In a competitive market for organic and natural skincare, consumers are worried about the products they use do actually have the ingredients that is stated on the label. Having the Cosmos standard ensures our products and ingredients are infact what they say they are.
Siam Botanicals provides customers with confidence in our products and to do this, Siam Botanicals went through a lengthy process of receiving certification from an official body called Cosmos Standard.
In a world of greenwashing, where terms such as ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ are bandied about all too freely with little or no substance behind them, a recognised ‘stamp of approval’ such as the Cosmos standard certification gives customers confidence that Siam Botanicals really is sticking to the ethos it claims to espouse, and that the ingredients it uses really can be trusted.
Siam Botanicals are in fact, one of the first companies to be awarded the Cosmos certification under stringent Cosmoos standard guidelines. Our products were assessed and approved by BDIH, the German non-profit association, but the Cosmos standard label is a Europe wide standard that was developed by not only BDIH but also Cosmebio (France), Ecocert (France), ICEA (Italy) and Soil Association (UK). The certification can be approved by any of these organisations.
What does the COSMOS-standard certification mean?
Maybe you’re imagining that we simply send our ingredients lists off for analysis, wait for a bit and then receive our certification in the post. Well, you would be very much mistaken! Reassuringly for our customers, it’s a lot more comprehensive than this and we chose Cosmos Standard precisely because it is the strictest and most rigorous of all the certifications out there.
When you see a product that has been Cosmos certified, it means that every aspect of Siam Botanicals production process has been put under scrutiny during an audit that can last several days. It means that:
• Our manufacturing facility has been inspected
• There has been a full audit of ingredients, including their origin and how they were processed
• Siam Botanicals has demonstrated that its production methods are ecologically sound, this includes providing an environmental management plan that addresses the whole manufacturing process
• The product formulas, labels and packaging have been approved
• Any non organic ingredients have been used because no organic equivalents were available
• All ingredients are GM free (non organic ingredients can only be used if the supplier has submitted a declaration that they are non GM)
There are two Cosmos Standard certifications available Cosmos Organic and Cosmos Natural. To achieve either option, the full audit must be carried out successfully on each product.
For Siam Botanicals to receive the Cosmos Organic label, at least 95% of the agro-ingredients must be organic.
Products that pass the audit but do not contain at least 95% agro organic ingredients are eligible for the Cosmos Natural certification. Cosmos Natural products may of course contain some organic ingredients (as ours do), but at a lower percentage than those with the Organic certification. For these products, the percentage of natural origin ingredients must be indicated on the label – except where the products are 100% natural origin.
We are proud to say that all Siam Botanicals products are 100% natural origin. We do not use any synthetic chemicals, nor do we use ‘nature identical’ ingredients. We strive to find the best, most ethical providers and have chosen organic ingredients wherever possible.
You can buy these products safe in the knowledge that we take our responsibilities and promises incredibly seriously and we have the Cosmos Standard stamp to prove it!