Why do homemade, organic & natural products cost more than conventional over the counter brands?
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Organic ingredients are one-and-a-half to two times more expensive (at least) than non-organic ones.
When you factor in how organic ingredients are grown, not genetically altered to speed up production, there’s another source for cost: “Not only are organic farms typically smaller than conventional ones, but they also, on average, take more time to produce crops because they refrain from using the chemicals and growth hormones used by conventional farmers. Time is money." Additionally, essential oils, hydrosols & infused oils are really really expensive.
Many organic lines are made in small batches, driving up cost for the consumer. “Companies that have the capability to produce on a mass scale can keep costs down by buying ingredients in huge amounts." Also, our glass is mostly dark brown which helps you enjoy fresher products longer which it costs more too.
Homemade may sound & seems cheaper without machines but handcrafted products take A LOT of time & effort than bulk machine production. Do factor in the electric & gas usage too to brew our products.
Typical over the counter brands are usually filled with emulsifiers, preservatives, fragrance, texture/feel improving chemicals—leaving a very small margin for the actual natural oils which are supposed to be the main source of nutrition for the skin. Which is also why they have longer shelf life. On the other hand, natural products are worth it as you’ll use less of a more potent product since they have higher concentrations of good-for-your-skin ingredients.
• Shelf life
Organic products have shorter shelf life because their botanical ingredients have naturally limited “life” and break down after a while.
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