What does the Cosmebio label guarantee ?

Cosmebio, a label for Organic and Natural cosmetics

The Cosmebio label makes it possible to distinguish at a glance which cosmetics are truly natural or organic. This label is based on demanding specifications and a charter of ethical values. An inspection by an independent certifier is mandatory every year to check the conformity of the products.

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A label that guarantees which cosmetic products you can trust to be truly natural and organic...and more!


As we explain on the Organic Cosmetics page that organic and natural cosmetics not only use a formula with ingredients of natural origin but also make a promise to respect the environment, promote social values and employ transparant communication. The Cosmebio label guarantees that the products are following these requirements !

The 3 different Cosmébio logos and what they represent

 

In order to use a Cosmébio label on a product's packaging, a natural or organic cosmetic must follow certain conditions in regards to the composition of its ingredients.
Here are the three logos that you can find on over 14000 labelled products and their respective standards:

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95% to 100% of the ingredients of the total product must be of natural origin (with water and mineral or mineral-based ingredients considered as natural)


95% to 100% of the plant-based ingredients must be organic


10% minimum of the ingredients of the total product must be organic (with water and mineral or mineral-based ingredients considered as non-organic because they are not derived from a life form)

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Approximately 95% to 100% of the ingredients of the total product must be of natural origin (with water and mineral or mineral-based ingredients considered as natural)


Approximately 95% to 100% of the ingredients of the total product must be of natural origin (with water and mineral or mineral-based ingredients considered as natural)


95% to 100% of ingredients which can be organic must be organic (such as plant material, beeswax, milk...) 


20% minimum of the ingredients of the total product must be organic (10% for rinse-off products and minerals considered as non-organic because they are not derived from a life form)

The Cosmebio label also guarantees the absence of some controversial ingredients, such as silicons, phenoxyethanol and parabens ….

A label that offers guarantees throughout the product lifecycle of cosmetics

The guarantees provided by the Cosmebio label cover each step in the lifecycle of a cosmetic, including:

- The origin of the raw materials, to promote ethical and sustainable sourcing
- Gentle and nonpolluting processing methods
- Production of the final product (a clean formula, storage, packaging)
- Transparent labelling and responsible communication

 

The guarantees offered by the Cosmebio label are regularly checked and monitored by an accredited certifying body

 

By its status of association, Cosmebio cannot certify the products by itself. This work is therefore realised by 3 certifying bodies (Bureau Veritas, Cosmecert and Ecocert) who must check if criterias of the label are well applied. The certifying bodies perform at least one annual inspection to ensure that the guarantees represented by our label are respected.

During this control, certifying bodies check the respect of every criteria. If everything is in compliance with the standard, they deliver a certificate with the list of natural or organic certified products. The packaging of all products carrying the Cosmébio label mention the standard used to check that all the guarantees have been applied.


Guarantees harmonised on an international scale thanks to the COSMOS-standard


Since 1st January 2017, all new cosmetic products launched on the organic market must be formulated to meet the requirements of the COSMOS-standard. Cosmébio is one of the five founding members that developed the standard's specifications. The aim of COSMOS was to blend all the guarantees provided by organic labels worldwide into one common standard.

The companies using COSMOS-standard currently represent more than 4,000 certified products. If the 'Cosmos Organic' or 'Cosmos Natural' approval logo is displayed beneath the Cosmébio label, this shows that the product has been formulated to meet the requirements of the COSMOS-standard.

View the COSMOS-standard

The Cosmebio Charter: guarantees that cover the brand's overall approach


The Cosmebio label doesn't just provide guarantees in terms of the product itself, but also acts as a gauge of the brand's overall values and approach.
The Cosmebio Charter  unites the three core commitments for all players across the sector:

To fulfill the technical requirements
for natural and organic cosmetics

To have respect for
mankind and the environment

To ensure responsible
and transparent communication

 

The Cosmebio Charter was drawn up in 2002 to help boost market development, make up for the lack of regulation and fight against greenwashing. Each company that joins up as a member of our association must sign the Charter, and in doing so, pledges to work in line with its commitments.

 

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