When we talk about Quality, in OKYROE we have a clear idea: It is not a still state of things but a path; a long and demanding road that we have always followed and a commitment that pushes us towards Excellence.
Consistent with our underlying principles and ethics, concretely engaged in supporting Beauty and Goodness of people, we have chosen to guarantee both the ingredients used and our production processes and, clearly, the result of our creative and innovative work: OKYROE products. In respect of every Person, Animals and our Planet
For this reason, we have chosen to join the COSMOS Standard, the most accredited at international level, born from the collaboration between the main Certification Bodies and international organizations in the cosmetic field.
We do this under the direct control of ICEA – Ethical and Environmental Certification Institute, a non-profit consortium engaged in promoting a model of sustainable and solidary economy and lifestyles that require a responsible conversion of methods, systems and practices.
No OKYROE product will ever be proposed without this guarantee. Indeed, we want to be one step ahead of the minimum requirements of the Standard itself! Because of our choice of Quality, to be able to offer our Users and our Partners products and beauty gestures efficient and valuable over time.
Cosmos (Cosmetics Organic Standard) is the most accredited international standard, which came into force in 2009, and certifies cosmetic products and cosmetic raw materials.
The purpose of Cosmos is not only to guarantee cosmetics but also to ensure that the entire cosmetic production cycle is sustainable, from raw materials to packaging. It covers all aspects of raw material supplies, production, trading and product control.
Cosmos issues two different types of certification: Cosmos Organic for organic cosmetics and Cosmos Natural for natural ones.
According to the Cosmos Organic standard, a cosmetic product can be certified as organic only if:
the ingredients resulting from agricultural products physically processed and present in the formula are at least 95%
at least 98% of the ingredients are of natural origin, (they do not contain more than 2% of synthetic ingredients).
at least 20% of the total ingredients are organic. (Exceptions are rinsing products and products containing at least 80% of mineral ingredients where the limit is reduced to 10%).
the percentage of organic and natural origin ingredients on total must be indicated on the packaging.
The Cosmos Natural certification guarantees the cosmetics that contain:
at least 98% of the ingredients of natural origin, (they do not contain more than 2% of synthetic ingredients).
the percentage of natural origin ingredients on total must be indicated on the packaging.
the percentage of organic origin ingredients in the total product can be indicated.
CONDITIONS AND LIMITATIONS
Within the COSMOS standard there are limitations regarding:
the methods and processes of chemical synthesis and the transformations of the natural products used (vegetable, animal or microbial origin).
the extraction processes used; must be included in a special list attached to the Technical Specification.
the use of raw materials obtained from animals or plants appearing on European and International lists of protected species is prohibited.
raw materials from livestock or slaughtered animals may not be used.
instead, milk, honey, wax and other ingredients of animal origin produced by the same animals and not derived from their killing or suffering may be used
the use of nanoparticles, GMO ingredients and ingredients that involve the mutilation or suppression of animals is not allowed in the formulation of a Cosmos certified cosmetic.
treatment by irradiation on raw materials are not permitted.
The certification process is divided into 4 main phases and, above all, it never stops.
1.Initial evaluation of the products and the production process.
evaluation of product composition and compliance of raw materials. For all organic ingredients, the certification issued by authorized control and certification bodies is required.
non-organic ingredients must be included in the appropriate lists of ingredients approved in the Cosmos circuit.
2.On-site inspection verification.
it is aimed at verifying the effective compliance of the products with the requirements of the disciplinary, the correct organization and management of the manufacturing processes and the internal procedures that may compromise the conformity of the product itself.
verify compliance with the relevant environmental criteria.
3.Issue of the Certificate of Conformity.
The Certificate contains the list of certified products based on their classification in Cosmos Organic and Cosmos Natural.
with periodic inspections at the production units, warehouses and product distribution centres in order to verify the maintenance of the compliance conditions.
ICEA also carries out random product analysis at the production plants.
BEYOND THE MANDATORY
Being innovative means going beyond what is asked, anticipating ideas, products, conditions.
The curiosity and the interest that moves us, the passion for Beauty, the profound respect for Nature, for all the Beings that inhabit it, leads us to consider our task to research, elaborate and propose ideas and products that go already beyond what we are asked by those who control our Quality. Because Quality is a way of being, and we like to be able to share it with You.
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