You’re well-versed in the value of organic - but have you heard about the environmental and nutritional benefits of biodynamic? A step up from organic, biodynamic farming methods both enhance the quality of agricultural ingredients and reduce environmental impact. What does this mean for your skin care? Think amplified organic: pure and potent ingredients that are even higher in vitamins, nutrients and active compounds.
With an entire collection devoted to certified Biodynamic® ingredients, Eminence Organics is well ahead of the trend. Read to learn why biodynamic is taking the beauty world by storm.
Biodynamic Farming Methods
Both organic and biodynamic methods emphasize soil health and prohibit the use of synthetic chemicals - but biodynamic goes one step further. Biodynamic farming is an ancient method that yields healthier, cleaner, more sustainable crops than traditional organic farming. Biodynamic farmers consider the farm a living organism that is self-contained and self-sufficient; it is a closed loop that depends very little on human intervention.
Unlike organic farms, which are permitted the use of imported organic materials, the biodynamic farm must meet its needs from within. Biodynamic farmers use a variety of regenerative agricultural techniques including crop rotation, composting, interplanting and seed saving to ensure a farm’s health and longevity. Crops are grown in rhythm with the powerful moon phases and ocean tides and harvested in their most potent state. The farm is treated as a living, breathing self-sustaining ecosystem with special dedicated space for wildlife. Natural farming techniques are used to build healthy, nutrient-rich soil. No harsh chemical pesticides or fertilizers are used.
The Biodynamic Farming Calendar
Biodynamic farmers follow a unique planting calendar that is based on the position of the moon, planets and constellations. Following lunar cycles, the biodynamic calendar helps farmers determine the optimal times to pick and plant crops. According to the calendar, the best time to harvest is when the moon is in ascent and a plant’s sap is rising; when the moon is descending, a plant’s vitality is in its roots and it is time to plant and sow.
Demeter Biodynamic® Certification
Founded in 1928 and operating in more than 50 countries, Demeter is the official certifying body for Biodynamic® products. This non-profit organization holds the world’s oldest ecological certification system for the farming, manufacturing and labeling of Biodynamic® ingredients. Biodynamic products are subject to extremely strict certification standards. For example, the farm producing the raw product must be certified by the Demeter Association and the product must meet the required percentages of Demeter Certified Biodynamic® ingredients. In addition, all packaging must be free of fungicides, preservatives, fumigants and insecticides.
Managing Director of Demeter USA Elizabeth Candelario says: “Demeter Biodynamic® certification for skin care products is the most stringent standard in the world, which is why there are very few skin care companies like Eminence Organic Skin Care that attain it.” Unlike organic certification, which is crop-focused, Biodynamic® certification requires the entire farm to be certified. To date, there are only 300 certified Biodynamic® farming operations in the United States.
Are Biodynamic Ingredients Better For Your Skin?
Biodynamic farming yields pure and potent ingredients that are beneficial to the skin. With the farm, plants and animals all working together as a self-supporting cycle, this system produces the most effective ingredients possible. When seeds are planted and crops harvested following the lunar cycle, plants receive the most moisture and goodness. Plus, only natural medicinal herbs and mineral composts are used to enhance the soil and ignite powerful growth in the plants, making Biodynamic flora void of all chemical fertilizers and pesticides. This farming approach grows produce that is unusually high in nutrients and active compounds, as well as free from chemicals.
Beyond Organic Collection
Eminence Organics has harnessed the power of these pure and potent ingredients in the luxurious Beyond Organic Collection, which is hypoallergenic and suitable for even the most sensitive of skin. This skin care collection includes award-winning products formulated with ingredients from Demeter International Certified Biodynamic® farms as well as Certified Biodynamic® products like our Facial Recovery Oil. Look for the Demeter Certification badges the next time you visit an Eminence Organics Spa Partner and experience the Biodynamic® difference.
Studies have shown Biodynamic®️ ingredients on average contain:
Watch our In The Mix video to learn how our certified Biodynamic® ingredients enhance the health of your skin - and the planet: :
Have you tried any biodynamic products? We’d love to hear if you think there is a difference between conventional, organic and biodynamic ingredients! Share your thoughts with us in the comments below and join the conversation on social media.
This article was originally published in April 2018 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.