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Certified Organic Cosmetics



A certified organic cosmetics means that cosmetics product contains 95% or more organic content. Look at the label. If you see the USDA organic seal (U.S. Department of Agriculture), the product is certified organic and has 95 percent or more organic content. If the label claims that it is made with specified organic ingredients, you can be confident that those specific ingredients have been certified organic.

An organic product is raised, grown, and processed without the use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, antibiotics or hormones. Only farmers who produce food or products according to USDA Organic Standards can use their USDA logo. The Organic Federation of Australia (OFA), and European Commission (EC), Canadian Food Inspection Agency CFIA) certify companies by an independent third-party accredited agent then they can label their product as “certified organic”.

Organic products are much healthier, because they don’t contain any harsh chemicals. They’re made out of all natural components, assuming that they’re properly certified as organic. Everything about them is regulated, including the manufacturing process. All sorts of tests have to be passed for them to be certified.
Scientists now have a better understanding of how disease and environmental toxins are linked and have proven that exposure to chemical fertilizers and pesticides does impact our health. Some pesticides have been shown to disrupt the human endocrine system (which regulates our hormones), while others have been linked to breast cancer, uterine cancer and asthma. Our bodies have great difficulty processing or eliminating toxins because chemicals that are not natural confuse the body and it will either eliminate them or perhaps store them in a “safe” place in the body. These places could be fat cells or lymph glands.

Unfortunately, a lot of people make assumptions about commercial cosmetics, such as assuming that they’ve been regulated or tested. The problem with that assumption is that the cosmetics industry is barely regulated by the government at all. The FDA does regulate them, but they regulate them the least of any other types of food and drugs that they cover. So use certified cosmetics only for your health.

USDA Organic certified

The National Organic Program regulates all organic crops, livestock, and agricultural products certified to the United States Department of Agriculture organic standards. Organic certification agencies inspect and verify that organic farmers, ranchers, distributors, processors, and traders are complying with the USDA organic regulations. USDA conducts audits and ensures that the more than 90 organic certification agencies operating around the world are properly certifying organic products. In addition, USDA conducts investigations and conducts enforcement activities to ensure all products labeled as organic meet the USDA organic regulations. In order to sell, label, or represent their products as organic, operations must follow all of the specifications set out by the USDA organic regulations.

Through the National Organic Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture regulates food ingredients found in cosmetics, and the Certified USDA Organic symbol is one of the most trustworthy labels around, especially on foods. But because the USDA only has jurisdiction over farm-raised ingredients, not all beauty product ingredients are regulated under this program, and there are more than enough ways to get confused. Here’s a quick guide:
Not regulated: Plant-derived ingredients and essential oils.
Regulated: Ingredients like honey, cinnamon, avocado and other foods.

The term “organic,” as it appears on beauty labels, has four variations.

100% Organic: The product must contain only organically produced food ingredients, and the label will display the USDA Organic seal.

Organic: The product must contain at least 95% organically produced food ingredients, and the label will display the USDA Organic seal.

Made with Organic Ingredients: The product must contain at least 70% organically produced food ingredients. While the front of the product can list up to three organic ingredients or one organic food group, the label will not have the USDA Organic seal. Individual ingredients on a product’s ingredient list will be labeled as “organic”.

Organic Ingredients: Products which contain less than 70% organically produced food ingredients can only include organic ingredients on its ingredients list, but these products cannot display the USDA Organic seal.

IOS Natural & Organic Cosmetic Standard

In 2008, independent certification company Certech Registration Inc. introduced natural and organic certification for cosmetic products in North America.

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