French and European organic certifications for cosmetics

Organic cosmetics : how find our way through all these labels ?

Much more than a simple fashion fad, the Bio invaded the cosmetic’s world and settled down durably in our bathrooms. A cosmetic product musn’t only operate effectively : it has to be sure. Organic cosmetic seem to be the best answer to the expectations of more and more demanding consumers. To guarantee these products, there are several labels which don’t offer all the same guarantees. What do they hide from us and how find us there?

Who awards the organic cosmetic labels?

They are organizations constituted by producers of raw materials, by manufacturers and by distributors. They define together specification which must be then endorsed by a certification organization.

 

Are all these organic cosmetic labels equal?

No, because all the organizations don’t have the same level of requirement and some of them deliver several kinds of labels, an Organic label and an Ecological. Besides, these labels offer different guarantees.

 

What are the prohibitions and guarantees offered by Organic cosmetic labels?

Many of the labels on the market prohibit the use of certain substances. These bans are common to a great majority of labels, here is a list:

  • Flavors (Perfumes) of synthesis as phtalates
  • Mineral Oil (paraffin wax, silicones, etc.)
  • Colouring agents or pigments of synthesis
  • Ingredients obtained by processes which don’t  respect the environment (PEG, PPG, etc.)
  • Artificial Conservatives (Curators) (glycols, phénoxyéthanol, parabens, formalin, etc.)
  • Colouring agents or pigments of synthesis
  • Substances with mercury
  • Raw materials whose sample causes the death of an animal (blubber (muktuk), turtle oil, collagen, etc.)
  • Animal testing

As regards guarantees, a small overview is imperative to highlight them better. Follow the guide!

 

 Ecocert www.ecocert.fr

French Label born in 2003, Ecocert is both a label and a certification organization. It proposes two kinds of labels: an Organic label and an Eco one.

Organic label

ecocert biologique

Guarantees
  • 95 % of ingredients from natural origine
  • 10 % of all the ingredients are organic

Eco labelecocert ecologique

 

  • 95 % of ingredients from natural origin
  • 5% of all the ingredients are organic

 

Cosmebio www.cosmebio.org

French label, born in 2002, constituted by about ten cosmetic laboratories. It delivers two kinds of labels : a biological label and an ecological one.

Organic label
cosmebio bio
Guarantees
  • 95 % of natural ingredients or natural origin
  • 10 % of all the ingredients are stemming from the organic farming

Eco label
cosmebio eco

  • 95 % of natural ingredients or natural origin
  • 5 % of all the ingredients are stemming from the organic farming.

 

 

 Nature & Progrès www.natureetprogres.org

French Label to strict standards created in 1964 and constituted by manufacturers and consumers, gathered in federations.

 nature-et-progres.gifGuarantees
  • 100 % of the plant ingredients (plants, essential oil …) are stemming from the organic farming
  • raw materials transformed by mechanical processes or by means of soft chemistry · environment-friendly production

 

Cosmos-standard cosmos-standard.org

European Label created in 2011. It gathers five national labels, BDIH (Germany), Cosmebio and Ecocert (France), ICEA (Italy), Soil Association (Great Britain) with the aim of harmonizing their standards.

cosmo standardGuarantees
  • 95 % of natural ingredients or natural origin · 10 % of the set of ingredients are stemming from the organic farming
  • Packagings and biodegradable or recyclable suremballages
  • Cosmos forbids ionizing treatments

 

 

BDIH www.kontrollierte-naturkosmetik.de

German label created in 1951 by commercial and industrial companies.

 label_bdihGuarantees
  • 100 % of ingredients belongs to a list established by the BDIH
  • cosmetic with natural raw materials, stemming from the mineral or plant reign of biological culture or from controlled wild picking
  • raw materials were transformed without chemical intervention
  • environment-friendly packaging
  • BDIH prohibits the use of genetic engineering and ionizing  radiations

 

Soil Association www.soilassociation.org

British label, created in 1946, proposes an Organic label and an Ecological label.

Organic label

soil_association_2

Guarantees
  • 95 % of biological ingredients
  • ingredients stemming from the authorized wild picking, except endangered species

Eco labelsoil_association_2

 

  • 70 % minimum of biological ingredients (variable percentage indicated on the label)
  • ingredients are stemming from the authorized wild picking, except endangered species

 

Austria Bio Garantie (ABG)  www.abg.at

Austrian label created in 1993. The ABC’s specification is built on a “positive” list of authorized ingredients. A single unauthorized ingredient excludes the product of the certification.

 austria bioGuarantees
  • 100 % of ingredients belongs to the list established by the BDIH
  • respect for the environmental standards during the manufacturing

 

USDA Organic www.ams.usda.gov

Public organization dependent of the American Ministry of Agriculture and grouping three differents labels.

Label « 100 % Organic »label USDA organicGuarantees
· 100 % of ingredients are stemming from the organic farming

Organic label
label USDA organic

  • 95 % of ingredients are stemming from the organic farming
  • other ingredients belonging to a list established by the USDA
Label “Organic ingredients”
usda
  • 70 % of ingredients are stemming from the organic farming
  • other ingredients belonging to a list established by the USDA

USDA prohibits the ionizing treatments.

 

NaTrue www.natrue.org

This is an European label created by German and Swiss industrialists which offers three differents labels.

Organic cosmetics

natrue

Guarantees
95 % of natural ingredients are stemming from controlled biological culture and/or from controlled wild picking

Natural cosmetics, partially organic

natrue

70 % of the natural ingredients have to come from biological controlled production and/or from controlled wild picking
Natural cosmeticsnatrueX % of ingredients are stemming from the organic farming (percentage mentioned on the label)

NaTrue prohibits the use of ionizing treatments.
 

To go a bit further…

There are other organic cosmetic labels, some of them are “committed” in initiatives which go beyond the expectations of the cosmetic : they militate for a cause which is dear to them. We can quote « One Voice » who claims animal rights, or « Vegan and Cruelty-Free », who fights against animal testing.

onevoice                Vegan            cruelty-free-cosmetique

 

More importantly, everyone has a preferred way of interpreting the Organic concept and there are so many way to conceive it !

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