The ingredients we use, which are duly authorized by the strictest regulations in place, meet the very highest standards of quality and performance. They always have an essential function or purpose in our products. Whether of natural origin or synthetic, the ingredients that compose our products can for example contribute to their effectiveness, conservation, texture, color or smell.
Categories of ingredients used in cosmetics and their functions:
Emulsifiers are used to combine different types of liquids such as water and oil. They are agents that form or preserve a formula in order to prevent the different ingredients from separating, and thus obtain a stable and homogenous formula.
Stabilizers contribute in maintaining the emulsified state of a cosmetic formula. They are agents that are added to a solution, a mixture or a suspension to maintain it in a stable state. More specifically, the presence of a stabilizer allows a product not to alter over time, in terms of its properties, appearance or texture.
Moisturizers are cosmetic ingredients that add or restore moisture of the skin (upper layer) when the finished product is applied.
Texturizers are additives incorporated in a cosmetic formula in order to modify, adapt or adjust physically and/or visually the texture of the finished product.
Preservatives are antimicrobial agents. Their function is to prevent the growth of microorganisms (such as bacteria or fungi) or unwanted chemical reactions (such as oxidation) that could alter the product. Preservatives are essential to guarantee the good conservation of products and avoid possible contaminations. For example phenoxyethanol and parabens are efficient and safe preservatives that are particularly suitable for cosmetic use to prevent products from being contaminated by microbes or bacteria.
Colorants and pigments
Colorants are colored or fluorescent organic substances which give color to a substrate by selective absorption of light. They are usually soluble. Pigments are colored organic or inorganic solids which are usually insoluble.
Sun filters (also called UV filters) are ingredients that absorb or reflect UV rays from sunlight or artificial light. Sun filters are essential to protect the skin from the harmful effects of the sun (such as skin cancer and premature ageing). Sun filters can also be used to protect products and their ingredients as well as packaging.
Fragrances are complex combinations of natural and/or man-made substances that are added to many consumer products to give them a distinctive smell. Fragrances are used in a wide variety of products to provide a pleasant smell, mask the inherent undesirable smell of certain ingredients, and enhance the sensorial experience of using the product.
Active ingredients carry out an action on the skin and hair with the results they intend to deliver, and these are tested and proven through a variety of studies. They can be from natural, nature identical, synthetic or chemical origin. For example, hyaluronic acid is an active ingredient used in products such as anti-ageing creams to help delay visible signs of skin ageing.
All of the ingredients from these categories that we use in our products are safe, and have undergone a rigorous scientific evaluation of their safety by our internal experts and third party experts. All ingredients in our formulas are listed on the product or its packaging, and on our websites.