What are naturally derived ingredients?
Naturally derived ingredients, or ingredients of natural origin, are made of materials from nature. They may be derived from plants, i.e., roots, herbs, and flowers, or from minerals or animal by-products. Some of them are quite familiar, such as aloe vera. But others may surprise you, such as benzyl alcohol, a natural preservative produced by several plants.
Since the natural materials are further processed, we speak about naturally “derived” ingredients or ingredients of “natural origin” instead of natural ingredients for skincare products or natural cosmetic ingredients. These ingredients retain more than half of their molecular structure or natural state after processing.
As we transition towards renewable materials and away from a fossil-based economy, we aim to increase the amount of naturally derived skincare ingredients within our product formulations. At the same time, we carefully evaluate their skincare performance, as well as their environmental impact.