Episode 1: What Does Natural Skincare Mean?

2018-02 Podcast What does natural skincare mean

This is the first ever Formula Botanica: Green Beauty Conversations podcast. It has been a long time in the making and we are really excited to finally be able to share it with you.

The Formula Botanica Team decided to start a podcast so that we would have a medium to discuss the more philosophical aspects of the green and natural beauty movement – of which there are many. We thought it would be apt to start with a topic that comes up in our community time and time again: what does natural skincare mean?

The word “natural” is used a lot in the green beauty movement. But what does it really mean in relation to cosmetic ingredients? What is the difference between natural and naturally derived? What is “nature identical”? When is an ingredient seen to be synthetic?


Listen to our latest podcast on what people mean when they talk about natural skincare:

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In this podcast you will:

  • Learn the 4 shades of natural
  • Determine the ‘natural to synthetic’ spectrum, according to Formula Botanica
  • Find out what naturally derived means
  • Learn the definition of ‘nature identical’
  • Hear about a strange category of ingredients that are natural but mimic synthetics

Key takeaways:

  • The word ‘natural’ means different things to different people.
  • Some cosmetic ingredients can be picked from a tree, while others have to undergo a degree of synthesis in the lab.
  • You must choose what ‘natural’ means to you when you start formulating or buying green, clean and organic beauty products.
What are the 4 shades of natural? Lorraine and Gemma from @FormulaBotanica help make sense of naturals vs synthetics in their first ever podcast. Click to listen now and take part in the global green beauty conversation. Click To Tweet

This topic has often divided a crowd. At Formula Botanica we have seen fierce debates on this topic in our Facebook Group and often we don’t reach a consensus, as we ask ourselves ‘what does natural skincare mean?’

What one person defines as natural is very different to what another person defines as natural. This is OK, after all we all have differing opinions and scales by which we judge certain terms.

But where does this leave the people who are new to natural and organic skincare or haircare? Where do you start figuring out what natural might mean to you and which ingredients you would consider acceptable in your skincare and haircare?

At Formula Botanica HQ we asked ourselves these questions many times and we have also been asked these questions by our students, graduates and members of our community over and over again so we decided that it would a good idea to come up with a scale that defines what we call ‘shades of natural’.

In this first ever Formula Botanica: Green Beauty Conversations podcast, our Business & Relationship Manager Gemma interviews our Director Lorraine to run through the 4 shades of natural that we compiled in order to try and clarify some of the confusion around the use of the term ‘natural’. Listen to our podcast to answer the question: what does natural skincare mean?


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Gemma Ortega Perez | Formula Botanica

Gemma Ortega Perez was Formula Botanica’s Relationship Manager between 2015 – 2019. To read more about the Formula Botanica team, visit our staff page.


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