Elemis – Cellular recovery skin bliss capsules

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Alice Dunsmore
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Elemis is a company which is passionate about individuals’ skin care. The cellular recovery skin bliss capsule product is part of the skin care sector. It provides day and night facial oils to try and prevent the impacts of pollution and aging upon the skin.

Articles surrounding Elemis’ sustainability state that Elemis is a bit late to the party when it comes to considering the environmental impacts of their products. However the company has now teamed up with the UN to develop a sustainability mandate.

What it's made of:


In the product there are the day oils and the night oils. The day oils are rose flavoured. This is a naturally occurring component which is stated to be nurturing and calming to the human body. Alongside the rose fragrance there is also: Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Citronellol, Geraniol, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Linalool, Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Flower Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Citral, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Limonene, Farnesol. These ingredients seem to be naturally occurring, which is better for the environment than creating chemical ingredients. For example, linalool is extracted from either lavender, rose, basil or neroli oil.

The night oils are lavender flavoured. The ingredients include: Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandin) Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Limonene, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Geraniol. The ingredients are very similar to the daily oil capsules.

The packaging of the product involves small plastic capsules. These are single use and cannot be recycled. Thus, this is not environmentally friendly as these plastics will takes hundreds / thousands to decompose. 

How it's made:


There is no information directly about how or who makes the product on the Elemis website. On the website it states that they ‘balance responsibly sourced active plant extracts and bio-engineered nature identical that are powerful, without stripping the Earth of its natural resources.’ This statement is all well and good but without giving any information or providing transparency it doesn’t feel like a good enough statement to prove they are environmental sustainable.

Who makes it:


Again there is no information about the manufacturing process involved at Elemis. One thing they do touch on is that they do not test any beauty products on animals. However when considering environmental sustainability there is a considerable lack of information. When looking at reviews of Elemis as an employer there are relatively positive reviews. With many reviews stating that Elemis is a good employer. For example, one review states that the factory is a nice environment to work in. I hope that this is the case but it is difficult to assess the validity of these reviews as they are anonymous.