There are many different organic certifying agencies around the world: QAI, Orgeon Tilth, CCOF, G.O.C.A, Organic Certifiers are just a few of the organizations in the United States.
What do these agencies do and why are they necessary? These regulatory agencies are established to protect the consumer and ensure organic quality so a consumer can be confident that the final product they are purchasing is indeed a truly organic product.
In the early days of the organic movement, most growers were small farms and they would sell their goods directly to the consumer at farmer's markets or other outlets. Consumers could talk to the growers about their organic food product lines and learn how they were grown. Now, however, organic products are much more popular and are more often sold at large supermarkets. This removes the consumer's direct contact with the farmer or manufacturer.
How can you differentiate between the various agencies and certifications? Each regulatory agency has its own requirements and guidelines - some are more stringent than others. Learn the difference between the various organic certification seals, find one whose guidelines meet your organic goals and begin looking for organic product lines certified by those specific agencies.
And until there is a standard for the organic certification of beauty products, another good way to evaluate the purity and "organic-ness" of a product is to read ingredient labels and contact manufacturer's to find out their philosophies and policies.
Obligé By Nature proudly states that the ingredients in our products are certified organic.
We purchase our ingredients from all over the world. The owner, Dr. Petit has been involved in natural health care all of his life. Over the past several decades, he has researched and tested organic ingredients from many different countries and has found the agricultural farms that produce only the finest organic ingredients and essential oils that hold up to his high standards to include in our products. Most of these farms are certified organic by the certifying agency for that country/continent. Dr. Petit will not purchase or use an ingredient in his products that is not up to his standards. He may try 20 different farms that grow Rose Geranium, for example, but if the quality and aroma of the ingredient is not superior (and after decades in natural health he knows what characteristics a superior ingredient should have) then he will not buy that ingredient and will exclude it from his products, rather than purchase inferior ingredients to use.
At this time, the United States does not have standards for certifying personal care and beauty products. The FDA does not define or regulate the term "organic" as it applies to cosmetics, body care, or personal care products. And while the USDA, through their National Organic Program (NOP), does regulate the term "organic" - it is designed for food and agriculture ONLY and provides for certification of an organic process or system of agriculture and not certification of products themselves as "organic". The USDA is waiting for the NSF (the United States public health and safety company) to release their personal care standards for organics before the USDA adopts it or creates its own private personal care standard program. Until then, personal care product manufacturers must wait to become a USDA certified organic manufacturer and use the USDA Organic seal. However, manufacturers are allowed to and we do list on our product labels the ingredients we use from farms whose ingredients are already certified organic by the USDA or any other out of the country certification agencies.
Some agencies define a requirement level that is superior to the conventional regulation governing cosmetics, thereby guaranteeing the genuine practice of environmental respect throughout the production line, respect for the consumer and the promotion of natural substances of a superior ecological quality.