Ilcsi Beautifying Herbs received the BDIH certificate for its 'Ilcsi' and 'ilike' product range for the 8th year in a row in 2016.
BDIH is the non-profit Association of Industries and Trading Firms for pharmaceuticals, health care products, food supplements and personal hygiene products (www.bdih.de).
Transparency for the Consumer
During the collection and production of raw materials, nature is to be disturbed as little as possible. Genetic manipulation and modification are rejected. Renewable and biodegradable materials are preferred because their ecological impact is substantially lower. With natural ingredients, one deals with substances that have been used and studied for ages, so there is a minimal toxicity potential. Natural products most easily fulfill the requirement of accountability and socially responsible production.
Environmentally-friendly production methods, renewable and biodegradable materials and minimal use of packaging are expected.
In 1996, working together with leading natural cosmetics producers, BDIH developed comprehensive guidelines for certified natural cosmetics, keeping in mind the expectations of consumers.
These guidelines are ....
1. As far as possible, raw materials obtained from plants should be used from controlled biological cultivation and controlled biological wild collections
2. No animal testing may be performed or commissioned when end products are manufactured, developed or tested.
3. The use of inorganic salts and raw materials obtained from minerals is generally permitted, except for those listed in point 5.
4. Raw materials with restricted use - For the production of natural cosmetics, it is permissible to use components which are extracted through hydrolysis, hydrogenation, esterification, transesterification or other crackings and condensations from the following natural materials:
- fats, oils and waxes
- monosaccharides, oligosaccharides and polysaccharides
- proteins and lipoproteins
The actual raw material use is regulated by the positive list for development and production of certified natural cosmetics.
5. Deliberate rejection of
- organic-synthetic dyes
- synthetic fragrances
- ethoxylated raw materials
- paraffin and other petroleum products
6. Preservation - To ensure that products are microbiologically safe, certain nature-identical preservatives are allowed in addition to natural preservatives. These are:
- benzoic acid, its salts and ethylester
- salicylic acid and its salts
- sorbic acid and its salts
- benzyl alcohol
7. It is forbidden to disinfect organic raw materials and completed cosmetic products using radioactive radiation.
8. Certified Natural Cosmetics - A neutral control body checks that the above criteria are complied with. The association's label is used to indicate that the criteria have been complied with.
The BDIH logo on our products guarantees that they meet the highest standards of natural cosmetics. ILCSI - The Natural Choice