OUR ORGANIC STANDARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Soil Association - UK's Organic Standards Awarding Body

SOIL ASSOCIATION

The Soil Association was founded in 1946 by a group of farmers, scientists and nutritionists who observed a direct connection between farming practice and plant, animal, human and environmental health. Today, they are the UK's leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use. The Soil Association, alongside four other European certification bodies, have developed the Cosmetics Organic Standard, or COSMOS-standard, to harmonise organic standards globally.

To get Cosmos organic certification, 95% of a product’s agro-ingredients and 20% of the entire product must be organic. The remaining ingredients must meet strict criteria to ensure that they are not damaging to our health or the environment. Products must also meet environmental standards for packaging and manufacturing, and use approved 'green chemistry' processes when modifying ingredients.

Ecocert - French Organic Inspection and Certification Body

ECOCERT

Ecocert was the very first certification body to develop standards for "natural and organic cosmetics".

The basic principles of the Ecocert standard:

  • The use of ingredients derived from renewable resources, manufactured by environmentally friendly processes.
  • The absence of GMO, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes, animal-derived ingredients (unless naturally produced by them: milk, honey, etc.)
  • The biodegradable or recyclable nature of packaging.

A minimum threshold of natural ingredients from organic farming to be reached to obtain certification:

  • Ecocert Standard imposes that a minimum of 95% of the total ingredients come from natural origin.
  • A minimum of 95% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula and a minimum of 10% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming for the natural and organic cosmetic label.
  • A minimum of 50% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula and a minimum of 5% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming for the natural cosmetic label.
NSF: National Science Foundation

COSMEBIO

COSMEBIO® labels offer a guarantee to customers that the labeled cosmetics they purchase comply with Environmental standards and are truly organic. Their trademark logo is registered with the INPI (French National Institute for Intellectual Property).

  • At least 95% natural ingredients or derived from natural sources.
  • At least 95% of plant ingredients are produced by Organic Farming.
  • At least 10% of product contents are produced by Organic Farming.
The Vegan Society certification body

THE VEGAN SOCIETY

None of the products sold by Shopwithnature have been tested on animals. Most of our products are suitable for vegans however a small minority do contain beeswax, honey and milk. If you want to avoid these ingredients please check each product's ingredients before ordering.

Leaping Bunny Cruelty Free Certification

GO CRUELTY FREE

The BUAV has led the way in campaigning to end the suffering of animals for cosmetics testing, resulting in the UK government banning cosmetics testing on animals in 1997 and the European Union following suit in March 2013.

Despite the EU ban on animal tested cosmetics, the Leaping Bunny continues to be the only way European consumers can be sure they are buying truly ‘cruelty-free’ beauty products. The Leaping Bunny is a global standard which applies to all of the operations and sales of companies, not just those for the EU. We only certify companies that have a policy not to test their products on animals for any market anywhere in the world and so, until we achieve a global ban, we encourage everyone to shop with the Leaping Bunny.