OUR PRODUCTS TAKE CARE OF YOU AND NATURE
A LOOK AT SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
We consider nature to be the source of almost everything and we take what it offers us to make wise cosmetics, just as its origins are.
This involves the application of laboratory methods that allow us to extract the most active and precise substances according to their functions on the skin.
We select biotechnological processes that are clean and responsible with the environment, taking care of nature, an objective that guarantees our continuity and that of the richest pantry of ingredients.
To source some of them, we collaborate with local cooperatives; as in the case of the Inca Inchi plant from Peru, where we work with a development programme. In addition to guaranteeing the quality of a genuine oil linked to the soil it was grown, its purchase, at a fair price from its farmers, guarantees a stable income that is used for the construction and maintenance of local schools and roads.
We make regular use of research to apply the newest methods of obtaining active ingredients. These are programmed and controlled to guarantee basic standards, avoiding any chemical products that are not suitable for our skin while also avoiding the undermining of nature.
Calophyle is a wild plant from the east of Madagascar, where it started to be bought from local farmers through a system of cooperatives to which they bring the plant in exchange for a stable salary. This system, which we joined, was introduced to create a regulated economic activity and to educate the population in responsible and respectful harvesting in order to avoid plundering and to preserve species that make up the natural environment of the region.
The growing need for food oils in the world has led to the devastating explosion of palm oil agriculture, which contributes heavily to deforestation. Although the percentage used in cosmetics is small (about 10%) compared to that used in the food and biodiesel industries, on our small scale we want to have a positive impact. To do so, we buy the small proportion of palm oil we use from a laboratory that is a member of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil), a committee set up to monitor the sustainable development of palm oil.
The industries that are members of the RSPO are working to develop a common approach with the aim of requiring good operating practices in existing plantations, improving land use programs for new plantation areas and promoting transparency in the production process.
Our Kalahari melon oil is another example. We source it from a cooperative in Namibia, where some 3,000 people are employed, 95% of whom are women from a very poor region in the north of the country. By supporting this local production, we contribute directly to enhancing their living conditions.
The list goes on and on. We work with a whole series of raw materials classified as "organic", with or without a label, but of wild origin or rational cultivation, that is respectful of the environment and offers decent and dignified conditions for their farmers.