Natural ingredients come from plants, and use low impact processing methods like freeze-drying. They also include minerals (like talc), and ingredients that come from animal harvesting, like beeswax and honey , which we’re careful to harvest in a sustainable way as part of our Community Trade programme.
Ingredients of natural origin originally come from plants, but have been modified in some way to make them more functional. A good example is refined sunflower oil. Crude edible oil from renewable sources contains impurities, which we remove during the refining process.
The Body Shop requires that our ingredients of natural origin must also be renewable. This means they must come from sources that are abundant and self-generating, unlike fossil fuels, which take millions of years to replenish.
*These definitions are based on guidelines for cosmetics defined by the Information Standards Organisation, an independent, international, not-for-profit organisation.
Synthetic ingredients are human-made and created by chemical reaction, which means they’re ingredients not typically found in nature.
An example of a synthetic ingredient is isononyl isononanoate, a synthetic oil that helps maintain the skin’s moisture after applying cream. It’s not as heavy on the skin as vegetable oils and is 100% biodegradable, with a low ecotoxicity profile.
Synthetic ingredients can give our formulas properties that nature can’t provide. They can be more functional or even more environmentally friendly than natural ingredients.
Synthetic alternatives to natural ingredients can help with the consistency, quality and long-term performance of a product. For example, preservatives and sun-filters protect both the products and the people who use them.
We use experts who have a detailed understanding of raw materials and their uses. They skilfully combine ingredients to create safe formulas that respect our customers’ skin, respect the environment and do what they say they do. Our products undergo extensive testing to ensure they are safe and effective for use. We use three main testing methods involving computer data, laboratory-created tissues and people.
As a global brand operating in over 60 countries, we work to the strictest regulatory requirements for every product we develop. In addition to creating products that are safe and effective, we have a commitment to continue to