Frequently asked questions about

the word [Organic.]

hat does “Organic” mean?

That depends. In a general sense, it refers to living things produced in a natural environment without the aid of man-made synthetics. In the US, a food product called “organic” legally must contain at least 95% organic ingredients, not counting added water and salt. A non-food product that is not USDA certified organic, such as a body care product, has no such legal requirements. It can contain just about anything, including chemical preservatives, fragrance oils, detergents and other synthetic ingredients.

What does “USDA Organic” mean?

It means that the product must conform to the USDA Organic food standard—a US federal law—the strictest organic standard in the world. When you see the USDA Organic seal, it’s essentially a guarantee that a product contains no synthetic ingredients. Funny, isn’t it, that you hardly ever see the USDA seal on so-called “organic” body care products? Bottom line: if it doesn’t have the seal, it ain’t the real deal. Simple as that.