What Does Organic Really Mean?

Did you know that not all countries use the term “organic”, as some never even use pesticides and chemicals?  Why would they even need to use that word?  Although Arbonne’s ingredients are sourced from all over the globe, it is impossible for us to be “certified” organic.



Arbonne International, corporate, states:

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 arbonne.com 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 trace ability from soil to our bottle.


In addition, per Arbonne’s Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Peter Matravers, people often ask if Arbonne’s Swiss 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 located in Antarctica and the Swiss Alps.
(3) Testing a product before and after formulating to ensure purity/safety is VERY expensive. Most companies only test before. We do BOTH.

Arbonne goes above and beyond the US standards of organic.

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Information provided by Dr. Peter Matravers, PhD and product development at Arbonne

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