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Natural Product Labeling Guidelines

These guidelines are suggested by the Natural Ingredient Resource Center. They mirror those established by the USDA for organic food, and are inspired in part by the hard work of the organizations working to establish similar labeling guidelines for the term "organic" for cosmetics. 

100% Natural/All Natural

The NIRC guidelines are that products labeled as "100 percent Natural" or "All Natural" can only contain ingredients that fit the NIRC criteria for natural ingredients.

Natural

The NIRC guidelines are that in order for products to be labeled as "Natural," 95% of the ingredients must fit the NIRC criteria for natural ingredients.  The remaining 5% may come from ingredients that do not meet the NIRC Criteria for natural, and which DO NOT include synthetic fragrances, artificial colors or ingredients from petrochemicals. The toxicity of each ingredient must be minimal. All percentages are based upon weight.

Made with Natural Ingredients/Made from Natural Ingredients

Products labeled as "Made with/from Natural Ingredients" must contain at least 70% natural ingredients that meet the NIRC Criteria. The remaining 30% may come from ingredients that do not meet the NIRC Criteria for natural, however, products that include synthetic fragrances, artificial colors or ingredients from petrochemicals MAY NOT display the NIRC "Seal". All percentages are based upon weight.


NIRC criteria for "True Soap"... Natural Soap

"True Soap" may be labeled as "natural soap" ONLY if the ingredients that go into the soap are lye plus 100% natural ingredients, according to the NIRC Criteria for natural ingredients.

"True Soap" may be labeled as "natural soap" ONLY if all of the ingredients are listed. We require that "True Soap", labeled as "natural soap", have ingredient labeling in order to help prevent the misuse of the "natural soap" label.

Soap labeled as "natural soap" may not contain the addition of any synthetic or artificial ingredients including but not limited to artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, man-made vitamins, solvent extracted oils or additional glycerin.

 

This graphic is displayed by companies who agree to the NIRC guidelines and have taken the NIRC Truth in Labeling Pledge.

Participation is voluntary.

Compliance is on the honor system.
 

Shop for healthy products from companies that have been verified by DyingToLookGood.com to use only safe and healthy ingredients.

 


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