What does natural mean?
The FDA does not define what constitutes a natural product or natural ingredient(https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/resources-industry-cosmetics/small-businesses-homemade-cosmetics-fact-sheet#7)
Around the world, different governments have different regulations; e.g. in Australia, Natural means the ingredient must have been harvested, mined, or collected and then processed without chemical reaction. Nature Identical, on the other hand, is an ingredient produced by commercial synthesis which produces an end product chemically identical to that found in nature. Such nature identical materials are usually synthesized due to factors such as difficulty in supply (seasonal variation in quality and/or quantity), harm to the original source material (particularly animals but also plants), inability to produce required commercial quantity by non synthetic means, cost effectiveness, etc. Finally, Naturallly Derived are ingredients where the majority of the molecule is derived from natural materials as defined above(https://ascc.com.au/natural/).
At Dr. Talbot's we strive to use only Natural, Nature Identical, or Naturally Derived ingredients.
So what is an example of a Nature Identical ingredient?
Sorbic acid and potassium sorbate: while sorbic acid is naturally occurring in some berries, virtually all of the world's production of sorbic acid, from which potassium sorbate is derived, is manufactured synthetically.
So what is an example of a Nature Derived ingredient?
Cocamidopropyl betaine: majority of the molecule is derived from coconut oil.