Do you find that there are too many labels in organic cosmetics? Can't find your way around? This is quite normal since there are different repositories. Why ? Because at present, no specific regulations from the State apply to organic cosmetics. In 2002, Cosmebio was one of the first organizations to frame organic cosmetics to fight against “green marketing”. Guaranteeing consumers in all countries cosmetic products that respect man and the environment is one of the concerns of Cosmebio and its partners. It is within this framework that 5 founding members (Cosmebio, BDIH, Ecocert, ICEA, Soil Association) created the European Cosmos standard - with international scope - mandatory on January 1, 2017, for all new organic cosmetics! Concretely, cosmetics labeled organic Cosmebio will no longer be certified according to the French Bureau Veritas or Ecocert standards but according to the European Cosmos standard. The goal? Harmonize the different standards to simplify the consumer's life!
Regarding the logo, no change but simply a mention "Cosmos Organic" is slipped under the organic label Cosmebio. The purpose of the Cosmos label is to help consumers identify organic cosmetics that meet the same requirements, from one country to another. The international scope of this standard provides that 85% of certified organic cosmetics in the world will bear the Cosmos signature. The member companies and / or certified by the founding members (Cosmebio, Ecocert, BDIH, Soil Association and ICEA), today represent a vast majority of certified products in the world: more than 2000 brands, distributed in more than 50 countries, producing more than 45,000 cosmetic products. Cosmos therefore has a promising future!
Regarding the formulation, the term Cosmos Organic will be affixed to cosmetics containing:
> 95 to 100% natural ingredients (as before)
> 95 to 100% organic ingredients on vegetable ingredients (as before)
> Maximum of 5% of ingredients approved in a restrictive list (as before)
On the other hand, a novelty is required with the addition of 2 new criteria in the Cosmos repository which makes organic cosmetics more demanding than it used to be:
> The content of organic ingredients out of the total ingredients increases, from 10 to 20%
> Biodegradability: only biodegradable ingredients are accepted.