We want you to feel empowered to make smart skincare choices. So, we’re happy to disclose our ingredients, processes and practices.
Our products are made the right way, not the fast or easy way…
Our products are manufactured in FDA Registered and USDA Organic Certified laboratories in the United States. They are manufactured in compliance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
Our products undergo the full spectrum of microbiological testing, including Aerobic Plate Count, Antimicrobial Effectiveness, Accelerated Stability and Challenge testing. They are also European Union compliant.
We use 100% vegan/vegetarian ingredients.
Our products do not contain synthetic fragrances, artificial colors or harmful preservatives. Skincare products that contain water and oil need to be preserved to ensure the product is free from microbial bacteria, yeast, and mold (fungus)… No matter what anyone tells you or what you read on the internet.
How products are preserved is what is important, not whether or not they are preserved.
Our preservative systems will vary depending on the ingredients in the formulation. There is no one size fits all preservative. The following are the preservatives used in our products depending on the ingredients of a particular formulations: organic extracts, phenethyl alcohol, ethylhexglycerin, salicylic acid, benzyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, vitamin E (derived from sunflower) which are listed in the product ingredients section for each product.
Shelf life is 9-12 months unopened. Once opened, products should be used within 6 months.
We also follow the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients labeling requirements, which is required by the FDA. This system of names for waxes, oils, pigments, chemicals and other ingredients of soaps, cosmetics, and the like, are based on scientific names and other Latin and English words, for example, shea butter must be listed as Butyrospermum Parkii (hard to pronounce, right?, but still a natural and clean ingredient). They help to accurately identify ingredients.
Our products are not tested on animals. We are certified cruelty free by Leaping Bunny and third-party verified. This includes confirmation that raw ingredients our manufacturers use in creating our products are not tested on animals. And we do not use animal body parts.
We works towards minimal negative ecological and social impact. Our efforts include the following:
- using certified-organic ingredients whenever possible
- avoiding excessive product packaging, which is why our products don’t have boxes (with the exception of the Hydro-Therapy Roll-On Eye Serum because it's too small to put the ingredients on the tube itself)
- using glass and recyclable plastic packaging
- using recycled, pcw mailers and box filler when shipping
- supporting fair labor practices
- reusing shipping packaging and boxes
- printing marketing materials locally and on 100% recycled paper and/or post-consumer waste using vegetable-based inks.
We continually look for new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle in our day-to-day operations.
We value organic ingredients and products, however we are also supporters of lab-created, nature-identical compounds and ingredients. Everything, including water, is a chemical, so it’s about knowing what type of chemical something is rather than immediately thinking that all chemicals are bad.
Water is a chemical and its chemical name is dihydrogen monoxide–it can certainly look like it would be toxic, but simply describes the molecular structure.
It’s also important to become aware of the fact that lab-created is the only way to manage certain plant-based resources as populations continue to boom. Scientists have long had the capacity to synthesize molecules that are identical to those found in plants, that provide the same effects and benefits.
We are happy using these on our own skin, and as the drive for sustainable beauty, not just natural beauty, takes hold there will likely be no choice but to embrace these nature-identical compounds.
Water shortages, climate change, overpopulation, over-harvesting — all are eating into the availability of plant-based resources. Ironically, this means that sometimes the most sustainable, safest ingredients are not those grown in dirt, but those made with the science of green chemistry.