How do you validate ingredient claims?

I once asked an FDA inspector what her basic rule was for ingredient claims and she said, “tell the truth”. That means, you need to know what the truth is. Certificates             Ask for certificates. If it is organic, you are required by law to be able to prove it with a certificate. If it […]

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Sustainable? I call BS.

Alright folks. I’ve had it. We’ve been promoting and selling organic ingredients into the cosmetic space for 22 years and now there are multiple companies talking about the “sustainable” ingredients they sell. I call BS and here is why. I just read an interview of someone saying they were making “natural” ingredients but their supply […]

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What is so wrong with “Clean Beauty”?

This is a very personal rant, it is based on the reason Oh, Oh Organic exists and why we do what we do. There is increasing push back on the term “Clean Beauty”. While the term may not be defined to everyone’s satisfaction, it is a good faith effort and a step on the path […]

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3 Things to Know about Ingredient Quality

You probably use a number of ingredient suppliers…   1 – When buying organic ingredients, always ask for a Specification from the supplier. This describes the physical and chemical characteristics of what you bought. Like: Color, Aroma, Form (liquid, solid, etc.), pH, and so on.   2 – Okay – you just received the ingredient […]

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Choose Your Cosmetic Claims Carefully

Is Your Product “Organic”, “Natural”, or “100% Anything”? In a quick Google search there were at least 12 cosmetic companies involved in class action law suits over the past 9 months for using the word “natural” to describe a cosmetic or some aspect of a cosmetic. There are a number of others law suits based […]

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Ingredient Transparency and Quality for Your Products?

  Getting Transparent About Your Ingredients   We only sell organic and sustainable ingredients. It seems pretty dumb to do anything else (hello Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and the gang) – agriculture adds about 50% of all un-sequestered carbon to the atmosphere. Organic agriculture helps solve that problem. We want you to have full transparency about […]

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What is a “Safe” Cosmetic?

In 2000 (OMG, the Dark Ages!) I first started to participate in various industry discussions hoping to define “organic cosmetics”. What I heard was apples and oranges: one set of people who talked about product “safety” in terms of chemical exposures and the other set who said – “organic” ingredients were “safe” because they were […]

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No Growth Blues for Greens

This morning the TABS Group, a U.S. based consumer analysis firm announced a study finding that there was little or no growth in “organic” personal care product sales in the U.S.. Recently Organic Monitor, out of the UK, announced that double digit growth in “organic” personal care continues in European markets. What is up with […]

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