Nobody is really regulating the claims that cosmetic manufacturers make about their products. Not even the FDA. All they are really required to be truthful about is what’s on the ingredient label. And even then, there are ways to be vague and sketchy about what’s in a product.
Have you ever read an ingredient label that listed a “botanical” or “scent?”
What do those words mean anyway?
According to CosmeticsInfo.org, a botanical is defined as being related to or derived from plant life. A product can be scented with a fragrance oil or an essential oil. If it doesn’t say on the label specifically how will you know?
What This Means For You
You have to be savvy when it comes to buying cosmetics. That means ignoring product claims based on the claims alone. Read the ingredient labels. If they are vague, move on to another product that’s more revealing.
If you are particularly interested in a product and the label has a few vague ingredients like “scent,” look at the surrounding ingredients. Is the “suspect” ingredient high up or low down on the list? Are they mostly chemicals or natural ingredients? If the ingredients are mostly natural and the scent is not high up on the ingredient label, then you can take the chance that the product is pretty safe.
So Can You?
All this analysis brings me back to my original question which is the title of this post, “Can we really trust the cosmetic manufacturers to tell the truth? The truth about what’s in their products? For the most part. The truth about what the product can do? With a grain of salt.
When you familiarize yourself with what individual ingredients can do for your skin and hair (cosmetically, therapeutically and prophylactically), you are able to form your own educated opinion about what the product can and can not do. It just takes a little research and a little practice.
Do you read the ingredient labels on the cosmetics you buy or do you trust what the bottles/jars say?