from the food and the food intake provides our body with a whole range of vitamins, minerals, and coenzyme that help allow optimal use and absorption of nutrients in the body. While the synthetic nutrients may have a similar structure, may provide us the time being fix but the body may react differently to it. For example, studies show that natural vitamin E is absorbed by the body far better than synthetic vitamin E. Synthetic nutrients are unlikely to benefit the body as much as natural nutrients do. Rather some sources even suggest that synthetic nutrients are dangerous for living bodies. Dosing up on synthetically created vitamins and antioxidants as if they are an elixir of life can take a toll on the health.
Source – www.bbc.com
And therefore for the long term, doctors often suggest taking a healthy nutrient-rich diet in place of supplements.
An alternative to synthetics is Return to traditional living – Return to Roots, to a Natural Healthy Beautiful You.
Be it food or skin care, synthetic ingredients or multiple processed ingredients cannot replace a healthy wholesome food or a skin care product.
So, instead of looking for vitamin B or C supplement or skin care serum or cream like niacinamide, always look for products made with vitamin C or B rich ingredients to fulfill the body or skin requirement.
The different synthetics available in the market are the result of industrial revolutions to produce low priced- cost effective ingredients to fulfill the growing mass requirement. The oldest system of science and medicine emphasizes on nature derived ingredients to fulfill the body needs. The old practice of healing – nourishing and maintaining health with different nature derived ingredients is time tested and a safe method.
And that’s how some brands are making a conscious effort to bring back the lost tradition and technique of inculcating health and wellness. And SNAANA is one of the first of its kind in today’s chemically throttled world to cater to the growing needs of an aware consumer.
Hence SNAANA products are 100% Chemical & Preservative free
All products are made from ingredients derived from nature. No synthetically prepared or processed ingredient is used.
Hence 100% Chemical free skin is a reality practiced for ages.
However, nowadays brands as a marketing tool keep coming up with different terminologies to make an impact on the consumer’s mind like green beauty, clean beauty, waterless beauty, blue beauty, etc to name a few. In reality, when a brand makes a conscious effort to work with sustainable & nature-derived ingredients with just no usage of chemicals & preservatives is indeed following all the ethical principles causing no harm to the consumer and the environment.