A cosmetic is considered organic when their raw materials are mostly from organic farming. Organic farming is a system that excludes the use of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers, respecting the natural life cycles, ie an environmentally sustainable system.
Nowadays, there is a large variety of cosmetics and some of them are designated as organic products. The consumer should be informed about the differences between organic and conventional products, as well as, the selection and production criteria which they are subjected.
Usually, a organic cosmetic uses vegetable oils 100% pure and cold-pressed, essential oils and all the additional ingredients required to maintain the stability of the product, such as emulsifiers, surfactants and preservatives which must be 100% of vegatable origin. They are also free from synthetic or artificial additives like colorants, parabens, silicones, synthetic fragrances, other detergents such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulfate (SLEs), and petroleum-based products. Moreover, a product is considered organic product when approved by a certified competent organization.
To ensure that a cosmetic is organic, there are independent monitoring bodies to guarantee that the criteria has been met.
The requirements involve a set of standards:
When all parameters are met, the certificate and the production license are emitted. Making it possible to identify an organic cosmetic by the certification agency logo on the packaging. Bio4Natural chose ECOCERT Greenlife for the certification of their products.
Curiously, the ECOCERT was founded in France in 1991 by agronomist engineers due to the necessity to develop an agriculture that promoted sustainable practices respecting the environment.