What are the quality guarantees for my organic cosmetics?
Today, we invite you to discover the main principles of organic certification.
First of all, you should know thatThere is no legal or official definition of natural and organic cosmetics in France or in Europe..
Some numerous labels and/or certifying bodies have therefore been set up in different EEC countries. What is their objective?
Protecting consumers et establish reliable benchmarks in order to help them in their choice of products. And so avoid being dazzled by ambiguous or even misleading marketing promises.
The main Organic Labels and Certifications in cosmetics:
COSMEBIO and COSMOS
The definition of organic cosmetics by COSMEBIO is based on 3 main principles:
A high amount of ingredients of natural origin in the formulas (at least 95%). And a whole list of controversial ingredients, which the COSMEBIO label prohibits.
The composition of the formulas must be transparent to the consumer. With a clear indication of the percentages of ingredients of natural and organic origin.
- Respect for the environment through the supervision of manufacturing processes excluding polluting practices.
- Strong social commitment. For example by favouring fair trade raw materials (in addition to being grown without pesticides).
Alexis Fort, the founder of Les Poulettes Paris, was also a member of the board of directors of the COSMEBIO association in a previous life. As you will have understood, Alexis is an old hand in organic cosmetics and didn't wait for it to become hyper-trendy before taking an interest in it.
But back to the labels, we're not here to praise the founder, even if he's a nice guy.
COSMEBIO has therefore defined a charter as well as a first set of specifications which has evolved to become (in 2017) the current COSMOS specifications. The latter has not only raised the requirements of the label, but has also allowed for the harmonisation of guarantees between some sixty countries. For the past two years, it has become the European standard for organic and natural cosmetics.
This is why the COSMEBIO logo on your Les Poulettes Paris products is today inseparable from the mention COSMOS ORGANIC.
To obtain the right to use these labels, the trade mark must have its products certified by an accredited body. Cosmebio as well as COSMOS being associations, it is not possible for them to issue certification. At Les Poulettes, it is Ecocert that certifies the conformity of our products to Cosmebio Cosmos Organic standards.
ECOCERT is not an organic label in itself.
It is a private and independent control body that is authorised to issue the COSMEBIO COSMOS ORGANIC label. It has been in existence for some 30 years and operates in more than 130 countries.
This organisation therefore also actively contributes to promoting the use of resources and production methods that respect the environment and the consumer.
ECOCERT has greatly helped to strengthen the link between organic farming professionals and those involved in the cosmetics industry.
This organisation also assists textile and household product professionals in obtaining organic labels for these categories.
Les étapes du processus de certification ECOCERT
La seconde phase est un audit sur site
It will make it possible to verify that the information communicated in phase 1 is in conformity. And to check anything that cannot be analysed on the basis of documents. This includes, for example, the compliance monitoring system, the storage process, or the cleaning of production equipment.
The certification is valid for one year.
To renew it, it will be necessary to submit all the updated documents (or those relating to the new finished products launched) and go through the audit phase again. There are of course other organic labels, particularly in France. But Les Poulettes Paris has chosen the most internationally recognised label.
The ingredients of a certified ORGANIC cosmetic formula
The certified labels therefore guarantee a formulation that favours ingredients of natural origin and from organic farming, excluding controversial ingredients and limiting synthetic products (petrochemical origin) to a minimum. The COSMEBIO COSMOS ORGANIC label thus guarantees you at least 95% minimum of ingredients of natural origin.
- At least 95% of all ingredients that can be ORGANIC are ORGANIC. (tels que les végétaux, la cire d’abeille, le lait…) Please note, at Les Poulettes Paris, we do not allow the use of any animal ingredients.
- 20% minimum of organic ingredients on the total product (10% for rinse-off products and minerals - water and minerals considered non-organic because they are not cultivated)