What "Clean" means to us
Let us start by telling you what “Clean” does not mean to us. It does not mean 100% natural or organic – indeed, we are neither. Alchimie Forever is the brainchild of a world-class dermatologist based in Switzerland, Dr. Luigi L. Polla. He is a Western-trained medical doctor with 40+ years of experience. He believes that both (some) lab-made synthetics and (some) botanicals are safe and effective for use in skin care. This harmony between the best and safest synthetics and the best and safest botanicals is at the core of our formulation strategy.
From the start, Alchimie Forever® has been about safety and efficacy over source.
We are transparent, authentic, and accountable to science.
We strive to make our products as efficacious and as pure as possible – recognizing that the body of knowledge in our industry evolves and changes.
We are 100% vegan.
We abide by the European and Swiss FDA-equivalents, and REACH regulation (meaning we do not use the 1,000+ ingredients prohibited by European cosmetics regulatory bodies).
We are paraben-free. We strongly believe that an effective preservative system is key to safe cosmetics formulations and use the following lab-made preservatives to ensure no mold, yeast, or bacteria grow in our formulations: Benzyl Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Chlorephenesin. We do not use Phenoxyethanol.
We are sulfate-free.
We are PEG-free (Polyethylene Glycols).
We are gluten-free.
We are soy-free.
We are free of any genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
We are dye-free.
We are nut-free.
Some other ingredients we do not use include iron oxides, aluminum, kojic acid, triclosan, hydroquinone, mineral oil, propylene glycol, formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasers, anything in nano-particles.
Four of our products are rated by Think Dirty, with a score of “Clean” (0-3), with more to come.
We work with EWG to continually update our ingredient listings on their website and ensure accuracy.
We use both natural and lab-made fragrances, in average concentrations below 0.2%. All of our lab-made fragrances are certified phtalate-free. We also list any of the 26 fragrance allergens potentially contained in our fragrance formulations (per European regulatory standards). We do not believe essential oils are adequate fragrance alternatives as they are often irritating to the skin. For 100% fragrance transparency, please click here.
We continually work on our carbon footprint and on our packaging yet do not believe there is a silver bullet in terms of packaging.
Our formulations are concentrated so a little bit goes a long way – meaning you don’t have to repurchase products every few weeks, but rather every couple of months. This helps cut down packaging waste.
We use outer boxes for many of our products (because boxes protect our more delicate formulations from light and heat) and have begun transitioning all of our paper packaging to FSC-certified paper and soy ink.
We use plastic tubes and bottles, which are light and easy to travel with, and have begun transitioning all of our plastic packaging to sugarcane plastic.
We love glass and use it for a few products only, keeping in mind that glass is heavier than plastic, hence requires more energy to ship; it is also a challenge to travel with.
To learn more about our complete ingredient list, please click here.
To learn more about our complete fragrance ingredient list, please click here.