ICEA, in English “Ethical and Environmental Certification Institute”, is a nonprofit consortium constituted between associations and organizations operating in the field of activities connected with environment-friendly, fair and long-lasting development, with a view to offering a certification service based on the principles of independence, transparency, objectivity, impartiality and competence, capable of building up suppliers’ and consumers’ confidence in the certified products of organic and natural cosmetics, through verification of product conformity to voluntary or binding regulations. The Consortium’s registered office is in Italy.
The products “ICEA Eco Bio Cosmetics” (ICEA Environment-friendly Cosmetics) are cosmetics or other similar products with the same functions and characteristics in compliance with the “ICEA Environment-friendly Cosmetics” Standard and in particular:
· without the use of genetically modified organisms;
· without the use of ionizing radiations;
· with the use of certified organic vegetable and animal raw materials (complying with the Standard);
· with the use of chemical substances from natural origin or derived from green chemistry, selected under the criteria of environment sustainability and salubriousness.
Priority criteria taken as reference in the selection of raw materials and in the list of substances that are not to be used for certification ICEA Organic Cosmetics & Natural Cosmetics brand are:
· poor skin compatibility;
· toxicity and side effects in humans;
· poor eco-compatibility;
· synthetic origin.
The list of forbbiden substances includes certain classes:
· PEG, PPG derivatives (surfactants, emollients, solubilizing, solvents, etc.;
· ethoxylated compounds (surfactants, emulsifiers, solubilizers, etc.);
· notoriously aggressive surfactants and poor skin-compatible;
· substances that may cause environmental and ecological damage;
· compounds that can give rise to nitrosamines (carcinogenic substances);
· animal derivatives such as collagen, tallow, placenta, etc.;
· Silicones and silicone derivatives;
· Acrylic polymers (rheological modifiers, emulsifiers, film forming, antistatic agents, etc.);
· preservatives such as formaldehyde and its donors, thiazolinones, Phenylmercury derivatives, carbanilides, borates, halogenated phenols, halogenated cresols;
· synthetic origin dyes;
· derivatives of aluminium and silicon of synthetic origin.