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Created in 2002 by the collaboration of about ten cosmetic laboratories working on job specifications for ethical cosmetics, COSMEBIO is today an association with more than200 members and more than 4000 certified products.
Today the organic and natural market is rapidly expanding and many brands are using the organic appellation for marketing purposes, sometimes for products that contain natural ingredients in very small quantities and no organic ingredients at all.

Cosmebio's charter led to the filing of very exacting job specifications with the Ministry of Industry, which were published in the Official Gazette on 9 April 2003. These specifications very strictly define, in full transparency and without ambiguity, "environment-friendly and organic cosmetics" and guide consumers seeking authentic natural and organic products. The charter, specially drawn up for the field of cosmetics, goes far beyond the presence in the formula of products stemming from organic farming.


COSMEBIO mission


For consumers


•  To guarantee certified cosmetic products containing natural and organic ingredients certified by an independent certification body.
•  To help you to identify certified organic cosmetic products in sales outlets by logs specific to the Cosmébio charter. :   
•  To offer you transparency on the type of ingredients and the manufacturing procedures used in your organic cosmetic products: the ingredients are of natural origin and transformed by simple non-polluting procedures. The finished products contain a significant quantity of organic products.
•  To energise the organic cosmetics market by encouraging the search for new natural ingredients by industrialists and ingredient manufacturers
•  The member firms have adopted a sustainable development approach


What are organic cosmetics ?


Cosmébio's requirements : what guarantees are behind the logos?


Based on job specifications that were filed with the Ministry of Industry in 2002, the Cosmébio charter offers transparency as to the type of ingredients and the manufacturing procedures used to produce your organic cosmetic products.


In accordance with our charter, the products bearing the ORGANIC or ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY logo contain mainly natural ingredients or ingredients of natural origin. The entire composition of an organic product is carefully controlled and must comply with strict rules.


It must contain at least 95% of natural ingredients, ingredients of natural origin or stemming from organic farming (in all cases the proportion is always more than 95%)
The reference standard authorises a minimum or even a negligible quantity of synthetic products that are still available in natural form. (These ingredients must meet the requirements of a very restrictive positive list excluding PEG, silicon, petrochemical derivatives, etc.).
• For vegetable raw materials, at least 95% must be of organic quality
• Without synthetic fragrances or colourings
• Total barring of synthetic preservatives, such as parabens or phenoxyethanol

• No petrochemical products (paraffin, silicon, PEG)
• No GMO (genetically modified organisms)
• No ionising treatments


Nature must be fully respected (respect of ecosystem balances, no testing on animals).

The procedures for obtaining the ingredients must be non-polluting.

The wrappings and outer packagings must be biodegradable or recyclable.

The consumer must be provided with full, transparent information on the ingredients used and all the manufacturing stages through to the finished product. The percentage of natural ingredients and the percentage of organic natural ingredients must be clearly indicated on all certified product packagings bearing the organic or environment-friendly logos.



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