Organic and or Natural Beauty Products – How Europe Manages the Beauty Industry

Before digging into how Europe manages the ingredients used to manufacture cosmetic products, it becomes necessary to understand why this is so important. Personal care products, otherwise known as beauty products or cosmetic products, are known to contain over 10,500 chemical ingredients. Many of these ingredients are toxic in nature. Toxins are poisons and when used over long periods of time, can cause serious damage to one’s health. Women use an average of over 5 pounds of lotions and creams annually. The skin is the largest organ of the body and is very porous, allowing over 70% of what is applied to the skin to seep into our bodies and into our bloodstream. Through clinical studies, it has been proven that the very same toxins found in a mother’s blood have been found in the umbilical cord of the fetus. Many of these toxic (poison) ingredients are carcinogenic and can be linked to cancer as well as respiratory problems in infants, birth defects, liver and kidney disease, etc.

Perhaps now it is clear as to why it is so important to know what is being done around the world to monitor what goes into the manufacture of cosmetic products and why it should be so very important for consumers to use only certified organic and/or natural beauty products.

Europe, Asia, and Oceania have taken major steps in controlling the ingredients used in beauty products. In this article the focus will be on Europe, while future articles will tackle how other parts of the world address this issue. Having said that, one might ask what about the US? Unfortunately, with the cosmetic business being such a large (50 billion) and extremely profitable business, the US cosmetic companies employ lobbyists in Washington to prevent changes in the laws regulating the industry. Shocking as it might seem, the Cosmetic Industry is self-regulated. It can determine what it wants to bring to market without any pre-testing by any government or private agencies.

Currently Europe has one Government authority that controls the ingredients of beauty products, the European Union (EU). However, there are private institutions operating in five countries that provide independent laboratory testing to the many cosmetic companies operating throughout Europe. These independent organizations use the authority of the EU to manage the process, but in some cases, go beyond the regulations required by the EU to determine and qualify products as certified organic and/or natural beauty products. These organizations are:

-BDIH operating out of Germany;
-ECOCERT & COSMEBIO from France;
-SOIL ASSOCIATION from the UK;
-ICEA from Italy;
-BIOFORUM from Belgium

These six organizations combined also make up what is known as the COSMOS-standard. The COSMOS-standard has not yet achieved legal status, but that will be delved into later in this article. At this juncture, let’s look at how the EU manages this process.

What is the European Union? What are its aims and results? How does it work? In summary, the answers to these questions are:

-27 democratic countries participate in the EU economically and politically;
-498 million citizens in these 27 countries look to the EU for safe, consumable products, including beauty products;
-It’s results in the beauty category provide for not just safer products, but a greener environment as well;
-It works because each country sets up bodies to adopt and manage the EU’s legislation.

The COSMOS-standard represents the European cosmetic organic standards working group. It is made up of the previously mentioned organizations. It is expected to be legalized by April, 2010 by the pronouncement of the Belgian Royal Decree. Excerpts of the main objectives of the COSMOS- standards and taken directly from their final document dated January, 2010, can be summed up as follows:

“Establishing a ‘sustainable development’ that would reconcile economic progress, social
responsibility and maintain the natural balance of the planet is a project in which the cosmetics
sector is willing to be fully involved… the organic and natural cosmetics sector clearly shows its ambition to go further in setting a new standard for organic and natural cosmetics.”

The following represents a summary of a set of simple rules that will be used to manage the organic and natural beauty industry. The main focus is on prevention and safety in all segments of the manufacturing process, that is, from raw materials to market ready final products.

The rules will focus on human health through:

-Organic agriculture and natural resources always with respect for the environment;
-A manufacturing process that is environmentally clean while, at the same time, utilizing and expanding a more green philosophy that ultimately will create a higher standard for organic and natural beauty products.

The six organizations making up the COSMOS-standard, namely BDIH, ECOCERT & COSMEBIO, SOIL ASSOCIATION, ICEA, and BIOFORUM, each have their own set of standards for certifying organic and/or natural beauty products. It would take a book to delineate each agencies processes. Suffice it to say that Europe has taken a lead position on this subject through the EU and continues to improve its status by moving forward with the COSMOS-standard. One of the results of the EU’s legislation is that they have already banned over 1100 chemical ingredients used in the manufacture of beauty products, while the US has banned a mere 10.

The US, with its lack of leadership in this industry, has left the consumer vulnerable to the poisons we already know cause harm to pregnant mothers, their babies, and to the millions of consumers that have used these toxins for decades. Over time, with many countries around the world coming together to prohibit these toxic ingredients from being used in beauty products, hopefully the US will change current legislation and demand pre-testing of beauty products before they are released to the public. Further, hopefully the US will also permit independent agencies to test products to qualify them to be labeled as certified organic and/or natural beauty products. In the meantime, when shopping for certified products, simply look for the logos of the aforementioned companies out of Europe. In doing so, you will be assured of using safe, non-toxic beauty products.

How Bad Beauty Product Can Be Harmful for Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is utmost important for a healthy and glowing skin. Women of all races and ages use cosmetics and beauty products regularly. Leading brands provide a whole range of skin care and beauty products that they manage to sell by mass advertising and celebrity endorsements. Surprisingly, many women buy them without actually reading or understanding the ingredients. Most of them contain ingredients which are hard to pronounce and most women are unaware of the potential damage they can do to the skin.

Most of them contain harsh chemicals like mineral oil, fragrances and parabens that can seriously harm your skin and encourage it to produce more oil. Some facial cleansers contain harsh ingredients that destroy the enzymes that trigger absorption and lubrication leading to oversensitive skin, dry patches, redness and even rashes. Your hair is just as important as your skin.

Like skincare products many hair care products also contain harsh chemicals that can seriously harm your hair. One of the leading causes of dandruff are shampoos since majority of them contain chemicals which dry the hair causing dandruff. Fragrances are used in both skin and hair care products, which may lead to skin irritation, headache, rash and hyperpigmentation.

However, you simply cannot avoid using them since skincare and looking after you hair is important for a healthy lifestyle. The best solution is to carefully choose your beauty products for both hair and skin to avoid any damage or unwanted reactions. Get in the habit of scanning labels for red-flag terms. Opt for healthy and hypoallergenic products that contain no harsh chemicals, and alcohols.

Constantly using them containing alcohols can dry out your skin and lead to even more wrinkles. The harsh alcohols are used by companies because they are cheap and make more profit. There are many companies that provide beauty products in the UK. For more information on beauty products companies refer to searchMe4, the UK’s leading online business directory. The Body Shop is a leading UK brand that specializes in beauty products containing natural ingredients.

Most makeup products contain harsh chemicals that may irritate your skin and cause allergic reactions. Look for products with natural ingredients, essential oils and vitamins. Unfortunately, cosmetics can easily get contaminated with bacteria leading to serious skin problems such as rashes, redness, swelling, itching and even scarring.

Excessive use of makeup products can seriously damage your skin and may even clog your skin pores, and lead to premature aging as your skin cannot breathe naturally. Try to use mineral makeup as it is an excellent choice. Keep in mind that whatever you put on your skin it is immediately absorbed into your blood stream.

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Home Businesses Selling Natural Beauty Products

More moms than ever are looking to figure out some way to work from home. With today’s unstable economy many are out of work, or making less. Most women are familiar with Mary Kay Cosmetics and Avon. They are not only two of the largest home based business opportunities in the world; they have been around for a long time and helped to create many small fortunes. That being said, there are a growing number of Direct Market cosmetic companies selling natural beauty products from home businesses. How do you choose what’s best for you and your family? If you are considering joining a Network Marketing cosmetic company this article will provide you with a few “gold nuggets” to help you make the right decision.

There are currently over 2,700 MLMs in America today! Over half of all Americans bought a product or service from a network marketing company sometime in the last 12 months! By some estimates over 25% of all cosmetics are purchased through a network marketing business. This adds up to huge opportunity for anyone who can:

1) Find a good home based company with a good compensation plan
2) Put together a system to find targeted leads to grow the business

Here is a list of some of the best cosmetic companies with built-in home based networking opportunities:

1) Apriori Beauty
2) Avon
3) Mary Kay Cosmetic
4) Arbonne International
5) Nu Skin
6) Beauticontrol
7) Jafra Cosmetics International
8) Sunrider International
9) Viviane Woodward
10) Ceregenex
11) Ceres Living
12) Fluhme
13) IsXPERIA
14) NuCERITY
15) Rejuvenate Worldwide
16) Votre Vu

You may be asking why I provided such a long list. The reason is simple. Each of the above companies is very successful and has many positives to offer. It would be a mistake to jump into the first one that is set before you. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages. The fact is over 95% of home based entrepreneurs fail. This is because people tend to jump into an opportunity without thoroughly checking out the competition and making a well-educated decision. Taking a few months to check into each company on the above list will ensure that you are able to make an informed decision that will be right for you.

I do not have the ability to go into a lot of details in this short article, but I have found that most MLM companies that seem to have the best compensation plans tend to have inferior products that are harder to sell. So be aware that the product quality verses compensation is a likely trade-off as you are analyzing these companies.

Most women who are successful in the natural beauty product industry do so mainly through home cosmetic parties; however, there are many ways to market these types of businesses.

The fact is now days more and more people are looking online for answers (just as you did.) Some concentrate on moving products and some concentrate on building their down line so those under them can sell the products. The strategy to take really depends on the organization.