This page is dedicated to discussing our choice of ingredients broadly across all products, for more detail on each ingredient individually then head over to our ingredient directory.
Let’s talk about ‘Certified Organic’.
It’s a great thing and we always try to source ingredients with this certification, although this is not always possible.
Firstly, it must be noted that to have an ingredient certified organic is not the be all and end all, and uncertified can be just as good (or sometimes even better!) for the environment. Take the case of wild harvested ingredients (i.e. picked from the wild rather than from cultivated farmland). Due to beurocratic formalities, ingredients that are wild harvested (such as our Buddha Wood essential oil or our Australian Sandalwood essential oil) are often not eligible for organic certification because the certification bodies have strict policies on the growing conditions of crops. We believe this to be utterly silly. A crop that has been harvested from the wild is most certainly ‘organic’ as it has not been interfered with humans and their crazy pesticides and growth hormones. Ingredients that are harvested from the wild are not the result of deforestation or land clearing for single-crop fields; they are sourced from environments where they naturally grow. SO, whilst our wild harvested ingredients are not ‘certified organic’ we believe that they are just as good!
Additionally, there are some ingredients, for example candelilla wax, which do not meet organic certification standards due to the process needed to get it from the plant and into a refined wax.
Sometimes, we have to choose between certified organic or locally produced. Yep, it’s unfortunate that there’s not enough demand yet to justify local growers certifying their crops, but that is the reality. Where possible, we look in-depth at out local suppliers farming, harvesting and refining practices, and often times we come to the conclusion that despite an ingredient being uncertified, it’s locally sourced and small business status satisfies our requirements for an environmentally sustainable practice. An indeed, the reverse is often true as well, where we will source an ingredient from overseas in preference for it’s certified organic status rather than being locally produced. There are a lot of factors that make an ingredient environmentally sustainable, and sometimes we have to make a choice to preference one factor over another. Rest assured, we try our best to ensure that each ingredient we use is environmentally sustainable in one capacity or another.
Now, lets talk about synthetic ingredients. It’s true, in some cases we have opted to use synthetic ingredients, although we’ve researched our choices and believe that the synthetics we use are safe. Synthetic doesn’t unequivocally mean bad. It IS possible for chemicals to be synthetically produced and to still be safe for your skin and for the environment. Read on to understand a few of our choices.
Preservatives: due to our choice of minimal plastic across our product packaging, we’ve decided to introduce synthetic preservatives into our water-based formulas (cleanser, toner, moisturiser) in order to keep them contamination free. Purely natural preservatives simply do not compare in their performance, but rest assured that the synthetic preservatives we use are safe to use on your body in their current formula concentrations and are safe for the environment as well. We’ve decided that the need to make sure our formulas are stable and SAFE for you to use overrides the desire for 100% organic status. The health and safety of your skin is a higher concern for us. Simple as that.
Synthetics in our deodorant: We get it, you want an effective deodorant that will prevent odour, but unfortunately this just isn’t possible to do solely with gentle organic ingredients. There is, of course, Bicarbonate Soda, an organically derived ingredient that is a powerful odour inhibitor, but it is highly alkaline and applying it to your skin (which is acidic) can actually be irritating and damaging to your skin’s health. Ever tried a ‘natural’ deodorant and had a bad adverse reaction where your skin becomes red, dry and irritated? Yep, that’s because of the ‘natural’ Bicarb Soda. We don’t want that. We want your armpits to be happy and healthy as well as odour-free, which is why we have instead opted for a couple of synthetic ingredients that will do just that.
Zinc Riconoleate (derived from castor oil) absorbs odour-active compounds through chemically bonding to them. This process does not affect the bacteria equilibrium of skin flora. Although it is a synthetic compound, zinc riconoleate is not suspected to be an environmental toxin and is not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful to your body. Magnesium hydroxide is a non-hazardous alkali used to reduce the acidity of the skin to create a hostile environment for odour-causing bacteria to survive on, and although studies are limited, scientists are not convinced that Magnesium Hydroxide is absorbed through the skin (which is unlike aluminum found in conventional deodorants that does sink into your pores). Although a synthetic compound, Magnesium Hydroxide is not considered an environmental toxin nor is it expected to be toxic or harmful to animals in the right dosages.