The ‘organic’ buzz-word is claimed remarkably easily by skincare manufacturers. In the UK, except for the UK’s Soil Association accreditation, there are currently no regulations in the skincare industry controlling the levels of organic ingredients required in a product to claim that it is organic.
There are several international bodies recognised for their work in getting very high standards in the skincare market. They grant certificates for brands who meet their criteria. The most well-known and rigorous in the UK is the Soil Association.
To obtain their stamp (and those of other official organisations) is one of the most important regulations that need to be met as this means that the products abide by the following guidelines:
Ingredients obtained from farming standards which prohibit the use of toxic chemical pesticides and fertilisers
Products are manufactured under strict license in accordance with identified standards in approved factories.
Labelling is clear and honest in stating the organic status of each ingredient as well as the overall organic product percentage.
If you buy a product which carries the UK’s official Soil Association, stamp, you can be sure the products you are buying have been through these tough standards and are truly organic.