Navigating Natural: What Do Organic, Vegan & Cruelty-Free Certifications Really Mean?

You hear the terms all over the place: organic...vegan...cruelty-free. But are they just buzzwords, or do they really mean something?

ORGANIC

At its essential core, organic simply means working with nature instead of against it. When it comes to cosmetic and body products, the term means that the products are formulated using organically farmed ingredients — things are grown without the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and other nasty, toxic chemical junk. No parabens, synthetic dyes or fragrances.

Many of us think about and search for organic when it comes to food; but it’s also important for the things we’re putting on and in our skin. The skin is your body’s largest organ, and it’s permeable — what you put on it is going inside you as well, so choosing organic personal care products is pretty important, we think.

That said, it’s important for consumers to pay close attention to what is actually in their beauty and body products, because the industry is largely unregulated. Products only need to contain a minuscule percentage of organic ingredients to label themselves as organic. Think that sounds crazy? We do too!

Some companies set high standards for their products, adhering to the strict guidelines set forth by the USDA for organic food. Many manufacturers that use truly non-toxic, non-GMO ingredients and hold themselves to a high standard also have a commitment to using sustainably sourced, high-quality ingredients and a transparent manufacturing process.

VEGAN

A product that is vegan does not contain any animal ingredients or animal-derived ingredients like honey, beeswax, lanolin, collagen, albumen, carmine, cholesterol, gelatin, and many others. While ingredients like organic, ethically-sourced beeswax may be just fine for many people, folks are often shocked to learn that really gross stuff like crushed bugs, fish liver oil, fat from slaughtered animals, or ground-up horns and claws are commonly found in many beauty products.

The Certified Vegan logo is a registered trademark, similar to the kosher mark, that puts consumers’ minds to rest that the product does not contain animal products or by-products, and have not been tested on animals. With the exception of our deodorant sticks, which contain organic beeswax, all P3 products are vegan. No animal products or by-products and only tested on willing human participants!

CRUELTY-FREE

For people who specifically look for vegan products — and many who don’t — making sure the things they are buying are free from any animal testing or cruelty is super important. Who wants to use a product that another living being has suffered for?

Fortunately, there is one easy way to feel confident that your product is certified cruelty-free. Just look for the Leaping Bunny logo — it's the only internationally recognized symbol that guarantees a product was developed and manufactured without any animal testing whatsoever. Leaping Bunny is the gold standard, and the most trusted cruelty-free certification available. All P3 products are Leaping Bunny certified – we are committed to doing what’s best for People, the Planet and Pets.

HOW CAN I MAKE SURE I’M TRULY GETTING ORGANIC, VEGAN, OR CRUELTY-FREE PRODUCTS?

The bottom line? As people are becoming more and more concerned about where their products come from, what’s in them, and how they’re made it has become increasingly important to know what to really look for — as well as they ways in which many companies are simply “greenwashing” their products to make them look and sound better. Pay attention to certifications such as Leaping Bunny, the list of ingredients, the transparency that a company has about their manufacturing process, and their commitment to chemical-free, natural products that are ethical and sustainable.

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