BDIH quality mark
The BDIH quality mark was established in Germany in 2002 and is used for personal care products and cosmetics. BDIH certified products must meet the following standards:
- The vegetable raw materials are, where possible, from organic cultivation or controlled game picking
- Only products from live animals may be used (animals that are kept organically)
- Synthetic fragrances and colorants (such as perfume), silicones, paraffin and other petroleum products are deliberately dispensed with
- There is a list of raw materials (eg surfactants and emulsifiers) that are only permitted to a limited extent
- Irradiation and genetic manipulation of raw materials and end products is not permitted
- In order to guarantee microbiological safety, certain nature-identical products are permitted in addition to natural preservatives
Because there is an increasing demand for recognizable certified natural cosmetics, BDIH, Cosmebio, Ecocert, ICEA and Soil Association have been working together since 2002. The result is that since 2017, COSMOS has been introduced as an umbrella European quality mark.
COSMOS stands for Cosmetic Organic Standard and the unique feature of the label is that the percentages of organic ingredients are clearly stated on the product. For the time being the existing logos of BDIH, Cosmebio, Ecocert, ICEA and Soil Association will be supplemented with the mention "Cosmos Organic" or Cosmos Natural. The old logos will gradually disappear.
As with the other labels, products with the Cosmos label and their components must not be tested on animals. Also not permitted are synthetic fragrances, colors and preservatives, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and components that originate from petrochemicals (such as for example paraffin and silicones) or ingredients that have undergone ionizing treatments.
Furthermore, the permitted components must meet certain conditions.
For example, components that have undergone a physical treatment may not come from an animal if it has to be slaughtered. Other animal products are allowed, such as eggs, milk, honey and beeswax. Components that have undergone chemical processing must meet certain requirements. For example, they must be biodegradable in water and must not be toxic to life in that water.
The COSMOS quality mark consists of two variants: Cosmos Organic and Cosmos Natural.
Cosmos Organic contains organic ingredients and the percentage of organic ingredients is stated per product.
Cosmos Natural meets the other standards, but contains no minimum of organic ingredients.