ECOCERT is an organic certification organization, founded in France in 1991. It is based in Europe but conducts inspections in over 80 countries, making it one of the largest organic certification organizations in the world. Their basic principle is ‘to ensure an environmentally friendly cosmetic product’. The Ecocert standards asserts that ;
”1. The use of ingredients derived from renewable resources, manufactured by environmentally friendly processes. Ecocert therefore checks:
- The absence of GMO, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes, animal-derived ingredients (unless naturally produced by them: milk, honey, etc.).
- The biodegradable or recyclable nature of packaging.”
They have two standards; Ecocert Natural and Ecocert Organic. Both standards state there has to be a minimum of 95% ingredients of ‘natural origin’.
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:
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:
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. ”
Lastly they state that ingredients such as water, salts and minerals cannot be certified as organic because they do not come from farming. This means that if you are formulating a cream with 70% water, the 30% of the remaining ingredients has to be either 95% or 50% certified organic to meet either their organic or natural standard. Ingredients such as actives, emulsifiers, preservatives must also be ingredients ‘derived from renewable sources’. To check whether your ingredients would meet the ecocert standard you can use this handy tool http://ap.ecocert.com/glorganic/