Up until the end of the 19th century almost all medicines and cosmetics were derived direct from “Mother Earth” by extracting the beneficial properties of roots, barks, and leaves. By the beginning of the 20th century as oil became an important resource, petroleum by-products also came into their own. This led to cosmetic companies, which were then expanding, to abandon natural ingredients in favour of synthetic ingredients which were more readily available and above all else much cheaper to produce.
As a result today, all commercial cosmetic companies use only traces of natural ingredients which they prominently display on their labels to make the consumer believe what is offered to them is natural hence good for them. Unfortunately the benefits from the very small quantity of natural ingredients used are overpowered by the petrochemical ingredients used. That is why commercial lipstick, soap, moisturizers, and shampoos to name a few often clog and irritate the skin cells and leave a dry and wrinkled appearance. In addition, some of these same ingredients used in these synthetic cosmetics are well known carcinogens. This is the reason why people today are willing to pay a little extra for a product that is all natural and beneficial to them as it was originally intended to be.