Cosmetic Certificates: What do they mean and why they are needed?

Often the cosmetic bottle is decorated not only with an interesting design and logo, but also, proudly displays the badges of the available certificates. However, for the average customer, these badges do not always mean anything but hieroglyphics in an unknown language. So let’s get acquainted with the most important and most coveted certificates of today’s cosmetics world brands.

Certified Vegan – – used and recognized worldwide. The title of the certificate states that it is a distinguishing mark given to products which do not contain products or offal of animal origin and which have not been tested on animals. The logo of this certificate is a great help for vegans or supporters of sustainable living ideas. It will help you to quickly find a product that does not exceed values without a long study of its composition list. It is also great for spreading the ideas of a vegan lifestyle and representing this community. Source: vegan.org.

MADE SAFE certificate proves that this products were evaluated by it are manufactured by a brand that strives for a healthy and sustainable market. This certificate also ensures that no known or suspected toxic ingredients (carcinogens, heavy metals, toxic solvents, various toxins with harmful effects on health, high-risk pesticides and other harmful substances) are used in such products. The MADE SAFE certificate is a special safety and quality assessment, as the safety standards of the ingredients applied by the organization issuing these certificates, Nontoxic Certified Ingredient Solutions, are extremely high. Thus, the MADE SAFE label on the product packaging allows consumers to feel safe about the potential impact of their purchase on their health, their loved ones and the their home environment. Source: madesafe.org and nontoxiccertified.org.

EWG (Environmental Working Group) VERIFIED  –  is another certificate that sets extremely high requirements for product safety and quality for personal hygiene, cosmetics and cleaning products. Granted, it ensures that the product does not contain any of the thousands of substances that EWG’s team of toxicologists, chemists and epidemiologists have added to the risk list. In addition, this certificate guarantees the transparent operation of the brand and good manufacturing practices. In addition to thorough product testing and certification, the non-profit Environmental Working Group is also working to increase public awareness of environmental issues, and is working to develop a legal framework to disseminate more information about the composition of cosmetic products. Source: ewg.org/ewgverified.

Approved by ECOCERT Climate Commitment. This assessment is given to products produced without affecting the climate change, without leaving a deep ecological footprint in the environment. The aim of this product labeling is to help consumers reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by avoiding buying irresponsible products. Source: ecocert.com/en/certification-detail/climate-change-smec.

The FAIR FOR LIFE standard (Fair Trade) is another certificate of social and environmental responsibility for agricultural, food, textile, handicraft, cleaning and cosmetic products. The essence of this standard is the fair conduct of producers, growers, processors, importers and exporters, brands and distributors. These include fair (higher than market) purchase prices for raw materials, a system of producer protection in the event of a crisis, safe and decent working conditions throughout the supply chain (regardless of country), strengthening producer autonomy, environmentally friendly, green farming practices. Source: ecocert.com/en/certification-detail/fair-trade-fair-for-life.

The Organic farming Europecertificate, which states that the products are environmentally friendly, is well known to European buyers. The green logo on the packaging of the product means that at least 95% of the ingredients of agricultural origin are organic. The main criteria for obtaining this certificate are: protection of the climate and the environment, preservation of arable land fertility, care for biodiversity, respect for animal welfare and natural cycles, non-use of synthetic and chemical products, absence of GMOs, transparent and consumer-friendly labeling. Sources: ecocert.com/en/certification-detail/organic-farming-europe and provenance.org/certification_marks/euro-leaf.

ECOCERT COSMOS ORGANIC certificate is awarded to ecological and natural cosmetics.

Essential criteria for assessing the product with this certificate: environmentally and human health friendly production and processing processes, recyclable packaging, development of the concept of green chemicals, responsible use of natural resources, respect for biodiversity, absence of petroleum ingredients – parabens, fragrances, synthetic dyes, Absence of GMOs. The certificate is normally granted if 95% or more of its constituent plants are organic and the final product contains at least 20% organic products (10% in the case of washable products). Source: ecocert.com/en/certification-detail/natural-and-organic-cosmetics-cosmos.