The cosmetics from the ANNEMARIE BÖRLIND brand are certified natural cosmetics. The special feature about CSE (Certified Sustainable Economics) certification is that the guidelines go far beyond the criteria used by most natural cosmetics certification bodies. In addition to our products, the entire company and its underlying socio-ecological philosophy are regularly reviewed and confirmed before the certificate is granted.
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Other than that, the options for high-quality natural cosmetics with raw materials exclusively from the region are unfortunately quite limited. However, we pay strict attention to where we source our raw materials from, in order to protect nature. By systematically purchasing botanical raw materials, we support numerous projects with ecological cultivation methods and environmental projects worldwide.
Because it would constitute advertising that states the obvious, a note in the spirit of “no animal tests” is prohibited on packaging and in advertising.
The order of the ingredients on the list can lead users to believe that one ingredient represents a particularly large proportion and another has only a very small effect on the relevant product. However, that is not the case.
Even a main ingredient must not appear first on the INCI list, since some active ingredients are so efficient and concentrated that they have maximum effect in small doses. A higher proportion would not improve the formula’s efficacy; and in some cases it would make it worse.
Just because an ingredient is listed first, that doesn’t automatically mean the product contains more of it than the other ingredients. First, the gradations are expressed in grams. Second, the ingredients source from plants could represent a high proportion in total than an ingredient that is first on the list, such as water.
To increase the proportion of certified (sustainable) derivatives, we have joined the Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP). It is committed to significantly boosting the proportion of sustainably produced palm oil on the German, Austrian and Swiss markets. When this aim has been achieved, supply chain traceability will be so effective that even derivatives will be available in certified form. Due to the high yields for cultivators, abolishing palm oil production is not the solution and would most likely lead to other, less environmentally friendly monoculture.
From our point of view, complete certification of palm oil is the only sensible option for putting an end to the exploitation of nature in the sector.
Sixty percent of the world’s demand for mica is met by raw materials from India because the mica mined there has special properties that make it possible to produce high-quality pigments. Unfortunately, there is no blanket prohibition on child labor in India and a large proportion of the mica exported and the mica mining activity there is not controlled.
We are against child labor and do everything in our power to prevent it. Both our company and its products are certified by CSE (Certified Sustainable Economics). The certification guidelines demand the following and more: Supplier audits in accordance with the ILO (International Labor Organization), which in turn prohibits child labor, forced labor, etc. At regular intervals, we must prove that we comply with the strict CSE guidelines and an independent office verifies our claims.
We avoid the use of halocarbon compounds or formaldehyde releasers such as methylchloroisothiazolinone and methyldibromo glutaronitrile. We do not use parabens either.
Instead, we use nature-identical preservatives such as benzoic acid, benzyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, salicylic acid and sorbic acid. And we try to design the formulas such that we are able to completely do without adding preservatives. However, to achieve that the ingredients must provide preserving, anti-bacterial additional benefits. Take alcohol as an example. The packaging can also be the means of preservation, as in the case of airless dispensers.
We use the natural colorant (SSB lac dye) in our ROSE BLOSSOM VITAL CARE, ORANGE BLOSSOM ENERGIZER and in ROSE DEW Facial Toner. We source it from a German manufacturer who deals with selected suppliers in India, Indonesia, or Thailand. Our manufacturer ensures that the impeccable raw materials are not extracted from dead or injured animals. In addition to the ethical aspect, economics also plays a key role here, since the louse population must be conserved in order to produce more raw material.
Since talc and asbestos have a similar chemical composition, the two minerals are often found together in some natural deposits. However, the law says that the talcum used in cosmetics must not contain any asbestos. That is why BÖRLIND only sources its talcum from deposits that are asbestos-free.
Fibrous talcum, whose effect is similar to that of asbestos, must not be used for pharmaceutical purposes. Of course, we obey those laws when producing our products. All BÖRLIND suppliers are obligated to verify the quality of their talcum via X-ray crystallography and document the results with the relevant certificates.
In accordance with directives for natural cosmetics, BÖRLIND only uses tocopheryl acetate from natural sources in its products. It is extracted from non-genetically modified plant oils such as sunflower or soybean oil. The concentration in our products is far below 1%.
Xanthan gum is classified as vegan. However, sometimes egg protein is added to it during the fermentation process. We have begun to replace the xanthan gum currently used in our products by a vegan quality that is guaranteed to be the result of a fermentation process without animal-based protein. The relevant products will be not marked with the “Vegan” label until it contains the replacement ingredient.
The only difference is that the vegan xanthan gum is not transparent in an aqueous solution. The properties of the relevant product do not change.
The certification and inspection offices authorized by the CSE standard work in accordance with ISO 17065. EcoControl GmbH, the globally active inspection and certification company, coordinates certification activities and issuance. Alongside CSE certification, EcoControl carries out certification for NATRUE, Demeter, and others.
At the same time, EcoControl itself is audited by an independent certification office, which confirms its integrity.
CSE goes far beyond the typical presentation of natural cosmetics and sustainability. The CSE guidelines specify that not only the company’s products are audited on an annual basis. Each CSE requirement must be 100% satisfied. And to renew the seal, the company must show continuous further development with regard to sustainability in addition to satisfying the standards.
www.label-online.de of Verbraucher Initiative e.V. (German consumer protection association) has rated the CSE seal as “highly recommended.” Its criteria are: standards, independence, monitoring and transparency.
The company is also committed to a number of other socio-ecological projects. The focus is on projects related to the company’s cosmetics products. This has results in commitments to jojoba oil from Namibia, aloe vera from Guatemala and Himalayan cherry oil from Nepal. BÖRLIND is also a member of The Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP). The Forum’s mission is to establish the use of 100% sustainable palm (kernel) oil in all industries.
Due to the rising demand for our products and the increase in production quantities this necessitates, our carbon footprint is also growing. We are currently spending a five-digit amount for carbon compensation each year. We use it to support the climate protection project in Cambodia and make a contribution to reducing global CO2 emissions. Our goal is to continue to reduce our carbon emissions.
Depending on the type of packaging and material, customers may not be able to completely empty some containers. While it is possible to empty open packaging such as jars, it is impossible to avoid residual amounts in closed packaging (tubes, dispensers).
This also applies to the anti-aging make-up from ANNEMARIE BÖRLIND. In tests, we have determined that up to 7% of the contents many remain in the bottle. To balance this out, we overfill the products by 10%. The make-up bottles contain 33 ml and not 30 ml as indicated.
The container we choose mainly depends on the content. Face and body oils, for example, can only be packaged in certain plastic materials. The barrier properties of some plastics are not optimal for oils, which may lead to the oil seeping through the packaging and giving it a greasy feel. The poor barrier properties can also lead to contamination of the oil, which in turn has a negative effect on the product’s shelf life and quality. But wherever possible, we use packaging made from renewable raw materials or recycled material.
Click here for an overview of how our empty products can be disposed of or recycled.
The reason is that suitable refill options cannot be produced for our highly sensitive natural cosmetic products at this time.
We only use glass where it makes sense for the application, as in the case of deodorants. As a means of minimizing delivery transport routes with large carbon footprints, we rely on national partners whenever possible. And aside from the climate protection aspects, we always avoid using glass where shattering can result in injury, as is the case with shower products.
We also use as little aluminum as possible because its production process is highly resource-intensive and environmentally harmful. For example, rolling the aluminum so thin that it can be turned into a flexible tube is energy intensive. But the benefit of aluminum is that it is very easy to recycle and re-use. The aluminum material of our sample sachets is now made of up to 80% recycled material. We cannot use recycled aluminum for our tubes because it is brittle and therefore unsuitable for this application. Our goal is to continuously reduce the proportion of aluminum in our product range.
In addition to the “I’m green” tube, the BODY CARE tubes have the inscription that they are up to 82% organic-based. The reason is that the cap (18% of the total weight) cannot be produced on the basis of sugar cane.
Because of the pump cap (14% of the total weight), the BODY CARE Shower Foam “I’m green” bottle is only made from 86% renewable materials.
“I’m green plastic” is the claim on the BODY CARE Body Butter jar. This is the most challenging claim. It says that all three components of the jar (lid, sealing disk and jar) are produced based on sugar cane. The “<30%” results because the proportion of petroleum replaced by renewable raw materials is a maximum of 30 percent. This is due to the chemical properties of the material used. Currently, the proportion cannot be increased.
“Bio-based” only refers to the raw materials used. It doesn’t mean that the products are biodegradable. Like other plastics, they must be recycled using collection systems.
You can dispose of BODY CARE tubes and jars in the relevant plastics recycling containers (in line with local recycling services). As far as the pump bottles of Shower Foam, Shower Cream and Body Oil are concerned, the bottles go into the plastics recycling container and the pump into general trash. The glass bottles in which the deodorants are packaged go into the glass container and the caps into general trash. Click here for an overview.
It will also happen over time because we have packaging inventory in storage that we want to use up first. It would not be sustainable to destroy the old packaging. For each new product and each relaunch, we find out whether or not it is possible to use sustainable packaging. We are in close contact with our suppliers on the issue. We are ready to bear extra costs for even more sustainability. After all, sustainability at BÖRLIND is not just talk – sustainability shapes our daily life.
In addition to stimulating the skin’s metabolism, fruit acid exfoliants also have a positive effect on collagen formation in the skin’s middle layer. They thereby support the skin’s natural regeneration process and make complexions smoother, finer and fresher. The effect is more or less pronounced depending on the fruit acid concentration.
Enzymatic exfoliants have a weaker effect than fruit acid exfoliants, since they contain protein components instead of acids. This makes them much gentler on the skin. The fruit enzymes used, including papain from papaya and bromelain from pineapple, are protease enzymes that systematically break down proteins. They split the bonds between keratinocytes. Dead skin flakes end up floating on the epidermis and can be easily washed away, along with dirt particles and make-up residue.
All cosmetic products must be microbiologically stable. In other words, even after it has been opened, the product’s contents must remain resistant to microorganisms such as bacteria or yeasts, which can find their way in through the air or via fingers. Water, which is present in most cosmetic products, is a fertile breeding ground for such microorganisms. For the majority of the products, preservation is therefore essential.
In accordance with EU law concerning cosmetic products, phenoxyethanol may be used up to a concentration of 1% in cosmetics. In this concentration, it is considered a harmless substance. Depending on the formulation and combination with other preservatives, in our products the average proportion is 0.5%.
It is used before diagnostic procedures such as operations, in wounds – both to prevent infections and to prevent infected wounds from getting worse – and as a disinfecting additive in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
By way of comparison, in over-the-counter disinfectants from the pharmacy, phenoxyethanol is present in a 2% concentration. In addition, phenoxyethanol – which the skin tolerates well – has acquired a reputation of causing allergic reactions because it has often been used in a combined form in cosmetics: MDBGN/PE. In combination with this other preservative, it qualifies as a contact allergen. MDBGN/PE is a very common allergen and is of course not used at Börlind.
There are no plans for replacing it in existing, tried-and-tested formulations, as this would also have an impact on the product’s consistency, tolerability, safety and fragrance.
Thanks to its good tolerability, the combination of phenoxyethanol and benzyl alcohol has been successfully tried and tested in emulsion products (creams), particularly those in jars. In addition, it is more effective over a wider pH range in comparison to other preservative systems, and effectively protects the cosmetic against contamination even when touched by a finger several times per day.
We always advise testing new cosmetics in the crook of your elbow first.