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Natural cosmetics

Natural cosmetics

The principle of the standard for Natural Cosmetics is the natural origin of the raw materials. The Standard sets out the minimum requirements of formulation and production process that a cosmetic needs for being certified as natural

Natural and conventional cosmetics

In order to be called natural, a cosmetic product has to contain a minimum and the raw materials need to be at 90% natural: in the production it is not possible to use derivatives from petroleum:paraffin, formaldehyde and colourants of synthetic origin. Those ingredients are substituted by vegetal derivates, safer for human health and with more attention to the safeguard of the environment. Certified cosmetics have more affinity with the skin,thanks to the limited presence of synthetic substances and in fact, it is encouraged the use of natural ingredients such as floral waters, vegetable oils, essential oils and phyto extracts best if from organic agriculture.

How certification works

Operators wishing to obtain certification for their natural cosmetics are required to meet the requirements and fulfil the obligations in the Production Standard, and Production Regulation. They should submit:

  • the appropriate application for certification, accompanied by the relevant appendix and other necessary documents, including the Technical Code of Practice whose basic features are listed in the accompanying Guide Lines
  • they should sign both the financial agreement, which CCPB will make available, and the certification contract

On receipt of the above documentation, CCPB will:

  • assess these documents
  • arrange for an on-site inspection of the production sites
  • a decision will be made about certification, if appropriate, a certificate will be issued
  • with subsequent listing in the register of products
  • operators then are subject to further surveillance in order for CCPB to check that compliance with the specific Production Standard is being maintained