As a whole, they are working towards a cleaner skincare alternative; however, they could consider more sustainable options for their product packaging based on the higher price point since their consumers are already paying a higher price. They also can consider a sustainability guide for their products on post-consumer use to offer some guidance on sustainable options.
Planets were lost based on debatable skincare ingredients in the formulation, the lack of non-recyclable packaging, and disclosure over ethical manufacturing practices within outsourced production facilities.
The Probiotic Hydraglow Cream Oil contains various ingredients that are used to help preserve and hydrate the skin. The oil incorporates various minerals and probiotics to help soothe stressed skin which was nice to see. While there are various ingredients that provide antioxidants and skin moisture, there are some ingredients that can cause some degree long-term skin dryness. The inclusion of alcohol denat. can cause long-term dryness and breakdown of the skin barrier over time despite the short-term benefits of weightless and dried skin especially for oily skin types. While it is included, it is listed further in the ingredient list which may mean the formulation is not too strong to have drying effects, but it is still widely debated to be cause long-term dryness for skincare usage.
The bottle’s composition is mostly non-recyclable plastic and metal caps. It would be great to see a guide on how to dispose of the product after-use to try and make the packaging as sustainable as possible such as where to recycle the metal caps if it can’t be recycled at home. However, it could do better to be more aware of recyclability in post-consumer usage and consider environmentally-friendly packaging options other than recyclable paper and cardboard boxes.
While they are working towards a sustainable option, the brand’s inability to have some control over their product packaging may prevent them from considering sustainable packaging options. Considering the higher price point for the product, improved sustainable packaging could be considered if their target market is already paying a higher price for their probiotic ingredient offering. Also, considering the amount of bubble wrap used for shipping the product and box size, maybe a smaller packaging option should be considered to reduce waste. They could possibly offer more disclosure about their manufacturing process on aspects they can control.
They don’t exactly indicate where their products are made other than outsourcing from China and other countries. It would be better to be more transparent about what types of factories are making the product and if they are ethically regulated to adhere to fair labor standards. Their mission about mental health is admirable considering the prevalence today and they could maybe expand more in their website on how and what they are working on with their mental health charity partners.