It’s complicated, that’s what it is! And no, that’s not just an excuse for not being able to call all our products or ingredients organic. Fact is that the standard is defined differently in different jurisdictions and countries, so what is certified organic in the USA for example, may not be organic in Australia. So, like us, if you get your ingredients and formulate your products in a different country, then they may not be called organic in Australia…
In general, organic products are those (of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals.
Currently, the European Union, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and many other countries require producers to obtain special certification in order to market products as organic within their borders.
In the context of these regulations, organic products are those produced in a way that complies with organic standards set by national governments and international organizations. Trouble is, each of those countries has a different set of standards to the other! There is no such thing as a globally defined organic product or ingredient, making it nigh on impossible to market products as “organic” in more than one territory without a backbreaking amount of paperwork.
Also as with the word “natural”, “organic” can be used in a description of a product, and mean nothing more than that part of its ingredients have been derived from living matter.
Even when that living matter could have been sprayed daily with hideous chemicals.
While some companies who claim to be pioneers in green skincare or cosmetics bandy about the organic banner rather willy-nilly, it can be smoke and mirrors. So just be aware!!!
Research your products and you should always be able to ask the company about their ingredients.