Saturday, November 09, 2013

OMC's Division - Colors of Nature - Achieves ACMI Certification

Today, Colors of Nature - division of The Organic Make-up Company, has received authorization to use the "AP Seal" of ACMI on all of its 13 watercolor paints.

What does this mean?

"Products bearing the AP Approved Product Seal of ACMI are certified in a program of toxicological evaluation by a medical expert to contain no materials in sufficient quantities to be toxic or injurious to humans or to cause acute or chronic health problems. This program is reviewed by ACMI's Toxicological Advisory Board. These products are certified by ACMI to be labeled in accordance with the chronic hazard labeling standard, ASTM D 4236 and Federal law, P.L. 100-695. In addition, there is no physical hazard as defined within 29 CFR Part 1910.1200 (c)." 

In short, it means that Colors of Nature's professional quality earth friendly watercolor paints have been determined to be safe for both children and adults, that there are no high levels of lead in the paint nor in the containers, no asbestos in their natural mineral pigments, and no harmful toxicity in their vegan and animal free ingredients.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

PETA recognizes Colors of Nature as Vegan and Cruelty-free

Colors of Nature a Division of The Organic Make-up Company has just now been authorized to use the's Cruelty-free and Vegan logo.

PETA Cruelty-free and Vegan Logo

In the tradition of The Organic Make-up Company, Colors of Nature is setting the standards for its industry. As a conscientious manufacturer and retailer, Colors of Nature is listening to and responding to the demands of its consumers for a green, vegan, and cruelty-free product.

Colors of Nature, like its consumers, is committed to a productive and environmentally friendly future.

Colors of Nature is in the process of completing its ACMI "AP" certification and will have a product recognized as being safe for both adults and children.

Keep in touch to see what other new certifications Colors of Nature achieves over the next few months.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Questions from Readers #4

I'm convinced organic cosmetics is the best choice what do I do now?

Spreading the word: There are still so many people who don't realize what conventional products are doing to their health and the earth.  You can help them by using facebook, twitter, blogs, etc to make people aware that they have choices!  If you offer a person a product that is made with petro products and one that is natural, and the prices are close, they will probably choose the natural one.  It's just getting people to realize that they actually have options available to them.

Questions from Readers #3

Should we pay more for green/organic cosmetics than conventional cosmetics?

The price of an organic cosmetic (or paint!) should be reasonable.  It will never be dirt-cheap, since organic farming produces less yield than conventional farming, driving the price of ingredients a bit higher.  However, we proved that you can produce cosmetics (which are marked up really high) for a reasonable price.  An organic eyeshadow should be under $20.00; in fact, all of the products should be under $20.00.  If it's higher it could mean that the company may be taking advantage of people's desire to purchase green products.

Questions from Reader #2

Why are organic cosmetics and green products better?

Simply put, they are made with real ingredients, not petroleum products.  A  mineral pigment (please go to the FAQ section for information about minerals at Colors of Nature's Blog) comes from the earth; most of the colorants in conventional cosmetics come from burning petroleum at super-high temperatures.  Petroluem ingredients (mineral oil, paraffin, azo-dyes, etc) are comedogenic (clogs pores) and can aggravate skin conditions or cause them, like contact dermatitis.  The chart on this paints refers to has more adverse effects of some of these ingredients.  The other important point about organic cosmetics is that they should be vegan...i.e. no animal testing or animal ingredients.  See either animal policy on our sites for more specific information.

Questions From Readers #1

 What does 'organic' mean in the green industry?

It means that a products fulfils some of all of the criteria for 'earth-friendly'.  Go to Colors of Nature's Blog, which is also our company, for a list of criteria that makes a product 'green'.  It's in the FAQ section.  You may want to consider talking about our watercolor paints as well for fashion sketches, as an alternative to conventional paints which are made with synthetic petroleum products.

Organic is a method of farming; it means that a plant is grown without using synthetic chemicals.  If an ingredient in a cosmetic is 'certified organic', which is the only way we can be certain that it actually is organic, then it was farmed without synthetic chemicals.  Many cosmetics are 'certified organic' which means that most of it is made with certified organic ingredients and only has some small amounts of synthetics.  If it's 'organic' then about 70% is made of certified organic ingredients.  'Natural' means a bunch of things.  It's really about what the ingredients are.  You will notice that on our website we have a chart with ingredients to avoid.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

The Organic Make-up Company has launched a new company!

Colors of Nature - professional quality earth friendly artists' paint

Please join us at Colors of Nature to see what earth friendly and cruelty free artistic paints look like. Don't compromise your beauty nor your artistic talents. With all natural watercolor and oil paints you can be creative without fear of damaging the environment.