One of the things about living abroad is that the culture shock permeates even your smallest daily tasks. Grocery shopping in a foreign country is definitely one of those moments where you shake your head and wonder to yourself, “why on earth would they need that?” Of course, while I’m wondering this here in Switzerland, the Swiss expat in Canada would be shaking their head and wondering why we don’t have ten different shades of pre-made marzipan in the baking aisle.
But one pleasant surprise upon grocery shopping here in Switzerland was finding very well-priced organic food. In fact, it’s too well-priced. It made me realize that I was actually doubting the authenticity of the organic claim because it seemed too good to be true. We have been conditioned in North America to expect organic to be more expensive…health at a premium.
To buy organic means to splurge. Produce is twice the price, grains and rices are sometimes three times the price, and body care products? Well, we don’t even want to compare those.
So imagine my surprise when I read today that the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) have released a report on some of the most popular “organic” companies who are actually not organic at all. As I scanned the list of products, I was horrified to see some of my usuals listed as non-certified and in some cases, actually containing harmful chemicals!
If these companies look familiar to you, take a moment to visit the Skin Deep website to find out what your favourite items are rated. You might be paying a premium for nothing more than a chemical-laden product in a sneaky bottle.
While researching this entry, I came across the ingredients list of the Kiss My Face soap pictured above and was horrified to see their sneaky wording in their claim to be pure: This product contains no animal ingredients, artificial colors, or unnecessary chemicals and was not tested on animals.
Did you catch that? Contains no “unnecessary chemicals”. Define “unnecessary”, please!
I was very happy to see that my skin care line is included on the “good” list. I highly recommend Mercola’s Healthy Skin products, the only USDA-certified skin care line and ranked between 0-2 on the hazard scale. It smells like you could eat it, and actually…you can. Remember, if it’s on your skin, it’s going to your blood stream, organs and even your brain!
And now to lighten the mood a bit, I highly recommend you watch this hilarious rap video from the OCA: