BDIH Bundesverband Deutscher Industrie-und Handelsunternehmen (German: Federal Association of German Industry and Trade) is a German based organisation comprising over 440 producers and distributors of cosmetics, food supplements, nutritional foods and over-the-counter medicines that has developed a comprehensive set of guidelines for certifying natural cosmetics and which has now tested over 2,000 products.
The following guidelines define the concept of natural cosmetics in a sensible and clear manner, with the consumer’s expectations of safe and ecologically sound products in mind:
1) raw materials obtained from plants should be used from:
- controlled biological cultivation, taking quality and availability into account, or
- controlled biological wild collections
2) Deliberate rejection of
- organic-synthetic dyes
- synthetic fragrances
- ethoxylated raw materials
- paraffin and other petroleum products
3) It is forbidden to disinfect organic raw materials and completed cosmetic products using radioactive radiation.
For the production of natural cosmetics, it is permissible to use components which are extracted through hydrolysis, hydrogenation, esterification, transesterification or other crackings and condensations from the following natural materials:
- fats, oils and waxes
- monosaccharides, oligosaccharides and polysaccharides
- proteins and lipoproteins
The actual raw material use is regulated by the positive list for development and production of certified natural cosmetics.
4) To ensure that products are microbiologically safe, certain nature-identical preservatives are allowed in addition to natural preservatives. These are:
- benzoic acid, its salts and ethylester
- salicylic acid and its salts
- sorbic acid and its salts
- benzyl alcohol
When these preservatives are used, products must be labelled
“preserved with … [name of preservative]” etc.
What are the benefits of cosmetics with the ECOCERT
ECOCERT: an inspection and certification body for sustainable development. Founded in 1991 in France, it conducts inspections in over 80 countries, making it one of the largest organic certification organizations in the world.
Guaranteeing purity and quality, the ECOCERT certificate is both the most stringent and prestigious standard among the manufacturers of natural and organic cosmetics.
It establishes requirements for formulations of manufactured products containing natural ingredients and for the quality of vegetable raw materials. The use of animal ingredients, refined petroleum products, and the practice of animal testing are prohibited.
Organic ingredients used in cosmetics must comply with ECOCERT requirements:
• Seeds of plants are not subjected to genetic modification.
• Chemical fertilizers are not used on farms.
• Pesticides are not used. Pest control is carried out with the help of natural enemies or non-toxic alternatives approved by ECOCERT.
Products are manufactured and stored in eco-friendly premises.
Special documentation procedures allow you to track the production of cosmetics, from quality raw materials and packaging to its final delivery to the consumer.
Twice a year, ECOCERT conducts an inspection of production lines to confirm that all of its requirements are being carried out. ECOCERT not only regulates the components of its cosmetic products, but the entire production process.
Products certified by Ecocert are eco-friendly as well as the enterprise which produce it.
Natural and organic cosmetic certified by ecocert Greenlife according to ECOCERT standard available at http://cosmetics.ecocert.com
Addressing the excesses and failures of current developments is a key challenge for our society.
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 application of the principles of sustainable development in economic activity implies however changing patterns of production and changing consumption practices. Recognising these challenges, the responsibility of its actors, the organic and natural cosmetics sector clearly shows its ambition to go further in sustainable development with the setting at the European and international level of a new standard for organic and natural cosmetics.
The COSMOS-standard is a new cosmetic certification developed to harmonize various certifications and labels in order to create one standard that is internationally recognized for natural and organic cosmetics.
The new certification is a result of Europe’s leading natural cosmetic certifiers coming together and forming a non-profit association, COSMOS-standard AISBL.
The COSMOS-standard association consists of five founding members who now authorize and oversee the certification, including the Soil Association (UK), Ecocert (France), Cosmebio (France), BDIH (Germany) and AIAB/ICEA (Italy). All current licensees and members of the founding partners are able to apply for product certification. The new Standard applies to cosmetic products marketed as organic or natural. The certification process will inspect a range of criteria in the following categories:
• Origin and processing of ingredients
• Composition of total product
• Storage, manufacturing and packaging
• Environmental management
• Labeling and communication
• Inspection, certification and control.
The standard goes beyond analyzing ingredients used to formulate the final product. It takes a comprehensive approach to natural and organic certification involving a review of the product’s total environmental and human impact.
Institute of Ethic Certification (ICEA) is the main certifying body of natural cosmetics (organic cosmetics, biocosmetics, ecocosmetics ) in Italy.
Italian Association of Organic Agriculture (AIAB) and the Institute of Ethic Certification (ICEA), together with a group of manufacturers, have developed leading principles for natural and organic cosmetics.
Cosmetics, meeting all the rigid requirements of certifying body, receives the status of «organic», and the package has a corresponding marking:
What does ICEA control?
All stages of cosmetics manufacturing annually undergo a rigid system of certification. A whole range of other requirements to organic products is being inspected:
• absence of artificial additives, technologies of genetic engineering during manufacturing;
• everything concerning exhaust, waste, energy sources, transport and sanitary-hygienic standards is rigidly regulated;
• production and storage are being carried out in accordance with rigid ecological rules;
• ICEA inspections (audit) are carried out several times a year, with a trip to the production location;
• a special order of documentation is being implemented; it allows to monitor all the chain from raw materials producer to end consumer; all documentation registering raw material receipt, its processing and shipment of ready products undergoes an obligatory inspection.
How are plants cultivated and processed for organic cosmetics?
Vegetable stock used in organic cosmetic products, has to:
• to be cultivated in controlled bio- farms;
• to be harvested under bio-control in locations of its natural growth;
Cultivation of ECO BIO cosmetics has to be carried out without:
• genetically modified seeds
• chemical fertilizers
• pesticides, fungicides, herbicides
• cultivation need to be carried out by eco-friendly harvesting machinery
Treatment and processing of raw materials has to be carried out without:
• chemical, synthetic preservatives
• synthesized dyes
• synthesized stabilizers
• harmful technologies: atomic product tests, chemical preservation, gassing of products in vacuum packaging, product processing with phenol, radiation exposure
• when testing raw materials animal testing is prohibited
• it is prohibited to use animal-originated raw materials which have been produced harming animals, e.g. animal collagen, animal elastin etc.
• synthesized fragrances
• using storage packaging containing PVC and other halogen-containing polymers
The modern history of adaptogens began in the 1940s, when Russian botanists Lazarev and Brekhram investigated over 4,000 plants and herbs and finally identified twelve very special of them as adaptogens. By 1984 Russian scientists had published in excess of 1,500 pharmacological and clinical studies on adaptogenic herbs. This research into the adaptogenic properties of plant continues today and there remains little doubt that adaptogens increase an organism’s adaptation to stress and have a normalizing influence on our physiology and skin health.
These unique plants survived the Ice Age by adapting to one of the planet’s most severe environments: Siberia. As a result, they possess rare qualities which help to enhance general well-being, and when used therapeutically, are renowned for slowing aging processes of the skin.
We help small Siberian Tribes
We at Natura Siberica are committed to purchasing wild Siberian herbs in an ethical and responsible way so as to help sustain livelihoods of indigenous people of Siberia and Russian Far East. There are 41 ethnic groups and each of them has preserved its own language and unique culture. Some of these groups have less than 1000 people left. Thus, there are only 540 Aleut and 276 Tazy people left. This is why we strongly believe that our help is a vital step in the preservation of distinct cultures and traditions of Siberian tribes.
We pay premium prices for wild manually harvested herbs and plants in order to help small Siberian tribes so that they could not only take care of their families but also to meet social and environmental needs of their community. Thus Natira Siberica aims to bring positive changes in those people lives. Just by choosing to by one of our products you are helpingsmall indigenous Siberian tribes, their families and their surrounding communities.
Wild Harvested Herbs
Due to its extreme conditions, Siberia offers the world plants with unique health and beauty benefits such as can hardly be found anywhere else in the world. To survive Siberian herbs and plants synthesize highly protective active ingredients and have extraordinary antioxidant properties. Thus, thanks to its amazing power and vitality, Snow Cladonia remains greeneven under the snow when the temperatures drop down to -50C. It contains a unique form of usnin acid, which is believed to work magic on skin, actively restoring the cells and effectively slowing down the aging process. Siberian Dwarf Pine still grows a centimeter every month despite of permafrost conditions on sparse and stony soil. Arctic Cloudberry, adapted to survive temperatures of -50?, produces twice as much vitamin C as a lemon and Wild Altai Oblepiha contains the second highest source of natural Vitamin E in the entire plant kingdom. Siberian Salvia is a natural medicine for the Taiga animals, whenever wounded they seek this magic plant to heal the soars of different kinds.
We use all these unique properties of Siberian plants to create cosmetics that will fulfill your skin with extraordinary vital power.
Sustainable Wild harvesting
Our goal is to positively impact the ecology of the wild land where we harvest. When cropped properly, most herbs and plants respond to non-intrusive pruning by putting out new growth. Moreover, it is of critical importance to harvest herbs at a specific size and age, and at the time when they have their key elements are at the highest concentration, to best preserve skin health and beauty. This is why all wild Siberian herbs used in our products are manually harvested by small Siberian tribes.