In Australia, six organisations accept and decline applications for 'certified organic' status. It's important to be able to recognise the names and logos of these organisations.
Certified organic cosmetics are approved by an party independent from the manufacturer. It's important to be able to recognise the names and logos of these approving authorities.
Many brands can claim their products are organic. However, certain information on labels guarantees that the products have been made with organic ingredients and in an organic process.
Who certifies a cosmetic product as certified organic in Australia?
In Australia, six companies accept and decline applications for 'certified organic' status. These organisations have all been approved by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), which overlooks the entire process.
- Australian Certified Organic (ACO)
- National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA)
- AUS-QUAL Limited (Aus-Qual)
- Bio-Dynamic Research Institute (Demeter)
- Organic Food Chain (OFC)
- Safe Food Production Queensland (SFPQ)
Australian Certified Organic (ACO) is the main certifying body for organic cosmetics. ACO follows the COSMOS standard, which was developed by five European bodies and is specifically for cosmetics.
How do I know if a product has been approved?
The process of recognising a product as certified organic can be a long and expensive one. However, once approved, 'certified organic' can be proudly stated on the product's packaging in both written form and as a logo.
Each of the six bodies has its own logo, so it's worthwhile jotting these down on your phone. That way, you can instantly recognise whether an Australian product is certified organic.
Do remember that each country has its own approval process. You may need to research other 'certified organic' logos when buying products made outside Australia.
What if my cosmetics claim to be organic but don't bear a logo?
If your cosmetics don't bear a 'certified organic' logo, then they're unlikely to be certified organic. This doesn't necessarily mean that the company doesn't comply to the rules and regulations. The company simply might not have applied for approval, as it can be expensive.
Of course, the manufacturer may have been rejected or chosen not to apply, so it's worth looking into the specific reasoning. Understanding the requirements can help with this research.
'Certified organic' status guarantees that everything about the product has been produced organically and contains only organic ingredients. Whilst it's well worth familiarising yourself with the logos to look out for, Adore Beauty offers you a shortcut. We have a whole section dedicated to certified organic products to help finding these cosmetics that much easier.