IFRA-IOFI Sustainability Charter


 SOZIO is committing to a more sustainable future by signing the IFRA IOFI Sustainability Charter.

We are currently working towards  a more ethical and eco-conscious approach to sourcing, limiting our impact on the environment, seeking wellness and well-being for our worldwide teams, as well as assuring the quality and safety of our fragrances.

Natural & Organic Fragrances

There are a lot of definitions of natural and organic between existing standards and private certifications.
What do you need to know to understand them?

Sozio’s regulatory team is here to clear the air!



Natural and organic beauty products seem to be the best answer for concerned customers. There are a lot of certifications (labels) on the market identifying natural and organic products, but they are not offering the same guaranties. It is confusing for the consumer to understand their meaning and differences. These labels include NaTrue, BDIH, USDA ORGANIC, COSMOS, and Nature & Progrès. COSMOS and Nature & Progrès claim a minimum of 95% of ingredients of natural origin in the finished product (water doesn’t count). ECOCERT certified organic personal care products have to contain at least 20% of ingredients from organic farming to obtain a label. The synthetic ingredients that are allowed to be included changes depending on the certification but is limited to 5% in the finished product.

SOZIO is deeply committed with ECOCERT through its French subsidiary in the development of compliant fragrances to COSMOS NATURAL and COSMOS ORGANIC, and through its American subsidiary with NOP USDA.

Below is a quick recap of the key points for each of these certifications:


95% minimum of ingredients of natural origin
5% maximum of synthetic ingredients (allowed by a specific list)





95% minimum of ingredients of natural origin
95% minimum of physically processed agro-Ingredients have to be from organic farming
20% minimum of natural ingredients from organic farming (except for rinse-off products, lotions or powder makeup for which the percentage is reduced to 10%)
5% maximum of synthetic ingredients (allowed by the specific list)


100% of ingredients from organic farming


95% of ingredients from organic farming + other ingredients from a specific list defined by USDA


95% of ingredients from organic farming + other ingredients from a specific list defined by USDA

A new standard has been created within the fragrance industry to provide an international harmonized definition for natural and organic personal care products: ISO 16128.


WHAT IS ISO 16128 ?

This standard has been created according to the ISO rules enforcing stakeholders to create a consensus and answer to brands and consumers’ expectations. The goal of this standard is to give definitions and common calculations to determine the minimum level of natural and organic ingredients required in a finished personal care product calling out natural or organic.

Published in 2016, the first part of the standard (ISO 16128-1) distinguishes four ingredient types: natural, natural derived, organic and organic derived.
The second part of the standard was launched in 2017 and allows stakeholders to calculate the indicators for each category of natural or organic ingredients, or the natural and organic elements in a finished product. The standard ISO 16128 is the reference for all personal care products claiming natural or organic elements if they are not certified by a private label already.



Resulting from a compromise, the standard has been criticized by private labels that have expressed their disagreement on several points such as certain definitions, absence of validation by certification bodies, or permission of use of certain ingredients that are not allowed by most of the private labels.

Valérie Lemaire, Director of Ecocert Greenlife group said: « It is a calculation standard and to do those calculations, definitions were needed but, we disagree on those definitions”.
The Regulatory Affairs Director at FEBEA, Anne Dux, explains the disagreement with some of the private labels: « ISO 16128 standard is an international consensus, that is not possible to be limited to the opinion of different European private labels ».

Globally, the understanding of natural is really different from one country to another. So, for some of them, the availability of an approved reference document is welcomed.
In fact, according to the stakeholders who created the standard, ISO 16128 is offering a global reference document without substitute to private label guidelines. ISO 16128 doesn’t relate to product claims and it is not a label.

In addition, even if the standard ISO 16128 is particularly used in Europe, the European market is influencing the rest of the world in terms of regulation. We are expecting worldwide, a growing interest for the personal care product manufacturers and brands in a near future.



Sozio, a pioneer and leader on natural and organic perfumery, is fully able to meet our customers’ needs whether for private labels or ISO 16128.

We are at your disposal to help guide you further in your natural and organic fragrance developments based on ISO 16128, COSMOS or NOP USDA.

If you have any questions or are looking for more information, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email: or through your designated Sales Representative.

COVID19 – Insights into a changed regulatory landscape

In order to alleviate shortages, competent authorities support countries and companies to ensure that disinfectants can quickly enter the market.


Following the WHO (World Health Organization) declaration that the new coronavirus (COVID-19) is a pandemic, the most recommended method to prevent COVID-19 spreading is the frequent practices of disinfection and handwashing. The use of hand cleaners and hand disinfectants in forms of gels, hand wipes or other leave-on products has increased dramatically in the last weeks and this has resulted in general shortages across many countries.

Possibilities for fast track authorizations for disinfectants and hand sanitizers have been approved in some countries.



In Europe, if your product contains active substances such as ethanol, chlorine, or quaternary ammonium compounds, as these are still not approved under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) then the transitional period will apply. The transitional period will make it possible to immediately market your product after notification in some EU countries, and within a few weeks.

Also, due to the sanitary emergency, the EU countries can currently allow the launching of disinfectant products in the market under specific conditions according to Art. 55 (1) of the BPR:

‘By way of derogation from Articles 17 and 19, a competent authority may permit, for a period not exceeding 180 days, the making available on the market or use of a biocidal product which does not fulfil the conditions for authorization laid down in this regulation, for a limited and controlled use under the supervision of the competent authority, if such a measure is necessary because of a danger to public health, animal health or the environment which cannot be contained by other means.’

ECHA provides some information here




In USA, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not intend to take action against compounders, firms, pharmacists in State-licensed pharmacies or Federal facilities, that prepare alcohol-based hand sanitizers for consumer use in violation of specific sections of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act and Public Health Service (PHS) Act, for the duration of the public health emergency declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on January 31, 2020, provided specific circumstances are present.

For instance, the compounder must compound hand sanitizers only using the following United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) grade ingredients in the preparation of the product (percentage in final product formulation) consistent with WHO recommendations.

The compounder should not add any other ingredients in order to preserve the safety and effectiveness of the product.

Also, the FDA is specifying interim levels of certain impurities (like benzene, coming from the manufacturing process or the use of certain chemicals, equipment or containers) that have been determined to be tolerated for a relatively short period of time during the COVID-19 public health emergency to avoid access issues for alcohol-based hand sanitizer.





As relevant needs and circumstances evolve, the relevant Authorities intend to update, modify or withdraw these policies as appropriate.

As an essential business providing fragrances and materials for both the consumer and industrial cleaning industries, Sozio is doing its best to support our partners and customers that are directly fighting back against this deadly epidemic by remaining open to service your needs.

As the spread of the virus has overtaken the efforts to reduce its momentum, Sozio has responded to the many customer inquiries looking for quick-to-market solutions to increase the fight. In support of those who are manufacturing disinfecting, cleaning, and/or health and hygiene products, we have assembled collections of tested and approved fragrances that are stable in technical bases for different product categories. Some fragrances are U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered and approved by Lonza, Stepan Company and Pilot Chemical to be used in their bases.  Sozio offers also Safer choice fragrances.

Collection Essentials



During this unprecedented health crisis, our hearts are with everyone that has been affected by the epidemic.

We are all in this together and must learn, evolve, adapt and help care for each other. If you are interested in receiving additional information or samples of the collections, or if Sozio can help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Hoping that everyone remains safe, healthy and optimistic that we will get through this together.

Sozio teams are continuing their efforts to keep business as normal as possible during this unusual time.




Also, we would like to thank the professional Associations to which we belong for always providing us with very helpful information on highly topical issues of major importance like the changed regulatory landscape during the COVID-19 crisis.


If you have any questions or are looking for more information, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email: or through your designated Sales Representative.