Organic labels and certifications in cosmetics: how to navigate?

For several years, organic labels and certifications have flourished on labels of our products. Although they all look more or less similar, they are far from having the same meaning. Some mentions are stricter than others and reflect the brand's commitment to the environment or health. What is the difference between a label and a certification? What are the standards and obligations of the Nature & Progrès” label? What are the main vegan mentions?

What is the difference between a label and a certification?

Many brands of products or accessories in our daily lives claim to be certified or labeled. However, a label and a certification are not subject to the same regulations.

The certification

For a brand, obtaining certification is a an approach that requires rigor and commitment. By definition, for a product or service to be certified, it must be subject to a strict procedure which makes it possible to attest to its quality and conformity. -weight: 400;">. Certification must be carried out by an independent body and meeting the requirements of the standard ISO/IEC 17065 dating from 2012 (updated in 2018). Note that in France, this type of procedure is regulated by the Consumer code.

Generally, obtaining certification validates the commitment of a product or brand. It is a voluntary process which certifiescompliance with a set of requirementsspecified in specifications. If there is a marketing issue which brings visibility to the certified element, in particular thanks to the logo, this is not the only objective. Obtaining certification also highlights the company's values. It is also an opportunity to create or maintaina bond of trustwith the customer.

The label

The label also certifies the quality of a product or accessory. It brings together a set of requirements specified in specifications and can be issued by a public or private organization. Obtaining a label must be the subject of a strict and impartial regulatory procedure, carried out by an entity that can attest to its rigor and independence. However, their multiplication obscures the values ​​of some who find themselves in the background despite their commitment. In theory, a label is less regulated than a certification. In practice, each label is different and may be subject to very strict regulations.

The Ecocert group and COSMOS certification

At sloe, our products carry the Ecocert, COSMOS and Nature & Progress. A strong commitment, which demonstrates the values ​​we hold.

The Ecocert group 

The Ecocert group is a certification body that has existed for over 30 years. It all started in 1980, with the founding of a movement in favor of organic farming. At the time, he was committed to a healthier and more environmentally friendly agricultural system. Ten years later, the Ecocert group< /a> is created and the first certifications are issued. Established in France and internationally, the company is at the origin of numerous certifications. Through them, the group wishes:

  • integrate an environmentally friendly approach throughout the production of a food or cosmetic product, or an accessory;
  • develop ethical and socially responsible sectors ;
  • ensure the transparency and traceability of the ingredients of each certified product.

Since 2002, Ecocert has supported cosmetic brands seeking to limit their impact on the planet and on health. Thanks to the creation of the international standard COSMOS, the group supports the development ofmore cosmetics healthy and more responsible.

COSMOS certification 

The COSMOS certification is aimed at all cosmetic products formulated from < /span>organic and natural ingredients. Once delivered, it guarantees that the products are:

  • transformed with respect for the environment and human health ;
  • made without petrochemical ingredients and committed to the development of green chemistry;
  • made from responsible use of natural resources; 
  • respectful of biodiversity and GMO-free ;
  • protected by at least recyclable packaging .

For more information, Ecocert provides the COSMOS repository on which the group relies to deliver its certification.

COSMOS - alviana Naturkosmetik

Nature & Progrès, a committed mention

A quality label recognized by its peers, Nature & Progrès is committed to a more responsible daily life, in accordance with the values it conveys.

The Nature & Progrès association

Created in 1964, Nature & Progrès is an association which has strong values ​​and which supports the development of more respectful food and cosmetic products of the environment, people and biodiversity. Its values ​​are based on:

  • respect for the balance of the ecosystems that surround us;
  • the health of people and the Earth;
  • the rise of local, short-circuit peasant agriculture; 
  • the sharing of knowledge and know-how , as well as the development of social ties.

Formerly attached to the Agriculture Biologique brand, Nature & Progrès became independent in 1993 in order to preserve its values.

The Nature & Progress mention

The Nature & Progrès label has existed since 1978. At the time, organic farming was still in its infancy. It is aimed at brands that are able to demonstrate their commitment to cosmetic products that are more respectful of the environment as a whole . For this, it relies on a specifications written by him, as well as on a charter to which its members commit.

Cosmetics that bear the Nature & Progrès label are:

  • GMO-free and formulated from natural ingredients, without pesticides or chemical fertilizers;
  • made in an artisanal way, respecting the natural cycles of soil, animals and plants;
  • produced within structures on a human scale, which highlight local and solidarity. 

The association Nature & Progrès has also established a Participatory Guarantee System (SPG), an innovative operation which allows validation by a third party of compliance with the specifications by the labeled entity.

Nature and Progress - Wikipedia

Vegan mentions

Increasingly popular with consumers, the vegan label is gradually develops. However, it is not controlled and applies outside of any legislative framework. It depends on private or public organizations that wish to positively influence brands’ commitment to veganism. Today there are around twenty official vegan certification agencies span>, considered independent and recognized by the community. In practice, any certified vegan food or cosmetic product undertakes to ensure that its composition does not contain any product of animal origin.

Among the most common vegan mentions , we find:

  • Eve Vegan (FR): it is the only French certification body (Eve Vegan Europe) in the field of veganism;
  • Vegan Society (UK): created in 1944, it is the oldest vegan association. It guarantees the absence of ingredients of animal, vertebrate or invertebrate origin;
  • The V-Lavel (CH): this European label certifies vegan or vegetarian products.

Be careful not to confuse vegan mentions with labels “ cruetly free » (cruelty-free). Although no violence is committed against animals, these products may nevertheless contain elements of animal origin. Finally, “vegan” does not mean “organic”, they are two uncorrelated notions.

Label Vegan Society - Le blog Easyparapharmacie

The multiplication of certifications and labels helps support the development of brands committed to a sustainable future. At sloe< /b>, we are committed to offering you responsible cosmetics and accessories. This is why our soaps carry the label Nature & Progrès and our natural toothpaste in tablet form is certified COSMOS. More than a selling point, it is a guarantee of quality consistent with the intrinsic values of our brand.