Natural organic beauty and health products are more difficult to find than you think. Even though there are a great deal of products that are labeled “organic” or “natural,” the true meaning of these words is often misunderstood and misrepresented by the cosmetic manufacturers. One must understand that the Cosmetic Industry is self-regulated and therefore, can put anything they want on their packaging, even if it is misleading, simply because no one is watching over them. Although there are organic cosmetic certification organizations most US based cosmetic companies refuse to be certified.
On the other hand, we are fortunate that it will not be difficult to find these natural organic products anymore. This is because the BDIH or Bundesverband Deutscher Industrie und Handelsunternehmen has created helpful guidelines that will aid the cosmetic manufacturers in manufacturing only certified organic/natural cosmetic products of highest quality.
The BDIH is the union of German industries and trading companies for health products, personal hygiene products, pharmaceuticals, and food supplements. This association is based in Mannheim, Germany and has coordinated almost 400 manufacturers as well as distributors of cosmetics, nutritional foods, Maklon Kosmetik food supplements, medications, etc.
It was in 1996, while working with some top natural cosmetic makers that the BDIH came up with complete guidelines for certified organic and natural cosmetics. And using the guidelines, a private institution had tested over 2,000 products and had published their findings so that consumers will be informed about them.
What are certified organic and/or natural cosmetics?
These cosmetics are mainly for beautification only but they can also provide care for the human body through their ingredients that come from nature. And getting these natural ingredients was made feasible by the readily available natural raw materials.
At any rate, the makers of beauty products that use the organic cosmetic certification logo or the BDIH seal which represents “Certified Natural Cosmetics” only utilize natural raw materials like fats, waxes, oils from plants, essential oils, and herbal extracts from natural or controlled biological cultivation. With these ingredients, you can be sure that the products BDIH certifies are really safe to use.
In order to earn the organic cosmetic certification, there are criteria which must be met.
1. There should be transparency as to the kind of ingredients as well as the process used to make the organic cosmetic products. The process must be non-polluting.
2. The product must contain ingredients of natural origin. The whole composition of the organic product must abide by the strict rules and must be meticulously controlled.
3. The use of petrochemical and chemically synthesized materials is totally banned.
4. The product must be biodegradable. There should be no bio-accumulation in the body.
5. Exposure of the products to radiation is strictly prohibited.
6. The use of genetically modified organisms is also prohibited.
7. The product must have no less than 95% of natural ingredients or must have stemmed from organic farming.
8. Animal testing is not allowed, as nature must be totally respected.
9. Product packaging or wrappings have to be completely recyclable or biodegradable.
10. The exact amount of natural and organic ingredients must be very visible on all the products’ wrapping that have the environment-friendly or certified organic logos.