Is Natural Skincare Better? A Balanced Look at the Pros and Cons

Is Natural Skincare Better? A Balanced Look at the Pros and Cons

When it comes to skincare, the debate between natural and synthetic products is ongoing. Many people believe that natural skincare is inherently better for the skin and the environment. However, the reality is more nuanced.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the pros and cons of natural skincare and explain how Earthwoven stands out by mitigating the risks associated with natural products.

The Pros of Natural Skincare

Reduced Synthetic Chemicals: Natural skincare products often contain fewer synthetic chemicals, which can reduce the risk of skin irritation and allergic reactions for some individuals.

Nutrient-Rich Ingredients: Natural ingredients like aloe vera, oat, and Mānuka oil are known for their soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, providing essential nutrients that benefit the skin.

Eco-Friendly Practices: Many natural skincare brands prioritise sustainable sourcing and environmentally friendly practices, making them a better choice for the planet.

Transparency and Trust: Brands like Earthwoven emphasise ingredient transparency, allowing you to know exactly what you're putting on your skin.

The Cons of Natural Skincare

Potential Allergies: Natural ingredients can still cause allergic reactions. Essential oils and botanical extracts, while beneficial, may be potent allergens for some individuals.

Preservation Challenges: Without synthetic preservatives, natural products may have a shorter shelf life and be more prone to contamination.

Variable Effectiveness: Some natural ingredients may not be as potent or fast-acting as their synthetic counterparts for certain skin issues.

Earthwoven: Bridging the Gap

At Earthwoven, we understand that while natural skincare has many benefits, it also comes with its own set of challenges. That’s why we’ve taken extra steps to ensure our products are not only natural but also safe, effective, and reliable.

Laboratory-Formulated Excellence: Unlike many homemade natural skincare products, Earthwoven products are formulated in professional, GMP-certified laboratory settings. This ensures we adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices, providing access to innovative technology and cutting-edge ingredients that allow us to mitigate risks effectively and ensure the highest quality.

No Essential Oils: Earthwoven does not contain essential oils in its formulations. We carefully select our ingredients to ensure they are gentle on the skin and reduce the risk of allergic reactions.

Ingredient Transparency: We prioritise ingredient transparency, so you always know what you're using on your skin. Our formulations are free from GMOs, palm oils, citrus extracts, fillers, parabens, artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, sulphates, and essential oils. We provide our full ingredient list on our website and packaging, and we encourage any questions you may have about our products and ingredients.

Scientific Backing: Our products are formulated with over 40 years of combined scientific research involving New Zealand's top skin scientists. As the founder, I (Shaleah) have worked closely with a dedicated team of skin scientists, skincare formulators, and a dermatologist. This collaborative effort ensures that our natural ingredients deliver real results.

Mitigating Allergies: We carefully select and test our ingredients to minimize the risk of allergic reactions. Our products are formulated without common allergens like parabens and are free from GMOs, palm oils, citrus extracts, fillers, artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, sulphates, and essential oils. These exclusions help ensure our products are gentle on the skin and suitable for a variety of skin types, including those with sensitivities.

Effective Preservation: We use natural preservatives to ensure our products remain safe and effective throughout their shelf life.

Proven Results: Earthwoven combines the best of nature with smart science to replicate the effects of pharmaceutical-grade skincare, ensuring long-term safety and efficacy.

Patch Testing: Just like with non-natural skincare products, we recommend always performing a patch test before using a new product. This helps ensure that your skin does not react adversely to any of the ingredients.


While natural skincare is not always better in every aspect, Earthwoven mitigates the potential risks associated with natural products. Our commitment to high-quality, scientifically-backed ingredients, transparency, and ethical practices ensures that you get the best of both worlds: safe, effective, and natural skincare that truly works. Thanks to our GMP-certified laboratory setting, we have access to innovative technologies and advanced ingredients that further enhance the safety and efficacy of our products, all while maintaining global compliance with industry standards.

Experience the Earthwoven difference today—where innovation meets integrity, providing you with skincare that delivers real results.

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