This Standard has been developed at the European and international level by BDIH (Germany), COSMEBIO & ECOCERT (France), ICEA (Italy) and SOIL ASSOCIATION (UK) who are the founders of the COSMOS-standard AISBL (an international non-profit association registered in Belgium) in order to define common requirements and definitions for organic and/or natural.
The COSMOS international standard defines strict criteria and certification rules for organic and natural cosmetic products and ingredients. It covers in detail all aspects of the sourcing, manufacture, marketing, and control of cosmetic products. The COSMOS-standard is managed by a not-for-profit, international independent association and guided by four core principles:
The strict rules and requirements of the international standard provide a common framework for the industry, reducing the need for multiple certifications or ingredient approvals, and providing a more coherent accreditation for consumers on final products.
More Information: Soil Association Organisation
certified organic ingredients
Oh-Lief’s Baby, Body and Sun care ranges are created using ingredients which have been certified organic by one of the numerous certifying institutions that operate worldwide. An organic ingredient (or natural ingredient) is formally an ingredient which has been harvested without the use of synthetic chemical compounds.
For all certified products, ingredients must meet the strict criteria of the standard and respect the principles of green chemistry. The production, manufacturing and handling of all ingredients are also evaluated to ensure they meet the standard. The whole supply chain is verified, providing a guarantee of the quality and integrity of the ingredients, or final products.
More Information: COSMOS products & Ingredients
Beauty Without Cruelty is an animal rights organisation with a primary objective to educate and inform the public about the exploitation, abuse and suffering of animals and to offer humane, non-animal alternatives to replace cruel and harmful lifestyle choices.
The Humane Guide is a list of all companies endorsed for their humane status by Beauty without Cruelty. These companies have been audited by BWC and have proved they do not test their products on animals Oh-lief Natural Products are proudly endorsed by Beauty without cruelty.
Oh-lief’s full sunscreen range has been endorsed by the Cancer association of South Africa. All CANSA’s Seal-bearing sunscreens will adhere to the new COLIPA standards and carry the new SunSmart Seal of Approval to show this.
All listed sunscreens also comply with the EU Colipa Standards and / or SANS 1557:2013 Edition
3.2 (incorporating the new ISO standards) and bear the CANSA SunSmart Choice Seal (CSSS).
All Oh-lief’s products are handmade with Love in our factory in Cape town, South Africa. We create job security in our community and favour work of the hand over machines.