Organic vs Certified Organic…RainShadow Labs Demystifies the Conundrum!

To all of you Uber conscious and aware customers who have been asking quite a few questions lately regarding the Organic/Certified Organic status of your formulations. It is a confusing issue and knowing who to ask at this point can be equally as confusing.

RSL swoops in to save the day as best as we can!

First of all, at this time, there is NO regulation on a Certified Organic product. Meaning nobody is supervising this process. The USDA is working off of the Food Industry standards. There is a list called the 205605 list, and it outlines food products that are considered safe as certified organic raw ingredients. This is what the personal care products industry is working off of. This list is not optimal for our industry. It includes ingredients such as kerosene. This would not be relevant to skin care, as I’m sure you can see. So we are left in somewhat of a pickle.

As far as being a certified Organic Lab, this in no way certifies a product as Certified Organic. By law, you must go through a third party company that has been commissioned by the USDA to certify your product as certified organic. So even if a certified organic lab creates your product, in order to carry the seal, you must involve an independent party to certify your product. It is costly and at this point in time, does not mean any more than following USDA guidelines. This is why you almost never see a product with the actual certified organic seal.

According to COPA standards which are identical to The Department of Health service law standards, if your product contains 70% certified organic ingredients, you can legally call it an organic product. This is the guideline that RainShadow Labs follows.

This is not to be confused with certified Organic, which means that you have gone through third party testing and have been granted a Certified Organic Seal for your labels. You see these often on food items, but not so much on skin and body care products.

There are people working to organize this industry to have agreed upon standards to carry the organic seal, but they do not yet exist, so everybody is working off of the 70% organic standard. This means that 70% of the ingredients in your formulas are Certified Organic raw ingredients. This does not mean that your formula is Certified Organic. It does mean that it is an Organic Product.

On March 3 the Personal Care Products Council submitted comments to NSF’s draft standard 305: Organic Personal Care Products (Draft or Draft Standard). NSF is developing this standard for the American National Standard and is requesting public comment at this time on its most current Draft Standard. The Council commented on a number of issues contained in the Draft and noted that it requires a CONSIDERABLE amount of further development. If you would like a copy of the Council’s comments, please contact Farah K. Ahmed, Assistant General Council, at 202-331-1770.

This blurb has been provided to you by the RainShadow Labs Team, who are incessantly seeking out new ways to help you have the best day EVER!