Natural cosmetic products
According to the recommendations of the A.R.P.P (Autorité de Régulation Professionnelle de la Publicité), which came into force on July 1rst 2019:
“A cosmetic product is qualified as a whole as “natural” / “of natural origin” if its natural content / of natural origin, is greater than or equal to 95%.” This qualification is defined in the sense of the ISO 16128 standard or any other standard that is at least as restrictive.
Therefore, if your cosmetic product contains at least 95% of ingredients of natural origin, you can call it “product of natural origin”. (Source Cosmebio®)
Natural cosmetics or natural origin cosmetics ? What is the difference?
Consumers often confuse these different terms.
In order to classify cosmetic ingredients as natural, from natural origin and organic, it is essential to use an ISO standard. Thus, it is neither a law nor a quality label but a means of codifying, defining and harmonising practices.
These categories are defined according to
- the source of the ingredient
- the production process
Natural ingredients are cosmetic ingredients obtained exclusively from plants, animals, micro-organisms or minerals through
- Physical processes (such as grinding, drying, distillation),
- Fermentation reactions (which occur in nature),
- Other preparation procedures, including traditional methods (e.g. distillation). Ingredients may not be chemically modified.
Ingredients of natural origin
The difference is significant in terms of the manufacturing process. However, there is often confusion. Indeed, while the natural ingredient comes from nature, the naturally occurring ingredient undergoes molecular transformations.
Moreover, the ISO16128 standard prohibits many transformation processes. For example, we can mention nitration processes and the formation of derivatives using ethylene oxide,…
Do you want to find the percentage of naturalness or natural origin of an ingredient in a finished product? You can contact the supplier of this ingredient who calculates it by different methods.