Category Archives: USDA Certified Organic

Are you Organic Savvy?

Q1- What Percentage of Ingredients must be Organic to qualify a product as “Certified Organic”?
Answer- Minimum of 95%
Q2- What Percentage of Ingredients must be Organic to qualify a product as “100% Certified Organic”?
Answer- 100%
Yes this is a trick question.
Q3- Can salt or water be certified Organic?
Answer- No
A product may ONLY be considered “Certified Organic” if its agricultural components comply with the strict regulations of the NOP (National Organic Program).  Being that salt is a mineral, and water is a chemical matter; neither is an agricultural product and therefore must be excluded when calculating the percentage of organic ingredients.

Q4- Is Natural Considered Organic?
Answer- No
Let’s first start out by defining what Organic means when referred to as Organic product. According to the CCOF, and as defined in their document (, Organic food is produced without using most conventional, harmful, toxic pesticides, petroleum-based, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), bioengineering, or ionizing radiation. Organic meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones and that have not been cloned. 
Now let’s clarify, a product that is labeled Natural is not to be assumed its Organic.  By stating a product is Natural, one is stating a product is compound by chemicals or substances that are created from a living organism, found in nature.  As the CCOF clearly defines, there are no federal standards for “natural”, “local” or “sustainable” claims. These products may include toxic pesticides, genetically modified organisms or synthetic substances that are prohibited in organic production.

Q5- Is a product “Certified Organic” if the label says so?
Answer- No
Know your ingredients!  See answers for Questions 1-4 and look for the USDA and CCOF logos for the comfort of knowing the products you’re using are CERTIFIED ORGANIC!

Know Your Labels!

Are the products you’re purchasing really organic? Thanks to the CCOF (a premier Organic certification program) we can show you exactly what to look for to ensure you are getting the fullest organic integrity out of the products you buy!  For more information, you can check out CCOF’s flier available at:

Certified organic or not?

Many companies are under fire for using the term “organic” on their packaging. The confusion seems to be; if the word “organic” is used, it alludes to the idea that  the product is entirely good for you; after all if it says “organic” shouldn’t it be good? There are many different ways the term can be used. The best way to identify what these terms mean is by going to a source that knows, instead of relying on a company’s marketing to explain it. Here is a great explanation provided by CCOF (Certified California Organic Farmers)

USDA Certified Organic

Olive Essence is certified to guarantee customers that they are getting completely natural, organic and healthy skin care products that are devoid of chemicals.
Organic refers to the way the ingredients are cultivated and grown without the use of drugs, hormones or synthetic chemicals.
USDA Organic Certification imposes strict guidelines and requires that a minimum of 95% of the ingredients be organic and the remaining percentage of ingredients be natural.
Natural refers to ingredients which are not synthetically derived but instead, found in nature — not created in a lab.