Hain Celestial Group Moves to Certify Organic Personal Care Brands

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., a conglomerate of natural and organic brands, announced that they have received NSF/ANSI 305  certification for Avalon Organics® and Earth’s Best Organic®. The NSF/ANSI 305 Standard for Personal Care Products Containing Organic Ingredients defines labeling and marketing requirements. The following passage is taken from the NSF Web site: The voluntary […]

Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 Could Put an End to Harmful Ingredients

The Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act of 1938 set guidelines for the FDA and provided limited authority to regulate U.S. cosmetics, resulting in a largely unregulated industry. After 73 years, congress has finally decided to update federal cosmetics laws with the introduction of the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011. On June 24, 2001, Rep. Jan […]

Lawsuit Filed Against Mislabeled Organic Personal Care Manufacturers

Dozens of shampoos, lotions and other personal care products sold by national retailers are labeled “organic” despite containing few or no organic ingredients, according to the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), a public health watchdog group. The lawsuit filed last week in Alameda County Superior Court, California, accuses 26 companies of mislabeling their products as organic […]

Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry

“Green chemistry, also known as sustainable chemistry, is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Green chemistry applies across the life cycle of a chemical product, including its design, manufacture, and use.” –          U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) As the natural personal care product […]

USDA Launches New Biobased Product Certification and Label

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred program has launched a new certification and labeling program for products made with renewable and biological material. Consumer goods carrying the label are expected this spring. Biobased products are defined by the USDA as those composed wholly or significantly of biological ingredients – renewable plant, animal, marine or forestry […]

Proving Cosmetic & Personal Care Product Claims – Efficacy Tests

Cosmetic and personal care companies are receiving increasing pressure to provide solid evidence to support product claims. We have all seen and read it. Labels touting 80% stronger hair, 24 hour effective, reduces wrinkles, and the list goes on. But consumers are wising up, and companies are forced to change their tactics. Companies can no […]