Cosmetic Certifications

Label
Name
Location
Description

USDA Organic
United States
There are two levels of certified products that are allowed to wear the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Organic Seal:
  • 100 percent organic product must contain (excluding water and salt) only organically produced ingredients. Products may display the USDA Organic Seal and must display the certifying agent's name and address.
  • Organic product must contain at least 95% organically produced ingredients (excluding water and salt). Remaining product ingredients must consist of non-agricultural substances approved on the National List or non- organically produced agricultural products that are not commercially available in organic form, also on the National List. Products may display the USDA Organic Seal and must display the certifying agent’s name and address.

NSF
United States
The NSF "contains organic ingredients" standard is the only American National Standard for personal care products making organic ingredient claims. To become certified to this standard, products must undergo a thorough review by an independent organic certification organization to verify that a manufacturer’s product formulation contains at least 70% organic content by weight.

OASIS
United States
This standard will certify products to two levels:
  • The organic label claim will start at 85% until Jan. 2010, then it will shift to 90% and to 95% two years later. Products that would never be able to achieve the 95% level, like soap, must use the made with organic claim.
  • The made with organic will start and remain at a 70% minimum organic content with additional criteria for the remaining 30% of ingredients.

NaTrue
European Union
There are three levels of certification:
  • Natural cosmetics ingredients must be natural but they do not have to be organic (from organic cultivation). This level is the foundation of the NATRUE-Label: it defines which ingredients are permitted and how they may be processed. Products of the other two levels need to fulfil the criteria of this level first.
  • Natural cosmetics with organic portion - natural cosmetics containing ingredients of organic origin: at least 70% of natural* ingredients must stem from controlled organic production and/or controlled wild collection.
  • Organic cosmetics - at least 95 % of natural* ingredients must come from controlled organic cultivation and/or controlled wild collection.
*and/or derived natural, where applicable

BDIH
Germany
A certified natural cosmetics product may only be described as organic if the organic fraction is at least 95% as a ratio of all ingredients of the product which can be used with organic quality (so excluding water and minerals).

Soil Association
United Kingdom
There are two types of beauty product:
  • A product that is over 95% organic. Soil Association standards state that a product can only be called 'organic' in the product name where 95% of the ingredients (excluding water) are organic.
  • A product that is 70-95% organic. Some products require higher quantities of preservatives, etc. which reduces their organic content. Provided at least 70% of the ingredients (excluding water) are organic they can be certified with us. However, these products cannot include the word 'organic' in the product name, and must state the percentage of organic ingredients in the product description.

    COSMEBIO
    France
    These easily identifiable labels attest that product composition complies with the following criteria:
    BIO label:
    • At least 95% natural ingredients or derived from natural sources.
    • At least 95% of plant ingredients are produced by Organic Farming.
    • At least 10% of product contents are produced by Organic Farming.
    ECO label:
    • At least 95% natural ingredients or derived from natural sources.
    • At least 50% of plant ingredients are produced by Organic Farming.
    • At least 5% of product contents are produced by Organic Farming.
    Note: Cosmetics often contain 50 to 80% water, which cannot be certified as organic.

    Ecocert
    France
    For both labels, Ecocert standard imposes that a minimum of 95% of the total ingredients come from natural origin.
    • For the natural and organic cosmetic label: a minimum of 95% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula and a minimum of 10% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming.
    • For the natural cosmetic label: a minimum of 50% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula and a minimum of 5% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming.
    Note: Some ingredients very frequently found in cosmetics (water, salts, minerals) cannot be certified as organic because they are not sourced from farming. For example, shampoos and some creams, mostly composed of water, contain between 10% and 40% organic ingredients, and always 95% natural ingredients. An essential oil, which does not contain water, can be up to 100% organic ingredients.

    ICEA
    Italy

    COSMOS
    European Union
    COSMOS is the European Standard for Organic and Natural Cosmetics. These very strict European standards involve two different certification levels:
    • Cosmos Organic requires that must be organic at least the 95% of ingredients that can be extracted with simple physical actions, and at least 20% on the total of finished products, considering also water.
    • Cosmos Natural product should not contain more than 2% of synthetic raw materials.