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LOGONA History

The story of LOGONA is closely associated with the rise of the German natural marketplace, where the company today serves as a leading supplier of natural personal care products.

During the 1970s, a wave of environmental consciousness and activism rolled through Europe, giving life to many alternative enterprises and political groupings. Organic agriculture, renewable energy and environmental responsibility became the watchwords of this movement. In 1975 in Hanover, Germany, a group of friends opened a shop featuring the few available products that fit the values of this new, green alternative movement. To expand their store’s selection, this “Lorien Goods” group began to import products, and then to wholesale these products to other stores. In 1977, they tried their hand at manufacturing simple bodycare products, and the LOGONA idea was born.

Bodycare products manufactured and packaged from a broad ecological standpoint resonated with a growing number of consumers. The product line has steadily expanded over the years to meet growing consumer interest. Today, over 200 natural personal care and cosmetic products carry the LOGONA label.


Strict ingredient quality standards have always been fundamentally important to LOGONA product formulation and manufacturing. LOGONA products utilize the highest quality, natural raw materials, such as premium vegetable oils and waxes, herbal extracts and floral distillates derived from organic agriculture and wildcrafting.

Aside from rigorous ingredient standards, LOGONA products must also conform to industry leading ecological standards regarding minimal resource consumption during manufacturing, and minimal and recyclable packaging for the finished products.

Quality creates Trust

Manufacturing personal care products without synthetic preservatives requires especially careful procedures to handle both raw materials and finished products. Only the slightest contamination can ruin an entire production run. LOGONA utilizes GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice), the pharma-ceutical production standard, to guide its manufacturing. In spring of 1999, LOGONA successfully completed an “Environmental Audit” of its entire operation, conducted under mandate of the German federal government.

More than 25 Years Continuity and Competence

Despite its steady growth, LOGONA has remained true to its founding principles. Many personnel from those early days still work with the company today. The collectively organized LOGONA employs more than 140 full time employees, and places special emphasis on social responsibility and fairness towards employees and community.

LOGONA product quality standards have continually improved to correspond with advances in manufacturing know-how and more rigorous ingredient standards. No advance in product quality, however, has come at the cost of the company’s steadfast commitment to environ-mental responsibility. The goal to make quality personal care products with minimal impact on the planet and its resour-ces remains foremost.

Why German personal care products anyway?

Manufacturing personal care products and cosmetics using natural, herbal ingredients has very deep roots in Germany. Long before the beginnings of LOGONA, German companies led the world in terms of both quantity and quality for these products. The relatively new generation of German natural manufacturers, among which LOGONA still counts itself, stands firmly on the shoulders of this tradition.

Strong competition increases quality and stimulates innovation

Many strong natural brands of personal care products thrive in Germany, and new companies emerge with new brands every year. This large group of suppliers, competing for the same consumers with similar arguments for similar products, has helped create a very vibrant market. To succeed, a supplier must first meet the high quality standards of the competition. The products must also perform well to meet consumer expectations. Finally, to remain successful, a German supplier must continually innovate and keep pace with market developments.

The German natural product industry enforces its own high standards

Despite the sometimes intense competition, German manufacturers of natural personal care products have recognized that common interests and values bind them strongly. For example, they have adopted a common definition for the term “natural”, as it applies to personal care products. Moreover, they have accepted a tough (and costly) enforcement mechanism, overseen by the trade association BDIH. The BDIH “Certified Natural” seal of approval is awarded only to products evaluated by independent laboratories for compliance to the established natural guidelines. This successful program has greatly increased consumer confidence in the term “natural”.

Government controls protect consumers

Unlike the American FDA, which also establishes rules for ingredients in personal care products, German governmental agencies enforce their rules rigorously. For example, government agents visit manufacturers regularly to inspect manufacturing procedures, and to take product samples for testing. The testing includes checking the accuracy of ingredient declarations printed on packaging. As a result, fraudulent ingredient listings have been practically eliminated. By contrast, accepting the truthfulness of American personal care products requires from the consumer a leap of faith in the honesty of the manufacturer.

Active media role increases consumer confidence

The German consumer enjoys a high level of accessible, quality information to assist in evaluating products. For example, the monthly magazine, ÖKO-TEST, publishes critical reviews of consumer products from natural and environmental standpoints. It analyzes leading brands from both the natural and conventional marketplaces in terms of ingredients, packaging, performance and price. The magazine has been a leading factor in increasing German consumer awareness, manufacturer responsibility, and product quality.

We oppose animal testing!

Logona products contain trusted, traditional, plant-based ingredients recognized for generations as completely safe for the intended use by humans. Testing takes place exclusively on human volunteers. These tests accompany every Logona product, starting with self-testing by research and development staff members, continuing with similar staff testing during the microbiological stability trial period, and finally culminating with rigorous, scientific testing on paid volunteers under independent, dermatological supervision. Only after a product has successfully passed each of these phases can it be introduced to the marketplace.

Respect for people, animals, and environment is the basis of our ethical self-image. For this reason we are actively engaged in the movement to validate alternative test methods, which do not utilize animals. We strongly believe that animal testing belongs to the past.

BDIH Certified Natural

Going beyond the talk

LOGONA has been a strong supporter of the European movement to define and regulate the term natural personal care (“Naturkosmetik”). Consumer confidence had suffered over the years because of its rampant misuse by manufacturers. To address this problem, the German trade association BDIH worked diligently to define the border between natural and conventional personal care products. The BDIH formulated a set of guidelines to which products must comply in order to receive the BDIH Seal of Approval. Manufacturers must submit their nominated products to an independent laboratory for analysis. If the lab results comply with the guidelines, the product receives the BDIH Seal.

The BDIH current minimum requirements to receive the BDIH seal of approval follow. More information is available at the following web address: www.kontrollierte-naturkosmetik.de

The BDIH also recommends compliance with the following supplemental criteria:

• full ingredient disclosure
• avoidance of genetically-engineered ingredients
• environmental responsibility regarding raw materials, manufacturing, and packaging
• social responsibility regarding domestic employees and with 3rd World suppliers of raw materials (Fair Trade)

1. Botanical Ingredients

Use of botanical ingredients whenever possible is encouraged. Plants should be grown organically or wild-harvested, although consideration is given for alternatives based on quality and availability.

2. Animal Protection and Animal Testing

No testing on animals, whether conducted by the manufacturer or outsourced to a third party, is permitted at any time. Ingredients not on the market before 1/1/98 may only be used if they were not tested on animals. Ingredients already on the market that were tested on animals after 1/1/98 are disallowed, even if they were carried out by a third party, by contract, with permission of the contracting buying agent or by anyone legally or contractually connected with them. The use of by-products from animal vertebrates such as spermaceti, tortoise oil, mink oil, marmot oil, animal fats, animal collagen or fresh cells, is not permitted.

3. Mineral Ingredients

The use of inorganic salts, such as magnesium sulfate, and mineral ingredients, such as sodium chloride, is generally allowed. (See exceptions under 5).

4. Restricted Ingredients

Emulsifying agents and surfactants may be used if they are obtained by the hydrolysis, hydrogenation, esterification, or trans-esterification of the following materials: fats, oils and waxes; lecithin, lanolin, monosaccharides, oligosaccharides, polysaccharides; proteins and lipoproteins.

5. Unacceptable Ingredients

Synthetic coloring agents; synthetic fragrances, ethoxylated ingredients; silicones; paraffin and other petroleum products. The criterion for permitted fragrances is the ISO Norm 9235.

6. Preservatives

Certain preservatives identical to those found in nature are allowed along with natural preservation systems for the safety and stability of the product. These include: benzoic acid, its salts and ethyl esters; salicylic acid and its salts; ascorbic acid and its salts; benzyl alcohol.

7. Irradiation

Sterilization of natural ingredients and their cosmetic end products through radioactive treatment is not allowed.

8. Independent laboratory certification

The independent testing institute Ecocontrol in Osterode, Germany evaluates the compliance of the above criteria. Compliance with the criteria is rewarded with the BDIH "Certified Natural Cosmetic" seal.

Highlights:

  • Vegan and Gluten Free Selections
  • BDIH Certified Organic Standards Used
  • No Animal Testing, Cruelty Free
  • Free of synthetic preservatives such as parabens, urea, bht...
  • Free of Mineral Oil, Synthetic Fragrances & Dyes


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