Natural compounds

The regulations which govern cosmetics do not apply for products designed for animal care. Also, herbal medicinal products designed for animals do not have official claffification, unlike those designed for use on humans. However, the biocide regulation does apply to animal care products, but it does not recognise or approve natural compounds as effective ingredients for example for skin disinfection. National legistlation is not uniform and authorities often interpret the regulations differently. Understanding all the relevant regulations can be challenging due to lack of coherent legislation. This is particularly relevant for correct product labelling. The current process for applying for an official status (e.g. as biocide), is designed for synthetic compounds. Thus the procedure excludes in practice natural compounds. Consequently lack of official status ( as a biocide for example) is making it harder to properly inform consumers on the qualites of natural products.

Lots of scientific data exists on the efficacy of natural products in treatment of various skin conditions. The following essential oils are antiseptic, disinfective and antimicrobic (i.e. germ destroying): thyme, oregano, lavender, lemomongrass, mint, tea tree and many others. Also, some essential oils have been found to be anti-inflammatory ( i.e. reducing the inflammatic reaction), these include: chamomile, tea tree, lavender, primrose etc.. Additionally many natural oils consist of biologically active compounds, which support skin and hair renewal. It is worth noting that each plant has several different species and the quality of essential oils on the market today can vary considerably. Not all species or qualities are suitable for skin care as some natural compounds, particulary low quality oils with impurities, can cause allergic reaction.