Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims, Project No. P954501
Dear Sir or Madam: It is very difficult to find organic personal care products because they are scarce. However, the use of the term "organic" in the labels of products which are not, in fact, organic makes it harder. Accurate labels are useful for those with allergies, those who simply desire to minimize their exposure to synthetics, and those who want to support wholesome workplaces and a healthy environment. In general, labeling of non-food personal care products (from cosmetics to shampoo) is too lax. Materials designed to be put on our bodies can be absorbed into the skin directly. Food products are accorded standard labeling terms, and people have grown somewhat familiar with the defintions of such terms as "reduced salt" or "low fat" or "no added sugar". I think cosmetics and other products used in intimate contact with the body: perfumes, nail polishes, tampons, bandaids, and so forth, should not be allowed to tout themselves as organic or "all natural" unless they conform to similar standards. Thank you for your consideration.