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As we are working on perfect our Personal Care Products and Home Care Products for the Sixth Sense Apothecary Brand, and sub-divisions of that brand, we are keeping in mind that the ultimate goal is to once again have that brand certified as a "Natural Product" under the guidelines provided by The Natural Products Association. Until then, we are making the pledge to follow their guidelines in any of the Home Care Products and Personal Care Products that we sell on this site, without regard to it having the Sixth Sense Apothecary brand label on it.

The Essence of the NPA Natural Standard for Home Care Products

The NPA Natural Standard for Home Care Products is based on natural ingredients, safety, responsibility and sustainability.

  • Natural Ingredients: A product labeled "natural" should be made up of only, or at least almost only, natural ingredients and be manufactured with appropriate processes.

  • Safety: A product labeled "natural" should avoid any ingredient that has peer-reviewed, scientific research showing human health or environmental risk.

  • Responsibility: A product labeled "natural" should use no animal testing in its development except where required by law.

  • Sustainability: A product labeled "natural" should use biodegradable ingredients and the most environmentally sensitive packaging.

The Natural Certification Program and Seal of Approval

Under this program, products must follow strict guidelines set out by NPA to merit the seal. The criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Product must be made up of at least 95 percent truly natural ingredients or ingredients that are derived from natural sources, excluding water

  • No ingredients with any suspected human health risks

  • No processes that significantly or adversely alter the natural ingredients

  • Ingredients that come from a purposeful, natural source (flora, fauna, mineral)

  • Processes that are minimal and don't use synthetic/harsh chemicals

  • Non-natural ingredients only when no viable natural alternative ingredient are available and only when there are absolutely no suspected potential human health risks

 

Transparency and full disclosure of ingredients per CSPA Voluntary Ingredient Communications Program utilizing INCI labeling standards for each ingredient, the substance must be listed as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FDA when used in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and contain no residues of heavy metals or other contaminants in excess of tolerances set by the FDA or the EPA or has been reviewed using criteria in this Standard. NPA has developed the NPA Illustrative List as a reference document for the NPA Natural Standard and Certification Program for home care products.

The Essence of the NPA Natural Standard for Personal Care Products

The NPA Natural Standard is based on natural ingredients, safety, responsibility and sustainability.

  • Natural Ingredients: A product labeled "natural" should be made up of only, or at least almost only, natural ingredients and be manufactured with appropriate processes to maintain ingredient purity.

  • Safety: A product labeled "natural" should avoid any ingredient with a suspected human health risk.

  • Responsibility: A product labeled "natural" should use no animal testing in its development.

  • Sustainability: A product labeled "natural" should use biodegradable ingredients and the most environmentally sensitive packaging.

Under the Natural Standard for Personal Care Products, allowed ingredients come from or are made from a renewable resource found in nature (flora, fauna, mineral), with absolutely no petroleum compounds.

 

For each ingredient, the substance must be listed as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FDA when used in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and contain no residues of heavy metals or other contaminants in excess of tolerances set by the FDA or the EPA or has been reviewed using criteria in this standard. NPA has developed the NPA Illustrative List as a reference document for the NPA Natural Standard and Certification Program.

 

The Illustrative List lists ingredients that may be allowed for products certified under the NPA Natural Standard because they meet the NPA definition of natural or they are allowed synthetics under the NPA Natural Standard. This list is not definitive and even though an ingredient is included on this list, it may not be accepted in all available forms. For example, an ingredient on the list may be available in both a natural (or natural sourced) form and synthetic (or synthetic sourced) form. In these cases, only those from the natural sources would be allowed.

     

To determine if an ingredient is appropriate for a NPA-Certified Natural Product, manufacturers must evaluate the ingredient to assure that it is made with raw materials from natural sources, verify it has been manufactured using the allowed ecological processes outlined in the NPA Natural Standard, and that the ingredient does not contain any prohibited substances identified in the Natural Standard. Manufacturers and retailers can find the definition of Natural, and a list description of allowed and prohibited ingredients and processes within the appendix of the Natural Standard for Personal Care Products. For a list of allowed commonly used ingredients, refer to the NPA Illustrative List.

 

The Natural Standard for Personal Care Products requires that companies be transparent, fully disclosing their ingredients accurately and truthfully. They should strive to maximize their use of recyclable and post-consumer recycled content in packaging. And no animal testing of ingredients or products is allowed. Companies must also provide verifiable information regarding all company personal care products to confirm that 60 percent of the personal care products in that brand line meet the NPA Natural Standard requirements.

What the NPA Natural Seal Means for You the Consumers:

The standard will help you become more educated about ingredients and processes considered natural. It gives consumers the information you need to easily identify which personal care products meet the standard for natural, and make the best decisions when choosing products. Learn more.

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