How To Recognise Organic Certification Labels

How To Recognise Organic Certification Labels

It’s all a bit confusing, believe me, I know,  but this is what Preferably Pure is here for and I hope we can be of some assistance! Here are some tips on How To Recognise Organic Certification Labels.

Now, when it comes to cosmetics and beauty product lines, there tends to be a thin red line between the definitions of organic and natural. There is an even thinner red line between “all natural ingredients” and “Organic Ingredients”.
So, with the help of So Organic.com , I will try and make things a little more comprehensible by introducing you to some of the symbols we should be looking out for when it comes to cosmetics and beauty products. Many of you may have already done your research since most parents already use organic products for the most part when it comes to their children, so some of these symbols may already be recognizable to you.
By learning to recognize the symbols below, we will gain a clearer picture on whether the products have been independently certified as organic. Due to the fact that the standards of organic certification are not the same in all countries and since each country’s acknowledgement and decision to gradually reform came about at different times and periods, the precise detail of what is and isn’t allowed into products under the standard sometimes varies.

Let’s take a look at How To Recognise Organic Certification Labels:

   Soil Association Certified Organic
The Soil Association is the most well known and widely respected organic certification in the UK. Soil Association organic standards are considered to be the highest in the world. So Organic was the 1st online multi brand retailer to hold Soil Association certification as a retailer under registration numbers DJ16819 and DK16819. Bentley Organic, Green People, Natracare, Skin Blossom, and Yes products all make soil association certified organic products.

   Ecocert Certified Organic
Ecocert is one of the most widely recognised organic symbols. They have both an “organic” and a “natural” section under their certification programme. Madara Cosmetics , Organic Surge and Green People are all certified under the Ecocert organic standard

     USDA Certified Organic
USDA is an organic certification from North America which is widely recognised and used on products all over the world. Badger Balm products are USDA certified organic.

   Natrue Certified
Natrue is a relatively new European certification standard which encompasses products in 3 categories: Organic Cosmetics, Natural Cosmetics with Organic Ingredients and Natural Cosmetics. Dr Hauschka, Lavera and Weleda both make products under the Natrue certified organic category.

   AIAB certified organic
An Italian organic certification. The organic cotton used to make natracare feminine wipes is certified by AIAB.

  Australian Government Certified Organic
An Australian organic certification.

   CUC Certified Organic
Control Union Certified, a Dutch certification for organic textiles.

   Demeter Certified
The Demeter mark shows that a product is not only organic but biodynamic too. Biodynamic farmers use organic methods and additionally use specially produced composts as well as taking into account the lunar calendar when planting and harvesting as they believe that this produces plants with the strongest life force. Brands such as Weleda, Dr Hauschka and Primavera use biodynamic ingredients in their products.

Euro Leaf – Organic Farming

If used on a product, the EU organic logo indicates that this product is in full conformity with the conditions and regulations for the organic farming sector established by the European Union. For processed products it means that at least 95% of the agricultural ingredients are organic. Next to the new EU organic logo, a code number of the control body is displayed as well as the place where the agricultural raw materials composing the product have been farmed.
  Organic Food Federation (OFF certified organic)
Products bearing this symbol are certified by The Non Food Certification Company (NFCC) a wholly owned subsidiary of the Organic Food Federation (one of the oldest established organic certification bodies in the UK). Many Green People products are OFF certified organic.

   Organic Ingredients
This product is made with organic ingredients but does not carry any independent certification. There is no legal requirement to have non food products independently certified as organic.

Other Symbols

   BDIH
This product is certified by the respected German Association BDIH as a “certified natural cosmetic”. Strict criteria must be adhered to in the production of a certified natural cosmetic including no animal testing, plant based ingredients should be organic or wild where possible, no synthetic fragrance or petroleum based oils. Weleda, Dr Hauschka and Lavera all make products under the BDIH standard for natural cosmetics.

   Vegan
This product is suitable for vegans. It does not contain ingredients of animal origin such as milk, beeswax, propolis, honey, carmine.

   Eco Garantie
Ecogarantie is a certification mark for environmentally friendly products. Originally developed in Belgium it is now a respected standard in Europe when it comes to assessing the ecological impact of cosmetics, personal care and cleaning products.

   Nordic Swan Eco Label
The Nordic Swan Ecolabel is a voluntary, positive ecolabelling of products and services to give consumers a clear and concise environmental product information, as well as promoting the development of products that are environmentally-sound.

   Fair-trade
This product is made from ingredients that have been purchased in accordance with Fair trade principles.

   Handmade
This product has been made by hand.
   Recycled
This product is made from recycled materials.

 

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