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Cosmetics products not 100% organic: CF

The Consumers Foundation (CF) yesterday cracked down on cosmetic products with labels claiming to be natural and organic, revealing that none of the brands they tested were 100 percent organic.

The CF tested eight companies purporting to sell organic makeup and found that all eight failed to provide a more comprehensive explanation of what percentage of its products is organic. Five companies had products without any recognized organic certification whatsoever. Two companies' online advertisements were found in violation of marketing laws.

Much of the products ingredients and contents were written in scientific terms in English. The CF argued that companies could not expect consumers to know such terms and discern whether they are natural or not. The companies were hence found in violation of Article 4 and 5 of the Consumer Protection Law, which dictates that businesses must clearly label their products in order to provide them with “adequate and accurate information.”

The CF reminded consumers that organic products are not 100 percent organic, urging them to ask the brand or company any questions they have regarding the product. The foundation also pushed the Food and Drug Administration under the Department of Health (DOH) to officially require companies to label and prove organic claims.

The five tested products that failed to obtain organic certification are “Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Hydrating-Clarifying Shampoo,” “Avalon Organics Lavender Facial Cleansing Gel,” “J.R. Watkins Natural Beeswax Lip Balm,” “Nature&Co Three Butters Hand & Nail Care Balm” and “Palmers Cocoa Butter Hand Wash.”

Only “The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Day Cream,” “L'Occitane en provence,” and “Agronatura Rose Body Shampoo” had the certified organic labels of “ECO” or “AIAB.”

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