Here is a brief list of the USDA's Organic Standards.
No toxic or persistent pesticides or herbicides
No sewer sludge or synthetic fertilizers
No GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
No synthetic growth hormones
Organic Body Care Standards
There are no mandatory government standards for "organic" label claims on body care products.
Product labels are always confusing and difficult to decipher. To be sure that labels are representative of what it is that you are looking for we have put together this list to help.
[100% Organic] Products listed as 100% organic must contain only organically produced materials (excluding salt and water).
[100% Organic, Organic, and/or Made with Organic Ingredients] If product is 100% organic or listed as organic, the packaging must include the name of the certifying agency/agent. It is not required that these products carry the USDA "organic" seal.
[Organic] Product listed as organic must be made with a minimum of 95% organically produced ingredients. However, the remainder must consist of non-agricultural substances approved on the USDA's National List of non-organically produced agricultural products that are not commercially available in organic form.
[Organic] Products labeled organic may include the percentage of the organic product's ingredients.
[Made with Organic Ingredients] To state that the product is "made with organic ingredients" it must contain a minimum of 70% organic ingredients. However, the remainder must consist of non-agricultural substances approved on the USDA's National List of non-organically produced agricultural products that are not commercially available in organic form.
[Made with Organic Ingredients] To Products may display the statement "Made with Organic Ingredients" and then list up to three of the product's organic ingredients or types of food. (For example: "Made with organic carrots, tomatoes, and peppers.") The label may also state the percentage of the organic ingredients.
Organic Food FAQ