Cosmetic additives and ingredients can negatively impact the health & well being of our bodies, the environment, and animals. Many products contain a laundry list of potentially dangerous and gross ingredients, some obvious, some insidiously hidden (theCampaign for Safe Cosmetics found lead contamination in 61% of all lipsticks ittested), so how do you find safe, effective natural beauty & health aides?
A shortcut to decoding a product’s ingredients is looking for BDIH Natural Cosmetic Certification. BDIH originated in Germany in 1996, and began compiling a list of standards to ensure the ultimate environmental ethics, animal safety, and quality of cosmetic products for sale in Europe. According to BDIH, the makers of the products marked with its seal must use natural raw material such as plant oils and waxes, herbal extracts and essential oils and aromatics from controlled biological cultivation or controlled biological wild collection. In addition to the careful selection of raw materials, the ecological impact of each product plays an important role in the certification process. The parameters of the certification process covereverything from ingredient sourcing up to packaging and include:
· Strict no animal testing policy–this includes ingredients, raw materials, and finished product.
· No raw materials obtained from dead vertebrates may be used, including collagen, animal fats, mink oil, or living cells.
· Genetically modified ingredients are not allowed.
· There is a deliberate rejection of petrochemicals,
· Ingredients must be sourced from plants or minerals ONLY.
· Radioactive treatment of raw materials is forbidden.
· Packaging must be minimal as to create the least amount of waste, and should be recyclable.
This post is brought to you by Eden Di Bianco, Perelandra's in-store Cosmetologist.