Our ingredients are the most important part of our formulas. We use only plant-based, non-synthetic ingredients in our products. We source organic ingredients where they exist. If an ingredient can’t be obtained in an organic format, e.g. clays, salt, or if there is a shortage of it, then we select the highest-grade natural version we can source.
We aim to include as many local and native ingredients as possible. Where we need to source outside the country of origin, our team of formulators work to procure the best quality ingredients from across the world.
Having an herbal scientist on the formulating team and medical herbalists on our Advisory Board means that we choose ingredients that are known to be effective, either through long-term traditional use or through published research. Having a chemist on our formulating team means we understand how to get the best performance from our plant-based emulsifiers, preservatives and stabilisers so that our customer has a safe, stable and effective product.
Natural doesn’t always mean safe. Plant-based ingredients can be potent and even toxic. Essential oils in particular are highly potent materials and must be treated with care. We formulate with concentrations under the safe dermal limits since some essential oils can be sensitising. We also take great care and work with our suppliers to ensure that we use optimal plant species and avoid any risk of contamination of materials. Finally, we utilize specific extraction methods for each ingredient, understanding that certain constituents can only be extracted using targeted techniques.
At Codex Beauty, we form close relationships with our suppliers in order to get the best quality materials to work with—so we can then pass these precious ingredients along to our consumer.