FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ARE OUR PRODUCTS VEGANS?

A big part of our products is Vegan and we try  to increase this part at the maximum.
We don’t use any product stemming from dead animals, we only use 3 animal-derived ingredients: the organic honey, the beeswax and the lanolin. You can find these ingredients in our INCI formulae as “Mel”, “Cera alba” and “Lanolin”.

Concerning the Lanolin, it is the unique ingredient of our care ALPHANOVA SANTE lanolin.

ARE OUR PRODUCTS TESTED ON ANIMALS?

In 2013, the European Union was one of the first regions in the world to forbid animal testing. None of our products are tested on animals, they are tested on the man.
Concerning our ingredients, we also chose to never use ingredients tested on animals. We control that point with every supplier.

ARE OUR PRODUCTS NATURAL OR ORGANIC?

All our products are of natural origin, and the major part of them are certified organic by Ecocert, under the Cosmebio charter, or under the new COSMOS charter.

AMMONIUM LAURYL SULFATE! WHY?

Further to certain articles appeared in the press, certain raw materials were more or less criticized; the Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and the Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate. We never use Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS).

Concerning the Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, this ingredient is a surfactant, that is an ingredient which serves to wash the skin by unsticking the spots of the skin. Used alone, its efficiency has negative effect, because it can eliminate also the hydrolipidic film of the skin and consequently sometimes generate a dry skin.

Today we use some Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate in two products, but only in low dose (Cleansing and shampoo). It is associated with two other surfactants very soft. Since more than 8 years, we never had any consumers who complained about a dry skin of their baby. And all the tests under dermatological control show a perfect cutaneous tolerance.

Nevertheless, because some moms wish to use products without ALS, we developed two others washing without ALS: the bubble wash 3 in 1 and the Nourrishing foaming gel. 

We remind that the Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate is accepted in ORGANIC cosmetic by ECOCERT, that it is neither an endocrine disruptor, nor a carcinogenic…

ON YOUR SUN PROTECTION, ONLY ``UVA`` IS SURROUNDED, WHY?

As you can see on the packaging of our sun protection, the UVA logo is surrounded and means that our product respect the European standards of sun protection concerning UVA protection.

Until now, there is not official logo for UVB and that is why UVB is not surrounded on our packagings. The official value of protection is given by the mesure of the SPF.

So we can guarantee a protection against UVA and UVB.

DO OUR SUN PROTECTIONS PROTECT AGAINST UVA AND UVB?

Our suncare products are the object of tests on SPF ( UVB) and UVA guaranteeing a complete sun protection.

The sun protection factor or SPF indicates the level of protection of the product against the damage caused by UVB (sunburn, cancer). This factor is expressed as a numerical index (6, 15, 20, 30, 50 or 50 +).

The sun protection factor which you choose depends on your skin type, (phototype), on your age, on the period (summer). A person having a very clear skin exposing himself in summer will chose (SPF50 or 50 + at least), a person with matt complexion, during spring can choose a SPF more reduced as a SPF30.

Since 5 years, the protection against UVA must be also taken into account for the efficiency of a suncare product. So a suncare product has to bring a protection against UVA of at least 33 % to the one that it brings on UVB.

If a sun cream declares a SPF 30 ( UVB protection 30 ) the UVA has to be minimum 1/3 of 30 so 10.

All our sun care underwent tests of efficiency to guarantee the protection against UVB and UVA. We also proceed to random tests on our manufacturings to guarantee the level of protection of our products.

WHAT IS THE ``ALUMINA`` IN OUR SUN CARE?

The “alumina” is a mineral with which it makes the aluminum, the hydroxide of aluminum is present in the nature.

To be precise, the alumina/aluminum used in the ORGANIC Sun care (certified ecocert and cosmos) is a stabilizing of the dioxide of titanium (physical screen of suncare products) which allow to stabilize the particles of titanium and to avoid the formation of free radicals who would damage the genetic heritage of cells.

This alumina/aluminum is solidly fixed on the particles of titanium; these particles have dimensions superior to 100 nm (they are not nanoparticles – the exact dimension is between 180nm and 300nm) and so do not penetrate into the skin.

Thus there is no risk with our products, because these particles stay at the surface of the skin (not nano) and because of their ultra low dosage.

 

DO WE USE NANO SUN FILTER?

Since the beginning ALPHANOVA SANTE does not use nano solar filtersThe dimension of the used particles of titanium is between 180 and 300 nm. With this dimension, the used particles are too big to penetrate the skin and stay at the surface of the skin to play completely their role of screen in front of UV.

Our titanium is also encapsulated thanks to plant triglycerides which return it not volatile and prevent its penetration in the skin.

WHY IS THERE NO ZINC IN OUR SUN CARE?

In Organic cosmetic, only two solar filters are authorized: the dioxide of titanium and the zinc oxide.

Since the beginning ALPHANOVA SUN uses only filters not nano the “Dioxide of titanium”.

We don’t use “zinc oxide”, simply because the zinc is ecotoxic for marin organism. Given that suncare products are brought to be in touch with the water, it seems to us logical not to use ingredients which could pollute the aquatic environment (sea, river).

That is why we only use the dioxyde of titanium and not zinc.

HOW OUR SUN CARE ARE ``SEA AND REEF SAFE``?

Several international studies showed an harmfulness of the chemical solar filters for marine organisms. Also, the zinc is disadvised in aquatic environment because of its ecotoxicity.
To guarantee an optimal environmental protection, the mineral filters with titanium are the only alternative but not any!
When the titanium is used alone, UV radiation can generate in its contact some free radicals. In the aqueous environment, these free radicals, by chemical reaction, create some harmful hydrogen peroxide for the environment.
To stabilize the titanium and avoid this reaction, the titanium is fixed to particles of alumina or hydroxide of aluminum then coated with vegetable wax. 

Thanks to this natural process, there is no more creation of free radicals, the titanium is stabilized and the environment is respected.

DO WE USE ESSENTIAL OILS IN OUR BABY'S RANGE?

Although essential oil is natural and have very interesting properties, they are disadvised for children (less than 3 years).
So we don’t use essential oil in the range ALPHANOVA bébé to guarantee a maximum tolerance of our products for the sensitive skins of babies.

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