VALU-CERT prize at BeC for organic cosmetic line Terra Biocare

img_3075On occasion of IX PHARMEXPO – the exhibition for pharmaceutical and health care products –  at Mostra d’Oltremare (Naples) on November 2016, the distinguished companies for the best communication skills of their own brand have been awarded the FARMAFFARI and VALU-CERT prizes. The latter one, named “the value of certification” was addressed to cosmetic companies with the best disclosure on certification of their organic cosmetics. Since 2005, the marketing prize FARMAFFARI – powered by AEREC (European Academia for Economic and Cultural Relations), ASSOGENERICI, ENPAF, UNICOM, AIMF, ANCTF, FEDERLAZIO – awards the best advertising in health care. The congress was organized by Dr Mariano Marotta (director of Studio SviMM – Development and Marketing) and has shown the cosmetic companies’ trend in gaining certification to better testify commitment in environment issues and guarantee the best quality to the consumer.

As a company committed to organic cosmetics, BeC has been awarded the “VALU-CERT: the  value of certification” prize for having actively put effort in disclose the importance of EcoCert certification of  the organic cosmetic line “Terra Biocare”. Dr. Oriana Chinni, responsible of cosmetics R&D received the prize along with a lithography of Massimo Pennacchini and the book “Regulatory affairs expert”.

img_2382Organic mission of BeC continues with Terra Biocare:

At BeC we have chosen Ecocert Greenlife certification for our organic cosmetics entrusting this independent certification body Ecocert aiming to develop and support those agricultural techniques that have full commitment to respect and protection of the environment. The basic principles of Ecocert standards consider that the eco-friendly cosmetics should be made only of ingredients deriving from renewable sources and produced by procedures with a reduced impact on environment. Basic requirements to be met according Ecocert accreditation are the absence of GMO (genetically modified organisms), of synthetic preservatives, of synthetic parfums, of nanoparticles, of silicones, of PEG polymers and dyes, along with ingredients from animal origin. Moreover, packaging materials are required to be biodegradable and recyclable. The ORGANIC COSMETICS label validated by Ecocert on our cosmetic products Terra biocare certifies that they contain at least 95% of ingredients of natural origin, and at least 95% of vegetable ingredients (however not less than 10% of the whole amount) comes from organic farming. Terra biocare: top quality products made for an environmentally and socially responsible life-style, in the  fullest harmony between Man and Nature.

Earth Day, a little help for our Planet!

Earth-DayWe are now entering the 46th year of Earth Day, the occasion that constantly attracts the interest of critical and eco-friendly consumption. Several challenging ideas and good actions are on the table to ignite passion and motivate people to action in saving our Planet. In 1970, the year of the first Earth Day, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness: channeling human energy toward environmental issues. Forty-six years later, earth day movement continues to lead with groundbreaking ideas and with the power of a simple example: TREES for the EARTH, let’s plant 7.8 billion trees for the Earth! Let’s divest from fossil fuels and make cities 100% renewable. Among principal goals of Earth Day, there is the need to promote a major consciousness in the citizens with respect to purchases and life-style. Hoping that the decision makers will be guided by means of strict criteria of social and economic sustainability.

In our own small way, how can we contribute to the main goal of environmental protection and promote ethic and eco-friendly consumption?  BeC, as a natural cosmetics company, has recently devoted a growing attention toward organic and eco-friendly cosmetics, for this reason we created our organic cosmetics line Terra biocare. Beside having a high amount of ingredients coming from organic farming, the organic cosmetics have low impact on environment during each production process. Indeed, even natural ingredients will not allowed in a certain formulation if they do not guarantee low environmental impact. Such  attention includes packaging materials in the overall supply chain. In eco-friendly cosmetics development, particular attention is paid to the easiness of waste management in the overall supply chain.

On the occasion, we report here an abstract of an interview by CosmesiDoc where we’ve been asked how sustainability issues could be linked to the cosmetic world:

Environmentally conscious consumers address their attention to environmental protection by choosing not only sustainable food but also eco-friendly wellness products. In particular, organic cosmetics are eco-friendly products that represent the harmony between Man and Nature. Our certified organic cosmetic line is directed to everyone who wants to approach a more conscious, ethic and eco-friendly life-style, without sacrificing their efficacy. This very relevant point deserves further attention: if consumers give away their full satisfaction with the efficacy of a certain product, sooner or later they will be disappointed and will change their mind, the will go back looking for something that better meets their actual needs.  It would be a failure! It is important that organic products have good efficacy and fully satisfying performance, in order to be perceived not as a renouncement. The environmentally conscious choice will then be sustainable in the long-term for the consumer… that is really sustainable!

However, BeC commitment to the environment does not deal exclusively with the organic Terra biocare line: since long ago, BeC has been adopting an integrated Quality and Environment Management System, for R&D, production and commercial activities, according to the international standard ISO 9001 (Quality) and ISO 14001 (Environment). The system guarantees the continuous improvement, year by year, of both the performance and the monitoring of environmental impact, prompted by previously achieved results. Among the pursued goals, BeC uses only certified FSC paper as material for secondary packaging of all products. This guarantees the responsible management of forests and the sustainable handling of natural resources.

Environmental protection, ecology and sustainability are the driving forces that have to lead industrial production, from little craft business up to the big industrial firms, wishing more awareness for every actor of the supply chain. Thanks to Earth Day, let’s commit to promoting knowledge and exchange of ideas for an eco-friendly and better future… the Earth will thank us!

Magnolia: a Nature’s gift! The beneficial properties of the Eastern bark

magnoliaMagnolia officinalis is one of flowering plant of Magnoliaceae family, originating from Far East (China, Thailand, Korea and Japan). Several officinal extracts from bark and strobili have been used in traditional eastern medicine. In particular, special decoctions or teas from Magnolia bark have been used for 2000 years in traditional Chinese medicine for treating different disorders, such as cough, asthma and gastrointestinal or urinary tract illnesses. The eastern herbalist preparation, known as “Saiboku-to” – containing Magnolia bark – have been used up till now to alleviate asthma and  anxiety as well.

The majority of beneficial activities of Magnolia derive from certain allyl-phenols, such as magnolol and honokiol. Several pharmacological activities are ascribed to Magnolia:  the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotectant activities along with the ability to inhibit platelets aggregation. Among the new promising actions it should be cited the action in contrast angiogenesis and certain tumor mechanisms. Bioactive components of Magnolia (above all honokiol) have been attracted deep interest: scientific community is investigating beneficial activity toward anxiety, depression and stress treatment. Among documented scientific properties, particular attention is addressed to antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and hepato-protective properties.

The relevant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities of Magnolia have been explored for cosmetic purposes, as well. Very recently, great interest have been addressed to antimicrobial activities in topical formulation: Magnolia shows beneficial effects in  young skin in limiting acne related bacteria such as Propionibacterium acnes. Moreover, recent studies on oral-care applications have been shown magnolol and honokiol are able to modulate cellular activities of microorganisms causing dental caries.

magnolia2Thanks to antibacterial properties of Magnolia, the bark extract have useful cosmetic applications both as new organic or natural preservative and as active ingredient with antiseptic and dermo-hugienic properties, useful in preventing skin infections. Magnolia officinalis could represent an alternative preservative in skin-care cosmetics and a functional ingredient being twice as precious and useful. For these reasons, we envisioned to include Magnolia extract in several products of our traditional BeC cosmetic line. In particular, it is an ingredient of Nuova Maschera and Pasta Idrogel, contributing to important dermopurifying properties. The soothing cream VelvÈ contains Magnolia extract (rich in magnolol and honokiol) that helps in tackling cellular aging, alleviates irritation phenomena and contributes to limit skin oxidative processes.

Thanks to its clean and eco-friendly production processes, approved by certification bodies like Ecocert, Magnolia extract could be included also in our new organic cosmetic line Terra biocare, We include it in the specifically designed formulation for delicate and impure skin: the face organic cream PuraBi.

Definitely, Magnolia bark with its synergic properties appears as a Nature’s gift: traditionally used for calming and relaxing properties since centuries, it has nowadays showed precious antioxidant, antimicrobial and dermohygienic properties, exploited with knowledge in natural cosmetics.

Why can’t cosmetics be 100% organic?

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If the label states a cosmetic product is “organic”, does it mean it is 100% organic? In some cases we read specific percentage values of organic content in the label and we may wonder why is not 100% organic. Let’s clarify the matter: obtaining a cosmetic that is 100% organic is almost impossible, if we exclude simple products like oils and butters. The reason is found on the origin of the ingredients.  For instance, let’s consider water: it is the principal ingredient of many formulations and it can’t be considered organic even though is natural par excellence. Indeed it is not coming from farming so it can’t be certified as organic! For this reason water should not be included in the percentage of organic ingredients in a cosmetic product. Other natural ingredients that are not plant-based ingredients, but obtained by physical extraction from rocks (talc, clay) or by spontaneous collection (silt, algae) have often not been evaluated by any certification body, so they can’t be called organic!

Surfactants, emulsifying and moisturizing agents (technical ingredients used for build and stabilize emulsion) could be of natural origin, eco-friendly and biodegradable, but they can’t be organic. In order to be able to perform their function, they have been modified by man and they are no more strictly plant components (grown with organic farming) obtained only by mean of  physical processes.

The majority of organic cosmetics DOES NOT display the percentage of organic ingredients, but only the “ORGANIC” logo: that does not mean that the products are 100% organic, even if we might automatically believe they are.

All the cosmetic products of our Terra biocare line clearly display on the label the real amount of organic ingredients, expressed as percentage out of total formula. The possibility to verify on the label the real percentage of organics is an asset, with stands for our transparency toward consumers: it helps better understand the real composition of the cosmetic product.

Be careful! Reading on a label the real ORGANIC percentage does not mean the product has less value with respect to products that do not clearly indicate this information. Exactly the opposite is true!

Every product of our  Terra biocare line contains at least 95% of organic ingredients out of total ingredients coming from farming, i.e. with respect to the maximum possible organic content.

Terra biocare: the importance of organic certification

terraecocertMany certification bodies can provide control and certification of cosmetic products (and its ingredients) in order to meet some standard requirements for natural or organic labelling. We have already discussed the differences between the natural and organic concepts, so we now focus on organic the products belonging to our eco-friendly cosmetic line Terra biocare, with was formulated with high content of ingredients of vegetable origin and coming from organic farming. At BeC we have chosen Ecocert Greenlife certification for our organic cosmetics entrusting this independent certification body Ecocert, founded in France more than twenty years ago with the aim to develop and support those agricultural techniques that have full commitment to respect and protection of the environment. The basic principles of Ecocert standards consider that the eco-friendly cosmetics should be made only of ingredients deriving from renewable sources and produced by procedures with a reduced impact on environment. Basic requirements to be met according Ecocert accreditation are the absence of GMO (genetically modified organisms), of synthetic preservatives such as parabens and phenoxyethanol, of synthetic parfums, of nanoparticles, of silicones, of PEG polymers and dyes, along with ingredients from animal origin (other than those naturally derived, like milk, honey etc.). Moreover, packaging materials are required to be biodegradable and recyclable. The ORGANIC COSMETICS label validated by Ecocert on our cosmetic products Terra biocare certifies that they contain at least 95% of ingredients of natural origin, and at least 95% of vegetable ingredients (however not less than 10% of the whole amount) comes from organic farming. All natural and organic ingredients of Terra biocare are obtained by means of simple extraction procedures approved by the certification body, which have minimum impact on the environment.
 The organic certified cosmetic line Terra biocare is dedicated to everyone who wants to approach a more conscious, ethic and eco-friendly life-style, without sacrificing efficacy. Terra biocare, with its fresh and simple personality, is effective but delicate and is ideal for people who want to contribute to minimizing the environmental impact.  Top quality products made for an environmentally and socially responsible life-style, in the  fullest harmony between Man and Nature.

Natural, Organic and eco-friendly Cosmetics?

Beauty does not come only from the care of our appearance, but is also the projection of our ethic and inner being

cosmetici bioThe approach to natural and organic cosmetics is achieving resounding attention from consumers thanks to a revived interest toward eco-friendly consumption both in the world of nutrition and in that of cosmetics. This relevant trend to critical consumption stimulates professionals and operators to better claritfy the concepts of Natural and Organic cosmetics so to allow for a more informed and conscious choice.

Natural cosmetics

Natural cosmetic are exclusively (or nearly so) formulated with ingredients of vegetable origin. Natural cosmetics are not intended to contain chemical components such as silicones, petrolatum, mineral oils, polymers and synthetic preservatives. Research is addressing to investigate skin-friendly products in order to limit irritation and sensitization onsets.

Organic Cosmetics

Organic and eco-friendly products are designed with a special attention toward the environment, i.e. limiting the impact on it. They have a certain amount of ingredients of vegetable origin and coming from organic farming. Organic and eco-friendly cosmetics are developed by taking into the highest consideration the production procedures of raw materials: they should to be obtained from organic agriculture respecting animal wellness. A growing attention is also being addressed to the use of eco-friendly packaging materials and procedures.

Which consequences does the choice of  natural or organic cosmetics implicate?

One of the basic reasons to choose a natural cosmetic is to answer to the higher consciousness and ethic sensitivity concerning environmental issues, without renouncing the efficacy of the product. Choosing an organic cosmetic meets the renewed care for pollution, environmental issues and eco-friendly consumption, not only by the final consumers but also by each component of the supply chain.