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Have they been tested on animals?

VELVET – Love for Nature products are subject to all the requirements laid down by European legislation for cosmetic products.

According to Regulation (EC) no. 1223/2009, as of March 2013 it is illegal to place on the market any cosmetic products of which the final composition, the ingredients or any combination of the ingredients have been tested on animals.

What action does Nilo take for the protection of the environment?

Nilo Group responds to today’s global demands to protect the environment and tackle the issue of climate change, incorporating solutions into the general strategy of the Group, as well as into its individual functions and practices.

The most effective use of energy and natural resources, the minimizing of waste production and its correct disposal, and the production of more environmentally friendly products are serious commitments we make towards facing contemporary environmental challenges.

Through the design and function of our private production units we adopt state-of-the-art technologies aimed at reducing the environmental impact, such as the use of biodegradable raw materials which do not build up in the environment, and a policy of recycling within the company as well as in collaboration with external recycling firms.

Is there documented research to confirm that these natural products do not cause any irritation?

Have the products been dermatologically tested?

All the products in the VELVET – Love for Nature series have successfully passed dermatological control tests conducted by independently certified external laboratories in conjunction with dermatologists. They have been certified as not causing irritation to the skin.

Moreover, products designed for use on the face and eyes are ophthalmologically tested and have not been found to irritate the eyes.

Have they been tested as hypo-allergenic? What allergens do they contain?

Nilo’s challenge was to create a series of products whose cosmetic form would not be deficient in any way in comparison with conventional products.

Consumers with heightened awareness who have turned to the use of natural products have become used to settling for less acceptable textures and less attractive fragrances in order to buy ‘green’.

Our scientific team wanted to debunk this myth and create a series of products with a high content of natural ingredients, while at the same time maintaining a high degree of effectiveness, velvety non-oily textures and intense, refreshing fragrances.

After researching global market trends and carrying out a series of internal assessments and consumer questionnaires, we chose to develop the majority of products in the VELVET Love for Nature series using perfumes which contain allergens, which, as stipulated by European legislation, appear on the label of these products.

All of these products have been dermatologically tested as safe, which further confirms how suitable they are for the skin. We also chose, however, to develop one range with a perfume not containing allergens, Organic Grape and Mastic with Abyssinia oil, to satisfy even the most demanding consumers.

If someone has severe acne, can they use our products?

VELVET Love for Nature products contain mild cleansing agents which do not dry out the skin. They also do not contain silicones which have been implicated as blocking the skin’s pores.

A person with severe acne can use both the foam or gel face cleansers for mild cleansing, though for the treatment of the acne itself consumers are strongly advised to consult a dermatologist.

Microbeads for exfoliating

Microbeads for exfoliating contaminate the aquatic and constitute a potential threat to public health.
Exfoliating microbeads are microspheres made mainly from polyethylene (PE?) and polypropylene (PP), which are used in personal care products, such as body exfoliating, cleansers and toothpastes.
Barely visible to the human eye, these plastic beads flow straight down bathroom plug-holes into drainage systems, escaping water processing plants.
They are not biodegradable and cannot be removed. Thus, they end up in lakes, rivers and finally our seas and oceans. Scientists estimate in America alone more than 8 trillion microbeads -enough to cover 300 tennis courts- make their way into water supplies every day!
They are often mistaken for food and absorbed by marine life, thus pervading the entire marine food chain.
Although the extent of the damage is currently unknown, this problem is having a tremendous impact not only on the environment but also on public health.

Governments and industry worldwide have begun to take action

In December 2015, President Obama signed legislation banning the manufacture of personal care products, such as face peeling products and toothpastes, which contain microbeads.
Several federal governments, as well as a number of countries including Denmark, the UK and Australia, are working with the industry to secure a gradual voluntary abolition of plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products in the near future.
More recently, the organization responsible for European legislation on cosmetics (Cosmetics Europe), announced publicly that it will “discontinue the use of cosmetics which are very likely to end up in the aquatic environment and for which alternatives exist”, issuing a recommendation to this sector with the aim of putting a stop to the use of microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products for exfoliation and cleansing.
A number of corporate giants in the field of cosmetics as well as several retail companies have already committed themselves to stopping the production and sale of certain products.

What is the life span of natural cosmetics without preservatives?

Every cosmetic product which is not maintained constitutes a potential breeding ground for the development of microorganisms.

Moreover, the life span of preservative-free cosmetics is minimal, requires special packaging (airless) with increased cost for face care cream products, and simultaneously these products require specific conditions of storage, not only during transit but also during use by the consumer (e.g. refrigeration, storage away from direct sunlight and specific conditions regarding humidity). The life span for cream products does not usually exceed three months.

Nilo Group’s main concern being the safety of both products and consumers, we have taken extreme care in choosing preservation systems for our VELVET Love for Nature series. We have therefore conducted control tests in independent external laboratories which verify the efficacy of our product preservation.

The preservation systems chosen are accepted by European legislation and free of ingredients which are sometimes found harmful (such as parabens).

After stability control tests, the products have been shown to have a life span of 12 months after opening and over 30 months’ shelf-life.

Are natural cosmetics as effective as synthetic ones?

Natural cosmetics may be equally effective compared with synthetic products. This has to do with their composition and how they are developed as well as the correct choice of natural active compounds.

VELVET Love for Nature products contain active compounds of natural origin that have been carefully selected and on which blind evaluation tests on volunteers have been carried out during their development to investigate their effectiveness.

By which organizations are they tested?

VELVET Love for Nature products have been tested by independent certified external laboratories to check whether they are tolerated by the skin (dermatologically tested), whether they irritate the eyes (ophthalmologically tested) and, for body care creams, how effective they are in moisturizing.

Why are they more expensive than synthetic products?

The higher cost of natural cosmetics is due largely to the increased cost of the ingredients they contain. The substances they contain are not widely available, are essences of natural origin and extracts from certified organic cultivation and their cost of production is higher in comparison with raw materials which originate from petrochemical products.

On what age groups have products been tested?

VELVET Love for Nature products have been tested on healthy adults between 20 and 60 years of age.

Do natural products penetrate deeper layers of the skin? Has this been proven?

If the keratin layer is well structured, no cosmetic product can penetrate, unless it has been specially formulated to break through the keratin layer, in which case the product belongs to the category of medication.

Cosmetics, by definition, must act on the upper layers of the skin and not penetrate deeper, since there is a danger that the active substances will pass into the bloodstream, in which case the product is regarded as a medicine and is subject to entirely different control tests.

What are the most appropriate products for face cleansing depending on skin type and what is the correct order to use them in?

Cleansing gel, cleansing foam and cleansing milk are make-up removal products, essential for daily face cleansing care. However, there is often confusion as to the right choice of cleansing and face care products with regard to cleansing gel and cleansing milk, as well as confusion concerning the correct use of face toner.

Cleansing gel is the most suitable choice for oily skin types, as it regulates the oiliness of the skin, removing the sebum may have accumulated on the skin’s surface. Cleansing foam can be used as a substitute for gel depending on the consumer’s preference regarding product texture, since it does not require rubbing and cleans gently, leaving a velvet-smooth feeling on the skin.

Concerning face toner, it is important to understand that after using cleansing milk, it is essential for the removal of any residue. Indeed, beauty experts maintain that when cleansing milk is not removed with face toner, it is similar to washing our hands without rinsing them. In short, cleansing milk and face toner work together, which is not to say that their use cannot be followed by cleansing gel or foam.

In addition, face toner can be used after cleansing gel as well as on its own before moisturizing. Face toner tones and refreshes, tightens dilated pores and keeps the skin fresh, healthy and with a matte look.

Exfoliating peel face care products are recommended for use 1-2 times per week for the removal of dead skin cells. Although the skin is continually shedding dead cells, they sometimes accumulate and block the pores, giving the skin a rough texture. Face peeling gel is used to cleanse the skin deeply and leave it feeling velvety soft.

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