Botanicals enhances formulations to meet COSMOS standards

Award-winning natural and organic skincare company Botanicals has enhanced its products to conform with the new European Organic Standard COSMOS.

COSMOS will come into effect after 31 December 2016 and bring together several European standards – BDIH (Germany), Cosmebio (France), Ecocert Greenlife (France), ICEA (Italy) and Soil Association (UK) – to form one internationally recognized standard.

Botanicals has now excluded the preservative phenoxyethanol in all its lotion-based products and used a higher percentage of organic ingredients to come into line with the new criteria, as well as improving the texture of its balms and cleansing melts for better absorption.

Company founder Wendy Stirling comments: “Sadly, current legislation allows the term ‘organic’ to be mis-used by companies that only include tiny amounts of organic ingredients in their formulations. The only way retailers and consumers can differentiate is to look for an organic certification symbol on the packaging.”