Products that began with an angel
It all began when Lilly, the second child of Alpaderm‘s founders, was born. Starting when she was just a few months old, she was plagued with severe atopic dermatitis. Pediatricians prescribed strong doses of cortisone cream to fight against the incessant burning sensations and to calm her suffering.
Given the difficulty of administering the most common skin treatments on Lilly, her parents conducted meticulous research to find possible causes for their child’s eczema. They were able to rule out allergens in both her food and environment. They were also dismayed to discover an abundance of synthetic chemical products in the most frequently-used treatments, particularly in products used for infants.
With a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Paris, and a biology degree from the University of California, Berkeley (the heart of the ecology movement), France BOURELY has always been fascinated by the power of plants and essential oils. With her qualifications, it was only logical for her to decide to make a soothing moisturising cream for her daughter, using an association of the ultimate all-organic ingredients that nature has to offer. France patiently conducted extensive research in every possible scientific database in order to develop her formulas, both seeking the traditional properties of each ingredient and making sure that they were as non-allergenic as possible.
For example, most people don’t know that babies are relatively allergic to rosewater. Yet this ingredient is found in numerous preparations. France BOURELY was thus able to choose from among the long-known oils and ingredients in Europe that have been associated with baby care for many years, in order to identify those most likely to clean, sooth, and calm a baby’s skin, while protecting its fragile nature. This is how precious primrose, borage, jojoba and many other oils that penetrate deeply to nourish the skin, have become the privileged ingredients of the Alpaderm brand.
The emulsion France prepared for Lilly restored the true softness of her baby’s skin. Dermatologically tested, this product is a true relief for parents whose children suffer from the same sort of cutaneous hypersensitivity. They can now rediscover the affectionate and gentle gestures that are such an important part of washing their babies.
After a long gestation period, Alpaderm was born from its founders’ desire to protect the quality and gentleness of cleaning fragile skin on a daily basis, and from their wish to share this discovery with other parents.
France and Philippe comment
Innocuous, Authentic, Quality, Ethical
We are committed to:
1. MAKING all of our products from natural plants,
2. SELECTING plants that are traditionally recognised for their positive effects on babies,
3. FORMULATING our skincare products for fragile and delicate baby skin,
4. EXCLUDING mineral oils, artificial colouring and aromas , and any chemical preservatives not authorised by ECOCERT standards,
5. LEVERAGING traditional and international research and development,
6. SUBMITTING all of our products to a battery of rigorous tests under strict dermatological control,
7. PRODUCING balanced product batches in order to ensure quality and optimal freshness, as well as to limit stock,
8. GUARANTEEING the maximum amount of ECOCERT-certified organic ingredients and respecting the COSMEBIO charter
9. RESPECTING the environment (using recyclable packaging) and never testing our products on animals,
10. CHECKING supplies rigorously at every phase of the production process, respecting stringent BPF standards
The Alpaderm skincare product line has passed all the dermatological and microbiological testing necessary to satisfy the various legal requirements in Switzerland and throughout Europe
IN ADDITION, OUR PRODUCTS HAVE RECEIVED ECOCERT CERTIFICATION, AN ADDITIONAL GUARANTEE THAT THE ALPADERM LABORATORY CREATES TOP QUALITY ORGANIC COSMETIC PRODUCTS.
DETAILS ABOUT ECOCERT CERTIFICATION
Ecocert certification has defined a level of requirements that is more strict than that imposed by current legislation on cosmetic products. It ensures respect for consumers, extensive use of the highest ecological quality natural substances, as well as true environmental protection practices throughout the production process.
The following text is printed on the label of certified products: “Ecological and organic cosmetic certified by ECOCERT SAS B.P. 47 – 32600 L’Isle Jourdain.” This is the only valid proof of certification. Organically grown ingredients are indicated by an asterisk in the INCI* list, where it is written: “organically grown ingredients”. The percentage of ingredients of natural origin is clearly indicated on the label.
Here is an overview of the requirements detailed in Ecocert specifications:
– At least 95% of the ingredients must be of natural origin in order to encourage producers to avoid petrochemical ingredients, and instead to use primary ingredients from agro-resources transformed via processes that respect the environment.
– Artificial aromas, colouring agents, artificial colours, silicone, and glycol are all forbidden. Only a few required synthetic ingredients that are not yet available from natural sources, are authorised.
In order to verify compliance with Ecocert certification requirements, the producer is inspected twice a year by an Ecocert auditor. These inspections focus on checking products, traceability, packaging and labelling. Certified operators receive a licence which authorises the company to produce and/or distribute certified cosmetics, accompanied by a product certificate.
THE ALPADERM LABORATORY HAS EXCEEDED ALL ECOCERT REQUIREMENTS WITH RESPECT TO SYNTHETIC CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES.
*INCI : as of January 1, 1998, a European directive has required a declaration of cosmetic product components according to the INCI system (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients). Components must be clearly indicated on the product label, with the first items listed being those that constitute the largest proportion of the product; those representing less than 1% may then be listed in random order.
THE ALPADERM LABORATORY RESPECTS AND SIGNS THE COSMEBIO CHARTER.
The goal of the Cosmébio charter is to articulate a clear and simple concept for authentically natural cosmetics, respectful of the following principles of precaution:
1. FOR PRODUCTS:
a) Selection of ingredients.
The marketing of cosmetic products whose ingredients are natural or from natural origins, and above all resulting from controlled Organic Agriculture.
- list of authorized ingredients*
- list of excluded ingredients*
* see reference
b) Selection of the transformation and manufacture processes.
Use of non-pollutants in the transformation and manufacturing processes, respectful of Mankind and the Environment, throughout the network.
- list of authorised processes*
- list of excluded processes*
* see reference
c) Obligation of guarantees.
The conditions of the contract respected, and ingredients certified by independent control organizations, validated by Cosmébio and the State.
2. FOR PEOPLE
Implementing steps for:
- The respect and well-being of consumers
- The right to complete information
- The need for transparency concerning the ingredients as well as finished products.
Use of specific logos :
- BIO logo
- Minimum 95% of natural ingredients or ingredients of natural origin
- Ingredients resulting from organic agriculture: Minimum 10% of the ingredient total
- Ingredients resulting from organic agriculture: Minimum 95% of the certifiable ingredients
- Maximum 5% of ingredients of synthetic origin
- ECO logo
- Minimum 95% of natural ingredients or natural origin ingredients
- Ingredients resulting from organic agriculture: Minimum 5% of the ingredients total
- Ingredients resulting from organic agriculture: Minimum 50% of the certifiable ingredients
- Maximum 5% of ingredients of synthetic origin
3. FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
a) Respecting life
Respect for various orders of nature, including :
- Prohibition of animal testing
- Use of alternative methods of product evaluation (toxicity, effectiveness)
b) By specific measures.
Respect for the environment on all levels :
- Means of obtaining raw materials,
- Transformation processes,
- Cleaning processes,
- Conditioning processes,
- Biodegradability of finished products,
- Recycling of packaging and the entirety of the waste resulting from their manufacturing
4. FOR THE ECONOMY AND SOCIETY
Commitment with the goal of sustainable development and fair trade.
For most precious of all treasures: natural and noble composition, rich with active ingredient
Here is a description of the main ingredients in our skincare products :
JOJOBA OIL (SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS)
Commonly called goat nut (because feral goats eat the nuts), jojoba is a shrub that grows in the deserts of Central and Southern America (Arizona, Mexico, Argentina). With roots extending down to depths of 30 meters in sandy ground, jojoba captures micro-humidity and is thus able to resist completely dry periods of 12 to 18 months. In the wild, jojoba plants produce 1 – 2 kilos of oleaginous seeds from which jojoba oil, a liquid wax at ambient temperature, is extracted. Indians have used this plant for many centuries for its healing and cosmetic properties, particularly for skin and hair.
Properties for cosmetics
In the beauty world, jojoba oil’s richness in unsaponifiables gives it remarkable protective and “anti-aging” properties. Jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax whose similarity to skin sebum helps maintain the skin’s protective hydrolipid film. Many of its properties are beneficial to the skin: moisturising, revitalising, restoring flexibility and softness and deep regeneration. This oil also activates elastin synthesis and slows down cellular water loss, making it an ideal product for dehydrated and very dry skin, and for helping keep skin supple, flexible and soft.
PRIMROSE OIL (OENOTHERA BIENNIS)
Still called “evening star” and “evening primrose”, oenothera originated in North America, appearing in Europe only starting in the 18th century. The plant was well known by the Indians for its medicinal and nutritive properties. When mature, the flower’s capsules contain hundreds of very small brown seeds, from which the oil is extracted. Its richness in essential fatty acids, particularly gamma-linolenic acid, makes it a useful ingredient in cosmetics, especially for reducing water loss in upper epidermal layers.
Properties for cosmetics
Rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, oenothera oil protects skin from premature aging. Its fatty acids, which protect the cell membrane, offer highly effective regenerative properties: softness, revitalising, restructuring and truly anti-wrinkle. Whether skin is greasy, dry or simply normal, oenothera oil regulates moisture levels and protects skin from outside aggression (such as from sun, cold, wind and pollution).
BORAGE (BORAGO OFFICINALIS)
Though borage oil is less well known than oenothera oil, whose reputation is now firmly established, it is even richer in gamma-linolenic acid.
Properties for cosmetics
Exceptionally rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin A, D, E, and K, this oil offers powerful regenerative properties for the skin. It makes skin supple, flexible, and strong, particularly when used on dry, lifeless and tired skin. Used here in much higher active doses than usual, borage oil unleashes its many beneficial qualities, particularly its action on prostaglandins, thus soothing inflammatory conditions.
ROMAN CHAMOMILE (ANTHEMIS NOBILIS)
Originating in western Europe and northern Africa, roman chamomile now grows in Europe’s temperate regions. Harvested quantities, however, depend heavily on climatic conditions. Its properties are reputed to be “stronger” than those of it cousin German chamomile.
Properties in cosmetics
For external application, roman chamomile is used in making soothing lotions. Recent focus on the properties of one of its compounds, azulene, has projected chamomile to the forefront of phytocosmetic products. Azulene’s antiallergic and soothing properties have made it the new cure-all for sensitive skin (don’t forget that chamomile has been used for many years for eczema).
FINE LAVENDER (LAVANDULA LATIFOLIA)
Originating in Persia and the Canary Islands, lavender was apparently brought to France many centuries ago by the Phocians, just like grapes and olives. 20 – 60 cm high, this low shrub grows in the Mediterranean region and is particularly fond of arid and limestone-rich (calcite) hillsides.
Classified in the 18th century among cephalic plants, lavender was used similarly to rosemary for nervous disorders. Lavender water was also used as a relaxant in baths. In addition to its recognised soothing and antiseptic properties, fine lavender also has a unique tendency to foster much-appreciated closeness between mothers and their babies during massage time!
CALENDULA (CALENDULA OFFICINALIS)
Also known as pot marigold and English marigold, calendula is very widespread and grown in gardens throughout Europe’s temperate regions. Calendula officinalis does not exist in the wild. Its attractive yellow flowers have many virtues.
Properties in cosmetics
Calendula constitutes a very good active ingredient in soothing products. Reputed for its moisturising and antiseptic properties, it is considered to be the archetypal plant for skin. It is also a protective component in healing cracked, scratched and chapped skin.
SEA-BUCKTHORN (HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES)
Sea-buckthorn is a thorny shrub that cannot live without light, to the point where the plant actually dies if it is surrounded by tall trees. It seeks sun, salty terrain, and forms impenetrable hedges along the coasts of the Channel and North Sea.
Medicinal and cosmetic properties
Sea-buckthorn has two specific elements that seem to have a beneficial effect on burns, eczema and dermatitis: palmitoleic acid, a rare fatty acid, and carotenoid. In addition, its high levels of tocopherol (vitamin E), a recognised antioxidant, limit oxidation processes within epidermal layers. The result of these properties is that when sea-buckthorn is used regularly, it contributes to keeping skin beautiful, reducing sclerosis and slowing the development of wrinkles.
MADONNA LILY (LILIUM CANDIDUM)
Adored by ancient Mediterranean civilisations, this beautiful flower with its rich perfume was planted in the royal gardens of the Minoans, as depicted in wall paintings in Knossos. Madonna lily is a highly valuable traditional remedy for external ailments: bottled in brandy or marinated in olive oil, its petals had long been used in military campaigns, well before the band-aid was invented, as an antiseptic and healing bandage, particularly for superficial burns, cracks and chapping.
Natural mineral water
“Natural mineral water” captured at an altitude of 1879 meters in the heart of the swiss alps.
Alpaderm has chosen natural mineral water captured at a high altitude in the heart of the Swiss Alps.
Its consistent specific mineral and oligoelement composition entitle it to the “Natural Mineral Water” appellation. With its low mineralisation, this natural mineral water is particularly well suited for caring for babies’ fragile skin.
GOOD TO KNOW: NATURAL MINERAL WATER
Water must is subject to numerous verifications before it can obtain the “Natural Mineral Water” label. This label is controlled by the decree on recognising natural mineral water of February 12, 1986 and the decree on foodstuffs.
Under these guidelines, only water that is irreproachable in microbiological terms (bacteriologically) can be called “natural mineral water”. It can come from from one or more natural or captured sources.
Natural mineral water must be distinguished by its specific geological origin, by the nature and quantity of its mineral components, by its original purity, by its composition and a constant temperature within the limits of natural variations. These characteristics must be verified by recognised scientific procedures.
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