All about organic certification and what it means for organic deodorant

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Did you know, the FDA does NOT define or regulate the term “organic,” as it applies to personal care products?

The USDA regulates the term “organic” as it applies to agricultural products (food).   However if a personal care product contains or is made up of agricultural ingredients, and can meet the USDA standards, it can be certified under their regulations. 

In order to be certified USDA “Organic” the product must contain at least 95 percent organically produced ingredients - for our deodorant that is impossible because we have chosen to use candellila wax (that is harvested by wildcrafting).  Our organic alternative option is to use beeswax BUT because beeswax is not vegan, and there is controversy over the ethicalness of using the bee's wax, we have chosen not to use it.  

All that being said, the other main disadvantage to becoming certified organic, is the cost, as the process of applying for, meeting requirements and maintaining certification. And unfortunately, that cost is ultimately passed on the customer.  We have instead chosen to be transparent about our ingredient usage and to educate our customers on why we use what we use.  For that reason we have chosen not to certify any of our products.  Our prices are already higher than the conventional products and we don't want to have to increase the cost more to cover the certification. 

Ready to learn more about organic deodorant?  Check out The Ultimate Guide to Understand Organic Deodorant 


What are the benefits of organic deodorant? We think everyone can benefit from making the switch from conventional antiperspirants to natural deodorant. Our original formula works really, really well for more people, and it has a money back guarantee, so why not give it a try and see what you think?

What are the different organic certifications? In the United States only USDA certified organic is available. 

What does USDA organic mean? the product must contain at least 95 percent organically produced ingredients