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Organic beauty products are no safer than conventional ones

By Anna Shepard   January 2010

From January, health-conscious consumers will get a helping hand in the form of a new standard for organic cosmetics. Called Cosmos, it consolidates six of Europe’s leading organic certifiers. Over the next few years, the aim is that all organic cosmetics—from make-up and skincare to hair products—will make the switch.

Why should we care? Because, says Martyn Cole at the Soil Association, unlike organic food, organic skincare is a non-regulated industry—meaning that almost any product can claim to be organic. And it’s a growing sector despite the global recession; the organic beauty market in Britain was worth £17m at the…

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