We’re Officially Vegan and Cruelty-Free Hooray!
This week marks a fabulous occasion for KOHA Beauty, as we are delighted to announce that we have just received our PETA certification as an ethical and cruelty-free company. Our konjac sponges have also just received an extra certification as being completely vegan-friendly, which we are thrilled about too. We have always been proud to be a cruelty-free company and having this official certification means the world to us and will hopefully help our vegan customers feel confident in buying with us.
But what does this certification actually mean? There are so many labels around at the moment that sometimes it can be difficult to understand exactly what each one means, so read on to find out more about what these categories really mean…
Here’s where we slot into! There’s no legal regulation on vegan-labelled products, so the best way to make sure that what you’re buying is really vegan-friendly is to ensure that it bears the stamp of approval from an organisation such as PETA (like us), The Vegan Society or Leaping Bunny. These certifications show that products don’t contain any animal extracts or by-products, and that products or ingredients have never been tested on animals.
Another one of our proud hallmarks, cruelty-free skincare is more popular than ever before. The term ‘cruelty-free’ means that there has never been any testing on animals at any stage of a product’s creation, manufacture or distribution – but remember that this label applies only to the creation/distribution of the product, and not to the ingredients itself. It is possible for a product to be cruelty-free, but also to contain non-vegan ingredients, such as honey, beeswax or lanolin.
You can easily spot cruelty-free products if they sport a badge from one of the companies we mentioned above.
This can be the most overused descriptive term in the beauty world, as a product can be described as ‘natural’ even if it has just 1% of naturally-sourced, plant-based or mineral ingredients. The best way to understand how natural a product is, is to check the ingredients listing – the botanicals will usually be listed towards the top of the list whilst any synthetic ingredients will be nearer the bottom, meaning that they’re less prevalent in the product.
Many natural products bear The Soil Association’s Cosmos Natural logo, which guarantees that products do not contain GM ingredients, controversial chemicals, parabens, phthalates or synthetic colours, dyes and fragrances.
Another cheeky one often used by the mainstream beauty industry, as technically, you can term a product ‘organic’ even if it only contains a tiny percentage of an organic ingredient. The best way to make sure that you’re getting a high-quality organic product is to make sure it bears the Soil Association’s Organic Logo, certifying that products are made using sustainable, organic ingredients and also aren’t tested on animals.
A loose term, but generally this means that these products are free from sulphates, silicones, phthalates, parabens, pesticides, petroleum derivatives, artificial colouring and synthetic fragrances.
Fair Trade Products
Fair Trade is something we’ve all heard of, but what does it mean? Carrying the Fair Trade logo ensures that ingredients are bought at a fair price, to ensure sustainable wages for the farmers who grew the ingredients. In skincare, this most commonly applies to coconuts, argan, apricot and brazil nut oils, and shea butter, but the list is endless. Fair Trade products are always clearly marked with the Fair Trade logo, so you can feel confident in your purchase.
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