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BDHI Certified Natural
Going beyond the talk
LOGONA has been a strong supporter of the European movement to define and regulate the term natural personal care (“Naturkosmetik”). Consumer confidence had suffered over the years because of its rampant misuse by manufacturers. To address this problem, the German trade association BDIH worked diligently to define the border between natural and conventional personal care products. The BDIH formulated a set of guidelines to which products must comply in order to receive the BDIH Seal of Approval. Manufacturers must submit their nominated products to an independent laboratory for analysis. If the lab results comply with the guidelines, the product receives the BDIH Seal.
The BDIH current minimum requirements to receive the BDIH seal of approval follow. More information is available at the following web address: http://www.kontrollierte-naturkosmetik.de/e/index_e.htm
The BDIH also recommends compliance with the following supplemental criteria:
• full ingredient disclosure
• avoidance of genetically-engineered ingredients
• environmental responsibility regarding raw materials, manufacturing, and packaging
• social responsibility regarding domestic employees and with 3rd World suppliers of raw materials (Fair Trade)
1. Botanical ingredients
Use of botanical ingredients whenever possible is encouraged. Plants should be grown organically or wild-harvested, although consideration is given for alternatives based on quality and availability.
2. Animal protection and animal testing
No testing on animals, whether conducted by the manufacturer or outsourced to a third party, is permitted at any time. Ingredients not on the market before 1/1/98 may only be used if they were not tested on animals. Ingredients already on the market that were tested on animals after 1/1/98 are disallowed, even if they were carried out by a third party, by contract, with permission of the contracting buying agent or by anyone legally or contractually connected with them. The use of by-products from animal vertebrates such as spermaceti, tortoise oil, mink oil, marmot oil, animal fats, animal collagen or fresh cells, is not permitted.
3. Mineral ingredients
The use of inorganic salts, such as magnesium sulfate, and mineral ingredients, such as sodium chloride, is generally allowed. (See exceptions under 5).
4. Restricted ingredients
Emulsifying agents and surfactants may be used if they are obtained by the hydrolysis, hydrogenation, esterification, or trans-esterification of the following materials: fats, oils and waxes; lecithin, lanolin, monosaccharides, oligosaccharides, polysaccharides; proteins and lipoproteins.
5. Unacceptable ingredients
Synthetic coloring agents; synthetic fragrances, ethoxylated ingredients; silicones; paraffin and other petroleum products. The criterion for permitted fragrances is the ISO Norm 9235.
Certain preservatives identical to those found in nature are allowed along with natural preservation systems for the safety and stability of the product. These include: benzoic acid, its salts and ethyl esters; salicylic acid and its salts; ascorbic acid and its salts; benzyl alcohol.
Sterilization of natural ingredients and their cosmetic end products through radioactive treatment is not allowed.
8. Independent laboratory certification
The independent testing institute Ecocontrol in Osterode, Germany evaluates the compliance of the above criteria. Compliance with the criteria is rewarded with the BDIH "Certified Natural Cosmetic" seal.