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The BIO certificates

All the cosmetic products are forced to indicate their composition: they must detail its ingredients, from more to less contents in the product, a denominated list INCI. The used language is the Latin botanist for the natural ingredients and the English for the ingredients of natural origin that have undergone a transformation and for the synthetic ingredients (of chemical origin).

The problem is that this list is incomprehensible for the great public. The BIO labels now propose a cosmetic clear regulation in the matter of biological, and try to respond to the demand of transparency on the part of the consumers.
Many countries have created their own label, and it is working at the moment to obtain a unification of the norms in the European scope. Because, if in broad strokes all the BIO labels agree, still some differences subsist.

Note:
Certain laboratories have chosen to apply still more restrictive norms that the imposed minims to obtain the label, giving like result quality differences… of there the importance of the advice who you will find in this Web site! (But nonsubject, a product with bio label will be always a good product.) For example: greater number of biological ingredients used, elimination of certain bases of washing that are considered still too irritating, not to resort to certain synthetic conservantes that, nevertheless, they are authorized in most of the sheets of conditions.

Important: All these norms are not fixed, and evolve in function, for example, of the availability of raw materials . Certain laboratories work constantly in the improvement of these norms and, consequently, biological cosmetic products related to them, which is translated in the obligation on the part of the manufacturers to reformulate its products.

Common exigencies to all the BIO labels:

  • not to be proven with animals
  • not to contain silicone, paraffin, raw materials of origin animal (unless they come from alive animals, like the honey, milk…)
  • not to contain synthetic colorantes perfumes nor (chemical)
  • not to contain organisms modified genetically nor compound radiated
  • transformation of the raw materials using soft, nondangerous technologies for the health or environment
  • reciclables packing


COSMEBIO

Sheet of conditions deposited in 2002 in the French Ministry of industry on the part of a French professional association of cosmetic laboratories, Cosmebio
Possibility for the companies adhered to the Cosmebio association of obtaining two labels, presenting/displaying two different levels of exigency; for the laboratories nonadhered, possibility of obtaining equivalent the Ecocert certification (it is seen next).
Controls twice to the year, conducted by two organisms approved by the State (Ecocert or Qualité France), directed to the trazability of products and the way of manufacture, but also to the transport, the preparation…

95%, like minimum, of the ingredients must be of natural origin and be transformed according to approved procedures.
5% rest come from a list very restricted (in which are some of the smoothest conservants, like benzoic acid or salicílico acid).
5%, like minimum, of the total ingredients of the finished product must be biological.


ECOCERT

References deposited in 2002 in the French Ministry of industry by Ecocert (independent organism of certification approved by the State), thanks to the work of a ten of laboratories (Cosmebio association).

95%, like minimum, of the ingredients must be of natural origin and be transformed according to procedures validated by Ecocert.
5% rest come from a list very restricted (in which are some of the smoothest conservants, like benzoic acid or salicílico acid).
10%, like minimum, of the total ingredients of the finished product must be biological.
90 companies in the world that have this certification already, with a total of 1200 products exist, the one that represents cosmetic 95% of the world-wide one with bio certification.


BDIH

Publication of the sheet of conditions in 2001 on the part of the BDHI (German federal Union of industrial and commercial companies: a created German association in 1951)
The control carries out an independent organism once a year.
Around 50 companies implanted in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria and the Netherlands have the certification already (what it represents about 2500 products).
60% of products of a mark must be in agreement with the sheet of conditions for which the first product of the mark can receive the certification.
Ingredients authorized: to choose between a list of 700 composed (among them some conservantes of authorized synthesis, that is due to indicate explicitly in the packing).
A minimum of biological products does not prevail, but certain components must come from biological agriculture (oils widely used, such as the one of olive, soybean and sunflower, or certain plants like manzanilla or the calendula).


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