The organic cosmetic industry is becoming stronger every year. By year 2050 It is estimated the industry will be worth $CAD 24 billion. Many different companies are entering the industry.
We are surrounded by all of these symbols on cosmetics. But what do these symbols even mean?
Vegan means a product does not contain any animal products. This is a must in my books. Many skincare lines and cosmetics claim they are organic or cruelty free but still use animal products in their make-up. However, “vegan” does not guarantee a green product or toxin free. This is sneaky, and a great marketing gimmick. Be careful!
Organic means ingredients are organically farmed. If a product has a certain percentage of organic ingredients, it can be called organic. In the US, the percentage varies from state to state. In Canada, a product can only be deemed organic if at least 95% of the ingredients are organic. A product with at least 75% of organic ingredients can say “contains xx% of organic ingredients.” If a product has less than 75% of organic ingredients, then the product is not eligible for certification and the word organic can only be used in the ingredient list.