A guide to the symbols on Motherlove products
August 19, 2013
Ever wonder what those little symbols on body care products mean? We thought we’d explain the meaning and importance of the symbols you’ll find on our products.
The Leaping Bunny is a symbol marking a product as “cruelty free.” This means that the product and its ingredients were not tested on animals. These products are certified ‘cruelty free’ under the internationally-recognised Humane Cosmetics or Humane Household Products Standards. Some products say “no animal testing” or “against animal testing,” but only products with this symbol are certified as entirely cruelty free.
The USDA Organic symbol recognizes that a product is certified to contain at least 95% organic ingredients. Organic ingredients are certified to have been raised without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and certified organic products cannot contain artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors, or genetically modified ingredients. In addition to this symbol, all of our labels identify which ingredients are organic.
The familiar recycle symbol on our products indicates that the product is recyclable. We use glass containers for many of our products because they can be recycled into new glass products (and unlike plastic, glass can be endlessly recycled). You can read more about the many reasons why we use glass packaging for many of our products.
In addition to these labels, all Motherlove products are rated as “zero” (zero toxins) by the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. Motherlove was also recently named a “Champion” (the highest level of compliance) of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics. The Compact is a voluntary pledge to avoid chemicals banned in other countries, avoid harmful ingredients whenever possible, and fully disclose product ingredients. You can learn more on body care ingredients to avoid on our blog.