People in this day and age are becoming more and more cautious about the kinds of body care products they use. Parabens, phthalates, and formaldehyde are all found in many popular name brand skin, hair and beauty products. It’s difficult to find a brand you can trust.
Thankfully, there is a company that has a solid, trustworthy line of hair, makeup and skin products that are not only safe, but derived directly from nature, amplified with cutting edge science. Origins was founded in the late 1980’s by a team of beauty chemists studying the plants used in traditional health remedies, and discovered their power extended to skin care as well.
The head of product development at Origins is Dr. Lieve DeClerq. DeClerq, who has a PhD in Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology, leads an international team of over 100 scientist to create hair, skin and beauty products without dangerous ingredients. These products are made with plants, their essential oils, and only certified organic ingredients. Origins pledges to keep all of their products free of parabens, phthalates, PABA, propylene glycol, mineral oil, petrolatum, paraffin, DEA, or animal ingredients. Their products are also manufactured using as many earth-friendly energy sources as possible, such as wind energy and renewable resources.
Not only are the products themselves produced with earth-friendly energy, but their packaging is green as well. Their cartons are made from 80% Forest Stewardship Council certified paperboard and at least 50% post-consumer recycled fiber. Even the packaging (which never contains styrofoam or PVC) is manufactured using either wind or hydro power. These products are thoroughly researched and tested to prove their safety and efficacy. Origins products are never tested on animals, but instead are tested on a volunteer panel to ensure their product’s safety for human use.
Origin’s products contain a wide variety of natural plants. Some are familiar, such as avocado, aloe, lavender and lemon. Others are less well known, like Tourmaline, a semi-precious gem is found in their “Youthtopia” Firming Lift cream. The “Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum” contains Hypsizygus Ulmaris, a mushroom originated in Japan.
Another interesting ingredient used in Origin products is Saw Palmetto, a desert plant found in the southeastern United States. It’s used in Origins “Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser” because of its natural ability to control excess oil. Commiphora Mukul is a plant whose root is used in the “Youthtopia Firming Cream” because it helps skin produce hyaluronic acid, keeping it looking fuller and better hydrated.
Perhaps the most unique Origins ingredient is the Rose of Jericho of North Africa. This plant (also known as the resurrection plant) that can be 98% dehydrated for decades, yet, with some moisture, can come back to its full, luscious green form. The Rose of Jericho awakens the skins ability to retain and restore moisture and fullness, and is the main ingredient in Origins’ “Make A Difference” line.
Origins doesn’t just do creams and serums, however. They also do safe sunscreen (VitaScreen SPF 15 Energy-boosting moisturizer), and a whole array of makeup as well. Mineral foundations, eye colors, bronzers, lip balms and blushes, all from a brand you can trust to give you safe ingredients. In addition to that, they also have a very comprehensive line of hair care products. They have restorative shampoos and conditioners, as well as various hair therapy products for conditioning, thickening or protecting hair.
Origins is a company committed not only to providing safe, effective and pure products to their customers, but they are also committed to the safety and care of the planet. Origins started a customer recycling program in 2009, the first in the cosmetic industry. Customers are encouraged to bring their empty product bottles and containers to the nearest store, where they are sent to be either recycled or used for energy recovery.
Origins also has a “Plant-A-Tree” program that assists global reforestation projects. They have partnered with the American Forests’ Global ReLeaf, and to date have planted more than 420,000 trees all over the world.
If you are looking for beauty products with quality, natural and pure ingredients, a small carbon footprint that work better than anything else on the market, you should consider Origins as your first choice.