Friday, 24 April 2015

Certification body part I: Ecocert

As I promised you,  I am starting my blog series with the Certificating Organisations for a natural cosmetics. Today I would love to present the ECOCERT. One of the most recognisable certificating bodies in Europe.


Ecocert is a `certification body for suitable development`. It was created in 1991 in France by agricultural engineers who wanted to develop regulations and rules for the production of biological and ecological products. The main objective was to promote the idea of organic farming*.
Company makes inspection mostly on:
- natural and organic cosmetics
- natural cleaning products,
- natural and organic perfumes ( home),
- ecological Spa,
- fair trade products.

Ecocert has offices in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, which are established to certify or control over companies offering organic products. ECOCERT currently offers its services in the field of control and certification in about 80 countries around the world (it is a big number ).

Certification of cosmetics

ECOCERT requires that for each certified product was given the quantity of ingredients of natural origin and the number of ingredients from certified organic

Ecocert also examines the nature of biodegrading and recycling of packaging for certified cosmetics.

For the purposes of certification of cosmetics, ECOCERT distinguishes two types of cosmetics:

1. Natural Cosmetics (natural cosmetic):

  •      at least 95% of the ingredients must be of natural origin,
  •      a minimum of 50% of the ingredients of natural origin must come from organic farming,
  •      minimum5% of all the ingredients come from organic farming.
2. Natural and Organic Cosmetics (natural and organic cosmetic):
  •      at least 95% of the ingredients must be of natural origin 
  •      a minimum of 95% of the ingredients of natural origin must come from organic farming 
  •      minimum10% of all the ingredients come from organic farming.

 For both the above-mentioned types of cosmetics, they are following, common requirements:
  •  ban on genetically modified raw materials,
  •  ban on the testing of components and final products on animals,
  •  abandonment of synthetic fragrances and coloring,
  •  ban on the use of artificial fats, oils, silicons, paraffin and other substances obtained by  distillation of crude oil,
  • prohibition of the use of emulsifiers PEG (Polyethylene glycol, polyethylene glycol)
     as preservatives allowed (the following substances are: benzoic acid, formic acid, sorbic acid,  
    salicylic acid and its salts),
  • sterilisation of raw materials and the finished cosmetic product by means of radioactive radiation is not allowed,
  •   raw materials of animal origin must be produced through natural production of the live animals (example: milk, honey). 

That sounds complicated. But at least you can be sure that the cosmetic with ECOCERT certification which you bought is safe and has a certain norms. Again remainder: learn about ingredients and Certificating Organisations and read the labels before buying the cosmetic products :).

To read more:

The informations about Ecocert presented on my blog, you will find on their website:
Ecocert Standard for Cosmetics