Labels to Know

Organic doesn’t always mean organic. But there are some trusted certification programs out there to help you out when shopping for natural beauty products:

Paraben/Phthalates/PCB-free

Means the product contains no traces of these chemicals.

USDA Organic certified

The USDA regulates the food ingredients found in your cosmetics. It has regulated four terms: 100 percent organic (only organic produced food ingredients), organic (95 percent organically produced food ingredients), made with organic ingredients (70 percent organically produced food ingredients), and organic ingredients (contains less that 70 percent organically produced food ingredients).

BDIH Certified Natural Cosmetics

Brands must use natural, not synthetic, raw materials.

Biodynamic

No artificial fertilizers or pesticides are used.

Whole Foods Premium Body Care Seal

Regulates their own self-certification to ensure products are safe, gentle, and free from synthetic dyes and harsh chemicals.