Confused about the different labels, terms and jargon used in the skin care industry? Don't worry, we've got your back! We've talked to hundreds of women around the world who all told us the same thing: "We're confused", "Who can we trust?", "What does all the jargon actually mean?".
Our 'Skin Care | What it Means Series' will answer some of your toughest skin care questions and attempt to bust the many myths out there so you can make the best choices for your skin health and well-being effortlessly. Today we began with organic skincare, one of our all time favourite topics...!
Organic skin care means skin care products that are made using natural ingredients that are organically farmed. Organically farmed ingredients refers to ingredients that are farmed without using any herbicides, pesticides, GMO ingredients or synthetic chemicals.
As with organic food, organic skincare ingredients are thought to have a higher nutrient quality than conventionally grown ingredients. So, if formulated correctly these products mean more benefits for your skin and overall health.
Certified organic skin care means brands and products that have undergone a stringent and rigorous third-party certification process to guarantee they genuinely are organic.
Organic certification guarantees that brands use natural ingredients from organic farming that are sourced and manufactured sustainably with non-GM ingredients, herbicides, pesticides or synthetic chemicals or fragrances. In order to get organic certification skin care brands also have to use ingredients that are sourced sustainably and don’t damage the environment as well as ethical, safe manufacturing processes and green packaging.
At Nunaïa we believe that no one and nothing should suffer from what we put on our skin and that the best way to guarantee our ethical ‘Soil to Skin’ philosophy was by getting organic certification through the Ecocert COSMOS organic certification label.
Organic certification is a stringent process where the entire supply chain of a skin care brand is audited including ingredient suppliers, formulation and manufacturing processes, traceability of ingredients and suppliers, packaging and environmental management. The process typically takes several months and involves an annual audit and paying an annual certification fee.
Unfortunately, yes. There is currently no regulation of the term ‘organic’ in the EU. Any brand can use this term on their products even if they have just one organic ingredient in their product.
The only way to tell if a product is genuinely organic is to look for a recognised organic certification logo on each skin care product you buy like the Ecocert COSMOS Organic or the Soil Association COSMOS logo - two of the best regarded certification bodies in the E.U.
Since the 1st of January 2017, COSMOS became the new European standard for organic skin care with the aim of standardising the different certifications available in different countries. There are five main organic certification bodies in Europe: ECOCERT (France), Cosmebio® (France), BDIH® (Germany), AIAB/ICEA (Italy) and Soil Association® (UK). They are all now operating under the COSMOS standard so look out for logos like the Ecocert COSMOS organic logo above.
The COSMOS Organic standard requires that 95% of the product’s agro-ingredients be certified organic. The final product must contain at least 20% of organic ingredients excluding water or minerals. The remaining 80% of the finished product may be of natural origin if these ingredients are pre-approved for use by COSMOS.