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Are Your Cosmetic Ingredients Natural?

Belinda Carli – Jun 15, 2016

Are your cosmetic ingredients natural?Claiming ‘natural’ continues to be a growing trend; but as the popularity and demand for ‘natural’ products grows, so too does the misinformation!

Unfortunately, too many products are branded as ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ when they may only contain a small amount of such ingredients. There is currently no ‘requirement’ to be certified before claiming natural or organic, and in many cases, those promoting products in the marketplace don’t understand ingredient processing to know if they are making incorrect claims.

Read on and take a look at the terminology that should be applied to classify an ingredient as natural (or otherwise) based on the definitions and guidance provided by certifiers of natural and organic products from around the world.

5 Comments on "Are Your Cosmetic Ingredients Natural?"
Amanda S Aug 14, 2016
Great article Belinda!
Belinda C Jul 18, 2016
Hi Dr Sousselier, this article is written to guide formulators on how to create products to acheive Certification, as it is the Certifiers 'logos' that consumers look for on packaging. The ISO standard is not adopted by Certifiers, so I have not created the article to address that new standard as this would not assist formulators in creating products to acheive a 'logo'. I hope this helps, Belinda
Belinda C Jul 18, 2016
Hi Antonia, the ISO standard is a copyright material; you will need to purchase it from the ISO site: http://www.iso.org/iso/catalogue_detail.htm?csnumber=62503. Please note that this standard will not give you a 'Certifiers' guidelines so if you are formulating to achieve certification, you should instead focus on the certifiers guidelines.
Antonia G Jun 30, 2016
Could you share us the new ISO standard: ISO 16128-1:2016?
Laurent S Jun 25, 2016
This article does not mention the new ISO standard: ISO 16128-1:2016 Guidelines on technical definitions and criteria for natural and organic cosmetic ingredients and products. Definitions for ingredients . So the definitions do not match what is now officially accepted by ISO. Dr Laurent Sousselier

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