Safe to Skin, Safe to Planet
Following our mission to help you glow safely, we carefully check each product’s quality and safety ranking. Our Safe Seal recommendation guideline considers Safe and Clean, Vegan, Organic, Non-Toxic and Cruelty-Free features of each cosmetic.
We listed our Top 5 non-negotiable favorite safe skin care products and personal care brand features. We believe these are essential to ensure each product is Good For Me and Good For We!
SAFE and CLEAN.
For us, a Safe and Clean product should not contain any Toxic ingredients or chemicals. When a beauty product is labeled nontoxic, it means that the ingredients have not been seen to cause adverse health effects at the levels found inside the formula and for it’s intended use. In the clean beauty space, non-toxic may also mean that a product shouldn’t include any ingredient that’s been proven toxic at any dose by a third-party reliable source similar with Environmental Association Group. (check out Clean or Non-Toxic products here)
The word Vegan means that a product has no harm to the environment or does not contain any animal by-products or ingredients sourced from animals. Surprisingly, there are common non-vegan ingredients found in clean beauty products such as honey, lanolin, and beeswax. Some may associate vegan with clean, but actually this is really not the case all the time; One product can be vegan (no ingredients sourced from animals) but can still contain chemical ingredients or toxic materials. So, please check the labels always! (check out Vegan products here)
Apparently, Only small percentage of consumers are aware that products only need to contain a tiny percentage of any organic ingredient to label themselves as organic. Really!
So, the clearest way of understanding the actual organic credentials of a product is to check the packaging and label. If possible, look out for certified logos also. An example is the 'Soil Association' Organic Logo wherein this certifies that a product was sourced and manufactured using sustainable, organically-farmed ingredients and are not tested on animals, free from toxic chemicals, synthetic dyes, artificial fragrances and parabens. In addition, Beauty and Personal care products that are certified to have at least 95% organic will have the privilege to bear an official USDA Organic Seal. All Brands with USDA Organic Seal must also comply with manufacturing and handling specifications, and usage of genetically modified prohibited organisms. In an effort to avoid harmful ingredients, the clean beauty industry has begun to use organic, plant-based ingredients.(check out Organic products here)
Sustainable can be commonly associated with being green-friendly. In Beauty and Personal care, this means that the ingredients —including how these ingredients were sourced—and the packaging itself should not be harmful to the planet. Common challenges can be found in many conventional beauty products which are made from petroleum jelly and packaged using plastic materials.
Sustainable ingredients are those that are ethically sourced and proven to be safe for the environment. Examples of sustainable or no-waste packaging include glass packaging, biodegradable packaging or post-consumer recycled packaging. Multiple brands have made the move to switch into sustainable packaging through introduction of “refill purchase” or usage of reusable packaging materials that in effect reduce waste cycle.
A product is considered cruelty-free if it has not been tested on animals anytime during the manufacturing line. Cruelty Free may also mean that any animal-derived ingredients were not extracted at the expense of a certain animal’s welfare. In some situations, a cosmetic product can be cruelty-free but not vegan. Meaning, a product may not be tested in animals, but the product’s content may include ingredients sourced from animals. So again, read your labels carefully! (check out Cruelty-Free products here)
In Glowsy, we consider these features before including a product in our portfolio. We encourage you to do the same. Spare some time to read and check the labels before your purchase and ask the question:
"Is that product Good for Me and Good for We?"