OUR 100% NATURAL and ORGANIC PLEDGE
We use both Certified Organic and conventionally grown ingredients. We do not use fillers or emulsifiers to make our products white and creamy. Biome products may separate and have a more natural color due to it's purity. Don't be worried! This is normal.
OUR WHOLE FOOD COMMITMENT:
The words all-natural have no regulated, industry meaning and any product that uses the term does not have to be truly all-natural. You have probably seen the following new ingredients popping up in “all natural” products. geraniol, linolool, limonene, etc. 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 can mean 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 Natural Products LLC, 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. And are created in a lab. They are synthetic.
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 quality artisan 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.
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 when combined in a product recipe. 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.
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 Biome Underarm Protection. Any of the plastic that has been used is 100% recyclable with normal #1’s.
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 an recycle plastic whenever possible. I have not purchased plastic bags or plastic cups in about eight years. After living in Latin America for over five years I have learned the art of conservation. Plastic on the planet has become a very serious problem and I would like to part of that solution. Thank you!