Ecocert is the first certification agency to develop standards for “natural and organic cosmetics”.
Introduced in 2003, the standard specification has been prepared with the assistance of all stakeholders in the chain – experts, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, consumers and development organizations. Currently, Ecocert maintains and manages certification processes in more than 1,000 companies.
Basic principles of the Ecocert standard – in order to provide a more environmentally friendly cosmetic product, the Ecocert standard defines:
1. The use of ingredients derived from renewable sources produced by environmentally friendly processes.
Therefore, Ecocert strictly checks for the presence of: GMOs, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic flavors and colors, ingredients of animal origin (unless it is naturally produced from them: milk, honey, etc.). Biodegradable or recyclable quality of packaging.
2. The existence of a minimum threshold for natural ingredients from organic farming in order to obtain certification:
For both labels, Ecocert Standard relies on at least 95% of all ingredients to be of natural origin.
For the label “natural and organic cosmetic product”: logo – bio-cosmetics
At least 95% of all plant ingredients in the formula and at least 10% of all weight ingredients must be obtained from organic farming.
For the label “natural cosmetics”
At least 50% of all plant ingredients in the formula and at least 5% of all weight ingredients must be obtained from organic farming.
Some ingredients very common in cosmetics (water, salts, minerals) cannot be certified as organic because they are not of agricultural origin. For example, shampoos and some creams, mostly composed of water, contain between 10% and 40% organic ingredients and always 95% natural ingredients.
3. On-site inspections shall be carried out by an Ecocert auditor.