Beauty Package Symbols

Have you ever wondered what those little symbols on the back of a jar of moisturizer mean exactly? For the most part they are ignored by consumers because many people have no idea what they even mean! Knowing these symbols can really help you know when a product is expired, how to store them properly and if it contains certain ingredients you may be trying to avoid for health reasons.

Period After Opening Jar

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This little jar indicates how long a product is good for after you've opened it. It usually has a number inside the jar followed by a "m" which mean the number of months. For example this product would be 6 months. However; it is also advised to store the product properly to make it last to the maximum amount of time. Vitamin C serum for example likes cool dark places like a medicine cabinet.

Recycled Packaging

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This symbol lets you know that the container and/or box the product came in was made from recycled materials. Sometimes there is a little number inside which indicates the specific type of plastic it is. This number helps to facilitate the recycling process.

Green Dot

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This symbol is the European standard for recycled packaging. It actually means the manufacturer of the product contributes to the cost and recovery of recycled products. This symbol is not to be replaced by the made of recycled materials and to be recycled symbol.

Bunnies

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There are three different bunny symbols and they are three different organizations. Which logo is used depends on the origin of the product and which organization the manufacturer decided to get it certified by. They all mean cruelty free and not tested on animals. Save the bunnies!

Vegetarian + Vegan

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This brings me to vegetarian and vegan products. Just because something is cruelty free doesn't necessarily mean it is animal ingredient free. Just like vegetarian and vegan diets it means the same thing as in regards to animals and animal by products. It must specifically say vegan to ensure the product does not contain any animal ingredients such as honey or gelatin for example. However, vegetarian still may contain animal by products such as beeswax and lactic acid which is derived from milk.

ECOCERT

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ECOCERT is a non-government organic certification agency that was founded in France in 1991. Though it is based in Europe they certify cosmetic products as well as household and food all over the world. The ECOCERT standard is that 95% of the ingredients must be plant-based and 10% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming. Also, the formulation must have an absence of GMO, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes, animal-derived ingredients unless naturally products such as milk and honey. The packaging must be recyclable as well.

USDA Organic

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United States Department of Agriculture is a government agency which organic standards are enforced. However, the USDA Organic agency mainly recognizes food and recently started to recognize beauty products. While there are certain food type ingredients used in beauty and cosmetic products they do no recognize the natural and organic non-food ingredients. (For example: honey, sea salt, lavender)

Certified Gluten-Free

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GF means there are no gluten proteins found in the products. Specifically in beauty products there are certain wheat ingredients used and they are pretty beneficial for the skin and hair. Some facial cleansers, body washes and shampoos use the wheat ingredient sodium lauroyl oat amino acids which act as a cleansing agent to the skin or hair. Hydrolyzed wheat protein is another wheat ingredient that is found in hair conditioner and leaves a layer of natural hydration on the hair. And I am sure we have all heard of wheat germ oil which can be used in many skin care oils and moisturizers. It has some pretty potent regenerative and hydrating properties. Read my blog post about Gluten Free Products for more information on the subject.

Further Information

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This strange little hand and book means that there isn't enough room on the bottle/jar to give all the information on the proper usage of the product. This is an indication for you to look on the box it came in or instructional leaflet. This is good safety idea especially with a new product so you know if maybe you shouldn't go out in the sun while using it or use it a few times a week.

Estimated Symbol

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The estimated symbol or for short a lowercase "e" indicates that the product will be no less than the stated amount on the label. This means you will get what you pay for! It is found on products made in Europe.

Aluminum + Flammable

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These two symbols you will mostly see on aerosol cans of hairspray and sunscreen. They are highly flammable and the aluminum is recyclable.