BDIH Certified

BDIH Certified
Going beyond the talk

LOGONA has been a strong supporter of the European movement to define and regulate the term natural personal care (“Naturkosmetik”). Consumer confidence had suffered over the years because of its rampant misuse by manufacturers. To address this problem, the German trade association BDIH worked diligently to define the border between natural and conventional personal care products. The BDIH formulated a set of guidelines to which products must comply in order to receive the BDIH Seal of Approval. Manufacturers must submit their nominated products to an independent laboratory for analysis. If the lab results comply with the guidelines, the product receives the BDIH Seal.

Logona BDIH Certificate

The BDIH current minimum requirements to receive the BDIH seal of approval follow. More information is available at the following web address: www.kontrollierte-naturkosmetik.de

The BDIH also recommends compliance with the following supplemental criteria:
  • full ingredient disclosure
  • avoidance of genetically-engineered ingredients
  • environmental responsibility regarding raw materials, manufacturing, and packaging
  • social responsibility regarding domestic employees and with 3rd World suppliers of raw materials (Fair Trade)

1. Botanical Ingredients

Use of botanical ingredients whenever possible is encouraged. Plants should be grown organically or wild-harvested, although consideration is given for alternatives based on quality and availability.

2. Animal Protection and Animal Testing

No testing on animals, whether conducted by the manufacturer or outsourced to a third party, is permitted at any time. Ingredients not on the market before 1/1/98 may only be used if they were not tested on animals. Ingredients already on the market that were tested on animals after 1/1/98 are disallowed, even if they were carried out by a third party, by contract, with permission of the contracting buying agent or by anyone legally or contractually connected with them. The use of by-products from animal vertebrates such as spermaceti, tortoise oil, mink oil, marmot oil, animal fats, animal collagen or fresh cells, is not permitted.

3. Mineral Ingredients

The use of inorganic salts, such as magnesium sulfate, and mineral ingredients, such as sodium chloride, is generally allowed. (See exceptions under 5).

4. Restricted Ingredients

Emulsifying agents and surfactants may be used if they are obtained by the hydrolysis, hydrogenation, esterification, or trans-esterification of the following materials: fats, oils and waxes; lecithin, lanolin, monosaccharides, oligosaccharides, polysaccharides; proteins and lipoproteins.

5. Unacceptable Ingredients

Synthetic coloring agents; synthetic fragrances, ethoxylated ingredients; silicones; paraffin and other petroleum products. The criterion for permitted fragrances is the ISO Norm 9235.

6. Preservatives

Certain preservatives identical to those found in nature are allowed along with natural preservation systems for the safety and stability of the product. These include: benzoic acid, its salts and ethyl esters; salicylic acid and its salts; ascorbic acid and its salts; benzyl alcohol.

7. Irradiation

Sterilization of natural ingredients and their cosmetic end products through radioactive treatment is not allowed.

8. Independent laboratory certification

The independent testing institute Ecocontrol in Osterode, Germany evaluates the compliance of the above criteria. Compliance with the criteria is rewarded with the BDIH "Certified Natural Cosmetic" seal.

Information on BDIH certification and what it means:

The independent testing institute Ecocontrol in Osterode, Germany evaluates the compliance of the above criteria. Compliance with the criteria is rewarded with the BDIH "Certified Natural Cosmetic" seal.

  • Cosmetics and Natural Cosmetics
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Nutritonal Foods
  • Over-the-counter Medications
  • Medical Devices

In 1996, working together with leading natural cosmetics producers, the BDIH developed comprehensive guidelines for certified natural cosmetics, keeping in mind the expectations of consumers. On the basis of these guidelines, an independent institute has tested hundreds of products for their contents and production methods.

During the collection and production of raw materials, nature is to be disturbed as little as possible. Particular care to protect endangered species is mandated. Genetic manipulation and modification are rejected. The transformation of raw materials into cosmetics is to be accomplished with care and with few chemical processes.

Renewable and biodegradable materials are preferred because their ecological impact is substantially lower, especially when they come from certified organic sources or other responsible means using natural resources. With natural ingredients, one deals with substances that have been used and studied for ages, so there is a minimal toxicity potential. Natural products most easily fulfill the requirement of accountability and socially responsible production.

The choice of technical production methods is limited. Technical methods cannot be fully eliminated especially when the user's expectations for purity and performance cannot be met by raw materials in their natural state. Environmentally friendly production methods, renewable and biodegradable materials and minimal use of packaging are expected.

The following guidelines define the concept of natural cosmetics in a sensible and clear manner, with the consumer's expectations of safe and ecologically sound products in mind.

Certified Natural Cosmetics

The makers of the products marked with the "Certified Natural Cosmetics" seal use natural raw material such as plant oils, fats and waxes, herbal extracts and essential oils and aromatic materials from certified organic or wild harvested plants. In addition to the careful selection of raw materials, the ecological impact of each product plays an important role.