In recent years use of the word "organic" has become regulated by various governmental agencies in the USA, the many states, and some foreign countries. In the USA, "organic" is a legal term that refers, in part, to agricultural products grown in a specified manner, without pestisides; to the process itself; as well as to foods that meet a specific standard for the manner in which it is grown, handled, processed and sold.
In the context of cosmetic products "organic" does not have much real meaning. Very few cosmetics, with the exception of pure agriculture products like Argan Oil sold for cosmetic purpse, are truly "organic" because they are not by and large agricultural products. However, in the year 2002 the Unites States Department of Agriculture (USDA) amended the National Organic Program (NOP) program, which had previously only applied to foods, to allow for cosmetic products that are made with at least 70% organic agricultural content to advertise as "made with organic ingredients" on their labels. Products made with 95% or more organic material can be marketed on label as "organic" products and are allowed to affix the USDA Organic Seal on the outer package. Only products that are made from 100% pure organic agricultural material can be referred to as "100% Organic" and display USDA Organic Seal.
While each DermOrganic® branded product contains at least one organic ingredient, at this time none of them are formulated to the 70% or more standard and are not labeled as "organic" or intended to be represented as "organic" nor sold as "organic". Dermorganic® is a federal trademark granted to us by the United States Patent & Trademark Office in 1996, as well as in the EU and other venues, and is part of our company name DermOrganic® Laboratories, Inc. which was chartered in the State of California in 1995. The regulations defining the use of the word "organic" changed sometime after the formation of our company and the use of our trademark. We are currently investigating the feasibility of converting our products to one of the certifiable standards and will update this website if/when a determination has been made.
-Stephen Mastey, President & Founder, DermOrganic® Laboratories, Inc.
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