FDA doesn’t have regulation regarding “Natural” and “Organic”.
“Natural” is term is used by cosmetic companies as there is no legal protection. However, FDA can cease distribution or recall misbranded cosmetic products.
Per Natural Cosmetics Act, cosmetics labeled as “natural” :
'Natural substances' as any chemical substance that is naturally occurring :
'Naturally-derived ingredients' are:
“Organic” is regulated by The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the National Organic Program (NOP).
"Organic Cosmetics" must include official organic certification seal.
“USDA Organic” certificate:
Must contain at least 95 % of a product’s ingredients are organically produced and they must comply with handling and manufacturing specifications (excluding water and salt). The use of genetically modified organisms (GMO) is prohibited.
“NSF contains organic ingredients” certificate:
Must contain at least 70 % organic content of a product’s ingredients (excluding water and salt). No GMO, no petrochemicals. Certified by third-party certifiers such as Oregon Tilth and QAI, an organic certification company that is part of NSF International.
1. Natural Cosmetics Act, H.R.5017
2. Cosmetics, Body Care, and Personal Care Products, USDA National Organic Program
3. NSF/ANSI 305: Organic Personal Care Products, National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) International
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