We appreciate many of our customers want to know more about more about ingredients in the products they use. In this section, we have covered some of the topics we are frequently asked questions on. We promise to keep this information as up to date as possible and add new material when appropriate. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Allergens

Allergens are substances which may cause allergic reactions in some people. Almost any substance in the environment, for example pollen, can contain an allergen and many natural plant materials including essential oils and extracts commonly contain allergens in minute trace amounts.

It is a legal requirement for us (and quite rightly so) to declare all allergens contained naturally in the plant essential oils and fragrances along with their chemical name.

Our ingredient lists identify these, along with an explanation that they are 'from essential oils', ie; Geraniol. Customers can be reassured that these are not synthetic chemicals which are deliberately added to our formulations.

In general terms, experience suggests that allergy sufferers prefer the use of natural cosmetics and beauty care products to those containing synthetic chemicals.

If you do experience any sort of reaction to any of our products, please contact us immediately.

Aroma & Colour Variations

Some Faith in Nature products may vary slightly in colour, appearance and aroma from batch to batch. This is as a result of the plant based material we utilise in our formulations being harvested from different areas and at varying altitudes. Other factors such as the time the plant was picked and the amount of rainfall it received can also have an influence, and these variations are your guarantee that the materials we use are truly natural.

Please be assured these variations do not in any way affect either the quality or performance of your product.

Colours

We only use natural plant derived colours. According to a recently published report by Lucas and Hallagan, which investigates the connection between colour and allergies, there is a very limited potential for natural colours to cause allergic reactions,

Cruelty Free Products

We have never tested any of our products on animals, nor will we.

That's why we are long time supporters and members of the BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection), and all our products carry their Leaping Bunny logo, an internationally recognised scheme that enables consumers to easily identify and purchase cruelty free products.

All our natural beauty products are approved to the Cruelty Free International Humane Cosmetics Standard (HCS) and our household cleaning range is approved to the Humane Household Products Standard (HHPS).

So not only do our products work beautifully and naturally, this is achieved without having to inflict cruelty on any part of the animal kingdom.

All products have a cut off date of 1988, with the exception of our Household Cleaning range which has a cut off date of 2003.

1,4-Dioxane

We have received questions on the subject of 1,4-dioxane, a contaminant that may occur in trace amounts in certain cosmetics. The following information has been compiled from responses to those questions, from the published scientific literature, and other public sources.

What is 1,4-dioxane?

The compound 1,4-dioxane is a contaminant that may be present in extremely small amounts in some cosmetics. It is formed as a by-product during the manufacture of certain cosmetic ingredients. However, 1,4-dioxane itself is not used as a cosmetic ingredient.

Is 1,4-dioxane in cosmetic products harmful?

The levels at which a chemical compound would be considered harmful in a cosmetic depend on the conditions of use (FD and C Act, section 601(a)). The 1,4-dioxane levels we have seen in our monitoring of cosmetics do not present a hazard to customers.

Fair Trade

We recognise the importance of avoiding the use of ingredients and products that have been obtained from developing countries on unfair trading terms, or those involving exploitation. We are certified with the top grade for SEDEX. Sedex is an organisation which has an aim to stamp out exploitation. (See the section on SEDEX for more information).

We have, therefore, set ourselves a target of progressively seeking to use Fair Trade type ingredients when buying from Third World countries, and when that is not possible, we will do our best to ensure that the source is non-exploitative, ie; a co-operative or similar.

We have identified these ingredients on our labels as ethically traded . As an example, the ethically traded Shea butter that we use, provides support for Ghanaian women, who hand craft the shea butter, and it provides support for other projects such as protecting the biodiversity rich areas of West Africa.

Fragrances

Faith in Nature only uses natural fragrances obtained from pure natural essential oils, designated by the plant name in the INCI ingredient list or as ‘Parfum’.

Palm Oil

At Faith in Nature, we have always had a policy of not using petroleum or animal fat based ingredients and for the past 40 years have sourced our ingredients from vegetable base. For many years this was always from Coconut oil. Recently Palm oil has been the choice of growers as the yield is higher than Coconut.

The main use of Palm oil is in the production of biodiesel and food products. To a minor extent it is used in the production of cosmetic ingredients.

However, as is well publicised, forests are being logged, and animals endangered by outlaws who are logging indiscriminately in order to increase the palm oil plantations.We at Faith in Nature never include palm oil into our products, but some of our ingredients are manufactured using palm oil as the base.

Where practical alternatives exist, we are switching to non palm oil or we use certified sustainable palm oil, and have recently made this switch covering over 100,000kg of ingredients per annum. Also all our soaps are manufactured with sustainable certified palm oil from properly managed and sustainable sources, which cause no concern to animal life.

Other ingredients we use which do contain a percentage of palm oil are all sourced from suppliers who are signed up to the Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil, and are all actively looking to source from responsibly harvested palm oil.

This is the aim of Faith in Nature, to either phase out palm based ingredients, or be able to buy such ingredients from fully sustainable sources. We have made significant progress in recent years and are now in an almost fully sustainable position.

Parabens

Parabens are a very widely used group of preservatives.

Faith in Nature do NOT use Parabens at all and only use preservatives which are considered suitable for organic certified products. None of the raw materials we purchase have any preservative whatsoever. Our customers can therefore be assured of a safe, mild product.

Phthalates

Phthalates are a controversial group of chemical compounds that could influence our products in two ways. Firstly, they are used to turn polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from a hard plastic into a flexible plastic, such as in a shampoo bottle, and secondly, they can be utilised in deodorants, body lotions and some other personal care products.

Some health advocates argue that the use of these chemicals can affect women of child bearing age leading to birth defects, whilst others point out that there is little evidence that phthalates can cause harm in humans.

Whilst there is no categorical evidence either way, on the basis that there is a degree of public concern, we have made the decision that phthalates will not be used in any of our products, and we will make every attempt to ensure they are not utilised in any of our packaging materials or containers.

Preservatives

For many years Faith in Nature has been producing natural toiletries with as little allergic reaction and as minimal environmental impact as possible. Part of this process is to limit the amount of preservatives in products to a level that is sufficient to preserve the product, protect you, our customers, and give a shelf life to the products we supply.

We only use environmentally friendly preservatives that comply with the ecological criteria for the award of European Community Ecological labels.

Our ideal solution would be to use natural ingredients which are part of the product blend. However, over many years experience, we have found the most suitable preservatives to be ones which conform to organic standards of production, such as specified by the Organic Certification bodies. These are not necessarily natural ingredients, but have been proven safe and suitable for use in products of the highest natural standards.

The ingredient Sodium Benzoate is the salt of benzoic acid. In our formulations it converts to benzoic acid which is an ingredient found in nature. Potassium Sorbate is the salt of sorbic acid and similarly converts to sorbic acid, also found in nature.

These ingredients, though synthetic, are classed as nature identical as they are found in nature in the same way that vitamin C can be synthetically produced.

Product Bases (Surfactants, SLS & SLES)

All our products are blended from a mix of essential oils, herbal extracts and other wonderful and special ingredients. Some of our products (shampoo, shower gel/foam bath and hand wash) contain a base called Ammonium Laureth sulphate (ALES). We do not use SLS, nor SLES

ALES is considered to be a safe and effective cleansing agent and is rapidly biodegradable. Virtually 100% of this base is immediately removed from the skin or hair by the simple act of rinsing with water.

Whilst ALES can be derived from animal fats or from petrochemicals, all Faith in Nature products containing this base only contain ALES that has been derived from plant/vegetable oil.

A prime advantage of our ALES is that it has a large sized molecule. This reduces its ability to irritation when blended in our bases, compared to other bases; the small SLS molecule and the more irritant SLES.

SEDEX

SEDEX, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, is a not for profit membership organisation for businesses committed to continuous improvement of the ethical and responsible practices in their supply chains.

SEDEX was founded in 2004 and is based in London, United Kingdom with a full time resource in Shanghai, China.

As a membership organisation, all members have input into the development of SEDEX products and services and can participate in SEDEX working groups that facilitate the sharing of best practise. SEDEX is committed to working with other likeminded organisations to drive convergence worldwide in the approach to, and management of, ethical and responsible business practices.

Vegetarian & Vegan

We use no animal ingredients whatsoever in any of our products, so they are all suitable for vegetarians.

Vegans further require that our products should have no animal involvement at all. With the exception of Propolis, a product manufactured by bees and which we include in our Neem and Propolis hair care products, every Faith in Nature product is Vegan and has been registered with the Vegan Society, entitling us to use their trade mark on our products.

We trust you continue to find Faith in Nature products to be your Number One choice for safe natural cosmetics