The majority of Organic Surge products are now Ecocert certified, and contain a minimum of 96% naturally derived ingredients.
What is Ecocert?
Ecocert was the very first certification body to develop standards for "natural and organic cosmetics". Introduced in 2003, the specification was drawn up in conjunction with all stakeholders in the value chain, i.e. experts, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, consumers and development organisations.
With a presence in more than 80 countries, Ecocert currently supports and guides more than 1,000 companies through their certification processes. By gaining the trust of consumers, Ecocert has become the global leader in Organic Cosmetic with more than 70% of the market share.
Why a standard for Natural and Organic Cosmetics?
To date, there is no standard that regulates non-food organic products in Europe. In the absence of clear regulation, considering the increase of self-certification offering no guarantees, Ecocert has decided to put its knowledge of organic certification at the service of cosmetics by developing its own standard. Therefore, ECOCERT defines new requirements superior to the ones defined by the European Regulation, that aims to guarantee the respect for the environment throughout the production chain, respect for the consumer and enhancement of Natural and Organic substances.
The basic principles of the Ecocert standard
1) To ensure an environmentally friendly cosmetic product, the Ecocert standard lays down:
The use of ingredients derived from renewable resources, manufactured by environmentally friendly processes. Ecocert therefore checks:The absence of GMO, parabens, phenoxyethanol, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes, animal-derived ingredients (unless naturally produced by them: milk, honey, etc.). The biodegradable or recyclable nature of packaging.
2) A minimum threshold of natural ingredients from organic farming to be reached to obtain certification:
For both labels, Ecocert Standard imposes that a minimum of 95% of the total ingredients come from natural origin.
For the natural and organic cosmetic label: logo-organic-cosmetics A minimum of 95% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula and a minimum of 10% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming.
For the natural cosmetic label: logo-natural-cosmetics A minimum of 50% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula and a minimum of 5% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming.
Some ingredients very frequently found in cosmetics (water, salts, minerals) cannot be certified as organic because they are not sourced from farming. For example, shampoos and some creams, mostly composed of water, contain between 10% and 40% organic ingredients, and always 95% natural ingredients. An essential oil, which does not contain water, can be up to 100% organic ingredients.
3) On site audit is performed once a year by an Ecocert auditor.
For further information please see their website www.ecocert.com/en