CRUELTY-FREE AND VEGAN

At FIG Femme our objective is to help you feel empowered and confident in yourself, your life and the choices you make. That is why FIG Femme products are never tested on animals, with all raw ingredients compliant with EU regulations and testing bans. You can be assured our range is 100 per cent vegan, with our unique formulas abstaining from using any animal products, including honey and beeswax.

PALM OIL 

Do our products contain palm oil?  Yes, it is found in one of our ingredients - Glycerin.  But we stress that the palm oil in this ingredient is Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified, meaning our suppliers have gone through an extensive auditing process which looks into various environmental and social factors for them to be recognised as being RSPO approved.  This certification enables them to trade and produce sustainable palm oil, and in return helps to minimise the negative impact of palm oil cultivation on the environment and communities in palm oil producing regions.

WHY USE GLYCERIN AT ALL THEN? 

The palm oil industry is a complicated one and one we do not take lightly.  We have done our utmost to try to create products that are 100 per cent palm oil-free and, like many others in the beauty industry, have found it difficult sourcing palm oil-free derivatives due to the intricacy of the supply chain.  Glycerin is a humectant (helps to retain and preserve water) and is the key to leaving your skin hydrated.  Unfortunately, there are currently NO alternatives on the market that are 100 per cent palm oil free.

We assure you we are committed to animal welfare and minimising environmental impact.  We continue to keep our finger on the pulse as new developments in this trade become available and will continue to update you as the beauty industry and its supply chains progress. 

SUSTAINABILITY 

 With sustainability at the forefront of our entire FIG Femme eco-system, we have made every effort to ensure that all ingredients and materials used in our products are sustainably sourced.  This includes everything from the sustainably-sourced cotton in our masks, the palm oil included in the Glycerin, and our packaging used to ship FIG Femme directly to you.  Wherever possible, we aim to continue to minimise our footprint and integrate sustainable practices throughout our daily procedures and production. 

CARBON NEUTRAL 

Our planet is important to us, and here at FIG Femme we are dedicated to producing quality products that do not cost us the earth, financially or environmentally.

We are committed to bringing you full transparency, ensuring that we only work with manufacturers that are carbon neutral and certified by the SGS (the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company).

ARE WE DOING ENOUGH?

We here at FIG Femme are on a conscious journey to create products that value sustainability and protect our planet. If there is something more you feel FIG Femme can do, we would love to hear from you. Please send us an email via info@fig-femme.com

 

ACTIVES: 

Rosa Damascena Flower Water

Studies show that Rosa Damascena Flower Water increases elasticity.

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice

Aloe extract or aloe juice. Commonly used as a anti-inflammatory and moisturiser.

Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil

A non-fragrant, stable oil (oils can be prone to oxidation and become rancid easily) that is composed of 95% highly stable fatty acids.  This edible plant oil functions as a softening agent to help smooth out dry, flaky skin.

Lactobacillus Ferment

Lab-created, non-living probiotic.  When applied to the skin it is soothing and strengthens the skins ability to defend itself from aggressors (goodbye pesky irritation).  

Studies show that Lactobacillis Ferment inhibits the growth of E.coli, therefore reducing the risk of urinary tract infections.  It also reduces irritation and vaginal itch caused by G. Vaginalis and relieves vaginal itching and inflammation caused by Candida.

Overall it is a powerful and important ingredient used to help skin’s microbiome and maintains a healthy mix of flora.

Sodium Hyaluronate

Used for moisture retention/hydration.  This salt is a form of hyaluronic acid that’s considered more effective than hyaluronic acid as the skin absorbs it easier.

Hyaluronic acid can decrease water loss and improve the moisture and hydration in skin.  Also acts as a scavenger of free radicals.

Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract

Rich in an enzyme called Bromelain which is high in carbohydrates and AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids, a surface level exfoliate) known for boosting skin hydration, encouraging cell turnover and improving the texture of skin – hello silky soft skin.

Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract

A powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial property that helps alleviate irritation and acne.

Willow bark contains salicylic acid derived from salicin, which has anti-inflammatory properties and exfoliation to renew the skin, keep its softness and brighten the tone. (Great for ingrown hair scarring and pigmentation).

Glycerin

AKA glycerol or glycerine is a humectant (retains and preserves moisture) that is derived from natural (RSPO) certified palm oil.

Glycerin is found naturally in skin to help establish normal pH balance and hydration for optimal skin replenishing and skin restoring.

Lecithin

Is a powerful emollient (softens dry, flaky skin and gives it a smooth feeling) and emulsifier (stops ingredients from separating, i.e. water and oil) used to help ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin.

Hydroxyacetophenone

A synthetic antioxidant and skin conditioning ingredient that is used for stabilising free radicals (free radicals are basically pollution in the air that cause oxidative stress, i.e. they muck up the oxygen molecules in your cells).

PRESERVATIVES: 

Phenoxyethanol

A synthetic preservative/stabilizer used to stop any nasties or pathogens from growing – preventing products from spoiling or becoming less potent.  

It is globally approved in products with a concentration of 1% or less.

Preservatives of any kind are meant to kill fungus, bacteria and mould that can negatively impact skin.  Ironically, in order for natural preservatives to be effective, they have to be used in much higher amounts than synthetic preservatives, typically up to 10%.  This higher amount poses irritation and sensitizing problems for skin.  So natural preservatives aren’t a slam-dunk replacement for synthetics, not even close.

1, 2-Hexanediol

A synthetic preservative (although synthetic, these are best for skincare as we only need small percentage for it to be effective) used as a moisture-binding agent.

Potassium Sorbate

A mild preservative that is an alternative to a paraben.

Sodium Benzoate

A preservative.

AND THE REST:

Aqua

AKA Water is used to hydrate the skin.  However, it is mainly used as a solvent, allowing other ingredients to dissolve and sit in it.

Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil

An emollient with a mixture of synthetic polyethylene glycol (PEG) with natural castor oil.

It doesn’t penetrate beyond the top surface of the skin meaning it helps stop moisture loss and keeps the skin feeling silky soft.

Butylene Glycol

An all-rounder ingredient used as a texture enhancer (similar to propylene glycol but a lighter texture) with (hydrating) Glycol as a humectant.

It works as a delivery agent (acts as a carrier for active ingredients and helps to penetrate these active ingredients into the skin).

Sodium Polyacrylate

A versatile, synthetic polymer used as a film-forming agent, stabilizer, absorbent, thickening agent and emollient.

Sorbitan Caprylate

Emulsifier (stops things from separating).

Xantham Gum

A thickening agent and texture enhancer used to stabilise emulsions. (Stabilises mixtures of unlikely substances, i.e. oil and water).

Citric Acid

A type of AHA (see above in Pineapple extract) that will only exfoliate the skin in high concentrations.  Citric acid is generally used to adjust the pH in products to prevent them from being too alkaline.