Cosmetics companies bedazzle their products and packaging with seals that proclaim their green credentials. Since there’s no one organization regulating organic standards within the beauty industry, in the United Stated or internationally, keeping up with the myriad acronyms can make your head spin.
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We’re here to help. Flip through the gallery for the seals you’re most likely to see on store shelves, and exactly what they mean.
Who’s behind it:
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI
) is a private, non-profit organization that coordinates voluntary standardization in the U.S. In this case, ANSI had input from cosmetics industry representatives, health/regulatory officials, regulators, organic program administrators, organic product retailers, and other involved in the organic products community.
What it means:
the American National Standard for personal care products verifies that all materials, processes, production criteria, and conditions must be met to call a product organic.
Where to find the seal
: Avalon Organics has recently re-formulated all of its products to meet this standard. Pictured here is their Vitamin C Refreshing Cleansing Gel
). The gel contains aloe, lemon and white tea, as well as plant-derived vitamin C. The NSF-approved version will be available in stores and online in January 2012, for a slightly higher price ($12.50).