FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
In an industry that is completely inundated with natural and organic claims with no certifications to back it up, it can unfortunately be misleading for the consumer. For skincare to qualify for organic certification it must meet a list of very strict criteria before it gets approved.
COSMOS was set up in 2010 by certifying bodies in Germany, France, Italy, and the UK and aims to harmonise organic standards in cosmetics on a global scale. The requirements are set by an elected body and can be read in detail on its website. Here are the highlights of the certification process:
✓ The product must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic ingredients, excluding water, salts, and minerals.
✓At least 20% of the total ingredients (including water, salts, and minerals) must be organic except for mineral or wash-off products, which need to have only 10%.
✓Animal products such as beeswax and honey can be used, but not parts of animals or products that cause harm to the animal.
✓The product must contain no nanomaterials or GMOs.
✓Ingredients cannot be genetically modified.
✓Product must be produced in a green way, with low-waste production and energy use.
✓Products or ingredients must not be tested on animals.
✓Organic products don't interact with synthetic chemicals at any step of the production process. Such chemicals include pesticides, fertilisers, additives, radiation, and antibiotics, and they contain only organic ingredients. Certifying bodies investigate the production chain before approving a product to be called 'certified organic'.
Bare Roots skincare was developed with a compromised/imbalanced skin in mind; however, we must appreciate every skin is unique. Although a 'reaction' is highly unlikely, as a consumer I encourage you to be mindful of any allergies you have and check our ingredients list. The only time a skin will react is due to an allergy or due to a strong irritant such as perfumes, parabens, amines etc in a formulation. Bare Roots is free from harmful irritants.
There is a misconception that topical oil stimulates acne. This couldn't be farther from the truth. Most acne skins are actually oil deficient or have 'poor quality' oil. Therefore when the skin is poorly moisturised, the pH of the skin becomes vulnerable and the barrier is less protected. Acne flourishes in these sorts of environments. By reinforcing the skin topically with cold pressed oils that don't clog the skin, you are promoting a healthier function, a balanced pH, less inflammation and ultimately less bacteria. I highly recommend the Omega Oil for acne skins, it works a treat.
It is proven that the longterm effects of harmful chemicals found in skincare poses a risk to the skin's health and ability to function. As a result, problematic skin conditions can arise and feel as though they are impossible to combat. Just like eating a diet that is as organic and nutrient densed rich as possible yields healthy results and bodily function, the same can be said for skincare. Bare Roots being completely free from ingredients grown with pesticides, fertilisers, additives, radiation and antibiotics. You can feel confident your using pure plant botanicals extracted in the most sustainable and as 'close to natures' way as possible for your skin's longterm health.
We use a variety of plant based preservatives dependant on the product. This includes mild amounts of plant based alcohols, fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants. A cosmetic product containing water based elements cannot be curated without some use of preservatives. We have taken an extra step further to ensure they are natural versions and cause the least amount of impact to your skin's health as possible.
Emulsifiers are used to improve spreadability and consistency of a product to prevent separation. We are so proud to use natural emulsifiers that won't destroy your natural lipid structures. Such emulsifiers include Hydrogenated Lecithin, Lecithin, Lysolecithin, Cetyl Alcohol (derived from coconut oil), C12-C16 Alcohols and Glyceryl Stearate Citrate.
Whilst we don't recommend to mix brands due to how they may react chemically with each other, if your going to do this I recommend using it alongside a brand that follows a similar approach to treating skin. Bare Roots formulation, being certified organic are safe, toxin free and very gentle on the skin so the risk of a reaction is low.
Absolutely. There is so much power and activity when it comes to plant botanicals. One that shouldn't ever be underestimated! Efficacy from a product comes from what's in it and how the ingredients work together as a whole in the skin. It's not a matter of popping whatever sounds good in a product and expect it to work well. A formulation has to serve a specific purpose and be well thought out. We are currently working on a before and after series on just how effective the Bare Roots skincare line is!
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