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Certification & Standards {2}

SpecialChem / Imogen Matthews – Jun 24, 2009

The classification of standards for natural and organic beauty products is complex and potentially confusing to consumers. Should a product be described as natural if it contains synthetic ingredients? In the past few years, there has been a move by organizations on both sides of the Atlantic to develop standards to help formulators, producers, manufacturers, retailers and the consumer to understand what natural/organic actually means in cosmetics and toiletries. Soil Association, Ecocert, BDIH, AIAB, ICEA and Cosmébia, members of the European Cosmetics Standards Working Group, have devised a common harmonised standard called Cosmos. Meanwhile, NaTrue, created by the six founding members of BIDH, has launched its own standard based on a three star system. In the US, beauty brands also have new standards to choose from, including NSF’s “made with organic” standard for personal care products, OASIS {Organic and Sustainable Industry Standards} and the Natural Products Association {NPA} natural standard...

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