Our Ethos

At Naturisimo, we have always strived to do things differently. We understand that as a leader of ethical retail, we have a responsibility to be as transparent as possible. Our filters are designed to make conscious shopping an effortless experience. We want to provide you with as much information as possible so that you can make more informed choices, without the guesswork. From organic certifications to eco-friendly packaging, our aim is to help you find your perfect product with ease.



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BRITISH

This refers to products that have been manufactured in Great Britain, making it easier to support local, home-grown brands while helping to reduce the carbon footprint of your purchase.



CERTIFIED NATURAL

This filter refers to products that have been certified natural by our preferred, accredited third-party organisations such as COSMOS Natural and NATRUE. These products have been verified as being naturally produced and/or containing ingredients of natural origin. This certification is suitable for products containing ingredients which cannot be certified as organic, such as water, salt or clay.


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CERTIFIED ORGANIC

This filter applies only to products that have been certified organic by our preferred, accredited third-party organisations such as Soil Association, NATRUE and EcoCert. This certification confirms the product has been formulated with an organic portion of natural ingredients from a certified organic production.


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FRAGRANCE FREE

This applies to products that are free from synthetic fragrances and/or natural fragrances (e.g. essential oils) that are otherwise only added for their scent. This makes it easier to shop products better suited for more sensitive skin.


GLUTEN-FREE

This filter refers to products that have been confirmed by the brand to have been formulated without gluten. Designed to make it easier for those with sensitivities to find the products best suited for them, we still recommend a patch test of any product for those with allergy concerns.


NON-NANO

This term is generally understood to refer to nanoparticles that are more than 100 nanometers in size. The concern with particles smaller than this size is that they are more easily absorbed by the skin and may therefore harm living tissues within the body. This filter only applies to our sunscreens that contain nanoparticles over 100nm in size.


VEGAN

This filter confirms that the product is suitable for vegans (i.e. the formulation contains no animal-derived ingredients). Additionally, this filter will also highlight products that have been certified vegan by a third-party organisation such as the Vegan Society or PETA.


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THE INGREDIENTS

To help customers make an informed choice, we disclose the complete ingredient list (INCI) for each product in our website so you know exactly what's inside. There are ingredients we avoid based on scientific research and our expertise. Our Doctor Chemist, a member of the UK Royal Society of Chemistry, advises us in product formulations, artificial chemicals and their potential harmful effects. We also follow the guidelines published by the UK Soil Association, Ecocert, NaTrue, USDA and other related regulatory bodies. Below are the guidelines we follow.



NEVER : These are commonly found in cosmetics but are never acceptable in our products due to their known harmful effects:

Parabens (Butyl, Ethyl, Isobutyl, Isopropyl, Methyl, Propyl Parabens)
SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate)
SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulphate) if harsh cleansing agent
Mineral Oil / Petrolatum
Phthalates (DBP / DMP / DEP)
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene)
BPA (Bisphenol A)
Coal tar
DMDM hydantoin
Ethanolamine
Formaldehyde
Germaben (Parabens and Urea)
Hydroquinone
Lanolin that may be contaminated
Lead
Mercury
Microbeads (plastic / synthetic)
Nitrosamines
Paraffin
Placenta
Squalene derived from animals (plant squalane is acceptable)
Talc contaminated by asbestos
Toluene
Triclosan
Urea (Diazolidinyl / Imidazolidinyl)
Zirconium
GM ingredients
Herbicides or pesticide residues
Animal testing for product development


EXCEPTIONALLY : These are not generally accepted in our products, however we can exceptionally accept them for the reasons below:

Acrylates - safe synthetic ingredient accepted on a case by case basis
Animal ingredients - only milk, clinical grade lanolin, sustainable beeswax and carmine
Butylene Glycol - organic alcohol acceptable in very small quantities
Bismuth Oxychloride - natural mineral that may cause irritation, under investigation
Carbomer - a synthetic emulsifier of petrochemical origin but with a high safety rating
Ceteareth-20 - if provided manufacturer assurance of non contamination
Chlorphenesin - low hazard synthetic preservative allowed in tiny quantities
Cocamide MEA - foaming agent, safe if not inhaled
Cocomidolpropyl Betaine - foaming agent, accepted if plant-derived
DEA (Diethanolamine) / TEA (Triethanolamine) - acidity regulator, under investigation
Dimethicone - non-toxic silicon in small quantities in non comedogenic products
DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) - natural skin firming agent, under investigation
EDTA di-/ tri-/ tetra-sodium - if manufacturer assurance of non contamination
Hydroxyethylcellulose- thickening agent safe in small quantities
Laureth-7- safe if provided manufacturer assurance of non contamination
Methylchloroisothiazolinone - preservative under investigation for allergic reactions
Methylisothiazolinone - preservative under investigation for allergic reactions
Nylon-12- safe synthetic, accepted on a case by case basis
Opthipen- a preservative mix made of phenoxyethanol, sorbic acid and caprylyl glycol
PEGs (Polyethylene Glycol) - if provided manufacturer assurance of non contamination
Phenoxyethanol - acceptable in small quantities as by organic certification agencies
Polybutene - safe synthetic binder, accepted in small quantities
Polyethylene - synthetic binder safe if provided assurance of non contamination
Propylene glycol - organic alcohol that may cause allergies, under investigation
PTFE (aka Teflon) - binder and conditioner, safe if not inhaled or ingested
PVP/Va Copolymer / PVC - synthetic binder, safe if not inhaled
Quaternium / polyquartenium - safe synthetic, beneficial in hair products
Silicones - safe in very small quantities in non comedogenic products
Sodium Benzoate - safe artificial preservative currently under investigation
Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate - foaming agent, safe in small quantities
Sodium Laureth Sulfate - accepted when not formulated as a harsh detergent
Synthetic Colours (Lake, D&C, FD&C) - when not absorbed or in tiny amounts e.g. nail polish
Synthetic Fragrance - small quantity acceptable upon non-allergenic evidence


ALWAYS : These ingredients, formulas and production methods are always favoured during our product selection process:

Organic certified and wild crafted ingredients
Potent botanical actives
Naturally-derived plant extracts
Cold-pressed plant oils and butters
Food-grade nutrients and vitamins
Natural and organic essential oils
Result-driven product formulas
Luxurious textures and aromas
Beautiful, attractive packaging
100% recyclable packaging
Biodynamic farming
Fair-trade production
Locally produced ingredients and products
Biodegradable products
Production that promotes biodiversity
Sustainable farming
Ecological manufacturing
Charitable enterprises
Socially responsible companies


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