MORE PRODUCTS IN THE MARKET ARE NOW CLAIMING THEY ARE 'ORGANIC', 'NATURAL' AND ARE 'OF PLANT INGREDIENTS'
- Most countries do not have labelling regulations controlling the use of words like “organic” and “natural” on skincare products.
- So, even if a product contains ONE natural or organic ingredient while the remaining ingredients consist of synthetic toxic chemicals, they can still label their product as “natural” or “organic”.
THAT MEANS THAT NOT ALL 'ORGANIC' PRODUCTS ARE REALLY ORGANIC! HOW CAN I BE SURE THAT A PRODUCT IS TRULY ORGANIC?
The only way to guarantee the organic authenticity of a product is that it has to be CERTIFIED organic by a reputable certification body.
Little Innoscents products are certified by the Australian Certified Organic (ACO) which means that the products have been manufactured and handled according to strict guidelines and are completely free of any chemicals.
WHAT DOES CERTIFIED BY AUSTRALIAN CERTIFIED ORGANIC (ACO) MEANS?
In order to gain a certification from ACO, the company has to meet stringent conditions that the ACO upholds from how they source the product to how they blend, fill, package and distribute the product.
There will also be annual audits and random on-site inspections to ensure that everything complies with the guidelines and standards set by ACO to maintain their certification.
Hence, ACO certification protects consumers from false organic claims.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AUSTRALIAN CERTIFIED ORGANIC (ACO) AND OTHER CERTIFYING BODIES?
Some of the other common organic certifications besides ACO are US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Ecocert.
Each of these organizations has its own standards and guidelines. Below are their requirements in order for a product to be certified organic.
|Minimum 95% certified organic ingredients||Minimum 95% certified organic ingredients||Minimum 10% from organic farming|
|Remaining 5% restricted to natural ingredients||Remaining 5% can include non-natural ingredients||Minimum 95% plant-based ingredients|
- The table above shows that ACO has the most stringent requirements on their organic certification.