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 Friday, and we have 10% off & FREE SHIPPING on all @albusandflora SPF30 tinted balms.  Use TINTS10 at the checkout 🍁💕💄💕🍁
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Stock up on your favourite shades. Protect your lips daily from UV damage, loss of collagen, premature ageing and wrinkles. Nourish & care for the lips this autumn with our gorgeous botanical oils - raspberry, cranberry, seaberry, avocado, blackcurrant, jojoba, olive, sunflower & grape to name a few 🌿🥑🍇🥑
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NUDE FLORA - a sheer peachy take on nude, compliments all complexions and skins tones. Looks great with fair and darker skin tones alike.⁠⠀
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SHEER FLORA - a very subtle hint of colour (don't be fooled by the colour in the bullet), gives a lovely natural sheen to the lip and accentuates your natural lip colour - also great to use over a lipstick or to refresh faded lipstick colour. All time favourite for everyday, school run & at the gym⁠⠀
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SNOWBERRY RED - a soft pop of pinky-red colour, sheer for the day and can be layered over lip liner or lipstick for a more intense shade. Looks great on all skin tones and hair colours, and offers a really gorgeous sheen.⁠⠀
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MOUNTAIN ROSE - a pretty natural warm pink, great for that less is more make-up look and so easy to wear.⁠⠀
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All balms can be worn alone or over the top of a lip stain / liner or lipstick.⁠⠀
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  • Autumn skin - is it misbehaving? Looking a little dull? Want to get a little autumn glow back? ⁠⠀
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The days are getting shorter, temperatures are dropping.... Autumn has officially arrived. ⁠ While cosy jumpers make a welcome return to our wardrobes, the air is becoming drier, the central heating is going on, and that morning or evening run is just that bit harder on our skin. The dry air & wind sucks precious moisture out and the cold-hot-cold cycle can exacerbate rosacea & sensitivity.  Sadly,  Autumn, is not all pumpkin spiced lattes and its not a skincare walk in the park....as the skin tries to adjust to this indoor/outdoor climatic change, it can get a little un-balanced, a little unhappy and can begin to misbehave! It can become dehydrated much more easily and often we start producing more sebum to try to compensate, a little glow is welcome, an oil slick, breakouts and red dry patches are not!!! ⁠⠀
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There are some simple changes you might like to try that can really help and we will share over the next few #autumnskin posts.  A good place to start is your CLEANSING regime.⁠⠀
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TIP #1: consider changing your micellar, cream or gel cleanser to an oil based one, particularly at night.  I love a cleansing balm that is packed full of botanical oils. It will breakdown SPF, make-up and cut through grime and sebum better than a water based one and the oils will nourish the skin. An oil based cleanser will not make an oily skin oilier, it will balance and hydrate, drier and combination skins also love... The action of massaging the balm in also brings much needed blood flow to the skin (post-exercise glow anyone??) which helps re-oxygenate and detox the skin.  I like an oil based balm that turns to milk when you add water as it is much easier to remove the balm and all the grime with a lovely warm damp flannel.  For an extra nourishing hit to promote that glowy complexion, you can double cleanse, using a little less product.  I often leave that second thin layer of balm on for 10 min while cleaning teeth etc and then remove again with damp flannel. Clean hydrated nourished skin glows! ⁠⠀✨🍁✨
  • Thank you to @laraskicom for this gorgeous shot of @albusandflora Sheer Flora, taken in June in the Arctic Circle!  Such a thrill to know our balms are supporting adventures all over the world and exciting to think we were closer to the North Pole than most people will ever be !!! ⁠⠀
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The sun doesn't set in the Arctic through the summer months and with daylight 24-7, SPF protection of the delicate lips is a non-negotiable essential. ⁠⠀
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UVB rays do reduce in intensity in the Northern Hemisphere through Autumn and Winter, but UVA, which penetrates deeply and can even pass through glass is present all year round come rain or shine! It  increases photo-ageing as well as contributing to the risk of skin cancers - so don't forget to protect your lips with daily UVA & UVB SPF protection through the Autumn and Winter.....⁠⠀
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Sheer Flora gives a the subtlest hint of colour, incredibly nourishing and natural in appearance (so don't be fooled with the colour in the bullet). If you fancy stocking up, watch out for the free shipping and 10% discount offer on the website on Thursday, and valid for the rest of October.⁠⠀
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  • I love this shot from @stacieswift ⁠and it’s so true. It’s so easy to fill our weeks and weekends with work, chores, family and just generally being busy from the moment we wake till the moment we go to sleep. I have to confess this week Practically every waking hour has been scheduled with some activity. ⠀
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But today.... it’s nearly 3.30pm, it’s raining outside and I’m still in PJs with a cuppa and a face mask on.....listening to the rain and pottering around the house with no particular purpose, and I haven’t even looked at my to do list! Sometimes I think we all need to stop, be ok with doing nothing, to daydream, to just sit and be still, to make time to just be. Take a little time today, for nobody else except you.....boy does it feel goooood! ☕️💕✨☕️⠀
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  • Loving the grey tones in this gorgeous shot from @ohgoshem and loving how well used @albusandflora balms are before the new ones arrived!!! ⠀
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I just love how @albusandflora gets to support you all on adventures big and small, and hope some Saturday adventures have been had today 😊💕! ⠀
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  • So....its been quite a long time since I have posted...so here goes with a little update!⁠⠀
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The summer has been incredibly hectic with many exciting changes & developments behind the scenes @albusandflora .... running a brand as a solo beautypreneur and keeping up with social media posts can be a challenge at times (hence the rather big absence this summer from Instagram!) but I thought I would start with a few photos from a recent visit to Hong Kong this summer!⁠⠀
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It was fabulous to meet the team @beyorg to carry out some brand training and equally fabulous to see @albusandflora in their beautiful stores! If you are ever in Hong Kong I would highly recommend a visit and I am thrilled to be part of their collection of beautiful natural beauty brands. 😍✨🌿
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