We’re the first ones to sigh in dismay at the amount we owe at the register for our favourite organic, green and clean products. What you may not know is that the price tag is actually in fact there for a reason. We have to remind ourselves of this sometimes but the reasoning and the quality behind the price tag are the huge factors when it comes to determining the retail value of a product. “While the cost might cause you to categorize these skin-boosting offerings as totally out of your budget, it may help to know why exactly organic (often confused with “all natural”) products can make a bigger dent in your wallet, (source).” The short answer to this inquiry is to make a lower priced product the actual integrity of the ingredients chosen would have to be sacrificed. Below are two of the biggest factors that contribute to the “organic,” price tag:
Ingredients: A great example of this is from the company Nurture My Body, who promote organic, and sustainable practices. “Other companies source out less expensive ingredients such as petroleum ingredients or chemicals so they can make a bigger profit. Larger companies can buy their ingredients in bulk. We are a smaller company going up against the “big guys” and are not able to buy in bulk, (source).” Organic product companies and manufactures also try to stick to local ingredients or if they have to look overseas still ensuring the integrity and ethics of the product remain constant. A great example of this is Davines. “They are now acquiring certain key products from local farms in Italy (now labeled right on the bottles) that were previously in danger of being extinct, (source).” Organic farms are typically smaller than larger ones and refrain from using chemicals and growth hormones that are used conventionally. This equates to more time and as we all know time = money. “While not all organic/natural brands are waterless and completely synthetic and preservative-free, the ones that are allow you to you liberate yourself from all the pesticide residues found in conventionally grown crops that end up in many traditional beauty products, (source).”
Formulation: This is an integral part of the “organic,” price tag debate and confusion. Conventional brands are notorious for “watering down,” their products in order to produce a lower price tag. The first ingredient you’ll see when checking these labels is water/aqua. “Many formulations are up to 80 percent water. Some have greater or smaller percentage, but essentially this is what the customer is paying for. In some drugstore or even natural brands, water can masquerade as Aloe Vera juice or herbal infusions, (source).” This translates to using less of a more potent product since organic products have higher concentrations of beneficial skin ingredients.
Here at the Salon Movement we believe in high quality service, relationships and superior products for your body. This is the biggest reason why we support Davines and when explained and researched the price is comparable to other conventional salon brands. Davines’ practices, ingredients and ethos are admirable and align with our own feelings about what a company and product should do for you.