The BDIH, emerrated in 2001 in Germany, brings together a set of manufacturers of natural cosmetics that manages the attribution of the "controlled natural cosmetics" logo. Its control is carried out by the IMO, an independent certification body, known for its organic farming controls.
A clear orientation with a credible and understandable definition of "natural cosmetics" for both consumers and professionals.
This definition is based on a specific and rigorous specifications.
Its compliance is controlled and certified by a competent and independent body. Certification bodies in Germany are Eco Control and Ecocert Germany.
The label is not awarded to a brand but to a product. At least 60% of the brand's products must be certified before the product can wear the highly sought-after BDIH logo.
For cosmetics, the specifications work on the principle of a positive list of 690 authorized ingredients. Only one unauthorized ingredient excludes product certification. The BDIH specifications do not require a specific percentage of organic ingredients in a finished product, but require some basic components to come from organic farming. This implies that these components are available in sufficient quality and quantity.
- Cosmetics formulated from natural raw materials, from the vegetable or mineral reign.
- Priority to organic plants.
- Lavante and emulsifiers of plant origin, obtained by "soft" techniques (hydrolysis, esterification).
- Tests on volunteers or cell cultures.
- Very limited use of some mild preservatives (benzic acid, sorbic acid). The use must be mentioned "conserved with ..."
- Products from petrochemicals
- Colors or synthetic fragrances
- Ethoxiliated washbasins or emulsifiers (such as sodium laureth sulfate)
- Genetically modified raw materials (GMOs)
- The raw materials of animal origin, except from the living animal (e.g. lanoline)
- Whale white or animal collagen
- Animal tests
Control and label
- The check is carried out once a year by IMO.
- The certificate of conformity is given by product (no trademark certification).
- This certificate is valid for 15 months.
Some components must necessarily come from organic farming:
- Basic oils (olive, soy, sesame, sunflower), found in each emulsion, in each cream or milk.
- Some plants like Calendula, camomile, sage or rosemary, regardless of shape (dry powder, essential oil, aqueous extract or alcohol).
The list of ingredients necessarily derived from organic farming evolves with the offer: if an ingredient becomes available in sufficient quantity, its use will become mandatory (e.g., shea butter, jojoba oil, avocado oil).
Many adhering laboratories go farther than what the specifications require.
BDIH did not regulate the declaration of a percentage of products from organic farming on finished products.