OUR 100% NATURAL and ORGANIC PLEDGE
We use only 100% natural organic and certified organic ingredients. We define “organic” in its traditional sense in science as having a carbon molecule which means it is biodegradable as well as we go one step further and mean that none of our ingredients are synthesized in a lab—or synthetic. So we are different from 99.9% of all skin care companies in that all of our ingredients are 100% natural only 2-3 steps away from being a live plant and many of those are Certified Organic. Some of our suppliers purchase from growers who abide by Certified Organic growing requirements, who however have not yet been certified. We receive purity reports with our oils and there are no pesticide residues in any of the conventionally grown ingredients.
We do not use fillers or emulsifiers to make our products white and creamy. It is the color of the natural products and if your lotion is white and creamy you are paying for fillers, emulsifiers and it is in a synthetic or pseudo-natural base.
OUR WHOLE FOOD COMMITMENT:
You have probably seen these new ingredients popping UP! in “all natural” products. geraniol, linolool, limonene, etc. The words all-natural have no regulated, industry meaning and any product that uses the term does not have to be all-natural. These are a tricky way to add fragrance without putting the Red Zone word “fragrance” in what is being marketed as an all-natural product. They rate a 4-6 out of 10 on the Skin Deep toxicity rating scale (www.cosmeticdatabase.com) and are routinely found in baby products, face and skin care products.
The word fragrance means that there are up to 200 synthetic chemicals that are not listed on the label. Fragrances are a top allergen and are known neurotoxins. The so-called natural fragrances like limonene are fragrance components derived from essential oils. But most of them nowadays are synthetic. Whether they are synthetic or natural is not listed and you would not know just from reading your label.
At UP! Organics, Inc. we use the whole oil. I believe with passion that identifying and separating out one component declared as “active” and using it in a formula is ineffective and is done simply to save money. Others may disagree. Pure essential oils are expensive for a reason. They are powerful and have been used as medical treatments for thousands of years. The whole oil has micro and macro nutrients and co-enzymatic properties that work together to effect their amazing healing properties. The only reason these fragrance components are utilized is because they are less expensive, have a long shelf life and they circumvent the word fragrance, which has become a big “no, no” to use.
Also, blending essential oils in a product takes know how, care and expertise. It is an art as well as a science and most skin care companies are not in the business of creating artisan quality products.
SYNTHETIC vs. NATURAL
All of our ingredients have a name of the plant that once grew in the ground or the name of the plant, tree, etc. that the wax or butter came from. E.g. Rosehip Seed Oil (More than likely if an ingredient does not have a Latin INCI name after it, and it is not a name that is easily recognizable, then it is a synthetic ingredient, e.g. octinoxate—a common sunscreen chemical.)
If your skincare product does not expire in a year or less then it most likely contains harmful preservatives and other ingredients that are synthetically made.
One of the most detrimental qualities of synthetic ingredients is that they are often not biodegradable. This means they sit on the surface of the ocean or river and block life giving sunlight from the animals living below. This is why using only a natural sunscreen is vital. Sunscreen chemicals bleach the coral reef. Another detrimental effect is that they are categorized as toxins by the skin and the skin has to detox them while also trying to heal, moisturize itself and protect you.
There is very little research on the effects synthetic chemicals have on botanical ingredients. It’s possible that they render ineffective the botanical’s naturally active components and can override the botanical healing power in the natural ingredients. I look forward to finding more information about this.
Companies that say that they are all-natural and contain ingredients like phenoxyethanol, polysorbate 40, etc. are not telling you the whole truth. It’s best to do your own research by going to www.cosmeticdatabase.com and plugging in your product or ingredient and learn about its toxicity rating and other important health information.
Phenoxyethanol is a new preservative ingredient that is taking the place of the parabens since the parabens have gotten so much bad press because they have been found in tumors and been reported to act as estrogen substitutes which confuse the endocrine system. Phenoxyethanol is another name for ethylene glycol and it rates a 4 out of 10 on the Environmental Working Group’s website for rating toxicity in products. (See website above.)
Any of you who have owned a small business knows how much plastic is used. In the tech industry almost everything is plastic. In the skin care industry almost everybody uses plastic bottles. At UP! we have taken this into consideration and use glass whenever possible. For the travel size products such as OCCUPY YOUR PITS UNDERARM DEODORANT it is necessary for it to be lightweight and non-breakable.
Also, because I use pure essential oils sometimes the caps won’t stay screwed shut on glass containers because the oils create an issue with the glass/plastic interface. That was also the case with OCCUPY. Any of the plastic that has been used is 100% recyclable with normal #1’s. LATHER UP! has to be in plastic because there is no glass foaming bottle. Let me know if you find one. The FIX UP! is another sports and active travel product that needs to be light weight and not breakable so…But out of the 20 or so products UP! Organics will be launching, those are the only three so far that are in plastic. Way to go UP!
We also use recycled packaging for shipping so forgive us if your box looks used…it is! The US Postal Service also offers free boxes so we use them, which keeps the cost down.
I’d like to request that you use glass more than plastic and make a real effort to reuse plastic whenever possible. I have not purchased plastic bags or plastic cups in about eight years because I reuse and wash out the ones that I do end up using—even at parties and stuff. Why not? Who are we to use a cup once and throw it on the skin of the Earth? I think that is rude and entitled, honestly…think about it.
Here is Webster’s definition of Organic…
a : of, relating to, or arising in a bodily organ
b : affecting the structure of the organism
a (1) : of, relating to, or derived from living organisms (2) : of, relating to, yielding, or involving the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin without employment of chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides
b (1) : of, relating to, or containing carbon compounds (2) : relating to, being, or dealt with by a branch of chemistry concerned with the carbon compounds of living beings and most other carbon compounds
a : forming an integral element of a whole : fundamental
b : having systematic coordination of parts : organized
c : having the characteristics of an organism : developing in the manner of a living plant or animal