From Cosmeticsdesign.com 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 - WSJ.com 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.