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Choosing certified organic skincare

At this point most people would probably agree that using cosmetics made with naturally and organically farmed ingredients is healthier for our bodies and for the planet, keeping pesticides out of our systems and the environment.  The good news is that more and more people are discovering what other cultures have long known:  that natural/organic ingredients are as, if not more, effective than their synthetic counterparts.  But making sense of the bodies that certify these products is not so simple.

Reading cosmetic labels can be confusing – and sometimes impossible with the amount of information on tiny packages.  Third party certification provides a stamp of approval for customers so they can be confident that there is nothing harmful in their cosmetics and that they are sustainably produced.  But the competing standards in the US and overseas is confusing.  In the US alone, there are three leading certifiers: NPA, NFS and USDA.  In Europe, the main five European standards include Ecocert in France, Soil in England, BDH in Germany, and ICEA in Italy.  These five will soon be harmonized under the Cosmos certification.

Whether certified natural or organic, our goal is to provide the most effective skincare possible while protecting the health of consumers and the environment.  Being certified can provide a degree of confidence to consumers that they are doing nothing harmful for their bodies or the planet.  We chose France-based Ecocert, the largest and oldest international certifying body.

I discovered through our efforts that the process of becoming certified is not easy, and I applaud all cosmetics companies, certified or not, who produce healthy products with a vision of protecting consumers and the planet.  For those looking for effective skincare, the choice isn’t about “what is more organic”, but which companies have the right intentions and which products work best for ones skin.

Kahina now certified by Ecocert

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You will soon start seeing the Ecocert seal on our products, starting with our certified organic argan oil, our new certified natural Toning Mist and Eye Cream.  In the coming months, as we phase in new packaging, all of our products will be certified natural and/or organic by Ecocert.

Based in France, Ecocert was the first certification body to develop standards for natural and organic cosmetics.  Introduced in 2003, Ecocert evaluates every step in the chain of production, from the suppliers of raw materials, to the formula and packaging, to ensure a truly sustainable end result that consumers can rely on.  Ecocert guarantees the absence of GMO, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes, animal byproducts (unless naturally produced by them: milk, honey, etc.), as well as the biodegradable or recyclable nature of the packaging.

The standards are as follows:

For all products, 95% of ingredients must be of natural origin.

For products to be labeled “organic”, a minimum of 95% of plant-based materials must be of organic origin.

For products to be labeled “natural”, a minimum 50% of all plant-based materials must be of organic origin.

For more information on Ecocert standards, click here http://www.ecocert.com/en/natural-and-organic-cosmetics.

We have always believed in full transparency and have disclosed all ingredients and percentages of natural and organic.  We realize that even this isn’t often enough.  We hope that this validation will help our customers feel confident that they are purchasing the highest quality products, safely and sustainably produced.

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