What does organic certification mean?
In the United States, organic certification—and those round green stickers—are overseen by the Department of Agriculture. A product may use the "USDA Organic" label if at least 95% of the ingredients are organic content.
What does "organic" mean?
According to the USDA website, organic operations "must demonstrate that they are protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity, and using only approved substances." This means pesticides and chemical fertilizers are prohibited, as well as genetically modified organisms and growth hormones.
Why choose organic?
Besides the environmental benefits, it's pretty much a no-brainer that the fewer chemicals and strange hormones you put into your body, the better. Less obvious is that those chemicals can be similarly harmful to the outside of your body. In November, the Canadian organization Environmental Defence reported that an external lab had found toxic chemicals that have been linked to cancer, sperm damage, and other health issues in a number of common grooming products like hair gel and deodorant. If you wouldn't want it in your mouth, you probably don’t want it in your pores.