The term organic means formulation of any product using organically farmed ingredients which are grown without the use of herbicides, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms).
Now that we know about the meaning of organic, let’s take one step forward towards the meaning of Organic Certifications.
You might have seen the word ‘organic’ specified in all kinds of labels. But have you ever wondered what does it actually means and when is the brand and product considered to be certified organic. Well, that’s not rocket science.
Organic Certification means that a product, ingredient or brand has gone through a certain standard or a strict process to become a ‘Certified Organic Product’. There are many certification bodies established in India or around the globe to promote organically produced products and to develop a national standard of organic beauty, food and fibre production.
Let’s say, If a beauty and skin care product is entirely made up of ingredients driven from organic farming they may be contemplated as ‘certified organic’. According to USDA ( United Nations Department of Agriculture), the FDA ( The Food and Drug Administration ) does not define or administer the term ‘organic’. But according to FDA beauty products that claim themselves as organic should comply with USDA regulations for organic claim and FDA regulations for the labeling.
‘’A bit of information regarding FDA : It is an agency of the United States which is responsible for promoting and protecting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety, medicines, vaccines, biopharmaceuticals and etc. ‘’
Specifications to get your product certified as ‘organic’ vary from country to country but mostly it comprises a set of production standards of growing, processing and packaging of the product.
Moreover, there are many certifications in India that allow your organic and natural products to be commercialized in and around the globe. For example : Ecocert COSMOS, Onecert, Natrue and many more. All they have to do is pass certain organic standards to be labelled as organic.
According to the Soil Association, a beauty product has to undergo certain set of standards like :
- A product should have 95% of organic ingredients.
- Products like Organic lotions, moisturizers, oils demands for 95% of all physically processed and refined agro ingredients which includes herbs, oil or water must be organic or at least 20% of total ingredients must be organically driven.
- Rinse off products like cleansers, bodywash, face wash should possess at least 10% organic ingredients.
How to recognize a certified organic product?
There will be a logo given by any certified accredited agent on the label of the beauty product. Read the ingredients and choose the product carefully.
It is difficult to understand all the ingredients without a valid certification. For attaining peace of mind you should rather opt for organically certified products instead of uncertified ones. There are different types of label under USDA certification that can be displayed on the product but all of them have a different set of standards which are obligatory to follow:
- 100% Organic – All the ingredients should be organic, exempting water and salt. They can use USDA seals on their label.
- Made with Organic Ingredients – At Least 70% of the ingredients should be organic but they are not allowed to display USDA organic seal.
- Organic – 95% of the ingredients must be organic. They are allowed to use USDA organic seals.
What are the benefits of Certified organic products?
- Consumers can trust the brand and the products better.
- Producers are more likely to receive the price worthy of their efforts and quality.
- Supports local farmers and artisans.
- Rapid growth in local, regional and international markets.
Please take into consideration : The process of receiving the certification is very monotonous, time consuming and pricey. Once a product receives its certification, it can use the label for upto 5 years at a time.
Small and local businesses and startups might not be able to invest huge amounts of money during their initial stage. There are many other stores and businesses available as well which are equally effective.
The only thing they are lacking is the certified logo on the label. We should help them as well because they are unwilling to get the certifications.
Some ingredients sound nasty but are really effective and perfectly safe. For example, sodium chloride is salt, mentha peppermint is peppermint essential oil and vitellaria paradoxa is shea butter.
Clean, Organic, Natural and Sustainable beauty cosmetics are becoming a new trend in the beauty industry. Organic Certifications are basically a hallmark for organic ingredients and products just like the hallmark we have in gold jewelry. These logos indicate the sign of commitments to give sustainability and safety to consumers .
We hope this article made it easier for you to understand why certification is necessary and how it benefits producers and consumers. If you have any comments and questions regarding this article you can comment down below. We will try to get in touch with you as soon as possible.