Organic cosmetics

Organic cosmetics

Organics and cosmetics

Cosmetics date back to the most ancient civilisations – the Egyptians used minerals to provide colour and definition to their facial features, while the Romans regularly enhanced their baths with essential oils. Over thousands of years, many of the ingredients have changed dramatically, as we’ve discovered new and improved ingredients or realised the dangers of some traditional ones.

 

Europe leads the world

These days INCI (The International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients), established by the European Union, provides the official listing of ingredients allowed in cosmetic products. Each is given with its legal name, composition and function. 

Using this comprehensive list, individual certification bodies can choose which ingredients are acceptable for their organic products standards. 

 

Informed choices

In Europe, all companies selling personal care products are legally required to list their ingredients according to the INCI guide, in order from highest to lowest concentration.

So a good rule of thumb is to divide a product’s ingredient list into three equal parts. The first part will usually make up about 90% to 95% of the product; the middle area will make up between 5% and 8%; and bottom section will make up 1% to 3%.

 

No animal testing

The European Union has also put an end to animal testing, and stopped the use of over 1,000 chemicals in personal care products, by banning:

• all products containing ingredients that have been tested on animals

• all testing of finished cosmetic products and ingredients on animals