On this page, we have defined some of the most commonly used terms in the beauty industry pertaining to the ingredients used in our products. We hope this helps you get to know our products better and what we stand for. For answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), visit our Benefits page.
Cruelty-free – “In the animal rights movement, cruelty-free is a label for products or activities that do not harm or kill animals anywhere in the world. Products tested on animals are not considered cruelty-free, since these tests are often painful and cause the suffering and death of millions of animals every year.” (as defined in Wikipedia)
We can proudly say that all the products offered by Barva Skin Therapie are 100% cruelty-free. We do not test our products on animals. The only 2 ingredients that are obtained from our animal friends are ghee (which is made from cow’s milk) and beeswax which is made from honeycomb. Neither the cows nor the bees are harmed in the process of obtaining ghee or beeswax.
Not tested on animals – Similar to being cruelty-free. Our products are not tested on animals, and our manufacturing process too does not result in the harming, torture, or death of animals.
Vegetarian – Vegetarian products can be defined as those whose ingredients are procured from plant sources and dairy, but not meat, poultry, and fish. In addition, vegetarian products do not contain other animal ingredients, which include animal bones, animal fat, fir, nails, or any other body parts of animals. However, they can contain animal products (NOT ingredients) such as butter, cream, ghee, beeswax etc. The procurement of these substances does not involve torturing animals or killing/slaughtering. Also, these substances are a part of a vegetarian diet.
In case of the products offered by Barva Skin Therapie, the makeup and skin care range contains ghee and beeswax, hence we do not claim that our products are ‘vegan.’ However, since all the ingredients we use are plant-based and dairy-based, we say that our products are vegetarian.
Vegan – This is one step further from vegetarianism. Products that contain only plant-based ingredients are termed as vegan. Not only are vegan products cruelty-free, but they also do not contain any dairy products, such as milk, butter, cheese, etc. as these are obtained from animals.
In case of Barva Skin Therapie, the wash-off products, i.e. the Revitalizing Shampoo, Refreshing Conditioner, Lavender Body Wash, Face Wash, and Easy Shave Shaving Cream, Body Oil, can be termed as vegan because they do not contain organic ghee or beeswax. However, the skin care products and makeup products contain cow’s ghee and some of them contain beeswax, which, as stated above, are vegetarian but not vegan.
Natural Ingredients – Ingredients that are derived from nature. Such ingredients are not chemically/synthetically processed in a laboratory.
Organic – Natural ingredients that are obtained using organic farming methods. The farms where these are cultivated are certified organic farms that strictly follow organic farming practices, such as the use of natural fertilizers without any chemicals, pesticides, insecticides, etc. In addition, organic produce is not genetically engineered or hybrid. It retains the original taste, color, and nutrients of the plant.
In case of Barva Skin Therapie products, we try and use organic ingredients as far as possible. However, these are not always available or certified organic. The products themselves are not certified organic.
Ayurvedic – Products formulated based on the principles of Ayurveda. The Ayurveda suggests the use of different ingredients that are found in nature in combination with each other for the treatment of various diseases/ailments, as well as for enhancing the beauty of our skin & hair.
The Ayurveda is a source of inspiration for most of our products. Our formulations consist of the best combination of ingredients as prescribed by the Ayurveda.
Herbal – Herbal products are therapeutic, medical products derived from plants. They are used as health supplements as well as for other therapeutic purposes. Herbal products are available in the form of powders, capsules, tablets, extracts, teas, etc.
As Barva Skin Therapie products are not medicines, they do not fall under this category.
We love to work with ingredients that enhance the beauty of your skin & hair without causing any harm or adverse effects. You will find some of our favourite ingredients in most of our products as we firmly believe in their goodness.
“We have listed very few ingredients here, as we believe in keeping it simple & only adding those ingredients to our products that really make a difference and work in harmony with each other to enhance your beauty.”
Mango Butter – A Super Antioxidant!
Mango butter is extracted from mango kernels. It is very gentle on the skin, which makes it suitable for sensitive skin. Moreover, it is a natural source of vitamin A and very useful for the treatment of dry & sunburned skin.
Turmeric is effective in the treatment of acne due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It fight pimples & breakouts, and provides a youthful glow to the skin. Turmeric not only helps clear acne scars and inflammation, but also reduces the secretion of oil by the sebaceous glands.
Known as the ‘Nectar of Gods,’ Ghee is considered to be liquid gold because of its nutritional benefits, medicinal qualities, and taste! Ghee makes your skin glow. It locks moisture into your skin and thus protects it from dryness. It reduces dark circles when applied daily before bedtime.
Kokum butter is an excellent emollient. It possesses natural healing properties and its composition promotes the regeneration of skin. Traditionally, it is known to prevent skin dryness. It contains antioxidant properties. It softens the skin and restores elasticity.
Pomegranate hydrates the skin and prevents moisture loss. The oil from pomegranate seeds helps strengthen the skin, thus reducing or delaying wrinkles. As it has anti aging properties, it rejuvenates your skin. It contains a number of antioxidants that protect your skin against free-radical damage.
Known as the “Plant of immortality” among Egyptians, aloe vera has numerous therapeutic properties. It treats sunburn and is a highly effective moisturizer. Aloe vera treats acne too. It softens and nourishes you skin & hair, and prevents sign of aging.
All the products offered by Barva Skin Therapie contain natural or naturally-derived ingredients and are free from the following chemicals –
· Propylene glycol
· Mineral oil
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about our products, manufacturing process, ingredients.
1. Are your products 100% synthetic free?
The Kajal is 100% natural and fragrance free. We use synthetic fragrance in other products.
2. Are your products free from all preservatives?
Products that contain water need to have preservatives. We use benzyl alcohol dehydroacetic acid and potassium sorbate in such products. Both these preservatives are approved for use in organic cosmetics by major organic certification agencies.
3. Is your brand cruelty free? Are you certified cruelty free?
We are not certified cruelty free but our products are not tested on animals.
4. Is the brand organic certified? Do you use organic ingredients?
Our products are certified by FDA. We do not have any specific natural or organic certification. We use mostly natural or naturally-derived ingredients in our products. We try and use organic ingredients as well however these are not always available or certified organic.
5. Do you use palm oil in any of the products?
We do not use palm oil in our products. There are some ingredients which could be derived from palm or coconut oil. We directly obtain the ingredients e.g. caprylic capric triglyceride but the supplier does not always disclose the source.
6. Are the products gluten free?
Yes, the products are gluten-free. The manufacturing facility is gluten-free as well. The ingredients that we source could have been processed at facilities which may not be gluten-free.
7. What kind of packaging do you use for your products? Are these environment-friendly?
We use PET plastic and polypropylene packaging for most of our products. PET is recyclable.
8. What is the recycling policy?
We don’t have an in-house policy on recycling the packaging material that we consume. However recycling implies collection of used material from customers which also means that we consume transportation resources, which in turn adds to the carbon footprint. Moreover, the extra cost of recycling will ultimately have to be bourne by customers. This is in conflict with our policy of trying to get our natural and safe cosmetic products in to the hands of maximum possible people by keeping them affordable.
9. What is the shelf life of your products?
Shelf life is 2 years from the date of manufacturing.
10. Once opened, for how long are the products safe to use?
Once opened ideally the products should be used within 6 months to one year.