Rowan explains that organic certification bodies conduct a thorough investigation and audit of the farm where the ingredients are sourced, and tests are done to ensure that no chemicals, pesticides, genetically modified ingredients, fertilizers or any poisonous ingredients were used in the soil.

·         Soil Association of the UK, is one of the most highly regarded organic certification bodies and it is currently responsible for certifying 80% of all organic goods sold in the UK. To register a product with the Soil Association, you must use 100% organic ingredients, with nothing else added (this includes water).

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The Ecocert Group is the certification body for sustainable development and it handles the European markets. This is also used in parts of the USA and Japan. To get an EcoCert Organic stamp of approval a minimum of 95% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula, and a minimum of 10% of all ingredients by weight, must come from organic farming. The group also ensures the packaging of the product measures up to its sustainability guidelines.

·         Afrisco is the South African organic accreditation agent. It is able to give its highly accredited stamp of approval to locally grown produce. Soon an official South African organic standard will be available and, along with the Consumer Act and new Labeling Act, you can expect to see some tightening-up of labels regarding organic products in South Africa.

Read Your Labels: As a rule, a good certified organic product will hove natural botanical extracts listed highest on the list of ingredients, while preservatives will be listed nearer to the end, as these should represent the smallest quantities contained in the product. If you're reading a label that has preservatives listed first, then you can almost be guaranteed that this product is not as natural or organic as it claims to be.

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• Esse Gel Cleanser (R130 for 100ml) • Bourjois Bio Detox Organic Perfecting Powder (R140) • Ofra Eyeshadow (R223) • Sh'Zen Perfecting Sugar Scrub for hands (R149) • Priori CoffeeBerry Natureceuticals Perfecting Mineral Foundation (R670) • Pure Beginnings Body Lotion (R76) • Placecol Multi Vitamin Night Lotion (R305) • Spiezia Body Firming Oil (R539 for 100ml) • Ecotools Bamboo 6 piece brush set (R120) • Physicians Formula Organic Wear 2-in-1 Bronzer & Blush (R180) • Earthsap Pomegranate and Soy Shampoo and Conditioner (R37 each) • Coileur Caramel Matt Eye Shadow (R142) • Dr.Hauschka Melissa Day Cream (R386) • AHAVA Caressing Body Sorbet (R430) • African Organics Natural Body Wash (R45) • Africology Anti-Oxidant Masque (R340) • Jane Iredale PurePressed Blush (R305) • Balm Balm Little Miracle Rosehip Serum (R229).

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There are some great local and international organic products available in South Africa. "The best products are those with international certifications, like Soil Association and Ecocert," says Rowan. "Unfortunately our South African certifications are not in the same league as the international ones." It is also best to look at the 100% organic certifications; a product using 60% organic ingredients could be using synthetic ingredients for the other 40%. Also look for products that have been given awards on an international front, as the "organic trend" has been alive and well internationally for at least 30 years, whereas South Africa has been a bit slower to accept the change. Some brands that tick all the right boxes include Spiezia, Balm Balm, Dr Hauschka, Africology and Esse Organic Skincare.

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