The annual meeting presents an opportunity to discuss the challenges for the NOC sector, and exchange ideas with key industry players. Guests listened to a stimulating panel discussion entitled "The EU Regulatory framework for Natural & Organic Cosmetics: Commitment to the future", with keynote speakers including Joëlle Meunier (Expert Cosmétiques S.P.F. Santé Publique - Health Belgium), Dr Gerald Renner (Director Technical Regulatory Affairs, Cosmetics Europe), Caroline Chaine (Secretary General of ASPA-INGRECOS; Technical Expert EFfCI), and Juliette Leroux (Campaigner Greens/European Free Alliance, European Parliament).
"As part of today's debate, NATRUE is delighted to see how much interest there is around natural and organic cosmetics, and how the sector as a whole is moving towards greener ingredients and sustainability. It remains the case that due to the lack of official definition for natural and organic cosmetics, private standards still play a role in supporting consumers' decisions. To this end, by advocating for appropriate legislation to protect ingredients and promoting a strict standard, our association ensures consumers worldwide receive the quality products they expect." Mark Smith, NATRUE Director General
10 Years of NATRUE The NATRUE Association has seen steady growth over the past 10 years, with a total of more than 60 Members from over 20 countries worldwide. Moreover, a total of 35 new international brands adopted the NATRUE Label during 2016 leading to over 230 certified brands worldwide. The Association celebrated passing the milestone of 5,000 NATRUE certified products, with many others already in the pipeline expected to be certified before the 10th anniversary comes to a close.
New Video to inform consumers about the role of NATRUE NATRUE screened a new film - an engaging new video, which explains what NATRUE stands for and how consumers can avoid greenwashing by looking for the NATRUE label on product packaging. The video is available to view on YouTube NATRUE's Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eSFaY39AdE
"With over 5000 NATRUE certified products we have reached a remarkable milestone. However this achievement is far more than just a figure. We are keen to engage with those companies who share our values, and we believe in a responsibility to inform consumers of the risks of greenwashing. For consumers like Emma, the main character of our brand-new video, who wants her products to be natural and organic but knows that some may not be as natural or organic as they say they are - NATRUE is here to help." Francesca Morgante, NATRUE Label & Communication Manager
New Sustainability Project Announced NATRUE announced its future participation in an exciting and innovative new sustainability project, which will transform consumer waste into packaging for new products in the organic industry. NATRUE will be a partner in the EU-funded URBIOFIN project 'Horizon 2020' which will run from 1 June 2017 for 4 years.
"For 10 years, NATRUE has been committed internationally to protecting and promoting the authentic natural cosmetics sector in Europe and worldwide. In addition, with its participation in the EU research project Horizon 2020 that starts in June 2017, NATRUE gives another important signal for sustainability and active responsibility. The Association joined the industry consortium project to help solve environmental pollution and contribute to the transition to a renewable circular bio-economy through sustainably converting municipal waste into targeted products like cosmetic packaging."Klara Ahlers, NATRUE President
The meeting concluded with a colourful cocktail reception to celebrate NATRUE's Anniversary and everyone was invited to raise their glasses to the Association's 10-year commitment to natural and organic cosmetics.
On Tuesday 30th May, the Natural and Organic Cosmetics sector will gather in Brussels for NATRUE’s Membership Assembly. Not only will this annual get-together represent a dynamic platform for exchange of information on trending topics and for discovering the latest developments and challenges ahead of the Association, but also provide a wonderful opportunity to celebrate NATRUE’s 10th Anniversary.
Therefore, the NATRUE President, Mrs Klara Ahlers, is pleased to formally invite Members of the Association and friends of NATRUE to the 10th Anniversary Membership Assembly, to be held on:
Tuesday, 30th May, 2017
from 10.30 am onwards
@The Hotel Brussels
Boulevard de Waterloo 38, 1000 Brussels
The programme of the day will include the following activities:
In the morning, attendees will be presented the future commitments and the organisational structure of NATRUE as well as updates on all the accomplishments of the Association over the whole year 2016 in its main fields of activity, including advocacy, label and research.
For the participants who will attend the event during the entire day, they will have the opportunity to experience a stimulating panel discussion, entitled “The EU regulatory framework for Natural and Organic Cosmetics: Commitment to the future” with keynote speakers, and take part in an interactive Q&A session.
MEP representative (European Parliament)
Joëlle Meunier (Expert cosmétiques S.P.F. Sante publique - Health Belgium)
Dr Gerald Renner (Director Technical Regulatory Affairs, Cosmetics Europe)
Caroline Chaine (Secretary General of ASPA-INGRECOS; Technical Expert EFfCI)
TBC (representative from cosmetic SME association [UEAPME/COSMED])
Juliette Leroux (Campaigner Greens/European Free Alliance, European Parliament)
Last but not least, after concluding remarks by the NATRUE President, all participants are invited to a cocktail reception in honour of NATRUE’s 10th Anniversary and raise their glasses to the Association’s 10 years of commitment – and challenges ahead. We look forward to your registration and to welcoming you in Brussels!
10 years of NATRUE NATRUE was founded in 2007 by pioneers of Natural and Organic Cosmetics in order to establish an internationally uniform standard for Natural and Organic Cosmetics as the multiple different national labels that existed generated confusion among consumers. NATRUE successfully took up this challenge and developed a transparent, international standard. Since then, products of over 230 manufacturers from 30 different countries carry the NATRUE Label. Klara Ahlers, NATRUE President, says: “10 years of NATRUE and over 5,000 certified products – we are proud of what we have achieved over the last years in collaboration with our partners. Our goal is to continue raising awareness of natural skin care, and to protect and promote this internationally.“
From BB creams to nail varnish: the evolution of NATRUE and natural cosmetics The first product certified to the NATRUE standard was a body oil. This marked the beginning of many other products that followed suit: in 2009, 400 products were certified, followed by another 600 in 2010. Since then, the number of certified products carrying the NATRUE seal has continued to grow internationally. The variety of certified products also helped to track the evolution of Natural and Organic Cosmetics. Over the last eight years, the product diversity, and hence the choice for consumers, has increased sharply – from hair and men care products to decorative cosmetics for the face and nails. For instance, just a few years ago, it was unthinkable to have a nail varnish in certified natural cosmetics quality, and yet today several NATRUE certified manufacturers have launched their own nail polish lines onto the market. Furthermore, NATRUE certified products now also include megatrends such as BB and CC creams, highlighters and products with natural actives.
A glimpse into the future As this development shows, the natural cosmetics sector is growing stronger and more diverse than ever before. We see the potential for this trend to continue into the future. Yet with the second part of the ISO guidelines for Natural and Organic Cosmetics expected to be complete this year, we have so far seen from the first part a notable weakening in the definitions of natural ingredients from the stronger definitions present in current private standards, like NATRUE’s. For NATRUE, any justified use of petrochemical and GMO ingredients for Natural and Organic cosmetics according to these guidelines may also undermine consumers’ trust in the industry in the future. Therefore, it is crucial that Natural and Organic Cosmetics provide the consumer with authentic end products that embody transparency and trust. NATRUE is fully committed to a standard that provides high quality criteria in an international standard for the benefit of consumers worldwide.
After last year's success of the first ever NATRUE Pavilion at Natural & Organic Products Europe at London's ExCel, the Association will once again host a joint stand of NATRUE certified brands (in the Natural Beauty & Spa area, Stand B50) on 2-3 April where NATRUE will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary.
NATRUE will be inviting guests onto the stand to raise their glasses on Monday 3 April at 2pm in celebration of the Association's commitment to the natural and organic cosmetics sector since its foundation in 2007, and to learn about the Association's biggest achievements over the past decade and the future challenges for the sector that lie ahead.
The NATRUE Pavilion will demonstrate the truly international nature of the NATRUE standard for certified natural and organic cosmetics worldwide. Almost 5000 products are currently certified covering more than 230 cosmetic brands, and over 200 individual raw materials.
The Pavilion will be raising awareness of NATRUE's high certification standards and its benefits for consumers, manufacturers and retailers alike. The stand will be an information hub where visitors can find out about the NATRUE seal and what differentiates those brands bearing it on their packaging. In addition, visitors can chat to industry pioneers and discover new ranges.
A colourful mix of brands will join forces at N&OPE under the umbrella of the NATRUE Pavilion:
- Lavera (Germany) was a founder member of NATRUE in 2007 - manufacturer of lavera Naturkosmetik - Logocos (Germany) - also a founder member - manufacturer of brands Logona, Sante, Heliotrop and Fitne - Gala Cosmetici (Italy) - manufacturer of brands Bio Happy and Delidea Bio
NATRUE's Director General Dr Mark Smith commented: "Natural & Organic Products Europe has become the place-to-be for everyone involved in the natural and organic cosmetics sector. We are thrilled to be hosting our second NATRUE Pavilion this Spring, and look forward to celebrating our decennial anniversary with everyone in the vibrant setting of the show at London's ExCel".
Join Dr Mark Smith in the Natural Beauty Theatre for what promises to be a lively debate:
Panel Session: Sustainability in the Beauty Industry Monday, 3 April 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Speaking: Dr Mark Smith (NATRUE), Jayn Sterland (Weleda), Jo Chidley (Beauty Kitchen), Joanne Hill (Amaranth), Jo Fairley (journalist)
Panel Discussion: ISO Standard for Natural & Organic Cosmetics: Update and Outlook Monday, 3 April 1:10 pm - 1:50 pm Speaking: Dr Mark Smith (NATRUE), Lauren Bartley (Soil Association), Amarjit Sahota (Organic Monitor)
The NATRUE team looks forward to welcoming visitors and Press to the Pavilion.
How have certified Natural and Organic Cosmetics evolved over the last ten years? What are the new formulations and trends? These will be the key topics NATRUE will explore during its participation at COSMOPROF 2017 where the international non-profit association that has been promoting and protecting Natural and Organic Cosmetics since 2007 will celebrate its 10 years of commitment.
In the large exhibition space (Stand A9 in Hall 21N), NATRUE, which has almost 5000 certified products of over 230 brands from 30 countries worldwide, will look into the most significant stages of this developing sector. The association will explain how certified Natural and Organic Cosmetics have progressively evolved, focusing on innovative formulations with new ingredients such as those fermented by microorganisms and the development of biotechnology which lie at the centre of an increasingly sustainable and environmentally conscious production.
NATRUE will be exhibiting with representatives of 6 member companies including some of the founding members of the association: Dr. Hauschka (WALA GmbH, Germany), HA-THA (DT GmbH Bio-Wellness, Germany), lavera (laverana GmbH, Germany), Logocos (LOGOCOS Naturkosmetik AG, Germany), Naturativ (AROMEDA Sp. Z.o.o., Poland), and Weleda (Weleda AG, Germany) who will present their NATRUE certified skincare and latest hero products which visitors will have the opportunity to try.
Natural and Organic Cosmetics, free from synthetic raw materials (such as petroleum derivatives, silicones and surfactants), are based on natural ingredients (or of natural origin) such as plant extracts, vegetable oils, essential oils that, over the last decade, have refined texture and performance.
"We are witnessing key trends in the certified Natural and Organic Cosmetics sector. The products are becoming increasingly efficient thanks to the use of new natural and organic raw materials or to a different usage of them. At the same time, the greenwashing phenomenon still persists which is why, in the absence of an official regulation or mandatory seals in Europe, we think it is important to help consumers identify labels like ours based on strict criteria in order to guarantee the authenticity of true Natural and Organic Cosmetic products", stated Dr. Mark Smith, NATRUE Director General.
From 15th to 18th February 2017, the international natural and organic cosmetics and personal care sector will meet again at VIVANESS in Nuremberg, Germany. VIVANESS has established itself as the central platform for the sector and NATRUE will once again be proudly participating as part of a joint stand within the industry event with ten NATRUE Label Users - and celebrating its own 10th anniversary.
NATRUE, the International Natural and Organic Cosmetics Association, became an official honorary sponsor of VIVANESS in 2016 and is delighted to be soon exhibiting again in the "hot spot" of the international natural and organic cosmetics world. After last year's major success of NATRUE's first ever pavilion, the association will partake once again with a joint stand (Hall 7A, Stand 251) where, in addition to providing information on the association, the NATRUE label and the latest developments, NATRUE will be exhibiting this year on a 120m2 area with representatives of 10 international manufacturers of natural and organic cosmetics carrying the NATRUE label, including NATRUE founder members and industry pioneers.
Key dates related to the NATRUE pavilion at VIVANESS 2017:
amo como soy (amo como soy, Germany) - Beauty Garden (SARL La Ferme de Beauté, France) - Cosnature (Cosmolux, Germany) - Farfalla (Farfalla Essentials AG, Switzerland) - Irish Organics (Rí Na Mara, Ireland) - lavera (Laverana GmbH, Germany) - Lenz Naturpflege (Die Regionalen GmbH, Germany) - LOGOCOS (LOGOCOS Naturkosmetik AG) - PRIMAVERA (PRIMAVERA LIFE GmbH, Germany) - Weleda (Weleda AG, Germany).
As part of "NATRUE's 10th Anniversary on Tour", VIVANESS 2017 will be the first event on our programme celebrating 10 years of NATRUE's dedication to the protection and promotion of natural and organic cosmetics. NATRUE will have its first 10th anniversary celebration event at VIVANESS on 16th February from 5-6pm at the Open Stage area. This celebratory event is open to everyone wishing to raise their glasses and share the association's commitment and dedication for the sector, since its foundation in 2007.
Under the theme "The Evolution of Natural and Organic Cosmetics throughout the last 10 years", and naturally linking with NATRUE's 10th anniversary, bloggers, journalists and other interested parties will not only have the opportunity to discover international certified brands carrying the NATRUE seal from France, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland but also learn about the association's biggest achievements over the past decade and the future challenges for the sector that lay ahead.
The NATRUE team will be at the pavilion at the visitors' disposal throughout the trade fair days. In addition, NATRUE Director General Dr. Mark Smith will be part of a panel discussion and hold several presentations at "VIVANESS On Stage" - updated information can be found here.
NATRUE President Klara Ahlers concludes: "VIVANESS has become the place-to-be for every actor from the natural and organic cosmetics sector worldwide. As an honorary sponsor and partner since the establishment of the association, we are delighted to be exhibiting once again with a pavilion after its major success of last year, and look forward to be celebrating our decennial anniversary at the heart of the natural cosmetics world. We could not have wished for a better place than this international meeting point to hold our kick-off anniversary celebratory event as part of our 10th Anniversary On Tour."
With the start of every New Year we can ask ourselves what will change for natural and organic cosmetics. What will impact our sector in the next year? The primary question for many is: as 1st January 2017 dawns will there be a European harmonised standard for Natural and Organic Cosmetics?
The simple answer is: No.
The absence of European harmonised standard for Natural and Organic Cosmetics has been previously communicated in an official statement by the EU Commission that can be found here.
This means the current regulatory framework remains identical on 1st January 2017:
· In the absence of an official regulatory definition of Natural and Organic Cosmetic products there exist private, voluntary standards like that of NATRUE, which sets criteria for the NATRUE Label.
· Natural and Organic Cosmetic products are still an officially undefined sector of the tightly regulated European industry.
"On 1st January 2017 there will not be a mandatory European harmonised standard setting criteria for all Natural and Organic Cosmetics, and there will be no obligatory Label in Europe for Natural and Organic Cosmetics on this date either", said Dr Mark Smith, Director General NATRUE, who added that "NATRUE will continue to advocate that any future regulatory definition of Natural and Organic Cosmetics must be appropriate, relevant and strict, and pending an official regulatory definition the strict NATRUE Label criteria will continue."
Even in the absence of European harmonised standard for Natural and Organic Cosmetics, NATRUE looks forward positively to 2017, and its continued mission to protect and promote natural and organic cosmetics for the benefit of consumers worldwide.
Taking place at MalmöMässan in Sweden on 16-17th November, the show’s seminar line-up will revolve around numerous hot topics including emerging natural beauty trends, authenticity of natural and organic cosmetics, sustainability, allergies, raw materials, and specialist skincare products among others. NATRUE will contribute with the participation of Director General Dr. Mark Smith who will be holding a seminar on Thursday 17th November.
How to define authentic natural and organic cosmetic products? - 17th November 13:00-13:45 at the Natural Beauty Theatre
Dr. Smith will explore the current regulatory framework of the natural and organic cosmetics sector, providing a clear overview on the characterization of 'authentic' natural and organic cosmetics in the industry that for the most part carry a seal. "Consumers still struggle when it comes to understanding the differences between labels, what requirements are behind them, and whether or not they offer the same degree of strictness and transparency. Therefore, it is increasingly important to positively engage with consumers to help their understanding of what's behind each seal, so that they can avoid those labels which are, for example, just a self-declaration or those with a weak criteria", explains Dr. Smith in anticipation of his talk.
In addition, Dr. Smith will focus on a comparison between the NATRUE Standard and the provisions of the ISO Guidelines, the first part of which has recently been released. According to NATRUE's Director General, these Guidelines "represent a weakening of the current, stronger definitions for what a natural cosmetic should be, and so have the potential risk to undermine future consumer trust in the sector."
A GfK study commissioned in 2014 by NATRUE involving 900 consumers from six countries reveals that over 60% are reassured by the presence of a label. Those who claim to know one or more labels mostly* report that their presence is one of the decisive criteria at the time of purchase (*49% relating to several labels).
This is a well-deserved confidence, but... among these informed consumers, who knows the specifications and checks that give their favorite cream that extra confidence? Indeed, in order for everyone to do their cosmetics purchases with closed eyes, verifications in several stages (both upstream and downstream) have been implemented, from the fields to the packaging.
The first step of the certification is achieved through a documentation check. This is a time during which the manufacturer works with an independent certification body that accompanies him through the process, in close collaboration with NATRUE and its Scientific Committee Criteria and Label. First, the certification body will check the documentation related to the product range, including the formulations and INCI designations as well as the proof of origin of the raw materials for their compliance with the NATRUE Standard.
Secondly, the certification body will undertake a production audit. "The person in charge of the audit visited the facility, examined everything in detail, including the data sheets of the raw materials (for example, statements of our suppliers regarding non-GMO presence...) but also the reported amounts, the state of raw material stocks, the shares... Indeed, it is important to check that we sell what we declare producing!" explains Marie Bardou from Beauty Garden, a young French NATRUE organic certified brand.
"I admit that the process is not exactly a cakewalk for us!", adds Domenico Scordari, founder of the company Natura e Benessere with a smile: "an inspector of the certification body spends several days to check our ingredient lists, our compositions; everything is examined and controlled. But this certification and these checks are a guarantee of credibility and reliability for the brands we work with."
The NATRUE organic cosmetics certification (the most demanding level of the three certification categories of the Standard, guaranteeing a proportion of at least 95% of natural ingredients derived from controlled organic cultivation and/or controlled wild collection) brings objective "proof" of this level of requirement.
For brands that formulate using ingredients processed by other companies, the NATRUE certification is the way to integrate proof of respect for nature in their products, ensuring that all ingredients and their use have been checked at every production stage.
Added value of NATRUE
Domenico continues: "the presence of many national labels for organic cosmetics is confusing for consumers but also for the producers: in fact, as a third party manufacturer we must succeed in designing products that meet standards which vary by country. The advantage of NATRUE: it is an international standard known around the world. Therefore, my clients are certain to offer a product whose specifications are understood by consumers who are more and more informed worldwide. Besides, it is probably no coincidence that all my clients are growing businesses!"
Marie Bardou adds: "as, to date, no "European standard" for natural and organic cosmetics exists, we have chosen a certification that tells our story as accurately as possible, and above all that distinguishes us from other brands whose approach is not quite as sharp, using objective, verifiable criteria that are verified by a third party."
The NATRUE certification tells a story, based on integrity and on the reliability of ingredients and methods used. A story which increasingly becomes a shared value for industries and consumers.
NATRUE renews web communication and integrates the Italian language. To keep visitors always informed about natural, organic and certified cosmetics, the International Association based in Brussels and born to promote and protect authentic natural and organic cosmetics, has decided to renew its website and integrate an Italian version amongst the other languages, in the face of the ever growing amount of brands and certified products on the Italian market, i.e. approximately 30% of the total.
www.natrue.org is characterized by a modern and attractive layout, designed to make navigation easy, immediate and intuitive, also optimized for Smartphone and Tablet. The integration of social networks and the ability to subscribe to the newsletter was also a must.
From the main menu, you can wander around the site and join the sections dedicated to consumers, manufacturers, and the media. In particular, consumers can find news and useful insights to recognize true natural and organic cosmetics and information on the added value of the NATRUE certification. You can also consult the list of certified products with pictures, descriptions, usage advice, find companies that produce them and the references sold in Italy.
"A user-friendly and multilingual website, thus accessible to an increasing number of consumers, enhances NATRUE's goal of creating culture on certified natural and organic cosmetics. Who approaches the world of bio beauty must, in fact, be provided with continuity and immediacy of information as well as correct indications to meet the challenges posed by greenwashing or the tendency to pass off as natural and organic products that actually are not", explained Francesca Morgante, NATRUE Label & Communication Manager.