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