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Label buzzwords deciphered
■ ‘Natural’ isn’t a term defin ed by the FDA, and it “doesn’t necessarily mean anything about the purity of a product.” If your aim is to avoid chemicals, simply read the ingredients list—and beware unfamiliar words.
■ ‘Organic’ can be used on a product provided it consists of at least 95 percent organically produced ingredients. Whatever’s not organic will be a USDA-approved substance, too.
■ ‘Vegan’ is not a federally regulated label, but it indicates an absence of animal products or byproducts—like beeswax. “Crueltyfree” usually equates to zero animal testing.
■ ‘Gluten-free’ foods are regulated by the FDA, but gluten-free cosmetics aren’t. That’s rarely a worry, unless you’re gluten-sensitive and shopping for lip products.
■ ‘Fair Trade’ products come from farms that meet strict social, environmental, economic, and safety standards. Also, the manufacturer must invest in the farms’ communities. Source: O Magazine ■