bocaguyfl saidI used Organic products for a little while, but then I spoke to a doctor friend of mine who told me that most organic products aren't worth the cost with little benefit over their non-organic counterparts. Especially with fruits and vegetables which he said are the biggest waste in money. He said as long as you wash the fruits and veggies before eating them, you're ok with the non-organic versions and that with some of the natural fertilizers that organic fruits and veggies use (feces, anyone?), you could get some pretty nasty viruses just as easily. Of course that was just his opinion.
I just look at the cost and think, 'Come on,...there is no way that these organic products should be as expensive as they are". That made me switch back.
I think that it is important to understand that organic is often a standard that is for the benefit of the land, farmer, and the environment, more than it is for the consumer.
Organic products, especially imported products are incredibly complicated and so it is a wise move to look beyond a certification or a seal and that the more you can know where your products are coming from and who is producing them and how the better off you are. Once you learn how intensive it is to truely farm organically you will better be able to understand the cost associated with organic products (although factory farm organics are most likely over-priced). Another reason to cut out as many middle men as possible. An organic tomato directly from the farmer is typically far cheaper (or at least the same as) than a conventional tomato and the money is directly benefiting the person who grew it and not the supply chain that brought it to you.
Cosmetic products are particularly difficult. There are plenty of artisan soap makers, I would suggest looking for one at a local farmer's market. Soap when made with all of it's intended components can be all you really need (often cream is removed from soap, which is then in turn re-sold to you as lotion when the soap you purchase dries out your skin).