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What are the differences between conventional and natural creams?

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Une crème conventionnelle et une crème naturelle : quelles différences ?

Conventionally manufactured creams contain mainly synthetic ingredients, some of them derived from petrochemicals. These ingredients are often comedogenic (i.e. they prevent the skin from breathing and are therefore the source of imperfections) and above all have no real benefits for our skin, and can even be more disruptive than effective.

The long-term effects of some of these ingredients on our bodies and our health are still poorly understood.

As far as the environment is concerned, these ingredients are rarely degradable and are mainly used in formulas to modify the texture and general appearance of a product (its color, fragrance, etc.). In short, there is little or no added value for skin, health and well-being.

On the other hand, creams formulated in a natural way contain plant and mineral ingredients that respect the skin and its balance, and are harmless to the environment.

If a proportion of these natural ingredients come from organic farming, then the products are natural and certified "organic". This is the case at MAKESENZ, where all our products are formulated with at least 98% natural ingredients, and all are certified organic.

If the brand is committed to eco-design, then it is committed to taking into account every stage of the manufacturing process (from growing raw materials without pesticides to using recyclable or even biodegradable packaging) to minimize its impact on the planet.ūüĆŅ

This is also what we strive to do at MAKESENZ, by sourcing our raw materials as close as possible, and thinking about our packaging and bottles in such a way as to reduce our environmental impact.

It's part of our "Less is more" promise to integrate all this into the way we create our products.

ūüĒé Focus on the composition of a conventional cream VS. a natural cream:

Compositions d'une crème conventionnelle et d'une crème naturelle

Aqueous phase :

  • Conventional cream: Use of distilled water, with no real benefits for the skin and only present to dilute active ingredients and enable low-cost production.
  • Natural cream: Use of spring water or floral waters/hydrolates (rose water, rosemary, orange blossom, lavender, etc.). Rich in active aromatic molecules, each has multiple benefits for the skin (soothing and purifying for lavender hydrosol, or healthy glow and anti-aging for rose water, for example).

Oily phase :

  • Conventional cream: Use of synthetic mineral oils derived from petrochemicals (vaseline, kerosene), which are often comedogenic and allow for low-cost production.
  • Natural cream: Use of plant-derived oils (argan, jojoba, hemp, etc.). These oils are rich in fatty acids, vitamins and trace elements similar to those found in the skin, so they have an excellent affinity with our organism. Once again, these oils have myriad benefits and are chosen accordingly in the various formulas.

Emulsifiers (binding agents between fatty and aqueous phases):

  • Conventional cream: The emulsifiers used are petrochemical. They are known as PEGs.
  • Natural cream: Emulsifiers are sugar derivatives derived from beet, coconut or other plant-based materials, and are more respectful of health and the planet.

Active ingredients (molecules with a specific action):

  • Conventional cream: Often synthesized in laboratories.
  • Natural cream: Of vegetable or mineral origin, including essential oils, vegetable oil extracts, vitamin C, etc.

Preservatives :

  • Conventional cream: Many of these preservatives are considered allergens and irritants (parabens, triclosans, formaldehydes, phenoxyethanol, etc.).
  • Natural cream: Preservatives recognized by organic labels are often not very irritating, even if they contain some synthetics to guarantee their preservation.

Fragrance :

  • Conventional cream: Synthetic fragrances are often allergenic.
  • Natural creams: Often, essential oils or natural essences are used to perfume the formulas, bringing multiple benefits for the skin and our well-being (with actions on our emotions, for example).

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