What do the seals and certifications on some of our products mean?
The USDA Organic seal represents the highest standard for organic food and personal care products in the United States. This seal means that a product contains at least 95% organically produced ingredients, and the remaining ingredients are approved by the National List. Be careful though. Some companies are fraudulently putting the USDA Organic label on their products! A genuine USDA certification requires that the name of the certifying agency be identified on the product or its packaging. To learn more about Organic Fraud, please visit the Organic Consumer’s Association.
Established in France in 1991, Ecocert inspects and certifies the practices of organic farming. In 2003 they developed a standard for natural and organic cosmetics to contain at least 95% natural ingredients - “No GMOs, parabens, phenoxyethanol, ingredients derived from petrochemicals or synthetic chemistry, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes, animal-derived ingredients (unless naturally produced, such as milk, honey, etc.)”* No testing of the finished product may be done on animals.
NPA developed its Natural Standard with a recognizable seal to help consumers make choices and identify that a product is truly “natural.” Personal and home care products certified under the NPA Natural Standard must contain at least 95 percent natural ingredients, derived from a renewable resource found in nature (flora, fauna, mineral), and must not contain any petroleum compounds.
Vegan Action/Vegan Awareness Foundation - Helps consumers easily identify vegan products without having to read ingredient labels. This seal also means that the product does not contain animal products or by-products and is not tested on animals. Products holding this seal cannot contain any known animal-derived GMO’s or genes in the making of the product.
Developed by NSF International, NSF/ANSI 305 is the only American National Standard that verifies at least 70% of a personal care product’s ingredients are organic. This certification is considered a "best practice" by the Organic Trade Association. Founded in 1944, NSF International is one of the most respected independent certification organizations in existence today.
COSMEBIO® originated in 2002 for cosmetics. The BIO label, their highest certification, guarantees the product complies with environmental standards. The criteria is that at least 95% of natural ingredients are derived from natural sources, and organic farming produces 95% of any plant ingredients. Products with the COSMEBIO label are produced using strictly controlled green manufacturing processes, and are subject to strict inspections carried out by independent certification bodies.