What Are Organic Cosmetics - Defination & Implications?
How to Define Organic
The term ‘organic’ is one that has been floating around the food industry for some time now, but what does it really mean? Well, organic ingredients are those that have been grown or made without the use of artificial chemical ingredients. They are also produced in an environment friendly and animal friendly way.
This means that the packaging used to ship and contain the product have been produced causing a minimal amount of unhealthy emissions and environmentally unsafe materials. They are often recycled materials, or materials that can be easily recycled. Animal friendly cosmetics are not tested on animals, thus not causing any harm to them. Often, organic products feature all natural elements, made with extracts from naturally grown plants which have not been genetically modified in any way.
What Products Can Be Classified As Organic?
Because there are no legal standards for organic cosmetics, it can be hard to know which can be truly classified as organic. Some companies will label a product that actually has only one percent of organic ingredients as organic, but if you are looking for organic, this will not do. A cosmetics product like this can still contain ingredients that can be dangerous for your skin.
UK Organic Organization – Cosmetic Organic Standard (COSMOS)
In order to prevent the sale of potentially harmful and, frankly, not organic products to unknowing consumers some agricultural organizations have set standards. For instance, the Soil Association which is a UK charity organization found in 1946 by a group of scientists and nutritionists has collaborated with European certification groups in order to develop a standard for classifying organic cosmetics. It is called the Cosmetics Organic Standard (COSMOS), and it is a global standard for the sale and manufacture of organic cosmetics.
In order to receive this certification, a product has to use 95 percent of agricultural ingredients and 20 percent organic ingredients over all. The rest of the ingredients will have to meet strict judgment to make sure that they will not be damaging to the health of the consumer or the environment. These standards also extend to the packaging and manufacturing of the product, as well as process to modify ingredients.
Organic Products Certification Standard
Cosmetics that feature less than 95 percent of organic ingredients, but more than 70 percent will be certified, cannot claim to be wholly organic. Rather, the manufacturer will state the percentage of organic ingredients present in the product. No product having less than 70 percent organic agricultural ingredients can be classified as organic.
If you see a cosmetic product with an organic symbol on it, that means that the company has consented to having its production facility checked every year by the Soil Association or another certified body, and an inventory has been made of the organic ingredients that are used, as well as the production methods, in order to ensure that they are ecologically safe. No company can carry this stamp on its products unless it has been approved and certified.
Any products used in makeup that carries an organic label that are not organic have only been used because there are no organic ingredients available that perform the same function. All of the ingredients used in the product have not been genetically modified, as confirmed by the company and its suppliers. Any ingredients that are added which are not organic must be chosen from a list provided by the Soil Association, and any processed elements have been processed in an environmentally and animal friendly manner.
Other groups around the globe who are interested in making sure that the customer gets a truly organic product have fashioned similar standards to regulate companies proclaiming to produce organic products. Thus, in order to be one hundred percent sure that an organic cosmetics product is truly organic, just check for an organic seal on it before you make your purchase.
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