CosmÃ©bio is the French professional association of ecological and organic cosmetics. Their charter specifically defines “environment-friendly and organic cosmetics and guides consumers seeking authentic natural and organic products. The charter, specially drawn up for the field of cosmetics, goes far beyond the presence in the formula of products stemming from organic farming.”
“CosmÃ©bio represents the entire sector involved in natural and organic cosmetics, such as :
Raw material and ingredient suppliers, Custom manufacturers, Cosmetic laboratories and Distributors”Â
To receive CosmÃ©bio certification, products must meet these criteria:
- It must contain at least 95% of natural ingredients, ingredients of natural origin or stemming from organic farming (in all cases the proportion is always more than 95%)
- The reference standard authorises a minimum or even a negligible quantity of synthetic products that are still available in natural form. (These ingredients must meet the requirements of a very restrictive positive list excluding PEG, silicon, petrochemical derivatives, etc.).
– For vegetable raw materials, at least 95% must be of organic quality
– Without synthetic fragrances or colourings
– Total barring of synthetic preservatives, such as parabens or phenoxyethanol
– No petrochemical products (paraffin, silicon, PEG)
– No GMO (genetically modified organisms)
– No ionising treatments
- Nature must be fully respected (respect of ecosystem balances, no testing on animals)
- The procedures for obtaining the ingredients must be non-polluting
- The wrappings and outer packagings must be biodegradable or recyclable
- The consumer must be provided with full, transparent information on the ingredients used and all the manufacturing stages through to the finished product. The percentage of natural ingredients and the percentage of organic natural ingredients must be clearly indicated on all certified product packagings bearing the organic or environment-friendly logos
This sounds possibly good, but we’llÂ see how good it really is when we can see the complete ingredients listings for the products they certify.Â I have reservations about the synthetic allowance.
The majorityÂ of the products listed on their websiite had incomplete ingredient listings.