INGREDIENT PHILOSOPHY 

 ALBUS & FLORA prides itself on using ingredient combinations that protect and provide multi-benefits to your skin

 

 

nature has the solutions already

we believe nature already has the most sophisticated solutions to protect and support skin.

as part of our ingredient philosophy we find natural alternatives for many artificial chemicals without compromising quality or performance.

ingredients we do not include and why

  • PETROLATUM and MINERAL OIL

    We do not use petrolatum and mineral oil (also known as liquid paraffin) in our products. Both are derived from petroleum, a product of the petrochemical industry and form a good occlusive barrier, preventing moisture loss but they do not allow the skin to breathe and can block pores.   We prefer to use botanically derived oils and emollients that enable moisture exchange, are rich in anti-oxidants, essential fatty acids and vitamins and are more similar to the skins own sebum.

  • PARABENS

    We do not use parabens in our products, utilising highly effective natural preservatives in very small amounts instead.

  • PROPYLENE GLYCOL

    We do not use propylene glycol in our products. Propylene glycol is a by- product from the petrochemical industry and is used for its moisturising properties. It can however, cause skin irritation and trigger eczema. We prefer to use botanically derived moisturisers.

  • SILICONES

    We do not use silicones in our skincare products. Silicones are often used in beauty products to create a silky feeling on the skin –  they to do this by forming a fine plastic like film on the surface, which can alter the skins normal processes. On product labels they are listed as dimethicone, dimethicone copolyol or cyclopentasiloxane.

  • NO SULFATES

    We do not use sulphates in our products. Sulphates are used as cheap foaming agents, but can cause skin irritation. On product labels they are listed as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulfate (SLS).

  • PHTHALATES

    We do not use phthalates in our products.   Phthalates are often a component of ‘parfum’ and research has demonstrated that they can disrupt hormonal systems and impact on fertility levels. On product labels they may be listed as dibutylphthalate (DBP), dimethylphthalate (DMP), and diethylphthalate (DEP), but legislation does not require them to be listed separately if they are part of ‘parfum’ so it can be difficult to determine their presence.

  • PEG’s

    We do not use PEG’s in our products. PEG stands for Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) and can be used as cleansing agents, emulsifiers or surfactants, but widespread testing has found they often contain impurities which can impact on health.

  • TEA

    We do not use Triethanolamine (TEA) in our products. It is used to help blend oil and water soluble ingredients together and to balance pH in cosmetics and personal care products, however can cause skin and eye irritation

  • DEA

    We do not use diethanolamine (DEA) in our products. It is used to improve the consistency of lotions and creams, but can react with other ingredients and form a potent carcinogen called nitrosodiethanolamine (NDEA).

  • SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCES

    We only use natural fragrances in our products

no animal testing policy

  • we never test on animals

    ALBUS & FLORA never test on animals and ensure all our ingredients are not tested on animals.  We passionately support an end to all animal testing for skincare and cosmetics.

environmental Policy

  • looking after the environment

    ALBUS & FLORA ensure our natural ingredients are sourced in a sustainable and responsible manner.  We passionately believe in supporting and conserving our planets natural beauty and resources, and seek to minimise our impact on the environment as much as possible.

    Our card boxes are 100% recyclable.

     

  • ❤️ Sharing the LOVE on Valentine’s Day ❤️. ⠀
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We are truly grateful to partner with some beautiful brands and independent stores. We wouldn’t be able to produce our balms and grow the @albusandflora brand without you! ⠀
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It’s a joy to see @albusandflora alongside other fabulous brands and to see design at its best.  I want to thank every partner, stockist and customer for their continued support and loyalty, it means ever such a lot❤️❤️❤️. ⠀
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Thank you to our fabulous partner @tayloryates.co for including us in their valentine post today! I would highly recommend taking a look at their fabulous leather bags, beautifully designed and made with love in lovely soft tones x⠀
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📷 @tayloryates⠀
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#sharingthelove #independentbrands #valentinesday #togetherweare #grateful #naturalbeauty #sustainablebrands
  • I love this photo of @emiskicross, Olympian & GB no.1 Ski Cross athlete, wearing a sheer wash of @albusandflora SPF30 lip balm...how stunning does she look??!!⁠ 😍⠀
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Whether you are seasoned pro or hitting the slopes for the first time, don't forget your daily beauty essentials...and if you only use one product for your face and one for your lips, make sure it has broad spectrum UVA & UVB protection.⁠ ❄️☀️❄️☀️❄️☀️⠀
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Use SPF30 on your face, your lips and any other exposed areas, before you go out on the hill, and make sure you take it with you so you can top up through the day...⁠⠀
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We often forget about our lips, only giving them some love & attention when they are already dry & dehydrated, or worse still, sunburnt! Prevention of damage is key, and regular, liberal use of lip balm is advised at altitude.⁠⠀
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UV load to the skin increases by 10% every 1000m you climb and the lips are so vulnerable to burning & premature ageing. Lip skin is very thin & delicate and has no means to protect itself from the UV rays.⁠⠀
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Exposure to UV rays also increases your risk of developing a cold sore, as they lower the local immune response, triggering the virus to erupt, and NOBODY said "I am fine with getting a cold sore on holiday" EVER!!⁠⠀
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It's also really important to choose a lip balm with lots of botanical oils, to nourish & hydrate, provide plenty of anti-oxidants, vitamins & omegas, and some natural plant waxes to help seal in moisture and provide a barrier against wind and the dry air.⁠⠀
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If you would like to know more about our lovely natural ingredients and balms, do head over to the website..We have a great Ski Beauty Offer, with 20% off & free shipping!⁠⠀
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#skibeauty #skibeautyessentials #SPF30 #lipbalmforskiing #cleanbeauty #naturalskincare #loveskiing #lovemountain #loveboarding #albusandflora⁠⠀
  • The only good thing about a rainy / sleety / trying to snow properly / grey sky day in the Alps, is its much easier to sit at the computer with tea!⁠ ☕️❄️☕️❄️☕️⠀
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Come on February, we want lots of snow followed by blue skies please....but only when I have finished my to do list so I can go and play!⁠ ⛷💕⛷⠀
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#snowday #ilovetea #dropinnlepraz #adminday  #womeninbusiness #instabeauty #beautybusiness #indiebeauty #beautypreneur #beautybrand #cleanbeauty #womenentrepreneurs #skilife @albusandflora
  • It's been a few very busy months @albusandflora - just too many balls to juggle ....something had to give and social media was the casualty! So sorry to be away for so long!! #solopreneur challenges!!⁠⠀
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Huge thanks to @sophieelkan and @ox_magazine for featuring @albusandflora in their "Kissable Reds" edit and for reminding me that it's time to get back on the social media horse!! ⁠🐴😊🐴⠀
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thank you for the love this February! ⁠💕⠀
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#lovered #albusandflora #snowberryred #luxebeauty #instabeauty #lipbalm #SPF #naturalskincare #cleanskincare
  • Snow is falling in the Alps...the countdown is on! Big thanks to @bexsurfs_and_skis for this lovely shot of @albusandflora balms last season in Courchevel.⁠⠀
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All our balms have full UVA & UVB SPF30 protection and are suitable for every day and for use at altitude. So if you have any skiing or snowboarding friends and are in need of a little stocking filler inspiration, keep an eye on the website as we will be doing some lovely offer through November and December!⁠⠀
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#stockingfillers #snowisfalling #countdownison #mountainarecalling #SPF30 #protectyourlips #naturalskincare #lipcare
  • #Autumnskin TIP #3....lets talk about FACIAL OILS....⁠⠀
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....and for those that asked about Vit C, check out next week's post :-)⁠⠀
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The temperatures are dropping further, the wind is chillier, the central heating is on, sucking moisture from the skin.  Our summer glow seems to have faded and often our skin looks dull..and dull skin is, well lets face it, its just dull!!!⁠⠀
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Continuing to support the skins barrier is key and a facial oil can really help increase elasticity, support the barrier and put the glow back...here are a few of @albusandflora tips⁠⠀
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1.  Facial Oils can vary enormously in price, you can buy a single oil, or a blend of oils.  I always have a single oil on hand, and you can't go wrong with Rosehip oil,  its easy to use for all skin types. For a more tailored approach for specific skin types I always go for a formula which blends multiple oils, they often give you more bang for your buck, and can really help specific concerns⁠, which is a win-win.⁠⠀
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2. Choose plant oils that are hydrating but not comedogenic (will block pores and can cause breakouts), sea buckthorn, camellia, safflower, squalene are good examples (there are many more!). Jojoba is a great base if you have oily skin as it helps balance sebum. Coconut oil is very comedogenic so I would avoid this for your face!!!⁠⠀
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3. Do not use mineral oils, they are by-products from the petrochemical industry and can be problematic for skin. Stick to cold pressed plant oils, which have more nutrients, and look for those with Vit A & E.⁠⠀
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4. Beware of formulas which are highly fragranced, and if you have sensitive skin be really careful with blends that have a lot of plant essential oils.  Many have fantastic benefits for the skin but can sometimes be a little too strong and can irritate. ⁠⠀
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4. Use a few drops of oil at night, as the last step, after serums & moisturisers, or just apply the oils on their own.  Press or massage in. ⁠⠀
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photo: Jason Strull