The criteria for assessing the natural or organic quality of foods are different from those applied to cosmetics. Unlike agro-food, there is no definition of a “natural” or “organic” product in cosmetics, nor a consolidated EU legislation.

For this reason, several private and voluntary standards – each with their respective definitions and labels – have been specifically created to offer greater guarantees on the composition and quality of a cosmetic product, as well as to address the lack of common, harmonized parameters for natural and organic cosmetics.

Among these standards, NATRUE is nowadays a benchmark for the European and international markets of organic and natural cosmetics. The NATRUE label, created in 2008, sets a high standard and ensures, to both consumers and producers, that only quality natural and organic cosmetics with the highest levels of natural and organic ingredients can be NATRUE certified.

From 2009, Ecogruppo Italia is a “NAC” (NATRUE Approved Certifier), which means that we have official permission to certify ingredients and finished products according to NATRUE criteria, after having undergone a careful and rigorous control.


Ecogruppo Italia is accredited by IOAS for the scope of product certification. Registration number: 109. Please refer to for current information



The NATRUE standard is applicable to both raw materials and finished products intended for cosmetic use. Formulation approval is also available: it is intended for third-party manufacturers who want to sell their formulas to brand owners so they can use them under their own brand name.

As confirmation of its serious commitment to fight greenwashing, the NATRUE label can only be granted if at least 75% (i.e. 8 out of 10) of the products of the same brand or sub-brand are NATRUE certified: this rule prevents brands from marketing one or two NATRUE certified “hero products” while keeping the rest of the line as conventionally formulated ones, which can be misleading for consumers as they might believe that all the products of the brand are certified as natural or organic cosmetics under the NATRUE Label.


NATRUE Label criteria: requirements to be met by natural and organic cosmetics (last updated: 2021)
Annexes to NATRUE criteria (last updated: 2023)
How to certify your finished products with NATRUE
How to certify your raw materials with NATRUE
General conditions for the NATRUE certification (last updated: 2022)
Info request sheet
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You can check all NATRUE certified products directly on the NATRUE database.
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