Sherly asks…I’ve been purchasing shampoos that are either organic sulfate paraben
free or sulfate paraben free. I purchase these shampoos because sulfate
shampoos makes my scalp itch with some slight irritation. I have a
question on the symbols I see on the labels of shampoo products and I am
interested in wanting to know makes a product different than the other.
Symbols or logos such as Certified Organic Ingredients, rabbit ears
that states Cruelty free, and the logo USDA Organic.
The Right Brain responds:
The logos for USDA Organic and Certified Organic are both controlled
by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Organic
Program (NOP). (Note: these standards were created for food products but
cosmetics are entitled to use them also.)
100% Organic or just Organic
100% products must contain ONLY organically produced ingredient AND
processing aids. (not including water and salt. ) “Organic” products
have to contain at least 95% organically produced ingredients. Products
that meet this criteria may use the USDA organic logo on their packaging
and in advertising.
Less than 70% organic
Products that contain less than 70% organically derived ingredients
cannot use USDA organic logo. They may however, state that they contain
“Certified Organic Ingredients” on the product’s information panel. (On
back of the pack.)
The Cruelty Free rabbit ears logo is from PETA (People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals) and is officially known as the “Caring
Consumer bunny logo”. Products that meet PETA’s requirements (meaning
that they were produced without testing on animals) can display this
What do these logos really mean?
Unfortunately, none of these logos will help you select products that
are free of ingredients which will make yourself itch. If you know
you’re sensitive to sulfates or parabens you’ll just have to keep an eye
on the ingredient list to make sure you’re not buying products that
contain those chemicals.
Image credit: PETA
I never knew the difference, but I'm big on checking the ingredients. Went into Wal-Greens the other day and pulled out the iphone to check the ingredient list. It's so serious!
This was really informative. I know producers like to manipulate consumers, and I know just saying all natural or organic doesn't mean its healthy.
I also check ingredients list, but no matter how many logos, etc are on the product, you still wonder how many bad ingredients are potentially in your product. At the end, test for yourself what works and stick with that. If it happens to be non-organic product with tons of silicones, parabens, etc. so be it.
I am a ingredients list checker all day because just because the USDA seal is on it I still want to make sure what is in the product because you never know it could be false advertisement.
this was really informative, never knew there was a difference between USDA organic labels and just "organic." Thanks!
I always look at the ingredient list instead of what the logo says when I am purchasing a product.
I've wondered about some of the wording on labels too. Very informative. Thanks for the info.