To call your product organic makeup, you have to certify that your ingredients meet a set of criteria defined by an organic certifying body. Presently, there is no global standard that defines this criteria.
To further homogenise organic standards and compliance, the Soil Association (UK) + BDIH (Germany) + Ecocert (France) + ICEA (Italy) have combined to set-up an integrated organic certification scheme called the Cosmetics Organic Standard (or COSMOS)
One of the ideas of COSMOS was to create and define legal standards for organic makeup and cosmetics. Because organic criteria are presently so loosely defined, it is possible to find organically labelled products in our stores that contain organic ingredients of only 1%.
In March 2011, COSMOS certified products became available in European stores.
With Ecocert there are 2 levels of labelling :
A minimum threshold of natural ingredients from organic farming to be reached to obtain certification.
Natural and Organic Cosmetic Label
Natural Cosmetic Label
Soil Association has 3 levels of labelling :
Soil Association labelling examples
Courtesy : www.soilassociation.org
As COSMOS appears to be the new leading authority that represents the most amount of countries in the world, this article will be focused on the organic criteria of this institution. This information is only intended as a guide for you.
If you wish, you can download the full Organic Makeup Cosmos Standard here.
It is certainly not the global authority but the information here will allow you to make comparisons of organic products wherever you may be in the world.
The purpose of this website is to inform you with useful information to allow you to make educated choices that are in the best interests of you and your family.
For organic makeup, COSMOS follows the Precautionary Principle. This principle means that when there is scientific evidence that an ingredient, technology or process could pose a health or environmental risk, then the precautionary principle will be applied and it will not be allowed.
Water used must comply with hygienic standards (CFU less than 100/ml) and may be :
Minerals may be used as long as they are pure and natural and preferably from environmentally sound extraction processes. The list of these minerals is listed here.
Allowed physically processed products of plant, animal, or microbial origin that complies with the following conditions :
It is forbidden to use:
Animal origin ingredients may be used only if :
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