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What we're made of.

What goes on your body, goes in your body, and that can affect your well-being. Knowing this, we made sure to use only the safest and highest quality ingredients.

 

We formulate our products on 3 principles:

• Use nothing that is proven or suspected to be detrimental to our health. 

• Source our ingredients ethically & sustainably.

• Be gentle enough to use on the most sensitive skins.

 

Our products are made for a more natural and healthy you.

100% Natural

Natural is a confusing word to find on a label of skin care products. Buzzwords like clean beauty or green beauty sound promising but don't always mean exactly what they imply. Legally, for a product to be labelled natural, it must have no more than 30% synthetic ingredients.

 

Why companies don't make fully natural products

• It's expensive and difficult to formulate & manufacture effective products.

• Consumers are often not educated enough to tell the difference.

 

Why we make our products 100% natural

• We believe the best ingredients are the tried and true ones.

• Although the science is sometimes unclear about some of the common synthetic additives in skin care, we believe it's not worth any risk to our health to add something that will only benefit a company's operations or profitability and not the consumer.

Cruelty-Free & Vegan

Cruelty-Free means that we do not conduct or commission any animal tests on ingredients, formulations, or finished products and that we pledge not to do so in the future

 

Vegan means that our products do not contain any animal ingredients or animal-derived ingredients.

 

We make our products cruelty-free & vegan because all of our ingredients are known to be safe and effective and it is not necessary to use animal derived ingredients like beeswax when there are better alternatives.

Fair Trade

Fair trade is an institutional arrangement designed to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions. The fair trade movement advocates the payment of higher prices to exporters, as well as improved social and environmental standards.


Why companies don’t engage in it
• Fair Trade hurts their bottom line
• They’re apathetic to global living conditions
• They think consumers don’t care how their goods are produced.

Why we do fair trade

We believe it is simply the right thing to do.

Dye-Free

Artificial colours and dyes are used in so many skin care, cosmetics, and hair care products. Many of these are from coal tar and contain heavy metal salts like arsenic and lead.

Commonly appear as: Blue 1, Green 3, FD&C Yellow 6, Red 3 etc.

Why companies use dyes in their products

• Dyes make it more visually appealing

• Cheaper than using natural colours

Why we don’t use any artificial dyes or colours

• Studies have shown artificial colouring may be linked to cancer and tumors as well as causing allergic reactions.

• Frankly, our products don’t need any colouring to look good.

"Drying" Alcohol-Free

Alcohols are commonly used to make skin care products feel lighter, help other ingredients penetrate your skin, and as a preservative.

Commonly appear as: Ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, alcohol denat, and methanol 

 

Why companies use them

• Gives skin instant matte feeling.

 

Why we only use Fatty Alcohols if any

• Commonly found isopropyl alcohol, alcohol denat, and methanol can cause dryness, irritation, & breakouts.

• We use Cetyl Alcohol in some of our products. It is a fatty plant-based alcohol that actually acts as an emollients to protect skin and keep moisture in.

Fragrance-Free

Fragrance is used in nearly every type of personal care product. On labels, it will simply say fragrance but that can represent complex mixture of chemicals. Sometimes products marked as “fragrance-free” or “unscented” may in fact contain fragrance ingredients, in the form of masking agents that prevent the brain from perceiving odour.

Commonly appear as: Fragrance, Parfum

 

Why companies use Fragrances & Masking Agents

• To make their products smell appealing & mask the quality of the product.

 

Why we don't any Fragrances or Masking Agents

• Fragrances can trigger allergies, migraines, & asthma symptoms.

• Our ingredients smell nice together and require no masking or hiding. We do use essential oils to scent some of our products.

Paraben-Free

Parabens are man-made chemicals used to extend the shelf-life by preventing microorganisms from reproducing and spoiling the product.

Commonly appear as: methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and heptylparaben.


Why companies use them

• Increases shelf life to 3+ years.

• Reduces risk to retailers and consumers.

Why we don’t use any parabens

• Parabens have been identified to be hormone disruptors. Some people are also allergic to them.

• As a result, our Skincare only has a shelf-life of 12-18 months.

Petroleum-Free

Petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cream bases for cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners and moisture-carriers.

Commonly appear as: PEGs, Polyethylene Glycols, & Propylene Glycol

 

Why we don't use any petromleum in our products

Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of 1,4- dioxane. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies 1,4-dioxane as a possible human carcinogen, and it is also persistent. In other words, it doesn’t easily degrade and can remain in the environment long after it is rinsed down the shower drain. While carcinogenic contaminants are the primary concern, PEGs themselves show some evidence of genotoxicity and if used on broken skin can cause irritation and systemic toxicity.

Phthalate-Free

Dibutyl phthalate or DBP, is used mainly in nail products as a solvent for dyes and as a plasticizer that prevents nail polishes from becoming brittle. Phthalates are also used as fragrance ingredients in many other cosmetics, but consumers won’t find these listed on the label as fragrances are considered trade secrets.

 

Why we don’t use any Phthalates in our products

• DBP is absorbed through the skin. It can enhance the capacity of other chemicals to cause genetic mutations, although it has not been shown to be a mutagen itself. In laboratory experiments, it has been shown to cause developmental defects, changes in the testes and prostate, and reduced sperm counts.

• The European Union classifies DBP as a suspected endocrine disruptor on the basis of evidence that it interferes with hormone function, and as toxic to reproduction on the basis that it may cause harm to the unborn child and impair fertility.

• Health Canada notes evidence suggesting that exposure to phthalates may cause health effects such as liver and kidney failure in young children when products containing phthalates are sucked or chewed for extended periods.

Silicone-Free

Silicone-based compounds are used in cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten. They make hair products dry more quickly and deodorant creams slide on more easily. They are also used extensively in moisturizers and facial treatments.

Commonly appear as: Cyclotetrasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, and Cyclomethicone

 

Why companies use silicones in their products

• Silicone gives products a great deal of "slip", emollience, and be a water-binding agent that holds up even when skin becomes wet. 

 

Why we don't use any silicones in our products

•  Although there is no doubt that silicones are beneficial to skin, it is not worth the risk they pose to our overall health. Silicones are endocrine disruptors (based on evidence that it interferes with human hormone function, and a possible reproductive toxicant that may impair human fertility), can cause uterine tumours and harm to the reproductive and immune systems, and that some can also influence neurotransmitters in the nervous system.

Sulphate-Free

Sodium laureth sulfate is used in cosmetics as a cleansing agent and also to make products bubble and foam. It is common in shampoos, shower gels and facial cleansers. It is also found in household cleaning products, like dish soap.

Commonly appear as: SLS, SLES, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

 

Why companies use sulfates in their products

They are cheap and make the products foam much easier

 

Why we don’t use any sulfates in our products

The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies 1,4-dioxane as a possible human carcinogen, and it is also persistent. In other words, it doesn’t easily degrade and can remain in the environment long after it is rinsed down the shower drain. They can irritate eyes and skin, especially those with more sensitive skin.

Take care, naturally

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