Organic Beauty Week
Which translates to the Federation of Industrial and Trading Company (for pharmaceuticals, health care products, food supplements and cosmetic products.)
The aim of this body is to define the term “natural cosmetics” in a factually correct and comprehensive way that is easy for the consumer to understand. Their standard states how ingredients should be sourced and processed on the way to becoming a final product. The BDIH states that for a product to meet its natural standard it has to be 100% natural or naturally derived. For the BDIH Natural standard, brands must adhere to these guidelines, which is mostly well and good but it’s around point 4 where the natural/naturally derived/are these ingredients safe or good for you and the environment debate begins.
I haven’t tried many BDIH brands but Lavera is one I’ve had limited experience of, I know I should have tried more Weleda and Dr Hauschka products (so many brands so little time!), plus I am about to become more acquainted with Living Nature as I am stocking it over on NaturalBeauty.com!
COSMOS – Is the Future in the Stars?
COSMOS is the coming together of five EU organic beauty certifiers – Soil Association, Ecocert, BDIH, CosmeBio and ICEA. There are two standards – one for organic beauty and one for natural beauty, and a limited number of synthetics are allowed in products certified by this body. Minerals are excluded from the percentage calculation of organic content.
To be COSMOS Organic a product must contain at least 95% organically produced agro-ingredients (i.e. natural) whilst a minimum of 20% of the total ingredients by weight must be organic, with the exception for wash off products which must contain 10%.
To be COSMOS Natural a product must contain natural and organic ingredients but does they are not allowed to state that the product has organic content as a marketing ploy.
Does this make it clearer to the consumer? Can they be surer of the fact they are buying a truly organic product? I’m not so sure… I’m all for collaboration on this subject, but surely for a product to be labelled organic it must for the most part actually be organic! In my humble opinion, I believe transparency is the way forward, and I have much respect for brands that aren’t Soil Association certified and still state the percentage of organic content.
I loved my time learning at Organic Beauty Week, thank you for coming along for the journey.
What’s your take on the matter? Would love to hear other people’s opinions on this so why not leave a comment below!