7 Tips on Sourcing Sustainable Botanical Ingredients

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 March 15, 2022

7 Tips on Sourcing Sustainable Botanical Ingredients 

Take a look down the beauty aisle, and you’ll see shelves filled with cosmetics claiming to be natural and clean. As the organic beauty movement has grown in popularity, more cosmetics manufacturers have begun marketing their products as sustainable and natural. Have you ever wondered what those terms really mean? Are products labeled “natural” or “organic” required to meet any standard definition?

The only way to know for sure whether a beauty product is natural is to take a look at the ingredients. Flip over any cosmetics product, and you should see a list of active ingredients printed on the back. Ingredients are listed in order of the predominance of their weight, going from most to least. The ingredient used in the greatest amount is always listed first, and the ingredient used in the least amount is always listed last.

Because there is no formal definition of “natural” or “clean” in the cosmetics world, you may see chemicals or ingredients with names that are hard to pronounce included in your favorite microbiome skincare products. That’s not a good sign if you’re looking for a clean beauty alternative.

Ideally, clean microbiome skincare products should be developed with sustainable botanical ingredients. So, how do you go about sourcing products with the right mix of botanical ingredients? Keep reading to learn the answer.

What Are Sustainable Botanical Ingredients?

A botanical is a plant that’s valued for its medicinal or therapeutic properties. You’ve probably heard of herbs. Herbs are a type of botanical. Beauty products made from sustainable botanical ingredients are usually referred to as botanical cosmetics or herbal products.

Botanicals are sold as fresh or dried plant materials. Groups of chemicals are isolated from a botanical and put through a standardization process to make sure every ingredient batch is similar. The standardization process for botanical ingredients involves measuring specific chemicals and adjusting them for consistency.

Reasons to Look for Sustainable Botanical Ingredients

Did you know that certain raw ingredients that are healthy in their natural state can actually become toxic during the extraction process. That’s just one of the reasons why it’s so important to seek out microbiome skincare products made with sustainable botanical ingredients.

When it comes to sustainability, what we’re really talking about are good environmental practices and non-toxic modes of extraction. To source plant-based ingredients to use in microbiome skincare products, manufacturers use a complex series of factors to ensure the harvesting and cultivation of certain plants won’t harm the environment or lead to downstream toxins in the soil.

How to Source Sustainable Botanical Ingredients: 7 Tips

At Omya Kinetik, we take our sustainable sourcing practices seriously. Here are seven strategies to ensure our natural beauty products are developed in a sustainable way:

  1. Fair Trade – Working directly with suppliers who have earned sustainability accreditation from a recognized body
  2. Local Sourcing – Purchasing raw ingredients directly from local suppliers to ensure workers are receiving a fair living wage
  3. Country of Origin – When purchasing botanical ingredients that are not local to the area, working directly with sellers in the country of origin
  4. Skilled Investigation – Asking suppliers directly where their botanical ingredients come from, who they are produced by, and where the plant materials were collected
  5. Bulk Ordering – Keeping costs down by ordering botanical ingredients in large quantities from quality suppliers
  6. Documentation – Precise recordkeeping to track suppliers and the origin of each botanical ingredient
  7. Customer Education – Educating consumers on the importance of ethical sourcing and raw botanical ingredients

To learn more about best practices for sourcing sustainable botanical ingredients, contact Omya Kinetik today.