Making Sense of the Natural and Organic Skin Care Standards

The Natural and Organic skin care industry, it’s regulated by a number of governing bodies.

For the purpose of this article, I have put together a list of  companies and their standards.

Natural and organic skincare standards


The cosmetic organic standard, was created by some of Europe’s leading  certification agencies.

These include the BDIH, The Soil Association, Ecocert, Cosmebio, ICEA and Ecogarantie.

They state their main objective is to establish a sustainable development, that reconciles economic progress and social responsibility, whilst maintaining the natural balance of the planet.

A project the cosmetics sector is willing to be fully involved in, so they reach a brand new European and International standard, for both organic and natural beauty products.

The requirement they are aiming for, is 95% of all agricultural ingredients to be organic, and 20% of total products by weight to be organic, this includes water.

These are the new harmonised standards that are paving the way for the natural and organic skin care EU regulations, with the aim to create a globally recognised label and certificate.

A number of other organisations in Europe, are ensuring that only products that meet strict quality assurance standards, are able to display this certified natural seal of approval.


In Europe this is the German standard.

It has generally been accepted, as the main body that certifies natural personal care products.

It sets strict standards for manufactures of natural cosmetic skin care products that bear the BDIH logo.

Manufacturers are only allowed to use natural raw materials, such as botanical and herbal extracts and oils in their formulas, in order to get approved.

It is important to mention, that as of 2014, the organic skin care products approved by the BDIH, can only be trusted to contain only natural ingredients, as they only require manufacturers to use organic content where possible.

This is more of a realistic target to meet for most manufacturers of personal care products, rather than having to go completely organic.

For more information on organic skin care standards, our question and answer article is worth a read.


This, is another example of a new standard to emerge out of Europe.

It was founded by some of the leading natural and organic skin care companies, such as Laverana, Santa Verde and Welled.

Interestingly many of NaTrue founding members, are the same manufacturers who drew up the original guidelines for BDIH; Frustrations over a lack of European harmonisation, is the main reason behind this.

Unlike BDIH they are looking forward to implementing a three star grading of certification:

Three stars: These require that 95% of all agricultural ingredients fall in line with Na True’s acceptable list of ingredients, which will be certified as organic skin care products.

Two stars: These require that 70% of all the ingredients fall under Na True’s acceptable list of ingredients.

These products, would be certified as natural cosmetics with organic content.

One star: This requires a maximum of 5-15% depending on the product category, these products would be certified as natural.

In addition to this, Na True is actively campaigning for an increase in joint studies of scientific data on natural substances that are used in cosmetics.

Follow the link, to find out about the highly regarded Soil Association standards.


As of 2017 there is going to be a push for European standard in natural and organic personal care products.

If your keen to know more about this exciting new standardization, you can read about this here.


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