Having a hard time reading the labels on your products?
2. Active vs Inactive: An active ingredient is one approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration to perform a specific function for a specific condition. IE: zinc oxide for sun protection Active ingredients are listed, along with their percentages, a short description of how they work in a product, and how the product that contains them should be applied. “Inactive” ingredients are not actually inactive; they are the supporting ingredients in the formula.
3. Ingredients must be identified by their "common names" in English on product labels in the United States. Many companies will also include the Latin name. IE: Lavender is the English common name, Lavandula angustifolia or Lavandula officinalis is the Latin name.
- Peta Certified: Companies listed either signed PETA's statement of assurance or provided a statement verifying that they do not conduct or commission any animal tests on ingredients, formulations, or finished products and that they pledge not to do so in the future. "Cruelty-Free and Vegan" also designates that the company sells an entirely vegan product line.
- 1% for the planet: 1% for the Planet was founded to prevent greenwashing, certify reputable giving and provide accountability. The 1% for the Planet certification is given to businesses and individuals that meet our high-bar commitment—donate 1% of annual sales or salary to environmental causes.
- USDA Certified Organic: In order for a product to be considered ‘certified organic,’ the item must be 95% or higher free of synthetic additives like pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and dyes.
Difference between Vegan and Cruelty Free
- Vegan: For a product to be considered vegan, it must not contain animal products or by-products [and] must not be tested on animals.
- Cruelty-Free: For a product to be considered cruelty-free any and all parts of the formula cannot be tested on animals.