Certifies cosmetic products and raw materials for cosmetics . It guarantees compliance with the main international standard for cosmetic products, the COSMOS standard , born from the collaboration between the main certification bodies and international organizations in the sector.
The specification COSMOS has two possible levels of certification “Cosmos Organic” and Cosmos “Natural”. Obviously, the first level is more stringent and demanding because it integrates the requirements of naturalness and green chemistry with the use of significant quantities (and declared on the label) of components of organic farming . To get the Cosmos Organic certification mark at least 20% of the total of the ingredients must be organic. An exception is rinsing products and products that contain at least 80% of ingredients of mineral origin (in this case the limit drops to 10%). The ingredients of agricultural derivation physically transformed present in the formula, must instead be organic at least for 95%. Cosmetic products that , while presenting natural raw materials, do not reach high levels of organic in formula , can only be certified as natural in this case the label “ Cosmos Natural ” appears on the label and the percentage of organic raw materials in the formula can be indicated. For both levels of certification, the calculation of organic excludes water and minerals. Within the standard limitations are placed on methodologies and processes of chemical synthesis and on transformations of natural products (vegetable, animal or microbial origin) used. The extraction processes used must be present in a special list attached to the specification. It is forbidden to use raw materials derived from animals or plants that appear in European and International lists of protected species . Raw materials derived from live or slaughtered animals cannot be used. Instead, the use of milk, honey, wax and other ingredients of animal origin is admitted produced by the animals themselves and not derived from their suppression or suffering