What does it mean for skin care to be organic?
There is an abundance of certification systems for skin care that deem it to be ‘natural’ or ‘organic’. Most of these certifications have extremely low standards for their ingredients, even some of the most reputable ones start as low as 10% whole plant organic! The USDA appears to have the highest standards, and products that have their seal need to contain 95% organic content, but there are lots of loopholes in their system. Since a USDA ‘organic’ ingredient often leaves wiggle room for chemical solvents.
What does organic mean to Laurel Whole Plant Organics?
Every single plant used in the Laurel line is 100% certified organic or certified biodynamic. In most cases, we know our individual farmers and don’t just trust the certifier. Each ingredient is completely unrefined and we never use any chemical solvents for extracts, so no trace chemicals are left behind, unlike many commercial ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ ingredients. We believe our own standards are above and beyond any certification that we’ve come across.
Why isn’t Laurel Whole Plant Organics organically certified?
Since we don’t necessarily always agree with the USDA, we find the idea of paying them to use their symbol for marketing purposes unappealing. In regards to the other certifications out there, we are sure there must be some with integrity, but that search to find one hasn’t been a priority for us yet.
Why is organic important when it comes to ingredients for my skin?
Organic plants have shown to have 40% more antioxidants than conventional plants. That’s a powerful anti-aging tool right there! Not only is the way a plant is grown important in organic skin care, but it’s even more telling about what happens to that ingredient after it’s grown. It’s possible an ingredient not listed as organic, on a label, is not organic only because of the chemical processing it endures before it’s made into skin care. Who knows what those unknown solvents are, much less how they are affecting our skin.
What does whole plant organic mean?
These days everyone is saying the word “organic” and using it all the time for marketing. We wanted you to ask this question! ‘Whole Plant Organics’ means we are not using any ‘approved’ or ‘undisclosed’ chemical solvents when we work with our plants. Everything comes straight to us in its ‘whole plant’ form straight from farms. It might go into a jar, a blender, an organic oil bath, or a hot spring water bath — but it’s not going into a chemical solvent to be manipulated for its constituents. We do not believe in manipulated chemically extracted single plant constituents – or their synthetic counter parts (meaning Vit E, Vit C, reversatrol, CoQ10, stem cells, and so on), WE BELIEVE PLANTS ARE MOST POWERFUL IN THEIR WHOLE FORM.
Do you test on animals?
Are Laurel products vegan?
Not all of them. Laurel wpo uses honey, royal jelly, and beeswax. The following products from the Laurel line are NOT vegan: both Cleansers, Honey Mask, and all Balms contain beeswax.
Are your products gluten-free?
What are some things that make Laurel Whole Plant Organics different from other organic lines?
- Laurel uses NO WATER, NO ALCOHOL, and NO FILLERS in any products. In place of water or alcohol, hydrosol is used. A hydrosol is rainwater distilled with herbs, flowers, or plants. Laurel uses only the highest possible quality hydrosols made at their individual farms. This makes each formula more active, by eliminating the use of inactive ingredients.
- Laurel uses only WHOLE PLANT EXTRACTIONS. Harsh solvents are typically used to extract ‘desired’ constituents from a plant. No one should be putting these ingredients on their skin, even in trace amounts. Also, by using whole plants, the laurel line is more familiar to skin cells. Whole plants can provide amazing amounts of vitamin c, vitamin e, selenium, copper, proteins, enzymes – and everything needed for healthy skin; without dissecting the plant in a toxic manner.
- Laurel uses FARMED INGREDIENTS. We work directly with farms for the majority of our ingredients. Most cosmetic extracts are sold in bulk online, and who knows where that plant came from. Many international ‘organic’ farms are very poorly monitored. How was that plant extract made? Who made it and with what chemicals? No thank you! Farm to Face is the only thing thats good enough for us.
Is Laurel Whole Plant Organics effective at producing anti-aging results?
Yes. In fact, long term – MORE SO, because how could antioxidants spend any time reversing aging, when they are surrounded by so many carcinogens in the same formula? Those expensive toxin filled anti-aging products are doing more harm than good in the long run. All of the Laurel line nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, proteins, and enzymes go directly into feeding the skin. Most clinical beauty formulas really are just mimicking plants anyhow, but the real thing is much more beneficial and more easily recognized by our skin.
Does Laurel Whole Plant Organics have products for oily skin?
Yes. But no foaming agents, no alcohols, and no acids are used. Laurel believes the ingredients that others use to combat oily skin are actually irritating it further, and stripping it of nutrients. Laurel instead is based on detoxing and balancing. By nourishing the skin, Laurel products encourage the skin to balance and produce less oil, as opposed to stripping the skin and forcing it to create more oil by over compensating.
How are the products preserved?
We researched long and hard to find the cleanest and safest possible preservatives on the market. In fact only 2 of our products need preservation at all, due to their high antioxidant content. Our two cream cleansers use a combination of an organic whole plant citrus peel blend, and an untraceable amount of potassium sorbate.
Why doesn’t Laurel Whole Plant Organics use CoQ 10, hylauronic acid, peptides, or other natural anti-aging solutions?
Laurel wpo is all about using the WHOLE plant, as opposed to an extraction or derivative. Vit C, Vit E, peptides, proteins, enzymes (the list goes on…) are present and active in ALL of Laurel’s formulas. But they are found WITHIN the plants themselves, as opposed to being extracted from a plant in a toxic manner. Most extracts or refined plant substances are altered with toxic chemicals, with no requirement of this information to be present on the label. These toxic elements then show up in trace amounts in our systems, and on our skin – and in return accelerate the aging process. What we actually ‘KNOW‘ about the plant world is constantly changing, so Laurel is very trusting that nature knows far more than what we are possibly capable of understanding in our short time here on Earth. There’s a new anti-aging secret discovered every couple months, but Mother Nature knows them all already.
Which Laurel products offer sun protection?
None of our products contain FDA approved sunscreen ingredients. However, all of our day time serums and day balm contain organic unrefined oils that have all been clinically tested to show varying SPFs, from 6-50. They also all contain an abundance of antioxidants which have been clinically studied for their ability to reduce, repair, and prevent sun damage. Chemical sunscreens have all been proven to be carcinogenic or endocrine disrupting. Mineral sunscreens are appearing to be safer, but its unclear how these minerals are being processed or manufactured, and most can be irritating. We recommend wearing a hat, staying out of the sun during peak hours, drinking plenty of water, and when an additional sunscreen is a necessity choose one that uses Non-Nano Zinc as its only active ingredient. If you choose NOT to use an FDA approved sunscreen, we get rave reviews about our Laurel Serums. If you choose to use those as your sole protection, be sure to reapply regularly!
Are Laurel wpo products safe during pregnancy?
We recommend discussing your skin care regime with your holistic health care practitioner. Every woman is different, and responds differently to different foods and different plants during the time of pregnancy. Do we use any toxins of any kind? NO. Do we use a percentage of Essential Oils that is said to be harmful during pregnancy or breast feeding? NO. Do we have pregnant women who use our products every single day? YES. We encourage you to listen to your own body and intuition, as well as your practitioner when testing and choosing cosmetics. We also encourage you not to listen to the FDA and use carcinogens and endocrine disruptors that they say are safe while you are pregnant.
It looks like Laurel Whole Plant Organics products have a lot of color, are they going to stain my skin?
No. Color is a great thing! Think about what you eat — the food with the most antioxidants is never white. Blueberries, Kale, Acai, etc. Think of it like color equals antioxidants, and you’ll never want to use a white lotion again.
Why are your products yellow?
The plants we use all have color. We use vibrant green leaves, red berries, blue berries, orange flowers, purple flowers…. and usually in the end everything looks yellow, orange, green or brown. What you really should be asking to other natural lines is ‘why are your plant based products white?’
Is putting oil on my skin going to make me break out?
No. In fact, the lipid layer (top layer of sebum/oil on our skin) actually prevents breakouts, as well as aging. Its antibacterial. Protecting our lipid layer is essential to having healthy, clear, and youthful skin. Removing it daily will only put the skin under duress and can lead to inflammation.
Why does my product look or smell different from last time?
We source from different farms for some of our sources, that makes the color and smell vary. Our formulas always remain the same, but if you have powerful senses you may detect small differences batch to batch.
What if I have plant allergies or react to product easily?
Read the ingredients to see if you recognize any plants you may be allergic to. You also have the option of buying the product and doing a patch test on your arm. If you have an allergic reaction, you are free to return the product within 30 days. Allergic reactions are not common. If you have been using a more synthetic line for a long period of time, there may be a ‘transition period’, in which the skin may be pink or tingle, or even need to detox for a bit. Those reactions are also uncommon, but feel free to email us if you are concerned about a reaction you are experiencing. If the reaction is severe, of course, please stop using the product.
What is the shelf life of your products?
We guarantee the life of our products for 1 year from their manufacture date. That date can be found on a sticker on the bottom of the bottle or jar. That said, the majority of our products like our serums, balms, masks, and cleansers are stable for much longer than 1 year.
Do you make products for men?
We do not formulate a specific line for men, but lots of men love our products. The cleansers can be used to shave with, the elixirs as after shave, and the serums as moisturizers. Some of our most popular products with men are the Combination Cleanser, Combination Elixir, and the Anti-Inflammatory Serum.
How fast will my order arrive?
We ship most orders within 1-3 business days of receiving them. However, it is not unlikely due to the artisan nature and small size of our business that we can experience shipping delays at any given time. If you are on a time crunch to receive your products, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We ship USPS priority for orders within the US, which takes 2-3 days. International orders are also shipped through USPS, and depending on whether you choose first class or priority they can take 5-21 business days to arrive.
Who is your shipping provider?
For most orders we ship regular USPS. We do occasionally work with UPS, so if you have a specific request please call our studio, or specify during the check out process.
How do I qualify for free shipping?
The website will automatically calculate free shipping on orders over $100.
Do you take returns?
We do not take returns on opened items. We are confident in the efficacy of our products, and we recommend you reach out to us before your order regarding any skin concerns that you have to ensure you get the right product for your unique skin.
Do you offer samples?
We do not sell individual samples at this time. We do include free samples with every online order.