Are Your Organic Body Care Products Really Organic?

Once again the Organic Consumers Association is watching out for us with their Coming Clean Campaign. They have prepared a “spreadsheet”  showing  a number of body care products including Dr. Bonners, Nature’s Gate Organics, Jasons Natural Cosmetics, Kiss My Face, Avalon Organics and quite a few others showing what is relatively safe and what is a “skin deep” hazard. At the top of the spreadsheet you will find the names of many common “natural” body care products-click on the name and you will find a listing of their products with the OCA’s rating. You may be shocked, as I was. Far too many companies are using “organic” in their name when there is nothing organic about their products (more coming soon on this, since next week I will visit the West Coast Natural Products Expo)…can I go so far to say as a way to trick the public?

This is from the OCA’s web site:

Do you use Jason Pure, Natural & Organic, Avalon Organics, Kiss My Face ObsessivelyOrganic, Nature’s Gate Organics, Stella McCartney 100% Organic, Giovanni Organic, Head Organics, Eminence Organic, Physicians Formula Organic Wear, Good Stuff Organics, Desert Essence Organics, or any “organic cosmetic” certified by Ecocert?

Hate to break it to you, but these so-called “organic” personal care products aren’t really organic and actually contain hazardous ingredients that would never be allowed in products certified to USDA organic standards.

Yesterday, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), along with certified organic personal care brands Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Intelligent Nutrients, and Organic Essence, filed a complaint with the USDA National Organic Program (NOP), requesting an investigation into the widespread and blatantly deceptive labeling practices of leading so-called “Organic” personal care brands, in violation of USDA NOP regulations.

The complaint, filed on behalf of the estimated 50 million regular consumers of organic products, argues that products such as liquid soaps, body washes, facial cleansers, shampoos, conditioners, moisturizing lotions, lip balms, make-up and other cosmetic products produced by 12 different corporations have been advertised, labeled and marketed as “Organic” or “Organics” when, in fact, the products are not “Organic” as understood by the average health and environmental-minded organic consumer.

So here again, as with food products, we need to read labels. To be sure of what you are using check for USDA certified organic labeling, and remember that what you put on your body is absorbed by your body so this is really important. The OCA’s web site is full of very important information on much more than just body care products so when you can take a visit to learn more about what you might be putting not just in your body but on it as well.