What is the difference between synthetic, natural and naturally derived cosmetic ingredients?

Cosmetics Business discovers the differences between the commonly-used terms ‘natural’ and ‘naturally derived’

Cosmetics Business is asking beauty industry experts to answer the cosmetics world’s big questions. Here experts outline the differences between the commonly-used terms ‘natural’ and ‘naturally derived’.


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Dr Mark Smith

Dr Mark Smith, Director General, NATRUE

Natural ingredients are those isolated directly from nature by physical means. Examples include aloe vera leaf extract, shea butter, or sea salt.

Natural ingredients may also include products from . . .

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