Rethinking the fundamentals of cosmetics
In order to offer you the healthiest and most effective products, we have redesigned the fundamentals of cosmetics. Weary of current practices in the cosmetics industry, Thomsen offers an ambitious, neat and innovative alternative. We partnered with a laboratory specialized in research and organic cosmetics, and we worked for over a year on the development and formulation of our products, that are now organic certified. Here is how we proceeded:
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100% Natural and non-toxic
The consumer association "UFC-Que Choisir" (French association) drew up in January 2018 a list of 1000 unwanted and dangerous substances present in cosmetics. These include: Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Benzophenone, BHA, BHT, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenoxyetanol, Tricolsan, P-phenylenediamine, and mineral oils. All need to be avoided scrupulously for new-born, teenagers and pregnant women.
> We banned the use of synthetic or petrochemical products, and all potentially polluting or dangerous assets.
> We use 100% natural and non-toxic products, that are organic certified by the Ecocert label.
This is the basic element of industrial cosmetics, this oil is everywhere. Cosmetics represents 23% of global palm oil consumption. They usually use it for an unctuous and odorless aspect which constitutes our creams. Its benefits are limited, it is rather considered as a neutral element. But why is it so popular with industrialists? For its performance and low cost of extraction and processing. Palm oil is the main cause of deforestation of the world's major primary forests and the disappearance of hundreds of animal species that constitute them. It's a real ecological disaster *.
> It was important for us to use as little palm oil as possible. For this, we have combined several vegetable oils to get closer to our standards of consumption. So we measured and mixed apricot oil, baobab oil or olive oil, but also almond and shea butter.
A conventional cosmetic treatment uses chemical preservatives, such as paraben or alcohols (for example : phenoxyethanol) to maintain the texture, color, smell, and sometimes for years.
> Once the products and combinations are satisfactory, it's about preserving them in time. We couldn’t use chemical preservatives. To avoid that, we made a strong decision, it’s part of the Thomsen DNA. There are natural preservatives, called "nature-identical", controlled by the laboratories, and which allow to keep correctly the products and their active principles but for a shorter time. I opted for this strategy, which explains an expiry date of six months after opening for each of my products. This decision guarantees the excellent quality of my products.
Natural source water
Water is one of the main ingredients of cosmetics. The industry uses tap water and then processes and demineralizes it. We chose a source water rich in magnesium and bicarbonate: the water of Saint Géron whose source is in Auvergne, France. Free from nitrates and known for its purity, it serves as a base and brings all its benefits to the development of our creams.
The results of our tests confirm it, our products compete today with the best of the market.
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Our products have been tested and analyzed. They respect the natural and organic charter, are certified by the Ecocert * label and comply with the Cosmos Organic ** charter, the most stringent certifications today in France, Europe and worldwide.
To be certified, products must be formulated from:
At least 95% natural ingredients (At Thomsen we are 100% for our entire range)
At least 20% organic ingredients (and up to 26% of the total on some of our products)
100% natural fragrance (of course!)
The absence of GMOs, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicone, PEG, perfumes and synthetic dyes. (We have banned all ingredients from chemistry and petrochemistry, as well as any potentially polluting or hazardous ingredients.)
Biodegradability or recyclability of packaging: Only biodegradable ingredients are accepted. (Validated)
Not tested on animals (Of course!)
Eco-Cert is a certificate guaranteeing rigorous compliance with the cultivation, packaging, manufacturing, quality and origin procedures of our products. The certified organic cosmetics designate a family of products, composed of a maximum of natural ingredients, not tested on animals, resulting from the organic farming, and respectful of the environment.
Learn more on Ecocert.com