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 was the very first certification body to develop standards for "natural and organic cosmetics".
The basic principles of the Ecocert standard:
A minimum threshold of natural ingredients from organic farming to be reached to obtain certification:
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).
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.
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.