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Organic and or Natural Beauty Products – How Europe Manages the Beauty Industry

Before digging into how Europe manages the ingredients used to manufacture cosmetic products, it becomes necessary to understand why this is so important. Personal care products, otherwise known as beauty products or cosmetic products, are known to contain over 10,500 chemical ingredients. Many of these ingredients are toxic in nature. Toxins are poisons and when used over long periods of time, can cause serious damage to one’s health. Women use an average of over 5 pounds of lotions and creams annually. The skin is the largest organ of the body and is very porous, allowing over 70% of what is applied to the skin to seep into our bodies and into our bloodstream. Through clinical studies, it has been proven that the very same toxins found in a mother’s blood have been found in the umbilical cord of the fetus. Many of these toxic (poison) ingredients are carcinogenic and can be linked to cancer as well as respiratory problems in infants, birth defects, liver and kidney disease, etc.

Perhaps now it is clear as to why it is so important to know what is being done around the world to monitor what goes into the manufacture of cosmetic products and why it should be so very important for consumers to use only certified organic and/or natural beauty products.

Europe, Asia, and Oceania have taken major steps in controlling the ingredients used in beauty products. In this article the focus will be on Europe, while future articles will tackle how other parts of the world address this issue. Having said that, one might ask what about the US? Unfortunately, with the cosmetic business being such a large (50 billion) and extremely profitable business, the US cosmetic companies employ lobbyists in Washington to prevent changes in the laws regulating the industry. Shocking as it might seem, the Cosmetic Industry is self-regulated. It can determine what it wants to bring to market without any pre-testing by any government or private agencies.

Currently Europe has one Government authority that controls the ingredients of beauty products, the European Union (EU). However, there are private institutions operating in five countries that provide independent laboratory testing to the many cosmetic companies operating throughout Europe. These independent organizations use the authority of the EU to manage the process, but in some cases, go beyond the regulations required by the EU to determine and qualify products as certified organic and/or natural beauty products. These organizations are:

-BDIH operating out of Germany;
-ECOCERT & COSMEBIO from France;
-SOIL ASSOCIATION from the UK;
-ICEA from Italy;
-BIOFORUM from Belgium

These six organizations combined also make up what is known as the COSMOS-standard. The COSMOS-standard has not yet achieved legal status, but that will be delved into later in this article. At this juncture, let’s look at how the EU manages this process.

What is the European Union? What are its aims and results? How does it work? In summary, the answers to these questions are:

-27 democratic countries participate in the EU economically and politically;
-498 million citizens in these 27 countries look to the EU for safe, consumable products, including beauty products;
-It’s results in the beauty category provide for not just safer products, but a greener environment as well;
-It works because each country sets up bodies to adopt and manage the EU’s legislation.

The COSMOS-standard represents the European cosmetic organic standards working group. It is made up of the previously mentioned organizations. It is expected to be legalized by April, 2010 by the pronouncement of the Belgian Royal Decree. Excerpts of the main objectives of the COSMOS- standards and taken directly from their final document dated January, 2010, can be summed up as follows:

“Establishing a ‘sustainable development’ that would reconcile economic progress, social
responsibility and maintain the natural balance of the planet is a project in which the cosmetics
sector is willing to be fully involved… the organic and natural cosmetics sector clearly shows its ambition to go further in setting a new standard for organic and natural cosmetics.”

The following represents a summary of a set of simple rules that will be used to manage the organic and natural beauty industry. The main focus is on prevention and safety in all segments of the manufacturing process, that is, from raw materials to market ready final products.

The rules will focus on human health through:

-Organic agriculture and natural resources always with respect for the environment;
-A manufacturing process that is environmentally clean while, at the same time, utilizing and expanding a more green philosophy that ultimately will create a higher standard for organic and natural beauty products.

The six organizations making up the COSMOS-standard, namely BDIH, ECOCERT & COSMEBIO, SOIL ASSOCIATION, ICEA, and BIOFORUM, each have their own set of standards for certifying organic and/or natural beauty products. It would take a book to delineate each agencies processes. Suffice it to say that Europe has taken a lead position on this subject through the EU and continues to improve its status by moving forward with the COSMOS-standard. One of the results of the EU’s legislation is that they have already banned over 1100 chemical ingredients used in the manufacture of beauty products, while the US has banned a mere 10.

The US, with its lack of leadership in this industry, has left the consumer vulnerable to the poisons we already know cause harm to pregnant mothers, their babies, and to the millions of consumers that have used these toxins for decades. Over time, with many countries around the world coming together to prohibit these toxic ingredients from being used in beauty products, hopefully the US will change current legislation and demand pre-testing of beauty products before they are released to the public. Further, hopefully the US will also permit independent agencies to test products to qualify them to be labeled as certified organic and/or natural beauty products. In the meantime, when shopping for certified products, simply look for the logos of the aforementioned companies out of Europe. In doing so, you will be assured of using safe, non-toxic beauty products.

All Natural Beauty Products – Fruits and Vegetables

There is no substitute to the beauty of nature. This is probably the reason why many beauty experts still prefer to go natural. Organic substances that can be found in the environment inspire many beauty products. Herbs such as jojoba, aloe vera and coconut are some of the ingredients of skin care products that promise to give you a healthy skin.

Why use all natural beauty products?

Although there have been a lot of beauty cosmetics that are composed of combined chemicals, they still dominate the market because of it is cost-effective although not always safe to use.

Natural products can be in the form of extract, juice, powder or paste. The good thing is, it does not produce harmful side effects and is inexpensive. May it be a hair care, lotion or face cream, it is highly considered healthy and non-toxic.

Can food be an alternative beauty product?

Yes, but not all. Certain foods are considered alternative to natural beauty products Fruits and vegetables are definitely healthy, specifically, eat fresh yellow fruits and dark green leafy vegetables. They are known to contain phytochemicals known as antioxidants that help fight free radicals which speeds up aging.

However, the consumption of fatty foods and processed foods result to the accumulation of free radicals in your body. These can cause further skin impurities and blemishes. But more than skin problems, it does great damages to your heart and other vital organs.

Staying healthy and beautiful should not be a frustration. Stuffs that offer you vitality and beauty are readily available. Look around you,  natural homemade solutions can just be right infront of you.

Natural Beauty Products For Your Skin

Natural beauty products for your skin are more popular today than they have ever been before. There are several reasons for this newfound attraction to natural products but the main reason is knowledge. More and more women and men are learning that natural products are much better for your skin than chemically based products. Over the past few years, the public has been made aware of the fact that many skin and body products contain harmful chemicals.

These chemicals can be absorbed into the skin and cause many health problems that you don’t have to worry about with natural products. For the most part, these items are not tested on animals as well, which is another big plus. Many of these products contain herbs and plants that have been used for healing throughout the centuries so you can see why they can be much healthier for you than something that contains chemicals.

It is important to realize that natural beauty products for your skin are separated into three categories. This will help you know what to look for when you start shopping around. If you want pure natural beauty products, then you will need to look for 100 percent organic items because these contain no other ingredients. They are the only ones that can be considered completely natural.

The next best thing would be organic beauty products that are made with about 95 percent natural ingredients and 5 percent unnatural. If, for some reason, you can’t find a specific product that is all natural, this would be a good substitute. The last option is simply products that have some organic ingredients in them. These cannot be considered natural products as they mostly contain unnatural ingredients.

Obviously, the first or second option is the best choice when your truly want to use natural products that are better for your skin and healthier for your body. Keep in mind that when lotions, creams and similar items are absorbed through the skin they can enter into the bloodstream and over time, cause many problems. Therefore, the more natural the product, the better it is for you.

It’s important to take good care of your skin and using natural products is a great way to start. They can help your skin to feel cleaner, smoother and look younger and more radiant than ever before. Once you give them a try, you won’t want to use anything else ever again.  

Natural beauty products for your skin are not only better for you personally but they’re better for the environment as well. This gives you another good reason to consider making a switch if you’ve haven’t already. As you can see there are many good reasons to use natural skin care products. As a result, you may want to invest a little time in learning more about all they have to offer.