THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORGANIC AND NATURAL COSMETICS

In France, the natural and organic cosmetics market is a booming market that attracts more and more aficionados from all socio-professional and cultural categories. Organic cosmetics are by no means reserved for sores and the wealthiest of our fellow citizens as some might imagine!  If we refer to the analyzes of  Xerfi Precepta, natural and organic cosmetics totaled in France a turnover of 972 million euros in 2020 which  will probably come close to  1.4 billion euros in turnover by 2023, while conventional cosmetics, for its part,  inexorably treading water with its almost zero growth of 1 to 2% per year! As good earthlings of a well-being that they adore and claim, our princesses and princes of all ages are therefore demanding more and more responsible and beneficial products for their health. The observation is obvious and it is excellent news that  comforts YESforLOV in its convictions and ambitions and fully encourages us to really start this ecological revolution: a proactive and  much greener, more respectful of people and the environment.

On the shelves of pharmacies and parapharmacies, neighborhood convenience stores, sex shops and love stores, it is not easy to differentiate between so-called "natural", "organic", "synthetic" cosmetics and all those derived from petrochemicals. . It is also almost mission impossible since many intimate lubricants contain glycerin which can be a natural ingredient, organic but just as well from petroleum derivatives.

Within YESforLOV, our laboratories located in France, are committed to offering you different formulas that integrate all the benefits that nature puts at our fingertips, on land and at sea, and this, under the rigorous, demanding leadership of cutting-edge French technical expertise and 13 years of know-how in full compliance with increasingly demanding national regulations. Each of our formulas has been developed with targeted and clinically tested active ingredients. Organic or natural… our laboratories give priority above all to safety and maximum comfort for your skin and mucous membranes. However, whatever the ingredient and its true origin, one thing is certain for us: your skin and your mucous membranes are a treasure with which we cannot cheat! Choosing YESforLOV as a friend, an ally, a discreet intermediary in your intimate relationships means taking the lucid and warm bet to say "YES"  so that you keep your mucous membranes in very good health and that you also open yourself to experiences full of sensoriality.

This article is not intended to be controversial concerning this or that ingredient, nor to make the apology of one or the other: what we want is to give you all the cards to make better use of your cosmetics, for  choose the lubricant that will be in osmosis with your desires to live, to alert you healthily to the different facets of a cosmetic product claiming to be natural, organic or synthetic. In all this batch of products present on the cosmetics market and more eclectic than the others, let's try together to bring out to your advantage the natural erotic cosmetics, respectful of your privacy and which fully correspond to your values ​​and your expectations. .  3, 2, 1 … let's go for an article full of transparency, advice and key information on the art of choosing the right cosmetics for pleasure! 

Organic, synthetic or natural cosmetics: What are the differences?

You have understood it, recognizing a natural cosmetic is not  easy thing! More and more "greenwashing" , inconsistency in reading  labels silently manipulate your shopping desires.

By law, the label is the primary source of information, but this is not always the case!

In France, a cosmetic that claims to be “natural” is a cosmetic that contains at least 95% ingredients of natural origin . 

This is the percentage imposed in the name of the product for it to be recognized as “natural”.

The information boundary is fragile!  However, it is not because the  product does not necessarily indicate the word natural that it is not and vice versa! This is the case of our moisturizing mixed lubricant which contains more than 99% natural ingredients! 

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Did you know ? Water is by its original quality is a natural ingredient present in very large proportions and especially in intimate lubricants (more than 70%), so it is difficult to judge the relevance of this claim of "natural ".

At YESforLOV, we take care in addition and in this same approach, that our line of cosmetics based on organic and natural ingredients recognizable by their kraft paper packaging does not contain any controversial ingredient…. The list of controversial ingredients is beyond our control. We follow very carefully the various organic labels orchestrating this approach of slow cosmetics which blocks silicones,  PEG or PPG, irritant surfactants,  sulphates, with  preservatives and endocrine disruptors like phenoxyethanol and parabens.… 

Within the YESforLOV collective, we follow the specifications to the letter and we even go further than this simple percentage of natural ingredients provided for by the regulations: we automatically exclude many ingredients (such as phenoxyethanol in our intimate lubricants for example, even if its dangerousness depended solely on its concentration, its primary function being to preserve product quality and guarantee consumer safety by opposing  the proliferation of microbes.

It is therefore just as complicated to consume well as to develop quality products that combine comfort, sensuality, naturalness and effectiveness! Unlike labels dedicated to natural and organic cosmetics, the current standard does not prohibit any ingredient , it just gives definitions and calculations to display the percentage of natural or organic ingredients present in a given product. We could conclude that an unlabeled so-called natural product can therefore also contain controversial substances and be more harmful to health than a less natural but roughly well-formulated product.

 

Are you a passionate lover of organic products? Do you want to buy organic cosmetics? You are concerned about what you apply to your skin and mucous membranes, just like what  you put on your plate?   

But what is the difference between conventional cosmetics and organic cosmetics?

Are organic intimate care and hygiene products as effective? What more do they bring? 

Today nearly three quarters of French people have already used organic cosmetics during their lifetime, but it is not always easy to distinguish between these two notions “organic and natural”. 

To get your bearings, there are organic beauty labels. In France, the easiest way is to refer to the Ecocert/Cosmébio label which imposes percentages in the composition of an organic cosmetic, namely:

  • At least 95% ingredients of natural origin throughout the product.
  • At least 95% organic ingredients among those that can be organic
  • At least 20% organic ingredients in the finished product. 

It is important to note that water or minerals are not considered organic because they are not from agriculture. Since water is a major component of many cosmetic formulas, this involves diluting the proportion of organic ingredients to the total product. Only a cosmetic that does not contain water like a massage oil can display up to 100% organic ingredients . For the others qualified as aqueous base, it is impossible. 

Legally, for a cosmetic to claim to be organic, manufacturers have two choices: 

  • the easiest way is to refer to a label like that of COSMOS.
  • The second is to formulate cosmetic products that contain 100% organic ingredients or raw materials . In this case, the "organic" claim may appear to designate the product as a whole. 

If, on the contrary, the overall rate in the product of these organic ingredients or raw materials is less than 100%, it cannot be claimed as organic. The term “organic” should only appear next to the ingredient(s) concerned, so that the consumer cannot think that the whole product is “organic”, when this is not the case. 

Is there a 100% organic product at YESforLOV?

The answer is no, but the explanation is simple:  oils are not compatible with condoms and this is the exact reason why  we have never developed a 100% bio-based lubricant.

However, you will find in our range of organic and natural cosmetics , an intimate lubricant with organic Aloe Vera which contains 96% of ingredients of organic origin excluding water, a vaginal moisturizing gel based on organic algae which contains 66.6% ingredients of organic origin excluding water and a CBD concentrate formulated with 63.20% ingredients of organic origin excluding water. 

“Organic” labels and intimate cosmetics. YESforLOV moves heaven and earth but without success!

In our organic and natural cosmetics certification process, many labels have been formed with the aim of defining common minimum requirements, harmonizing the rules for manufacturing and certifying so-called organic and natural cosmetics. 

Faced with the proliferation of these labels in organic cosmetics, a new label on a European scale appeared in 2017: COSMOS .  This label was developed by five organizations: COSMEBIO and ECOCERT in France, BDIH in Germany, ICEA in Italy and SOIL ASSOCIATION in the United Kingdom.

With the ambition of offering you products dedicated to intimate and sexual well-being of high quality, preserving both your health and the environment, YESforLOV has recently undertaken this ambitious approach which it considers justified and has therefore made contact in mainland France with the competent bodies responsible for the COSMOS certification which guarantees:

  • Formulation processes  respectful of the environment and human health.
  • Responsible use of natural resources.
  • Respect for biodiversity.
  • The absence of petrochemical ingredients (excluding authorized preservatives) and GMOs.
  • Recyclable and responsible packaging...

Unfortunately, the classification of hygiene and intimate pleasure products specific to YESforLOV such as intimate lubricating gels for the vagina or anal or its sexual stimulants for the clitoris and the G-spot are not considered cosmetics.

A cosmetic product remains by law a non-medicated preparation intended for body care, personal care, beauty,  to beautify the skin or to perfume it. Consequently, it is strictly impossible to have this type of product certified by approved French bodies.

You have seen COSMOS-certified lubricants, so have we... some come from our English-speaking neighbors, it's almost funny to see that it's the same COSMOS label but with references that have different rules and much more flexible and much more protectionist than in France. 

Are you sure it's a French brand? It is quite possible, but are these manufacturers really within their rights?… here is the response from the ECOCERT teams…. 

"Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding. We have forwarded your request to our quality department as well as to our technical department, which are still investigating a possible abusive reference from the competing companies mentioned.  We also always study internally the technical part specific to the products that you wish to market. Ecocert is not the only actor within Cosmos. » 

As a result, the veil is gradually being lifted and we are firmly counting on ongoing investigations and future checks so that the entire YESforLOV range really lives under the "Cosmos" label! While waiting for much better days of quality in terms of legislation and controls, we are doing our best to satisfy you in compliance with the existing rules and this reference system which seems to us a priori the most topical but which remains, in our eyes. , very insufficient in his open-mindedness.

What are the restrictions on ingredients of animal origin in organic products?

Did you know ? A product that claims to be organic is not always Vegan because certain agro-ingredients of animal origin are authorized by organic labels, which is the case for honey, for example. 

The rules on this are quite simple: all ingredients of animal origin are allowed which do not constitute a part of this animal or if they have been obtained through an authorized physical process which does not involve the death of the animal concerned  All other ingredients are therefore prohibited. 

A quick reminder, cosmetics are no longer supposed to be tested on animals in Europe since 2013. YESforLOV does not test on animals to prove the safety of its products. We much prefer to evaluate the tolerance of our intimate gels and cosmetics on reconstituted mucous membranes through an in vitro test. 

Why choose healthy, organic products
and respectful for your body?

Are you still hesitating to go natural in your bathroom or bedroom? Here we give you some good reasons to go organic and forget about your conventional beauty products for good.

Consuming natural or organic products means:

Say NO to toxic products : Say goodbye to carcinogenic compounds and endocrine disruptors. Organic cosmetics means taking no risks that could compromise the health and well-being of your mucous membranes. You are what you consume. Clean cosmetics are there for your intimate well-being. At YESforLOV, we believe that anyone who uses an intimate gel should be sure that their moisturizing lubricant does not contain endocrine disruptors or allergenic ingredients, that their lubricant will not cause fungus or irritation.  Note that in organic cosmetics, preservatives are reduced and limited, so your cosmetic may have a lower PAO than traditional cosmetics. At YESforLOV, products containing organic ingredients have an optimal opening period of 6 months.  If you want to know more about the conservation of cosmetics, it's here. 

Say YES to ecology : Organic cosmetics often rhyme with ecology and the environment. Unlike traditional cosmetics, organic cosmetics have production methods that are designed to be as harmonious as possible with nature. The manufacturing processes aim to limit the production of waste. Packaging from sustainably managed forests is meticulously crafted to be easily recycled and made from unprocessed or minimally processed natural ingredients.

It's taking care of your mucous membranes on a daily basis: The products we use on a daily basis pass through our bloodstream and can affect hormonal function, and therefore our libido: the ability to produce sperm and ovulate, menstruation, menopause …etc.

We must not forget that our skin absorbs everything!!! It is therefore important to be particularly attentive and vigilant with regard to the composition of the products used. Because, we might as well say it loud and clear, certain harmful ingredients penetrate our body and even more easily through the mucous membrane which corresponds to the layer of semi-permeable and humid tissues constituting the coating of the vagina, the penis glans, the clitoris and many other parts of the body.  Unlike the epidermis, the mucous membranes do not have what is called the stratum corneum : a natural filtration layer that acts as a barrier  to protect the skin against aggressions. Consequently, the epithelial cells that make up the mucous membranes are more permeable, fragile and sensitive to chemical attacks from irritants or even estrogen imitators that certain lubricant formulas may contain.

It's also about having fun responsibly: Who said that organic cosmetics weren't pleasant to use? No more scents and textures that leave something to be desired:  the YESforLOV range of organic erotic cosmetics offers you natural beauty products with pleasant smells and textures, and refined packaging. Whether it's our CBD concentrate, our intimate lubricants with organic Aloe Vera or our regenerating cream for the V, our cosmetics based on organic ingredients are more and more glamorous and efficient! At YESforLOV, we try to make organic cosmetics and pleasure rhyme by offering you sensory and effective care in biodegradable and recyclable bottles that you will proudly display in your bathroom.

How to choose healthy, organic products
and respectful for your body?

Trust the label and a hint of the ISO 16218 standard.

The ISO standard is the only legal framework for erotic cosmetics. At the end of 2017, the ISO 16128 standard relating to the definition of natural and organic cosmetics was finally adopted. This guideline relating to the technical definitions and criteria applicable to natural and organic cosmetic ingredients and products is necessary to provide a framework for cosmetic regulations. The ISO 16128-2:2017 standard describes the methods for calculating the Natural, Natural Origin, Organic and Organic Origin Indexes based on the characteristics  ingredients. 

At YESforLOV, it is the only legal calculation method used for us to claim the % of ingredients of natural and organic origin. However, be careful because products containing chemical ingredients and pollutants can  the ́ also claim to be organic. 

Parabens , silicones or even derivatives of dead animals are examples of controversial ingredients but tolerated by this new standard .

Talk to the brand, our product manager is on hand.

At YESforLOV, we take care to answer all your questions just as we take care to meet information needs hitherto ignored by traditional cosmetics. Do you want to know why we used this or that ingredient? ? Our product manager in direct contact with our formulators is there to answer your questions. So, come and question us, challenge us and give, without complex, your opinion on our creations. We are happy to show you behind the scenes of our product developments so that you can help us extend the field of intimate care and eroticism according to a quality requirement never before achieved in this field. Together, our mission is to develop cosmetology of excellence at the service of the act of love. 

Look at the ingredient list and rely on Yuka-like applications

To really be sure of the quality of a product and its composition, there is no magic formula, you have to read the list of ingredients and understand it! This is a minimum in the world we live in today. To read it, nothing could be simpler, the ingredients are listed in order of concentration. You can also scan it and discover much more information with Yuka -type applications. This is a responsible first step but can be distorted for two reasons: 

Some ingredients are very poorly rated: for example silicone, while it is hypoallergenic, considered in some formulas to be the ultimate active ingredient. Do you love this asset? Find here our range of 100% silicone lubricants available in 3 consistencies. It is important to mention that silicone is only criticized for not being biodegradable. In the same way, in certain formulas, certain preservatives are sometimes more effective than others and it is difficult to judge the relevance of the notation given that the % is unknown. In our laboratory, each active ingredient used is scrupulously studied, its naturalness, its quality, its country of origin, its method of extraction...

What healthy ingredients should be part of the composition of our intimate health products

We recommend a maximum of pure and natural products whose beneficial effects on the mucous membranes have been demonstrated:

  • Aloe vera : for its moisturizing, healing and soothing properties. However, beware of allergies.
  • CBD: effective against all forms of intimate discomfort (vaginal dryness, heated mucous membranes, vulvar irritation, microlesions)
  • Natural xanthan, carob or guar gums: natural gums whose bio-adhesive properties allow  incredible glide.
  • Carrageenan  : An algae with emollient and moisturizing properties recognized in addition to  HPV inhibitory characteristics that remain to be proven.
  • Vegetable glycerin, but in respectable percentages and of vegetable origin, can be a great moisturizer but can also be harmful in too large a quantity if we refer to the  principle of osmolarity. It is also known to feed candida and lead to mycotic episodes. 

What are the ingredients to avoid?

Petroleum derivatives are avoided: such as paraffin, mineral oils, etc. which would tend to clog the skin and mucous membranes and whose potentially moisturizing effects are only due to their strong occlusive power. We also avoid parabens such as methylparaben, ethylparaben or propylparaben which act as estrogen mimics.  According to clinical trials,  they would be linked to the development of breast cancer and their endocrine disrupting effects no longer need to be demonstrated.

YESforLOV, What is our “green sex” approach in this transition from conventional to organic?

So, organic or natural? At YESforLOV, we are heading for organic cosmetics , you have understood that it is our green, slow and responsible approach that matters most to us,  for the greatest comfort of your mucous membranes   and respect for our environment: the effectiveness of each of our formulas is naturally combined with the  sensuality of  product, its naturalness and the comfort that emanates from it.

The "sex planet friendly" invites itself under the duvet as eco sex against all odds without changing the  usual beauty of everyday life., What a great challenge! 

In this energetic, proactive, powerful approach towards a more ethical and ecological transition out of respect for the nature that sustains us, Slow Cosmetics is now the spearhead of YESforLOV: common desire to promote effective cosmetics, natural, healthy, formulated and used in perfect harmony, without cheating, with respect for the health of human beings, in the safeguard of any animal whatsoever,  in the respect of an environment today in danger because remained so far a dead letter but which we now need to better protect from the destructive madness of Man in all his illusory power!

The Universe is our master to all, between the Cosmos and our earthly life, it is nature that commands, let's never forget it! 

Since some  years, we favor the least processed natural and organic ingredients by excluding as much as possible any ingredient derived from chemicals, petrochemicals as well as any ingredient potentially polluting the environment and even silicone, of which we are unconditional fans but which we seek to we separate… It's still premature to this day but our lab technicians now have it in their sights to better abandon it!

Christian Palix, the founder of YESforLOV , is fully convinced of this:  the cosmetics of tomorrow's pleasure must strive to reduce the negative ecological impact as much as possible through its carbon footprint, both in its design and in its use. It is an absolute necessity. Priority therefore to short cycles by producing in France with cardboard makers, contract manufacturers and purebred laboratories!

Valérie, our commercial director, invites you to be careful and vigilant in your choices,  most of your legitimate purchase desires must go to information, to the certain quality of the products offered, to their fair price taking into account their true composition.

As for Benoît, our product manager, he recommends that you automatically rule out, when reading the labels, both inert, inactive or unnecessarily processed ingredients, but just as much the chemical components likely to seriously harm the health of your mucous!  The sincerity of the product in everything last offers is its obsession: its personal challenge is to live up to your desires to live better and in accordance with nature!

Climate commitment and maximum transparency in our product range, this is our roadmap and we will tell you more next month. 

A transition to a more "eco-sex" and "natural sex" approach is the formidable mission that we have imposed on ourselves over time with boundless energy and enthusiasm that we want to share with you all. We are resolutely optimistic about the full success of this new project of “more eco-friendly living and living more together in the most total sincerity”.  It's a real challenge, it's within our reach and our new range of organic and natural cosmetics is the best example: Healthy, comfortable, sensual products that don't cheat!  All are the reflection of a French know-how that is no longer to be demonstrated, packaged in non-cellophane kraft cases and printed with vegetable inks, fitted with recyclable bio source tubes, conveying lab formulas still as wonderfully French from organic farming with more than ever the label of made in France.

YESforLOV promises a bright future for sensual, ethical and organic cosmetics! Follow her approach carefully, she deserves it!  Accompany her in her new adventure which aims to be beauty and well-being in all that is most authentic!