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.

     

  • It's been a grey miserable day in the UK ....no winter sun or snowflakes .... only rain and more rain.  So I thought I would add this cute shot of Snowberry Red from the lovely @pinkjulep to cheer myself and you up :-). Snowberry is one of our most popular shades, it looks vibrant in the bullet but gives a lovely sheer pinky red, which can be layered over liner if you want a more intense colour.  Of course as with all our balms it comes with UVA/UVB protection, SPF30,  and is packed with nourishing botanicals, so it’s perfect for wintery days!
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Remember the amount and strength of UVA A=Ageing) rays is not altered by time of year and all skin exposed to the elements, face, lips and around the eyes benefits from protection..UVA passes through glass too! ⠀
Huge thanks to the lovely review from @pinkjulep⠀
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#albusandflora #pinkjulep #snowberry #bestlipbalmever #lovecoralpink #naturalskincare #beautybotanicals
  • A little flash back to December 2007, summiting Mount Kilimanjaro at 7am, after a 7 hour climb through the night...I had never been so delighted to see the sunrise!! It was the most amazing and inspiring week and I guess looking back, started my love affair with the mountains.  Climbing for a dear friend who was so very ill at the time and raising £6000 for her charity, The Brooke Hospital for Animals was one of my proudest moments, but knowing my climb had helped raise her spirits was infinitely more humbling, I would do it again in a heartbeat. ⠀
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People often ask why did you choose Kilimanjaro for Amanda. ...Kilimanjaro was the name of the last horse she was ever able to ride & we had the most fabulous girlie safari holiday in Africa a few years previously...it was the only mountain to climb!!! ⠀
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Experiences & memories hey,  more important than anything else...⠀
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Happy Monday everyone :-)⠀
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#followyourheart #goonthatadventure #mountainlove #kilimanjaro #albusandflora #charitychallenge⠀
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  • Lots of lovely balms heading out to customers this week.....something tells me they might be heading towards somebody's Christmas stocking! ⠀
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Huge thanks to Jo, who has been busy packing and posting your orders all week!! ⠀
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Just a little reminder, Royal Mail last postage dates for Christmas 2018 are:⠀
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18th Dec - 2nd Class⠀
20th Dec - 1st Class⠀
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So if you are in need of a few extra stocking fillers, take advantage of our free shipping option on the website this December.⠀
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#albusandflora #stockingfillers #christmasgifts #christmasiscoming #freeshipping #britishbeautybrand #indiebeauty #naturalskincare #naturalskincareproducts #
  • Looking forward to getting these back on on again soon.....the snow is falling in Courchevel and my winter home and mountains are definitely calling!! ⠀
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#countingthedays #mountainsarecalling #snowisfalling  #winterhome #skiboots #beautifulmountains #mountainviews
  • Beauty in small things :-)⠀
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Alpines are such a joy - and are some of the most resilient plants on the planet, withstanding extreme cold and extreme heat, yet so delicate and beautifully small.  They have tremendous strategies to protect themselves against high UV loads and are packed full of anti-oxidants.  It's a great botanical to use to protect our skin, and its why we use Alpine Rose in all our balms. ⠀
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Alpine rose also has another little beauty protection benefit...its anti-viral so significantly reduces the likelihood of one of those pesky cold sores rearing their small, but definitely NOT beautiful head, and will reduce the severity of any outbreak and speed up healing. As winter takes hold, and as we push towards Christmas, we often get a little run down and small amounts of UV can easily trigger the virus, often just when we have fun things planned #mortified #ilovegettingacoldsoresaidnobodyEVER⠀
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  • It may only be Tuesday but it feels like Friday.....and the kind of Friday that follows the busiest most stressful week.....after the day I have had the only thing to do is to turn the computer off, reset both computer (and my mind) and hope that by tomorrow the number of tabs that have to be open have reduced!⠀
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.......This also may have to include a glass of wine! Though of course I will be listening to my skin's advice and will be adding a glass of water or two to that prescription!!⠀
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#toomanytabsopen #beautyentrepreneur #womeninbusiness #myheadhurts #albusandflora ⠀
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