98% PLASTIC FREE PACKAGING
Our cosmetics packaging is made from 100% recycled aluminum that has a special Eco lining to keep the cosmetic fresh. PET plastic degrades when in contact with organic material so the cream you are probably using now is slightly plastic contaminated. Our lining is food safe to ensure your cosmetic doesn’t receive any external contamination so it is fresh and safe.
The lids of our cosmetic tubes are made from sugar-cane, the industry term is bio-plastic which is slightly misleading. These lids can be recycled but also will dissolve quickly if disposed of in the normal rubbish collection.
The whole packaging can be put into recycling and due to the value of the material it will definitely be sold on for re-use. We are going to be teaming up with local charity recycling organisations who will love to take this packaging with the re-sale proceeds going to good causes.
FAIR TRADE INGREDIENTS
All our ingredients are hand sourced from natural fair trade growers and suppliers. We support sustainability and respect traditional methods of extraction to ensure all our raw ingredients retain their natural minerals and vitamins.
Our certified organic fair trade shea butter is unrefined with no solvent extraction from Ghana.
Emulsifiers produced from roundtable assured sustainable sources that are edible and used in the Vegan ice cream industry.
Essential oils hand sourced from France and other European countries and fair trade projects in Africa, Australia and India.
PARABEN & SULPHATE FREE
Over 85% of cosmetics have parabens to preserve the product. Parabens are xenoestrogens agents that mimic estrogen in the body. ‘Estrogen disruption has been linked to cancer and reproductive issues. Many malignant tumours have contained high paraben levels.
Instead of parabens, we use Vitamin E and a Ecological Preservative made from natural and organic raw ingredients.
Synthetic sulphates create lather and strip away grease but are skin irritants that clog the skin’s pores. We don’t use any synthetic foam boosters, not even in our skin cream tube. Our products are naturally whipped with air so they can be easily applied.
Our products contain the natural SPFs found in Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Olive Oil. We have no chemical sunscreen in our products as this creates blocking of the pores to reflect UV from the skin. We recommend a physical sunscreen product made from minerals to top up your UV skin protection.
A skin cream with clogging properties for UV protection neither fully moisturises the skin or protects it from UV.
VEGAN & CRUELTY FREE
The unfortunate irony for most vegetarians is that many emulsifiers are made from pig fats. Even if the ingredients look good with a range of vegetable oils and butters, the chemical names of products derived from vegetable compared to those derived from animal are identical.
Many animal products are also used as cheap filtering agents to ‘clean’ up raw ingredients so they loose their natural smell and become more westernised.
Pincerna uses only fruit and vegetable based natural ingredients that are unfiltered and unrefined. No Pincerna raw ingredient passes through the mass market refining factories in Holland. The preparation of all our ingredients is by hand as nature intended.
All our products are made from natural ingredients so we have no need for cruelty animal testing in laboratories. Our ingredients have been tested by humans for thousands of years in the voyage of discovery by African tribes.
ALCOHOL & SOLVENT FREE
Our perfume base is made from a special mixture of organic coconut, safflower and jojoba oils that perfumes and softens the skin with hydrating fruit and flower oils. Alcohol free, vegan friendly perfumes that require no artificial fixatives to compensate for the astringency of alcohol.
Many cosmetics ingredients are refined using Hexane which is a cheap solvent made from crude oil. Solvent extraction is basically a process of diffusion of a solvent into oil-bearing cells of the raw material resulting in a solution of the oil in solvent.
Hexane whose chemical structure is CH 3 (CH 2) CH 3 causes mild central nervous system effects including dizziness, giddiness, slight nausea, and headache. Chronic (long-term) exposure to hexane in air is associated with polyneuropathy in humans, with numbness in the extremities, muscular weakness, blurred vision, headache, and fatigue observed.
Pincerna ingredients are cold-pressed or naturally distilled. Our suppliers use timeless tribal techniques of muslin filtering to separate oils and butters.