In a word.. Yes!
We work hard to ensure that our products not only meet our customer expections, but also to do our part to make the world a better place. This includes not using any ingredients which have been tested on animals. Many products use the 'cruelty-free' seals, but they are only stating that the product itself, not the component ingredients have not been tested on animals.
All of our ingredients are sourced from the best all natural wholesalers globally and are all either hand-gathered or fair-trade farmed (or USDA certified if sourced within the USA) when they come to us..no synthetic chemicals allowed! (Therefore no need for animal testing for FDA purposes)
We then make them by hand in small batches in our production facility here in Asheville NC, where they are then packaged with glass and recyclable PETE plastics and shipped directly to you.
We have consistently refused invitations to export to countries who require animal testing of individual products and will continue to do so.
A) Most of our wild-harvested ingredients literally grow wild, and cannot be grown on massive plantations; (or in the USA for that matter) and as such are not subjected to pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. They are hand gathered in remote regions globally, and brokered through responsible all natural ingredient suppliers. Some of our non-USA ingredients are grown on small family farms which have been sustainable for generations under Fair Trade rules. Please see our ingredient glossary for sourcing information.
What is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade is a movement of individuals and organizations working to ensure that producers in poor countries receive a greater percentage of the price paid by consumers. While there are several definitions of fair trade, they all include:
- Fair Trade Price - base price for raw ingredients or goods is adjusted higher than the open market price
- Price Premium - a percentage above the base fair trade price is paid into a separate account for development projects in producer communities.
- Working Conditions - Fair Trade operators must adhere to basic human and labor rights - including the right to organize, no child labor, access to health care, and so on.
- Environmental Stewardship - Fair Trade organizations must minimize environmental impact.
In it's simplest terms, a 'Dosha' is one of three body types according to ancient Ayurvedic medicine. The dosha system encompasses every aspect of that body type, including recommendations for diet, extercise, rest, herbs, skincare.. and so forth. For our purposes, we'll keep it pretty basic and only address your skin type dosha.
The first dosha we'll address is called 'Vata'. Vata type skin is typically thin and fine, almost poreless, but prone to being dry and rough and ages faster than other types.
' Pitta' dosha refers to skin that is thicker than Vata, but also has a tendency towards redness & freckles, as well as being very sensitive and allergy prone, and is often plagued with rosacea, adult acne, psoriasis and eczema.
' Kapha' dosha is the thickest skin type and ages the slowest, but is also prone to being oily, and having enlarged pores. Kapha types can also suffer acne eruptions and breakouts.
It's rare for someone to be a pure type dosha, but most people will definitely have a predominant type, and that is what should guide you in making your skin care selections. (TEST YOUR DOSHA)
At PuraVedaOrgnics, all our products are based in this time tested Ayurvedic skin care system, using all organic and/or fair-trade sustainably sourced wild-gathered botanicals (which we steam extract in house) and essential oils. The most exciting part of all this is that modern science is daily proving the efficacy of these time-tested ingredients in laboratory settings!
In the upcoming weeks and months, we will be bringing you regular blog posts detailing each and every ingredient we use, why we use it, where it comes from and what it can do for your skin. We are building an interactive glossary for easy reference on our new website at www.puravedaorganics.com so you can refer back to it anytime and see which products have the ingredients best suited to address your unique skin care challenges.
Take the short quiz below and find out!
My skin is:
2. Slightly Oily
My skin usually feels:
My pores are:
1. Small or nearly invisible
My skin's texture is:
1. Thin, delicate, fine wrinkles, matte
2. Medium, easily irritated, soft luster
3. thick, enlarged pores, shiny
My skin problems get worse during:
1. Cold, windy weather
2. Hot weather
3. Cool, humid weather
My skin problems:
1. Easily bruised or scratched, fine lines and dry patches
2. Redness, breakouts, freckles, allergy, Rosacea
3. Oiliness, eruptions
Once you know your Dosha type, click any of the links below to take you to your recommended products page.
Still not sure? CONTACT US and we'll help you out!
At first glance it would seem that these systems are as far apart philosophically as they are geographically, but closer inspection shows us this simply isn't true!
Western scientifically based skin care (the effective kind anyway) is proven by lab based research, and is a relatively modern phenonmenon.. whereas Ayurveda grew out of centuries of shared compiled observation of what works and what doesn't for various conditions system wide.
Ayurveda takes this a step further by classifying people into three different physical genotypes which encompass almost every aspect of their being. These types are Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
For the purposes of skin care, you can read more about these types here. To learn more in general (it's a huge subject!) the Internet has tons of great info. However, these three types fit nicely into the 'Dry/Normal', Sensitive, Blemished & Rosacea, and Oily, large pored skin types that western skin care also recognizes.
What excites us most here at PuraVedaOrganics is how western scientific double-blind studies are proving the efficacy of centuries old herbal/botanical lore handed down by the founders of the Ayurvedic tradition. Every one of our ingredients has proven skin actives both by Ayurvedic tradition and western science. We feel that is truly the best of both worlds!
With summer upon us, most of us pack up for a day at the beach or the pool, and dutifully grab a bottle or two of our sunscreen(s) of choice. But you might want to think about what exactly factored into that choice? Was it price? Or convenience? Or maybe it was an ad in a magazine or a billboard. But.. Let's be clear. All sunscreens are definitely NOT created equal! Think about this... your skin is your largest organ who's main function is not only bodily barrier protection and system cooling, but is also your largest organ of elimination and uptake.
And what you put on your incredibly precious skin really does matter! Have you turned your bottle of sunscreen around and looked at the ingredients on the label? This is something most people neglect to do and yet is the single most important information about any product we put into or on our bodies. You see, that unpronounceable chemical stew often contains a lot of stuff that literally gets into, and even under your skin! Depending on permeability and particle size, some of these scary toxins can even make it to your bloodstream, and get transported throughout your body.
Once upon a time even I (considering my line of work) never gave much thought to sunscreen.. beyond it's ability to prevent a burn, but a life-threatening allergic reaction to a 50+ SPF baby! sunscreen on the part of my 8 y/o son (applied by a well-meaning camp counselor) changed all that. The fact is, most commercial sunscreens contain some extremely questionable ingredients, many of which have been implicated in certain cancers. This is too big of a topic to cover in one small blog, but if this topic interests you, don't take our word for it..begin doing your own investigative research. (SkinDeep.com is a good place to start).
Our own research led us to develop our SunProtect SPF30+, which is 100% non-toxic and all-natural mineral barrier protection. We are proud to say you will be able to pronounce and understand every last ingredient on our label! With a concentration of over 20% micronized (but NOT nano-particulated) Zinc Oxide, when applied consistently and allowed to dry before getting in the water, this is the safest, most effective sunscreen available. Utilizing micronization, we have overcome the problem of diaper rash ointment like pasty sunscreens that leave you looking like a ghost. With skin nourishing shea butter and steam distilled essential oils and soothing botanicals, our SunProtect is actually good for your skin, leaving it in better condition after a day poolside than before. Stay tuned for Part 2 of this topic coming later this week to find out more about why PuraVeda Organic's SunProtect 30+ keeps winning awards and editor picks!