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Green USDA seal
USDA Organic
The organization: The United States Department of Agriculture, which provides leadership on food, agriculture, and natural resources.

What's in the product: At least 95 percent natural ingredients that are certified organic (natural and grown without certain pesticides or fertilizers) by the USDA's National Organic Program.

What's not: Any nonagricultural ingredients not approved for use by the NOP (like parabens and phthalates).

Animal testing: Not a criterion

A few who've earned it: Origins Organics, Juice Beauty, Revolution Organics, Organicare, Organic Essence, Nature's Gate Rainwater Organic lotions.