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Hi again everyone,
In this blog we will continue to look at winners from the 2021 Global Green Beauty Awards. Today, we’ll focus on some of the Italian brands who have been recognised for the quality of their products and their commitment towards natural beauty and green beauty.
As you may know, while the other members of the Global Makeup Awards are based in London, I live in Italy so this really is a fun topic for me to write about!
Let’s first take a look at the Rossano Ferretti Dolce Satin Glow Booster which was awarded Gold for Best Cruelty-Free Beauty Product.
Now, as you probably already know, I love a good back-story! Who doesn’t? Well Rossano’s is wonderful and I’ll try to briefly summarise it here although you really should visit the website for the full story. Born in a tiny village near Parma in Northern Italy, Rossina had hairdressing in his blood, his grandfather was a barber who would visit clients by riding about oh his little Lambretta! Rossano had a passion for hair design and architecture and soon after completing his studies (in hairdressing, naturally) he moved to London to further his knowledge, despite not speaking a word of English! Eventually, he travelled the world and learned several languages in his pursuit for knowledge around hair design and later opened his first salon in Parma. He is now hugely influential and very well respected globally for his expertise and contributions to the hair industry,
The Gold Winner for Best 100% natural product was Uoga Uoga for their Magic Wand . Launched in 2010 after initially making masks just for themselves and then for friends and family. The company's belief is that natural cosmetics should be affordable and replace every-day cosmetics. In 2015 they were awarded COSMOS Natural certification for some products and they are steadily adding this to all their range.Uoga Uoga are also serious about not testing on animals, using environmentally-friendly packaging and making sure production processes follow an environmental management plan!
Liola Cosmetics Moisturising light face cream with anti ageing action took Silver for Best 90% natural product. Liola Cosmetics was founded by a small team of experts with the objective of creating an Italian brand of excellence and making exclusively 100% Made in Italy products. Their large production site is eco-friendly and they recycle 99% of the water which they use while minimizing co2 emissions
Papavero Siero Contorno Occhi Anti-age took Silver for Best Organic Anti-Ageing Product .This company was started by a Sardinian couple, Leyla and Alessandro, both experts in e-commerce. Disappointed with the range of eco-friendly cosmetics products which were on offer and wanted to create something which matched their own standards and needs. This brand also proudly boasts packaging, ingredients and fragrances which are exclusively Made in Italy.
So, there you have a little info on the backgrounds of some of our 2021 Green Beauty Awards winners. These companies are all obviously dedicated to creating great products which are environmentally friendly. I’ve really enjoyed learning more about their backstories and hope you’ll check out not only their products but their websites to learn more!
Thanks for reading and ciao a tutti!
Vegan? Cruelty free? We look into what is behind the words for the beauty industry
The 2020 Global Green Beauty awards is aimed at beauty brands who are trying to bring out more green beauty lines or clean beauty lines. The idea is to educate and to move towards a more eco conscious direction for beauty brands and to celebrate those brands which are already greener and cleaner.
There are many ways to be green and clean, for example being plastic free, zero waste, natural, organic, vegan and cruelty free. But being one doesn't necessary mean you are the other. So in today's blog post we thought we would go through some environmental and ecological terminology as it isn't always that clear. It is one thing when you're in the supermarket picking up organic eggs, but another thing when you are browsing for the latest beauty products.
What is Vegan beauty?
Vegan beauty products by definition contain no animal products or animal derivatives. That means, no lanolin, no beeswax, no honey, no collagen, no gelatin for example.
Vegan cosmetics does not necessarily therefore mean it is not tested on animals. The term purely means it contains no animal products or derivatives. Saying that, many many ethical brands try to tick all the boxes and they will often be both vegan and cruelty free beauty products. However, saying it is Vegan is not enough to ensure it is cruelty free, it also needs to state that too in order to be certain it is. Often this is written on the packaging, or on the website, otherwise you can check with the manufacturer directly.
What are cruelty free beauty products?
Ok, so for a brand to be cruelty free, it needs to not test the products on animals at any stage.
That sounds easy, so where does the gray area begin?
Often companies say they are 'required by law' to test on animals. This is more often than not for global brands where in some countries it is necessary to test on animals for the product to be able to be sold there. That means, those companies are not cruelty free, as at some stage (to sell the products in some countries) they have to test on animals, even if it is through a third party.
So is my cruelty free product vegan?
As we said above, being cruelty free does not equate to the product being vegan. This is as though no animals may have been tested on, the product may still contain a product like honey, and therefore not be considered as vegan as the ingredients include animal derivatives.
That's quite a lot of information when looking at vegan and cruelty free cosmetics brands, but we hope that cleared up some questions for you for when you are next browsing for your next beauty purchase.
We celebrate all brands that are making efforts to support the environment, whether in its ingredients, ethics, testing or more. Slowly slowly, we are all becoming more aware about the environment and our impact on it, as well as its impact on us. We look forward to sharing the winners showcase with you for the 2020 Global Green Beauty Awards on the 10th August when we announce the winners in the Global Makeup Magazine. This awards is for all brands who have products which are in some way, ethical, green and of course clean.
Have a great day,
The Global Makeup Awards team xx
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