You take care of yourself and you choose cosmetics good for your skin and your health. You may think that « natural » cosmetics are more or less the same than « organic » cosmetics. That is not exactly the case, there is a quite clear difference between them. Let us see together.
Natural products are made of raw material from vegetable, animal or mineral origin. The producers include a certain amount of raw material but this not exclude chemical derivatives. Animal by-products such as lanolin or beewax can come from farms using hormones and antibiotic treatments. Mineral oils, considered as « natural », can also be used. The term « natural » is not regulated in any way.
The standard for organic cosmetics comes with a certified label. This means the highest quality from raw material to finished product. The main rules to get a label are :
- ingredients harvested from organic agriculture
- integrate the concept of « green chemistry » : no silicon, mineral oil, parabens, phenoxyethanol, preservatives, synthetic perfumes or synthetic dyes, GMO, synthetic polymer (PEG, PPG), no animal ingredients except milk or honey.
- respect for the environment
Standards for organic cosmetics in Europe are different depending of the label but the main rules are more or less the same described above. The main european labels for a top quality are:
- Ecocert (french label)
- Nature et Progrès (french label)
- COSMEBIO (french label)
- Natrue (european label)
- BDIH (german label)
- COSMOS Standart (european label)
- ICEA (italian label)
- Austria Bio Garantie (austrian label)
- Soil Association (english label)
You can notice the huge difference between « natural » and « organic » and you are now able to make the right choice for your beauty and your health.