Please also remember ‘if you are pregnant or breastfeeding: Pollutants that you ingest through your own cosmetics and care products can also reach your child via the blood and breast milk.
Furthermore, in order to be called a natural cosmetic raw material, it is specified what quality the raw materials must have, how much a natural starting substance may be processed, and which chemical processes are permitted in production.
Transparency and security are provided through well-known and trusted seals such as "NaTrue," "Cosmos," and "Ecocert."
Many natural cosmetics are also richer, which means you need a smaller amount of the sometimes more expensive care product to take care of your child.
The seal of the BDIH (Federal Association of Industrial and Trading Companies for Medicines, Health Food, Dietary Supplements and Cosmetics) stipulates, among other things, that a large part of the plant and animal ingredients must come from controlled organic agriculture. Chemical-synthetic substances such as paraffins and petroleum products, silicones, PEG (polyethylene glycols), synthetic fragrances or organic-synthetic light protection filters and dyes must not be used. Ingredients of plant or animal origin may only be changed by prescribed chemical reactions.
The European natural cosmetics seals BDIH, Ecocert, Cosmebio, ICEA and Soil Association have developed the joint international natural cosmetics standard COSMOS. In addition to the BDIH seal, natural cosmetic products therefore have the designation "COSMOS Natural" for natural cosmetics or "COSMOS Organic" for natural cosmetics in organic quality, where at least 95 percent of the vegetable or animal raw materials in the product must come from organic farming or controlled collection.
The natural cosmetics seal “NaTrue” is awarded if the product consists of purely natural substances. Synthetic fragrances, dyes or petroleum components are absolutely taboo. Even the packaging, as with the BDIH cosmetics seal, is given critical attention.
The NaTrue label promotes better regulation for natural and organic cosmetics and is committed to combating greenwashing and misleading claims about natural and organic cosmetic products. In the NATRUE product database you can find out whether your product is classified as natural or organic cosmetics. Animal experiments are not permitted according to the Cosmetics Ordinance.
Demeter has the highest requirements for the production of organic cosmetics. Demeter has been a pioneer in the organic sector since 1924, making it the oldest organic farming association. Biodynamic agriculture enables a very high quality of raw materials, fertile soils and the best ripening quality. That is why this natural cosmetics seal distinguishes 100 percent natural raw materials, 95 percent of which come from controlled organic cultivation or Demeter contract cultivation, the renunciation of surfactants, glycerine, titanium dioxide, preservatives and alcohol in creams and lotions, as well as the renunciation of nature-identical raw materials.
The trend towards a vegan lifestyle is steadily increasing - many people want to eat better, be more careful with the environment, and preserve plant and animal life. Therefore, if you want to live vegan, you usually do so not only in terms of nutrition. The conscious lifestyle also affects the use of care products that contain animal components: milk, honey, beeswax, wool fat (lanolin) or other animal fats.
For guidance, most vegan care products carry the vegan label of the British Vegan Society. This seal basically prohibits the use of ingredients that come from living or dead animals. In addition, animal testing is prohibited in the development and manufacture of these products. Individual ingredients may not be tested on animals either by the manufacturing company or on their behalf.
However, this does not mean that you can equate vegan cosmetics with natural cosmetics. Although conventional cosmetics can also be free from animal ingredients, they contain ingredients that have been tested on animals. Vegan cosmetics, on the other hand, are purely plant-based and cruelty-free. Both conventional cosmetics and natural cosmetics can therefore be vegan.
Many consumers would also like to avoid plastic in personal care products. But it is still very difficult to identify plastic in cosmetics. The information in the INCI list is often not sufficiently comprehensible. There is currently no generally recognized definition for microplastics either; it mostly refers to solid, non-degradable plastic particles that are smaller than 5 mm. You can recognize them by names such as: nylon, polypropylene, polyethylene, polyurethane or polystyrene. Often the plastic can also be identified by its ingredients with endings such as “-polymer” or “-polyamide”.
But plastics are also used in personal care products such as waxes, gels or as liquid synthetic polymers, which are also not or hardly biodegradable. However, these are usually not referred to as microplastics at all. On the contrary: some suppliers even advertise with the note “without microplastics” on the packaging. The name in the INCI often does not indicate whether it is plastic in solid or liquid form. Attention should be paid to terms such as Crylates Copolymer, Acrylates Crosspolymer, Nylon, Polyacrylate, Polyethylene, Polyurethane, Terephthalate, Polyquaternium, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclomethicone, Silsesquioxane or Trimethylsiloxysilicate.
Because the skin is not only the baby's largest organ, but also one of its most sensitive, we at Töpfer only use valuable raw materials from nature. The labels "BDIH controlled natural cosmetics", COSMOS organic and COSMOS natural give you additional security and prove that we use ingredients from organic cultivation wherever possible. The natural Töpfer baby care products protect sensitive skin from harmful external influences, gently cleanse and provide effective care. Above all, they help the delicate baby skin to gradually build up its own healthy protective function. Our care products are ofcourse free from microplastics, petroleum and silicone oils, contain no synthetic fragrances and are well tolerated. We regularly have the tolerance checked scientifically. Töpfer care products have been recommended by midwives and pediatricians for over 80 years for a reason.
When it comes to a baby's delicate skin, only the best is good enough. But when choosing care products for your baby, you should carefully read the information on the ingredients (INCI) on the packaging, because some of the usual ingredients in baby care products can be harmful to babies. You are on the safe side if you choose certified natural cosmetics.
Not every product that is loudly advertised is actually beneficial to children's sensitive skin, and not every item branded "natural" is made entirely of natural ingredients.
Artificial substances are required in the majority of conventional baby care products. Some of these compounds are allergenic, while others have a harmful impact on a child's hormones and may even be carcinogenic.
The bodies of babies are not yet as resistant to environmental influences as that of an adult. Due to the larger skin surface area in relation to their weight, their more active metabolism and the associated higher basal metabolic rate, babies also absorb more pollutants. In relation to their body weight, their resting oxygen consumption is about 2 to 3 times higher than in adults, i.e. they breathe more and faster. The immune and nervous system develops slowly and detoxification mechanisms are only functional to a limited extent. This favors the emergence of allergies or increases susceptibility to infection.
A newborn baby perceives its first environmental stimuli through its largest sensory organ, its skin. That is why loving body contact is so important during this time. The skin contact gives your baby the feeling of security and intimacy. But as an outer barrier, your child's skin is much thinner and more sensitive than yours and the function of the sebum glands is not yet pronounced - baby skin is therefore rather low in fat and dries out more quickly. The important protective acid mantle is also not yet sufficiently developed. Substances that are applied to the top layer of skin therefore get into the tissue faster and are distributed from there into the body - unfortunately also harmful substances are then stored in the body. These can hinder the healthy metabolic processes that are important for child development or take over natural functions - such as with hormonally active substances - in an uncontrolled manner and harm the child if this frequently occurs or over a long period of time.
Baby skin is particularly sensitive
Substances enter tissue more quickly and are dispersed throughout the body.