Most skin and beauty care product brands are riding the “organic” bandwagon.
But are they all really and truly organic?
Unfortunately, there is no legislation as such for organic cosmetics. So, any brand or company can call its products organic, irrespective of how the product is made and what it contains.
A recent study (done in 2017) states, “76 per cent of consumers felt misled by the labeling of beauty products as organic.”
According to the Soil Association, the UK’s largest organic certification body. “Misleading product labels mean that many of us are slathering our faces, bodies and hair with potentially harmful chemicals – and we don’t even know it.”
So how you can gauge the credibility of a so-called “organic” product?
Well, the answer is – you will need to check and see what’s actually organic.
First, ask yourself why you want to buy organic?
Of course, because you want a product that doesn’t have harmful artificial or chemical substances that can do the damage in the long run. This means you need to check and ensure that the product that is claiming to be organic must not have any harmful artificial or chemical ingredients.
So always read in detail the ingredients used in a product. For any technical names, or scientific names, or any preservative terminology that you don’t understand – you can check on the internet to verify what exactly they are.
In Europe, the Soil Association, BDIH, Cosmebio, Ecocert, and ICEA have joined hands to form COSMOS. It’s an internationally recognized cosmetic organic standard to ensure that beauty products meet the standards they claim.
And such certified cosmetics have the logo of any of these organizations, along with the COSMOS Organic logo.
Difference between “organic” and “made with organic”
As COSMOS laid out. “For a product to call itself organic, 95% of its ingredients must be organic.”
Although COSMOS gives certification to “made with organic” products too.
According to COSMOS, “Made with organic products require 20% organic ingredients for leave-on products, and 10% organic ingredients for rinse-off products.”
“And all COSMOS Organic-approved products use only natural color and fragrance, use traceable and sustainably-sourced ingredients and are never tested on animals.”
The bottom line for you is that you will need carefully check the ingredients, and verify anything that you don’t understand or anything doubt to be misleading.
A good rule of thumb is to buy from brands that are known to be ethical and have proven credentials.
And then there are beauty experts, dermatologists, and medical experts you can seek advice from for anything you are not sure about.
Better to be sure than sorry!