Lately, everywhere you look, you see signs touting “organic!” and “natural!” And you, being concerned about the chemicals you bring into your body and your home, want to make the best decisions possible. But you can’t help but wonder what the real difference is between “organic” and “natural.”
To be truly organic, a product needs to be certified by the USDA. If it’s not certified, be wary of the “organic” claim. A USDA Certified Organic seal means that the product you are purchasing, whether it is food or cosmetics or clothing or cleaning products, has met rigorous standards and oversight at every stage of production from source materials to manufacturing.
The term “natural” lacks the rigorous definition of organic. In fact, there is no universal definition of “natural” when it comes to consumer products. There is no government oversight and the meaning of “natural” varies greatly based on where you live and what you are buying. Anyone can claim that their product is “all natural” or just “natural” without any documentation or verification requirements.
If you are concerned about bringing potentially dangerous chemicals into your home or just simply want to be more confident about where your food and clothing and cleaners come from, choose organic.