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By: Rebecca James Gadberry
Posted: June 23, 2008, from the April 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Recently, in an effort to provide a standard for the concept, the 25 founding members the International Association of Natural Product Producers (IANPP) drafted criteria and guidelines for companies seeking to give meaning and credibility to natural ingestible and topical ingredients. Following is the IANPP standard for topical naturals.
Natural ingredients are:
• “Derived (originated) from natural sources (not synthetic/man-made), including plant, animal and inorganic mineral sources. Any changes to the original natural ingredient must not undergo changes in one or more covalent bonds during manufacturing and/or processing.”
• “Processed with nonsynthetic (natural) methods. Solvents must be found in nature (originate from plant, animal or inorganic mineral sources), and the processing method must not introduce anything that is not of natural derivation.”
• “Not artificially/synthetically derived and/or processed ingredients, such as artificial/synthetic additives, colorings, coloring agents, preservatives, antibiotics, hormones, processing aids, carriers, synthetically derived and/or processed contaminants from packaging, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or other non-natural ingredients.”