What is Natural, Organic, Hypoallergenic, & All That Jazz?

Natural Cosmetics - according to COSMOS-standards (Cosmetic Organic and Natural Standards) it is a product which has 100% of natural ingredients produced only through the chemical or physical reactions according to the harmonized and strictly prescribed standards.

ecocert logo and cosmos organic standards logo

There is also a list of allowed preservatives and minerals explicitly created for these standards. Standards of natural cosmetics don’t require to have minimal amounts of these substances, but they have to be produced in ecological manners.

Organic Cosmetics - is a product which has to contain at minimum 20% of natural substances. Ingredients for these cosmetics coming from agriculture, need to be 95% certified ecological.

Ingredients NOT allowed in natural cosmetics. Read the label and avoid these chemicals:

  • Ingredients, coming from genetically modified organisms.
  • Mineral oils coming from petroleum (vaseline, paraffin wax)
  • Silicone Oils
  • Colourants (allowed only specific types, ex. zinc oxide, titanium dioxide)
  • Glycols
  • Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
  • Synthetic UV
  • Toxic preservatives- Parabens, Formaldehyde, Phthalates.Triclosan
  • Synthetic fragrances

Natural cosmetics are not necessarily vegan. They can contain animal-based ingredients but the way they were obtained, couldn’t result in the death of the animal.

Producers don’t have to certify their cosmetics as natural or organic, but if they want to, they go through the certification process conducted according to COSMOS standards. The certification process takes 1-2 years.

Hypoallergenic Cosmetics - for the cosmetic to be labeled Hypoallergenic, it has to go through additional documented studies and tests with the people who have allergic skin type. The skincare product is dosed to the skin of the selected group of allergy-prone individuals, and the reaction of the skin is measured after 24, 48, and 72 hours.

Our store carries hypoallergenic cosmetics which went through the documented rigorous test and adhere to the highest standards.


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