Nature is composed of physical, chemical and biological principles and laws known and less known that governs the world.
WHAT IS NATURAL?
The term "natural" is used to describe a substance or condition that is: in harmony with nature; belonging to or connected to nature; derived or natural.
According to the US National Organic Program (NOP), a natural substance is derived from a source of plants (tinctures, teas, syrups), minerals (calcium, magnesium, iron) or animals (propolis, beeswax, shark cartilage), without having undergone a process of synthesis. Yeast is an example of a micro-organism, which can be a change agent in a biological substance. This micro-organism is used to facilitate the fermentation process of plant extracts, such as grape juice. Natural substances can result from physical and biological processes, even when the resulting substance cannot be found in the independent nature of these processes.
WHAT IS SYNTHETIC?
A substance is a synthetic compound that is made artificially by chemical reactions. Natural products have been chemically modified by human labor or skill to produce substances that are chemically different from the pre-reaction substances. The definition of a synthetic substances and ANYTHING that was manufactured through a chemical process, and has modified the structure which was derived from a vegetable source, mineral or animal which occurs naturally. These definitions contain two types of synthetic substances: those seen as natural, as well as those considered non-natural.
WHY COMBINING TWO SEEMINGLY OPPOSITE CONCEPTS?
Consider what occurs during a chemical reaction. A combination of chemical reagents undergo changes, which is a loss, a gain or a sharing of electrons between atoms. The chemical reaction changes the physical properties of the reactanţilor involved. For example,
NA (sodium: a silvery metal, poison) + CI (a poisonous chlorine gas) — > NaCl (table salt)
Table salt is no longer bearing the physical properties of sodium or chlorine. Table salt, then, could be considered if synthetic human manpower establishes conditions for the two elements of Na and Cl to react. However, we can find NaCl naturally, such as in sea salt or salt being undermined. Commercial salt has the same chemical formula, sodium chloride, but was obtained from blankets or salt lakes underground and then purified. Products resulting from chemical reactions, which occur independently of human interference can be regarded as natural substances.
Hundreds of ingredients are used to impose different effects on the body. These products range from purely natural ingredients extracted from nature in their original condition, to pure synthetic ingredients, which were created from synthetic, through a complex series of chemical reactions and have no connection with nature any more.
WHY SHOULD A CONSUMER TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN NATURAL INGREDIENTS OF SYNTHETIC ONES?
There is a wide range of products at our disposal. Why natural matter versus synthetic matter? Our personal health and well-being, as well as the environment locally and globally, are concerned by the widespread use of synthetic substances. We can't avoid all synthetic substances and not all synthetics are bad for us. Many of these materials have improved our quality of life, but a lot of them have deteriorated as well. We don't know what will result from the use of our certain synthetics over the long-term. Cosmetics are produced with whom we have a direct physical relationship and emotional as we wore them daily on our skin and bodies. The environment can be sustained or systematically destroyed by our choices. As consumers can participate in supporting the environmental practices of organic farming, waste disposal, clean manufacturing processes and ingredients biodegradeabilitatea.