Thursday, February 28, 2008

North American certification for natural and organic cosmetics

From comes this article Natural and organic certification developed specifically for cosmetics. Canadian organization Certech Registration Inc. announces certification of cosmetics products as "organic." The certification rules have the same requirements as those provided by Ecocert, a certification body based in France.

Currently, the only products that Certech Registration Inc. has certified are eaurganic products from Canadian company d'Avicenna. This does not mean other products do not meet Certech's requirements; it might mean that other companies have not submitted their products for certification. It would be interesting to know what certification costs: for example, a CEO of a small independent cosmetics company told me that one pays $10,000 per year for the Skin Cancer Foundation's Seal of Recommendation. Certification or recognition therefore would be prohibitive for small companies such as hers.

NSF International, another product certification body, plans to roll out its own rules for organic products this spring, if these rules are agreed upon.

For other articles on The Style Page blog about organic cosmetics, see Who Needs Soy Lecithin? 'S.T. Lawder,' Naturally - and Work Initiated on American National Standard for Organic Personal Care Products.

In a subsequent article, I'll review Organic wear™ 100% Natural Origin Tinted Moisturizer from Physicians Formula. The Organic wear™ line advertises itself as the first Ecocert certified Organic Line of Makeup in the U.S.


Retainer Girl said...

I'm looking forward to your review of Physician's Formula's organic line. I've seen it popping up everywhere.

Anonymous said...

I recently discovered Physicians Formula makeup and I was shocked to find that it is terrific. The other brands I use are sold only in department stores and are quite pricey --Fresh, Armani, Chanel, Sisley. etc. In other words I do not buy my cosmetics at Walgreens, CVS or Walmart.
I particularly love the face powders which make my skin look wonderful and completely stops any oily shine all day long. I also love the packaging. Although I use my own brushes the ones they supply are actually useable in a crunch.