What is Organic Soap?
The quick answer is to what is Organic Soap is simply, "health and quality". Organic Soap is one of the few products to come in contact with our skin everyday. Because our skin absorbs as much as 60% of what we put on it, it is very important that we don’t allow any harmful toxins to contaminate our soaps – or any other cosmetic products. By using only organically produced ingredients such as organic soap , they protects your skin from synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, fungicides and preservatives. It also ensures that you avoid such undesirable substances as sodium laureth sulphates or GM ingredients. Bottom line is Organic Soap is healthier for you and your skin.
But what does "organic" mean?
How do organic standards apply to organic soap andorganic skin care products? The USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) provides the benchmark, global standard for defining organic. Within the NOP, there are three levels of certification. A product's classification is based on the total percentage of its organic ingredients (without counting water or salt). Here's what they mean:
"100% Organic". This means just what the name implies.
"Organic". The category "Organic" applies to products containing a minimum of 95% organic contents by weight. Usually, these are products that contain a small amount of a natural preservative or processing aid that prevents them from reaching the 100% mark. For example, many fixed oils (such as palm and coconut oil) contain a trace amount of citric acid to increase their shelf life. Importantly, these trace ingredients must conform to the USDA's list of approved ingredients that can be used in organic products.
"Made with Organic..." applies to products that contain a minimum of 70% organic content but do not reach the 95% mark. The USDA has determined that 70% is the minimum amount of organic content a product can have and still use the terminology of "organic" in its labels and marketing. Here too, a product's ingredients that are not-certified organic must conform with the USDA's list of allowable products. Because of their chemistry, bar soaps cannot ever reach the 95% level of organic content...
How This Applies to Organic Soap and Organic Skin care
Because of their chemistry, organic soap bars cannot ever reach the 95% level of organic content. Organic soap and organic skin care products are among the most misrepresented organic products. This has to do with formulation issues, labeling requirements, and a misrepresentation of the standards. All bar soaps, and most skin care products, fall short of the 95% organic mark. Bar soaps require sodium hydroxide (NaOH, or lye) for their production. Sodium hydroxide is on the allowed list of non-organic ingredients that can be used in making organic products, and it accounts for approximately 10-15% of the ingredients, by weight (not including water or salt and depending on the recipe). Even if every other ingredient in a bar soap were certified organic, the soap would never have an organic content of more than 90%, as this is the maximum level of organic content in a bar soap.
Sometimes, manufacturers "cheat" a bit to reach higher organic content levels and label them "organic Soap". Take lotion for example. A typical lotion has water among its ingredients, which does not count in any way toward organic content levels. However, by steeping organic herbs in this water first, some manufacturers claim their water is "organic," thus counting it as an organic ingredient and raising their products' organic content levels. As always, it is crucial to understand the standards and read the labels.
It is also important to verify whether or not a company's products are certified according to organic standards. Many companies claim to use organic ingredients or call their products organic; however, few have actual certification, which is the only proof for the claim. Part of the certification process includes proving an audit trail and showing the ability to trace any organic product sold back to its original organic ingredients.
None of our products are tested on any other animals other than my family! We are serious about offering consumers an ethical choice for their health care. Healthy for you because the exclusive, pure, all-natural ingredients in Nittany Valley Organics Soaps provide a deep, revitalizing yet gentle clean that leaves skin in the purest state - free of artificial ingredients, pesticides, hormones, colorings, fragrances, preservatives, or animal ingredients. Our products are good for the environment because organic farming does not use pesticides or Genetically Modified Organisms, and organic soap does not leave behind harmful byproducts.
Nittany Valley Organics uses only USDA certified-organic ingredients in our Organic Soap - both bar soap s and liquid soaps. Organic, animal-free soap means that only the purest gifts of nature cleanse your skin. Our organic soaps are unlike any other soap in the world. You will feel the refreshing difference.
Free of artificial colors, fragrances and preservatives Nittany Valley Organics Soaps do not contain synthetic chemicals, additives, pesticides, hormones, colorings, fragrances and preservatives.
Free of animal ingredients, byproducts or testing Nittany Valley Organics Soaps do not contain animal ingredients or byproducts. No animal testing was done on either the soap or its ingredients.
Nittany Valley Organics Soaps produces an exclusive micro-bubble lather that cleans more thoroughly, while being more gentle to your skin than other soaps thus producing the best organic soap available on the market today.
Naturally moisturizing, gentle and hypoallergenic With an exclusive vegetable base of organic palm, organic coconut oil, organic olive oil and organic palm kernel oil, Nittany Valley Organics Soaps are gentle, balanced, and mild enough for those with very sensitive skin.
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