Do we test our products on animals?
No, we do not test our products on animals. I was very confused the first few times that I was asked this question. I have since learned that almost all raw materials that originate from China, as well as any products for sale in China are required to have documented animal testing. We are very careful when sourcing our ingredients. Happily, since many of them grow in fields nearby this is not an issue.
Are our products considered vegan?
We do add beneficial animal derived ingredients to our products such as organic beeswax in the lip balms and lotions and crèmes. Supporting local farmers who keep healthy bees supports a flourishing local economy. The silk protein in our shampoos and conditioners is plant derived so they are considered vegan.
Are our products gluten free?
While we have formulated with sensitivities in mind, our production area does utliize some grain flours in creating our body wraps for spa use. All of our body care is made without any grain derivatives of any kind. We do however add hydrolyzed wheat protein to our Honey Blossom and Patchouli Tangerine Shampoos and Conditioners as it provides added body and volume. The Lavender Mint and Lemongrass Shampoos and Conditioners are free of any wheat proteins or grains.
Do our products contain coco betaine?
We are happy to say that we have formulated our hair and body care without the use of coco betaine which is known as a moderate to high allergen/skin irritant as reported by The Environmental Working Group.
What is decyl glucoside?
Wikipedia is a bit technical on this:
“Decyl glucoside is a mild non-ionic surfactant used in cosmetic formularies including baby shampoo and in products for individuals with a sensitive skin. Many natural personal care companies use this cleanser because it is plant-derived, biodegradable, and gentle for all hair types.”
That is why we chose it. Also: Decyl Glucoside does not contain any impurities. Its chemical nature and the production process results in a surfactant without ethylene oxide or 1,4-dioxane and is suitable for baby, and pet products.
What is sodium lauryl sulfoacetate?
Sounds like an ingredient you would want to avoid, but it is actually an ECOCERT certified ingredient for use in organic products. Recommended as a soap replacement for those with extra sensitive skin, we use it in our shampoo with the decyl glucoside because it adds to the cleansing action, lathers incredibly well and adds moisture. Read more about it here
What is glyceryl caprylate caprate?
This is an ECOCERT approved thickener made from glycerin and medium chain fatty acids. It is mild, non-sensitizing and non irritating to eyes and skin. This is how we are able to avoid using PEG (a plastic thickener) in all of our products.
What is gluconolactone/sodium benzoate?
This is the preservative system that we use to insure a safe, effective product when you purchase it. This system is approved by ECOCERT as a preservative in certified organic cosmetics. Broad spectrum preservation against mold, bacteria etc is required in products that contain a water component and the sodium benzoate(at a tiny ratio) works with the gluconolactone to increase its effectiveness in preservation.
You may recognize the sodium benzoate portion of our preservative system as an ingredient getting a lot of negative attention so we would like to give you some food for thought.