Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the November 2012 issue of GCI magazine (www.gcimagazine.com) and is being reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.
In the development of beauty products today, the inclusion of organic ingredients is an option that more and more brand owners are considering. With the natural trend on a continuing climb and more clients seeking out products that aren’t genuinely natural, the relatively more regulated organic industry has drawn a lot of attention and interest. However, there are a variety of considerations when it comes to an organic beauty product—it isn’t as easy as just affixing a certification logo or adding “organic” to the name and calling it a day.
“When it comes to ingredients, the standard set forth by the U.S. government—and this is the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)—has sort of taken this under its wing,” says David Fondots, vice president, sales and marketing, Extracts & Ingredients, Ltd. “Some years ago, the USDA established what is called the National Organic Program (NOP). Its purpose is to ensure the integrity of proclaimed organic products in the United States and also globally.”