As most western girls, I used to buy lots of cosmetics without really reading any labels and lists of ingredients. However, more than 80% of the cosmetics sold worlwide are made from synthetic ingredients and petroleum derivatives.
Not only, can these products be dangerous to human health (see parabens and other chemicals), but they also have negative environmental impacts.
Buying organic products and making our own cosmetics can help protect the environment (and preserve our health)!
Buying organic cosmetics is the first step to make your beauty routine more eco-friendly. However as organic cosmetics are becoming more and more popular many companies use the word “organic” on products that may only include one organic ingredients.
As such, I try to only buy certified cosmetics. Here is the list of the most commonly used certifications in Europe:
BDIH was created in 2001 in Germany.
The makers of the products marked with the BDIH “Certified Natural Cosmetics” seal use natural raw material such as plant oils, fats and waxes, herbal extracts and essential oils and aromatic materials from controlled biological cultivation or controlled biological wild collection. In addition to the careful selection of raw materials, the ecological impact of each product plays an important role. The BDIH’s guidelines are available here.
BDIH certified products are exported to over 40 countries. For the full list of BDIH’s certified companies, please visit: http://www.kontrollierte-naturkosmetik.de/e/producer_natural_cosmetics.htm.
Cosmebio labels offer a guarantee to customers that the labeled cosmetics they purchase comply with Environmental standards and are truly organic.
There are two Cosmebio certification standards: Bio Label & Eco Label.
To ensure an environmentally friendly cosmetic product, the Ecocert standard lays down:
1. The use of ingredients derived from renewable resources, manufactured by environmentally friendly processes.
2. A minimum threshold of natural ingredients from organic farming to be reached to obtain certification.
3. On site audit is performed by an Ecocert auditor.
Products bearing the Leaping Bunny mark are certified ‘cruelty free’ under the internationally-recognised Humane Cosmetics or Humane Household Products Standards.
BDIH, Cosmebio and Ecocert certified products do not contain petroleum-derived products. These logos also guarantee the eco-friendliness of the packagings.
Homemade cosmetics (Easy recipes)
Organic cosmetics are better for the environment and for our health. However, that should not prevent us from acting in a responsible way and asking us if we really need a product before buying it!
Our skin needs to be gently cleaned, moisturised and sometimes protected. Here are some simple recipes & tips that can help you greening your bathroom:
And you, do you have any green tips that I could use in my bathroom? Any easy recipes?