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Calculations of the Percentage Natural Origin of Cosmetic Products


Calculations of the Percentage Natural Origin of Cosmetic Products

In order to claim your product is composed of X% natural or naturally derived ingredients a calculation must be undertaken.  Several different calculation methods and certification schemes are available to highlight natural claims.  We believe the natural calculation to the ISO 16128 offers a consistent and most transparent method.  This calculation states that the percentage of natural origin is the weight percent of natural ingredients, and the percent of natural derived ingredients.

MSL is able to undertake this task following the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 16128 – Guidelines on Technical Definitions and Criteria for Natural and Organic Cosmetic Ingredient and Products.

Derived Natural Ingredients

Percentage Natural Origin

 Natural Ingredients

 Natural ingredients are cosmetic ingredients obtained only from plants, animals, micro-organisms or minerals, and not modified during processing

Obtained from materials by: physical processes, fermentation, and traditional preparation without intentional chemical modification

Examples include: Aloe Vera juice, Hyaluronic acid, Shea Butter

  DerivedNatural Ingredients

 Cosmetic ingredients of greater than 50% natural origin, by molecular weight.

Includes mineral ingredients that are obtained through chemical processing of inorganic substances, which must have the same composition as the naturally occurring mineral

Examples include: hydrogenated olive oil, cocamidopropylbetaine

Please contact Daniel Burney for more information; daniel.burney@msl.io.