A project from the heart
Skinkoree brings together my love for Korea where I lived for 3 years, my passion for skin care and Korean ethical cosmetics, and the wish to accompany you in your skincare routine and to help you to feel good about yourself because I know that it is not always easy having gone through difficult phases several years back, between eczema, severe acne and skin sensitivities.
At Skinkoree, you will find ethical Korean brands with which I share values and principles that are dear to my heart such as no animal cruelty because it is inconceivable for me that an animal suffers and dies for our beauty, as well as formulas that are more respectful of our skin and the environment. I believe in more respectful and cruelty-free beauty that can benefit everyone and this is what I want to share with you. Also studying naturopathy for skin problems, I created Skinkoree with the wish to make you discover the ethical cosmetics made in Korea that I love so much and to help you take care of your skin. inside and out.
Sincerely, Clara, Skinkoree's CEO & Founder
1. Cruelty-Free & Vegan
At Skinkoree, we are against the suffering inflicted on animals and we make it a point of honor to offer you only Korean cosmetics that are 100% Cruelty-Free and for the most part Vegan Friendly₁. We tolerate in limited quantities ingredients from the hive such as propolis, beeswax or honey, but we exclude all other ingredients of animal origin such as animal collagen, musk, lanolin or fat animal.
We make sure to select trusted ethical brands whose ingredients and finished products have not been tested on animals. A brand that does not personally perform testing but has agreed to fund animal testing in another country that requires it in order to be marketed there is not a Cruelty-Free brand in our view. It is important for us to select brands that have refused animal cruelty regardless of the lost money.
The products we provide are obviously authentic products, we work directly with our favorite brands and in some cases with the official distributor to whom we have been redirected by the brand itself. For each product, labels indicating the instructions for use in French as well as the INCI ingredient lists are present.
We favor gentle and safe formulas for all skin types including sensitive skin although each skin reacts differently. We also favor clean formulas, although the notion of clean beauty may differ from one person to another, clean at Skinkoree means favoring formulas based on ingredients of plant and natural origin, but without for all that. banning all ingredients of synthetic origin means offering transparent, ethical and trustworthy brands that are cruelty-free, as well as environmentally friendly formulas where possible. We thus offer botanical, natural and organic treatments as well as cosmeceutical treatments combining natural ingredients with scientific ingredients, and favor formulas that are more respectful of health and the environment by excluding or limiting certain controversial cosmetic ingredients.
In the age of the Internet where information, opinions and controversies abound and between info and intoxication, it is not always easy to navigate and disentangle the true from the false. At Skinkoree, although we favor natural ingredients and of natural origin, we believe that not all synthetic ingredients are necessarily bad and that it is above all a question of quantity and balance in the formula. . We have conducted our own research based on scientific, toxicological and environmental data and have thus implemented our ingredients charter.
- Ingredients we prefer to exclude
- Artificial coloring.
- Certain preservatives such as parabens (endocrine disruptors); BHA and BHT (butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydroxybutylene, endocrine disruptors and classified as "possible carcinogens" by the Cancer Research Center); MIT and MCIT (Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone, voted allergens of the year in 2013), Phenoxyethanol, a synthetic preservative widely used in cosmetics but also controversial. He is notably accused of being an endocrine disruptor and of being toxic to the liver.
- Silicones of the cyclic siloxane family such as cyclopentasiloxane, cyclomethicone, cyclotetrasiloxane, cyclotrisiloxane, cyclohexasiloxane and cycloheptasiloxane are considered to be endocrine disruptors toxic for reproduction. They are also harmful to flora and fauna.
- Irritating sulfated surfactants of SLS and SLES type (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulate).
- Chemical UV filters that cause coral reefs to bleach in the sea and harm marine ecosystems, such as octinoxate or oxybenzone, and filters suspected of being endocrine disruptors such as octocrylene, homosalate and benzophenone.
- Ingredients that we limit
- Synthetic perfumes: in general, we exclude synthetic perfumes because the term Parfum or Fragrance on the list of ingredients often represents a mixture of various chemicals, some of which are listed toxic (CMR) for reproduction such as phthalates, octoxynols and nonoxynols. However, it can happen that we make an exception if it is a hypoallergenic perfume, without CMR and if it is present at very low concentration.
- Mineral oils: mineral oils are refined and obtained after purification of materials of fossil origin such as petroleum, natural gas or coal. They remain on the surface of the skin to form an insulating film which can be useful when looking for a barrier effect. Although well tolerated, they pollute the environment at all levels of production and throughout their life cycle. We therefore limit them as much as possible. We can make exceptions when it comes to synthetic oils such as Hydrogenated Polyisobutene or Polyisobutene classified Green by the Environmental Working Group.
- PEGs and derivatives: they are used in cosmetics for their thickening, emulsifying or surfactant properties. Some are also softening and moisturizing. They are controversial for two reasons, on the one hand their manufacturing process involves toxic and carcinogenic substances, on the other hand this process is very polluting. However, since the residual content is regulated, contaminants must be eliminated before the treatment is marketed. Scientists therefore assure that these ingredients do not pose a problem for human health. The fact remains that they are a source of pollution, so we limit without banning them according to the formulas.
- Quaternary ammoniums: they are used in particular in hair care as a replacement for silicones to facilitate disentangling or sheathing. They are also antistatic to reduce frizz while giving volume to the hair. They can be of synthetic or natural origin derived from plant extraction or from fatty acid derivatives derived from vegetable oils. Their vegetable version is authorized in organic by the label COSMOS but prohibited by the label Cosmébio except the Behentrimonium Methosulfate present in the majority of shampoos. It is because of their polluting manufacturing process that we limit them without banning them and favor those of plant origin such as Behentrimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride.
- EDTA and its main salts: they do not present a problem for human health, however the accumulation can pose a problem at the environmental level, we therefore limit their presence without banning them. Furthermore, since disodium EDTA is classified as Green by the EWG, we do not exclude it.
- Silicones: in addition to cyclic silicones that we exclude, we systematically exclude silicones from rinsing treatments and we strongly limit their presence in other treatments due to the impact of their accumulation on the environment.
Well aware that not all our products are 100% flawless, we believe this is also a question of balance. We favor formulas that exclude or limit controversial ingredients for their ecological impact while also making sure to choose as much as possible products whose containers are recyclable or biodegradable such as glass containers, recyclable plastic or even biodegradable paper with the wonderful care Toun28.
To pack your orders while limiting our environmental impact, we use cardboard boxes made from recycled paper and 100% recyclable. In addition, we replaced the bubble wrap with 100% recycled & recyclable Kraft paper as well as the polypropylene adhesive with an adhesive made from renewable resources (Kraft paper) which can be recycled with the cardboard box.
- A Vegan cosmetic is a cosmetic whose formula does not contain ingredients of animal origin or produced by animals. Among the animal materials common in cosmetics, we find in particular honey, a food reserve for bees; beeswax and propolis produced for the hive by bees; animal collagen from cooking bones, connective tissues and skin; carmine, a very common red pigment in lipsticks and eyeshadows which is extracted from the body and crushed cochineal eggs, milk, etc. At Skinkoree, we tolerate treatments containing propolis, beeswax or honey, and exclude all other ingredients of animal origin.