What type of cosmetics does the Spanish CUO recommend?
The Spanish CUO is the largest consumer and user organization in Spain. It is a private, independent, non-profit and transparent association that works to defend the rights of consumers, prioritizing, as they say, the interests of its members.
On their website they claim to offer the best information and advice to help you make the most appropriate consumer decisions. And although we think it is a beautiful project, as far as cosmetics are concerned, the Spanish CUO lists need to be reviewed, rectified and completed.
Let’s look at it in more detail below.
Does the Spanish CUO take natural cosmetics into account?
Indeed, the CUO takes into account natural cosmetics, which is a great advantage for the consumer, because as you well know, using beauty products with natural ingredients is very important.
But natural is not enough. For a cosmetic to be truly beneficial for your body, it must contain natural, quality, organic and cruelty-free ingredients.
The CUO talks about certified cosmetics and highlights the importance of these seals, as there is no legislation as such, nor a legal definition that accredits natural cosmetics.
They talk about labels such as Cosmebio, Ecocert, BDIH, Natrue and Cosmos, which are the best known, but not the only ones. From Saper we believe that they should list all existing seals, as their main task is to support and facilitate a safe and accurate purchase, and the consumer should be aware of these elements and thus, for example, be able to choose the best anti-wrinkle cream.
They also talk about synthetic components, and warn of the deception and deception that can be generated by design or advertising, and how important it is to look at the list of ingredients.
However, the CUO provides a very small and summarized list of synthetic ingredients that are toxic to the body, and we at Saper believe that it is their duty to provide the complete list, so that consumers can be aware of everything that exists:
On the other hand, when this organization unveils “the best eye contour according to the CUO”, or the “best face cream according to the CUO”, they usually recommend well-known brands and large laboratories that do not usually work with high quality products. The drawback we see, in this case, is that they are not fulfilling their advisory role: your duty is to investigate and publicize those companies that, like us, take care of their product in the smallest detail and do not launch anything on the market that could be harmful to the individual..
So, is the CUO’s criteria for natural cosmetics valid? Partly yes and partly no. They have done a great job covering this topic, but its depth is too superficial: they need to study it better in order to be able to give correct and adequate advice to the consumer.
From our point of view, it is very important that, when buying natural cosmetics, you read carefully the “manifesto” of the company, inquire about its history, values, purpose… Ask them questions, be inquisitive, do not take anything for granted and share all your doubts with them: only then can you better understand what you are buying, who you are buying from and why you are buying it..