The Difference between ‘ORGANIC’ and ‘CERTIFIED ORGANIC’ Skincare

The Difference between ‘ORGANIC’ and ‘CERTIFIED ORGANIC’ Skincare

When it comes to Organic skincare products you should be aware of what you are buying, as they may not be as ‘Organic’ as they claim.


Organic skincare products are the formulation of using organically farmed ingredients. These ingredients are grown without the use of genetically modified organisms (GM), herbicides, synthetic fertilisers and more.

HOWEVER, in the EU, there is no legal definition of ‘Organic’ in the cosmetic industry.  Therefore a company could label a product “Organic” even if it  only contains 1% of organically produced ingredients.


To be Certified Organic a company must prove its products contain a minimum of 95% Organic ingredients.  The company must adhere to, and undergo strict, time consuming and costly regulations, including an annual visit by one of the authorised organic and natural certification bodies who designate and award Certified Organic designations.

The certification process is independent and rigorous.

The PÜRE Collection, being UK based, is certified by the UK’s own certification body, The Soil Association one of several authorised Organic and Natural Certification bodies, the others being ECOCERT, and USDA amongst others.

The Soil Association reviews the entire manufacturing process, including sourcing of all ingredients, formulation procedures including on-site inspections  where companies must furnish energy and water usage information and environmental waste management plans and pass strict hygiene controls to name a few amongst other rigorous testing.

If a brand has passed the certification process, they are given the ‘seal of approval’ being awarded the Certified Organic logo to use across their branding.

By having the Certified Organic logo on the product, you are know you are choosing a cosmetic product that says:

  • NO Animal Testing
  • NO GM
  • NO Controversial Chemicals
  • NO Parabens and Phthalates
  • NO Synthetic Colours, Dyes or Fragrances
  • NO Nano Particles
  • YES to Higher levels of Antioxidants (up to 60%)
  • YES to Sustainably Sourced Organic Ingredients
  • YES to Transparent Manufacturing Processes
  • YES to Biodegradable Ingredients
  • YES to Minimal Packaging with Maximum Recycled Content
  • YES to Protecting Wildlife and Biodiversity

What is The COSMOS Seal of Approval?

The seal of approval from The Soil Association or any of the other cosmetic Organic Certifiers is the logo printed on the front of the product and crucial when you want to be 100% confident of your Certified Organic skincare products.  Products with this logo also have to list if they contain any non-organic ingredients as well as the actual percentage of organic ingredient in the product. With this logo, you can be confident in the knowledge  that you are indeed purchasing what you intend to.

Look out for the Logo

Look for the Regulatory bodies logo on the packaging of the products along with the actual percentage of organic ingredients in the product.  (If these are missing you can be sure your product is not Certified Organic).

Be aware of companies saying their products contain Certified Organic ingredients as this does NOT mean that their brand is Certified Organic or that their product is even Organic.

It is pitiful that many ‘beauty/skincare experts, bloggers, and influencers, beauty retailers and beauty e-commerce sites STILL do not know the difference between ‘ORGANIC’ and ‘CERTIFIED ORGANIC’.