What Organic Really Means

Don't be fooled by companies who tell you that they are "Organic" or "Natural". Buyer beware especially when it comes to skin care and cosmetics.

You may appreciate knowing that water cannot be certified as Organic. Most skincare companies make water based products; therefore, any claims made to being organic are inaccurate at best.

"Organic Skincare" Some interesting facts about what it really means, and why I choose to promote only Arbonne products for the entire family. 

The botanical ingredients used in Arbonne's products are organic, from the perspective of having been grown without harmful chemicals or pesticides. Not all ingredients are available as organic which is why we cannot make such a claim that all ingredients are organic or that our products are certified organic.

The raw material used in Arbonne formulas is organic certified by the country of origin. In the case of Arbonne Cosmetics, for example, the country of origin is Swiss. USDA certification is for foods produced in the United States only. Arbonne finished products are not organic certified, thus there is no need to involve USDA.

There are numerous product organizations across America and Europe. From vegan and natural ─ to organic, kosher, Halal, etc. ─ there may be as many as 100 similar organizations in total. The reality is that there is no harmonization among the different organizations and one does not qualify or support the next. Arbonne’s standard is our own internal commitment, as describe by our Ingredient Policy, which is available online at and is also printed in the Product Catalogue. We believe our standard captures the best practices of all of the various organizations.

All of our other products cannot be claimed to be 100% organic - our policy is to use organic ingredients whenever possible. Sometimes, we find that the best quality ingredients are not the organic ones, so we use the ingredients of the higher quality which are not organic in those cases.

Arbonne Product Development’s line of thinking along these lines is to heighten our environmental awareness. When available, and sustainable without shortage issues, organic will be better. Organic does not guarantee purity or safety, but is more beneficial to the farming environment. Science, and testing to ensure purity and safety, is critical. So we need to proceed forward on many fronts. Certain ingredients will never be Organic. They are wild crafted, such as, for example, Eucalyptus in Australia. So in short, Arbonne will continue our plant-based science enhanced commitment. The key is traceability from soil to our bottle.

People often ask if Arbonnes products are ORGANIC. Here are some interesting facts about what that actually means.

(1) Organic standards GREATLY vary around the world.

(2) Soil has been tested around the world and the only TRUE CLEAN soil is in Antarctica and the Swiss alps.
(3) Testing product before AND AFTER formulating to ensure purity/safety is VERY expensive. Most companies only test before. We do both.

Basically, we go above and beyond the US standard of organic! Feel free to create your own exclusive online account and shop retail or at a discount, or contact Meghan for a free skin consultation at