BAO Skincare is proudly registered 100% Vegan by The Vegan Society and certified Organic, Natural and 100% Cruelty Free by
COSMOS Soil Association. But what does this mean? Keep reading to find out more.......
Definition of Vegan
"Veganism is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, humans and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals."
Nothing to hide here...
BAO Skincare is proudly registered by The Vegan Society - who created the word 'vegan' back in 1944. They are a dedicated and experienced vegan team, they thoroughly check each product application against the below criteria, working with manufacturers and suppliers across a range of fields to ensure that each product meets the highest vegan standards. The Vegan Society is renewed on a yearly basis to ensure they have the most up to date information on all the products they certify.
Saying No Animal Testing
The Vegan Society understands the word 'animal' to refer to the entire animal kingdom. That is all vertebrates and all multicellular invertebrates. 'Animal' can refer to a species or an individual; and is used as a noun or an adjective, as required. Unless otherwise stated, it usually means non-human animals.
BAO Skincare manufacturing and any development of the products, and where applicable its ingredients, do not involve or have involved, the use of any animal product, by-product or derivative. Of course no ingredients used in BAO Skincare, involve or have involved, testing of any sort on animals conducted at the initiative of the company or on its behalf, or by parties over whom the company has effective control.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
The development and/or production of GMOs must not have involved animal genes or animal-derived substances. Products put forward for Vegan Trademark registration that contain or may contain any GMOs must be labelled as such.
This is why I chose The Vegan Society over the Leaping Bunny, as BAO Skincare products are BOTH Cruelty Free and Vegan. Whereas brands only displaying the Leaping Bunny can still be non- vegan.
Read my blog on “The difference between Vegan and Cruelty Free” here.
Safety for your skin and the planet
All BAO Skincare products are certified by the Soil Association to full COSMOS standards.This means that all ingredients I use are traced back to the fields where they were grown without the use of added pesticides, making for healthier soil and more wildlife.
Soil Association Organic and Natural certification is a guarantee that at every stage thought and care is given to reducing environmental impact.
Organic crops are up to 60% higher in antioxidants compared to non-organic. They also have a higher count of vitamins, mineral salts, essential fatty and amino acids which are crucial for skin-cell function and repair. The principle of taking better care of the soil, our environment and ourselves by choosing Organic food and products is close to my heart.
What is COSMOS?
COSMOS is the global standard for Organic Certification for cosmetics products. It was formed by five of the leading Organic Certification bodies (Soil Association in the UK, ECOCERT and Cosmebio in France, BDIH in Germany and ICEA in Italy) to standardise the criteria used to certify skincare products.Looking for the COSMOS logo on your cosmetics means so much more than just using organic ingredients.
BAO Skincare says NO to:
- Animal testing
- GM ingredients
- Controversial chemicals
- Parabens and Phthalates
- Synthetic colours, dyes or fragrances
- Unsustainable palm oil
BAO Skincare says YES to:
- Sustainably sourced organic ingredients
- Using natural colours and fragrances from plants and flowers
- Transparent manufacturing processes
- Biodegradable ingredients
- Minimal packaging with maximum recycled content
- Protecting wildlife and biodiversity
Don't just settle for an "organic" product.
Unfortunately in the beauty industry there are no restrictions on what can be said on a skincare product title. So even if a product only contains 2% organic ingredients, the brand can still call it "Organic Face Oil" for example. This is why I chose to get BAO certified.
For a product to be labelled organic e.g 'Organic facial oil' 95% of ALL ingredients must be organic. For leave on products, 95% of all physically processed agro-ingredients* must be organic and at least 20% of the total ingredients must be organic. For rinse off products, 95% of all physically processed agro-ingredients must be organic and at least 10% of the total ingredients must be organic.
* Organic cosmetic products contain ingredients which come from plants and other natural products, such as minerals. To make sure that a product works and doesn’t go 'off', some natural ingredients need to be changed. Some of these changes are simple physical processes, such as chopping, blending or combining – ingredients which have undergone these types of processes are known as Physically Processed Agro-Ingredients (PPAI).
Other ingredients undergo chemical changes, for example, heating or boiling, oxidation (adding oxygen) or other chemical reactions. These are known as Chemically Processed Agro-Ingredients. The physical and chemical processes which are permitted in COSMOS are carefully scrutinised to make sure that only the most sustainable types are allowed, in line with the principle of Green Chemistry.
So as you can see, I am extremely passionate about what goes into my BAO Skincare products, this is why I proudly display the COSMOS Soil Association logos.
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