Don’t recognise the name carnauba wax or copernica cerifera wax? It is actually a little known ingredient of a lot of skincare products, originating from a Brasilian palm. Though it has absolutely no relation to palm oil, quite the opposite! Carnauba wax is a great ingredient! Natural, beneficial, and ecological. Want to find out more? Here’s our guide.
What’s more natural than scents? Flowers, freshly cut grass, leaves, ocean spray: nature is scented! But today our daily lives are overrun with industrial artificial fragrances, from detergent to air fresheners or even cat litter… And, of course, our perfumes and beauty products. Artificial fragrances are hard to escape, with potentially harmful consequences on our health and the environment. So here’s our guide on how to know what is really a natural fragrance.
Shea butter has many cosmetic virtues. It’s simple, providing it’s high-quality, and it brings your skin pretty much everything it needs! But be careful, not all shea butters are equal – in terms of your skin, but also in terms of how they’re produced…
Shocked with photos of devastated forests and slaughtered orangutans, the image we have of palm oil has, deservedly, taken a hit. Despite its known consequences, palm oil remains the most consumed fat in the world, present in half of all supermarket products. But manufacturers assure us that their palm oil is responsibly sourced. A green palm-tree logo means we can guiltlessly stuff our faces with chocolate spread, right? Something about that just doesn’t add up…
Hidden behind their obscure names, like Norm ISO 16128, there’s a respectable intention: to internationally standardise how we define organic and natural cosmetics. Something to bring more transparency to the cosmetics industry, so that the consumer is better informed and protected. Sounds too good to be true. And after 6 years of work in over 30 countries we’ve conceived of a cosmetics standard that benefits… manufacturers. A prestigious award for their greenwashing, allowing them to boast about the naturalness of their petrochemical creams… We’ll tell you everything you need to know.
The heating’s on full blast, last year’s hats and scarves have been uncovered – Winter is here. If anyone’s not happy about it, it’s your skin. It’s irritating, peeling, getting out of the shower is a festival of tingles and itches. You’re awaiting Spring with chattering teeth? Chin up! By adopting a good routine, you can have velvety skin even in Winter!
It was during my time with this brand, labeled organic, that I realised that all beauty products, bar none, contained ingredients derived from palm oil. So I concluded that the industry I was working in was a huge contributor to the massive deforestation of South East Asia.
Palm oil use in cosmetics doesn’t represent any health risk. However, we must avoid its use by any means in our beauty products. Palm oil overexploitation have become a complete environmental and social plague. Because of an ever growing industrial demand, palm groves are dramatically taking over, causing an unprecedented deforestation.