Here, we define skincare terminology and traits, our sourcing values, and product composition, storage and delivery.
Additionally, if you would like to know more, feel free contact us for more information.
WHY DOES THE ĦARLO CREAM LOOK AND FEEL DIFFERENT TO CONVENTIONAL CREAM?
Ħarlo’s creams comprise purely of natural butters and oils, and are intentionally wax free. Waxes often assist with cream form and consistency, but over time, can cause a penetration barrier. Without waxes and other synthetics, our cream consistency can change depending on exposed temperatures.
The creams may harden in cooler temperatures, and melt in very warm environments. Additionally, varying temperatures can cause granulating. This is the shea butter molecules crystallising at a slow temperature setting.
Whilst the varying consistencies does not affect the properties of formulation, we encourage the creams to be kept at a regulated temperature below 27 degrees to ensure oil potency. As we never heat our oils, we don't like to encourage the melting and resetting of our formulations rather, granules can be melted in between the fingertips upon applications.
WHAT IS THE SKINCARE SHELF LIFE?
The shelf life of your product will largely depend on how it is stored. Our products and their ingredients are made and ordered in small batches, meaning a longer shelf life and potency optimacy.
Oils will go rancid over time. This does depend on the oil and its stored environment, which is why we always encourage the reuse of our premium biophotonic glass and storing in a cool, dark cupboard.
For optimal potency of vitamins and minerals we do recommend using our formulations within 3-6 months of opening, however our products can serve 12-18 months if stored in the right conditions.
WHY IS FINDING FAIR TRADE ORGANIC SKINCARE SO HARD?
Certified fair trade guarantees ingredients are sourced and traded ethically and fairly. A baseline requirement for all conscious manufacturers and consumers. Yet unfortunately, it's something we don't see or talk about in the skincare industry.
The certification is a lengthy process, that evolves complex applications, audits and ongoing fees. This, and its lack of enquiry and demand, means that only a small handful of fair trade certified ingredients are currently available on the market.
Fair trade sets a minimum price for produce, regardless of the market, protecting farmers from extreme price drops and ensuring ongoing fair wages, and development incentives.
You can help encourage this crucial recognition by inquiry. The more demand from customers, manufacturers and suppliers, the more farmers are incentivised to take action.
Here, at Harlo we make sure we have those conversations with our suppliers. Our ingredient transparency includes no child or forced labour and Fair for Life certifications for some of our sourced botanicals, but we believe more can, and should be done.