USDA Organic

USDA Organic – The Basics

Soap Hope is about to launch a new product line called Nourish Organic with the unique claim to fame that the entire company is Certified USDA Organic.

But just what does Organic mean? What’s the difference between Organic and USDA Organic? And does organic matter for skin care?

The Meaning of Organic and the USDA Seal

If a product is labeled 100% Organic, by law every single ingredient in the product must be 100% USDA certified organic (except water and salt). Since 100% organic ingredients are not allowed to contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms), 100% Organic products are also automatically non-GMO.

If a product is labeled Organic, it can contain up to 5% non-organic ingredients. But those non-organic ingredients must adhere to strict guidelines – for example, no synthetic preservatives or petrochemicals are allowed in the final product.

Watch out for products labeled Made With Organic Ingredients. They are allowed to contain up to 30% non-organic ingredients, and there are no restrictions on what’s in those 30%.

Only products in the first two categories – Organic and 100% Organic – are allowed to display the USDA Organic seal. That means when you see the seal, you know the product has 95% or more organic ingredients, produced without toxic pesticides or herbicides, artificial preservatives or colors.

Is Organic Important for Body Care?

Most people who are seeking to live a natural life don’t want pesticides on their skin – but if the product isn’t organic, how do you know if there are pesticides in it? That’s why so many of the products at Soap Hope are certified organic: we know many folks like you want the guarantee of purity that comes with certified organic products.

Later this week you’ll learn more about Nourish Organic, the first beauty company in the world to receive 100% USDA-organic certification from the government. You can also look for organic products from our top makers like Leap Organics, A Wild Soap Bar, Badger, and By The Grace of Tea.

Here’s a link to organic labeling rules for body care products on the USDA website.

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