Organic, What Does it Really Mean?

As a small business, we strive to ensure  that we are acting responsibly and ethically not only in the production  but also the marketing of our products.
As such, it  becomes frustrating for us to see terms thrown around by other small  business soap manufacturers that we can tell are just not accurate.  Specifically the term Organic.
While we know what to expect (maybe) with our organic foods, there is little regulation enforcement in the beauty care industry.
Remember,  just using organic supplies DOES NOT make an organic soap.  Please  remember to ask questions of anyone making such claims with your beauty  products.

Here is a great article about it from last  September..  It is a lot to read, so I highlighted the specific parts  for you to remember..
  Certification, Accreditation, and Compliance Committee
  USDA National Organic Standards Board
  August 30, 2009
  Solving the Problem of Mislabeled Organic Personal Care Products Purpose
  The  Certification, Accreditation, and Compliance Committee (CACC)  recommends that organic personal care products be recognized explicitly  by the National Organic Program (NOP) to ensure consumers and businesses  alike that the products have an unquestioned home in the USDA National  Organic Program.
  The policy statement of the USDA  on August 23, 2005 extended the USDA regulations to cover the organic  claims made by personal care products which meet the composition  requirements for organic food. With this recognition has come the full  force of certification and enforcement. While this is an improvement  over what previously existed, an ever-increasing stream of personal care  products making organic claims continues to flow in to the market  place. In an April 2008 news bulletin, the NOP further explained USDA organic certification of cosmetics, body care products, and personal care products.
  Most  recently, in July 2009, the NOP published a DRAFT FOR COMMENT ONLY:  Certification and Labeling of Soap Products Made From Agricultural  Ingredients. The Appendix contains these 3 NOP statements. None of  these statements were developed through the Federal Rulemaking process,  neither is it certain how durable these various statements will be at  NOP.
  Cosmetics, Body Care Products, and Personal Care Products
  The Problem of Mislabeled Personal Care Products
  The USDA is responsible for product organic claims but is not currently enforcing this in the area of personal care products. Consumers  are not assured that organic claims are consistently reviewed and  applied to the class of products known as personal care products. For  instance, at a given retailer, one may find personal care products such  as shampoos and lotions labeled as ?organic? with no clear standards or  regulatory underpinning for the organic claim--and unless the product is specifically  labeled as ?USDA Organic,? the word ?organic? may be used with  impunity. Manufacturers of personal care products that contain organic  ingredients are hindered by a thicket of competing private standards and  confusion regarding the applicability of the NOP to their products. Transactions lack the regulatory clarity that applies under the NOP to food products that contain organic ingredients.
  Given  the pace of development of this marketplace, and the important but  uneven development of private standards, the NOP should take the  necessary initial steps to bring this product class into a coordinated  existence with organic food products under the regulation.
  This recommendation takes the initial steps toward:
  1) assuring consumers that the federal government is policing organic claims on personal care products
  2) allowing for the development of a complete federal organic personal care product program
  To  facilitate the development of a single national standard for this  product class, and to ensure consumers that organic personal care  products meet a consistent standard, the CACC recommends that the  following amendments be made to
  7 CFR Part 205. Underlined text is to be added to the current rule.

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