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Example of Logo's Required for EU Organic Certification

Example of Logo's Required for EU Organic Certification

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These substances intended for organic makeup ingredients may be used in both ingredients and the finished product but only for the uses and conditions specified.

No use of aromatic, alkoxylated, halogenated, nitrogen- or sulphur-based solvents are allowed.


Ingredient - Specific use and condition

Absolutes, Concretes, Resinoids - Fragrance / Can not be certified as organic / Only for use in cosmetic products under natural certification

Benzoic acid and its salts - Preservative

Benzyl alcohol - Preservative

Carrageenan - Viscosity agent / gelling agent

Dehydroacetic acid and its salts - Preservative

Denatonium Benzoate and Tertiary butyl alcohol - Denaturing agent for alcohol / Where required by law

Lecithin - Emollient / emulsifier

Natural tocopherol (extracted with hexane) - Antioxidant

Salicylic acid and its salts - Preservative

Sorbic acid and its salts - Preservative

Tetra sodium glutamate diacetate - Chelating agent

Xanthan gum - Viscosity agent / gelling agent


These minerals may be used as organic makeup ingredients as long as they are pure and natural and preferably from environmentally sound extraction processes.

Example of Labelling Required for 70 to 90% Organic Beauty Products

Example of Labelling Required for 70 to 90% Organic Beauty Products

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Other transitional ingredients allowed

These ingredients, moieties and processes may be used for a temporary period only. The temporary is 60 months after this Standard comes into effect – approximately January 2016.


Ingredients - Specific use

CI 75470 (Carmine from Cochineal) - Pigment

Silk amino-acids, hydrolyzed silk - Humectant, Hair conditioner, Skin conditioner – Only for products under natural certification

Chitosan - Emollient, Film former – Only for products under natural certification

Shellac, Shellac Cera - Emollient, Film former, Hair conditioner, Skin conditioner – Only for products under natural certification


Ingredients containing petrochemical moieties - Specific use

Betaines - Amphoteric surfactant

Alkylamphoacetate - Amphoteric surfactant

Alkylglucosidecarboxylate - Anionic surfactant

Alkylcarbonate - Anionic surfactant

Carboxy methyl cellulose - Gelling agent / viscosity agent

Moieties must not exceed a total of 2% of the total finished product.


Processes on organic ingredients - Specific use and condition

Gamma irradiation of clay types, kaolin and hectorite (Magnesium Aluminum Silicate ), bentonite types, diatomaceous earth only where other sterilization techniques are insufficient - Sterilisation / Only for use in cosmetic products under natural certification.

Example of Labelling Required for 95% Organic Beauty Products

Example of Labelling Required for 95% Organic Beauty Products

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