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.

Purchasing Health & Beauty Products Online

When it comes to our busy lifestyle it’s good to know that we can sit back at our leisure and browse the web day or night for all the current name brand health and beauty products that are available to us in stores, with just one big difference… we are not leaving the comfort of our home or office, fighting traffic, wasting precious time and energy running into I don’t know how many stores to compare the best products and price.

When it comes to purchasing any health or beauty item most of you know by now that knowledge of product is key to spending your money wisely. As you may know health, beauty, diet and nutritional products can be quite costly. Even the most seasoned shopper can become lost in a jungle of same products just trying to find the proper vitamin and supplement mix, not to mention the confusion of buying the right anti-aging skin care line. That’s what sets shopping online apart from trusting the advice of mere store clerks with your hard earned dollar .When you become accustomed to shopping online, it’s no different than frequenting your usual department store, just bookmark the page and your one click away from shopping for anything you can think of all in one place. You can be secure in knowing that all the factual information will be available to you on a well versed website in the form of interesting articles and advice pertaining to the special item you are interested in buying. Try finding someone with all the right answers just standing there waiting to help only you in a busy store. We are one of the largest health and wellness sites on the net today. We have become a destination on the web for all health minded people. The site prides them selves in carrying one of the largest brand name health & beauty product inventories from around the globe.

A Word of Advice when purchasing Health & Beauty Products Online

Browsing the net is one thing, but when you are looking for a particular article make sure you do a proper product search. Shopping a niche site for health and beauty items is probably better than going to sites like eBay or Amazon. In my opinion they are just interested in selling the product. Websites like these are great for gadgets and technology but fall short on product knowledge and good advice when your health is concerned, not to that mention health and beauty products usually come with a guarantee and have a certain shelf life. A website that caters to a certain product will have undoubtedly more than one line of the same product for you to compare as well as offer you a good product review. For instance, when looking to buy a supplement of fish oil there can be over 20 different brands to choose from as well as different forms of the same supplement to be taken.

The world is changing and people have begun to use the internet for just about anything from online banking to booking vacations to specialty shopping. Shopping online is viewed by most people to be a great convenience. Most feel secure in the fact that their credit card information is extremely safe. Other perks for shopping online is notice of advanced sale and internet only specials. There is usually free shipping offered by most sites and the convenience of returning it is even easier than returns to most stores. On line shoppers also know that they receive special discounts in the form of money saving coupons that are exclusive to the internet.

Next time you run out of your monthly vitamins or would like to try some new bath and body products, why not get on line and enjoy your shopping experience without even leaving the comfort of your own home.

Wholesale Beauty Products

Reselling wholesale beauty products is a very profitable business. Everyone wants to look their best and will spend money to do it. To resell beauty items you will first need to find your niche and then find a reputable wholesaler. Once these two things are accomplished, you will be on your way to selling beauty products and making a good profit from it.

There is such a huge choice of products to choose from in the beauty category that you can resell many different items or just specialize in one area. Beauty products will always be top sellers as women and men alike will always care about their appearance and will spend enormous amounts of money to find products that will help them with their beauty regimen. Below is just a partial list of beauty items that can be resold:

  • Makeup
  • Mineral makeup
  • Cosmetic bags
  • Hair brushes
  • Skin care products
  • Anti aging and wrinkle creams
  • Eye creams
  • Body lotions
  • Hair products such as shampoos, conditioners, hair repair serums
  • Toothpaste, tooth whitening gels, mouthwash
  • Bath oil and shower products
  • Face washes, toners, moisturizers
  • Body polishes and scrubs
  • Natural hair products
  • Perfumes and fragrance
  • Curling irons, straighteners, hot rollers
  • Shaving accessories
  • Face masks
  • Pedicure and manicure products
  • Massagers

To find a profitable beauty niche, look at completed listings on eBay to see what is selling and for how much. You can also read magazines, look at websites to see what their best sellers are, visit makeup counters at the mall to get ideas and ask family and friends what products they like to use. These ideas can help you decide what you would like to offer for sale.

To find a reputable wholesale company that meets your needs, you should first look at several different companies and then compare them. Some may have a high minimum order requirement while others may have a low order requirement or none at all. Also compare prices of the products to see where you can get the best deal. If you do a comparison of each company before you actually buy, you can sometimes save a lot of money and this means more profit for you when you resell the items. You should also read reviews and ratings of the wholesale companies that you are interested in to see how this company has performed for other retailers. By doing this you can be assured that the wholesaler is on the up and up and that you will have a good experience with them.

Before you even start to resell beauty items, first find your niche and then find a reputable company that has the wholesale beauty products that you want to resell. If you do a bit of research first before jumping into anything too fast, you will find that your business of selling beauty products will be a very profitable and enjoyable one.