Ethical Policy & FAQs

No animal ingredients or testing

Purchasing of supplies from like minded companies

Packaging kept to a minimum with the use of re-useable, compostable, eco-friendly and sustainable consumables wherever possible

No parabens

No SLS

No synthetic colours – natural clays provide any colours used

No chemical fragrances – essential oils are used instead

Plant based preservatives and natural extracts are used including organic grain alcohol herb extracts which are enough to inhibit bacterial growth, but do not dry the skin

Products created using solar electric (weather permitting!)

No palm oil

Organic plant extracts and ingredients used whenever possible

Cottage industry production means low outgoings and overheads, with the cost savings passed to the consumers.

 

 

Frequently asked questions

Q. With your mission statement to be as eco-friendly as possible, why are some of your products in plastic containers?

A. We stick to glass and re-usable containers whenever possible, however, for tubes and products used with water where safety could be an issue, we made the decision to use recyclable plastic in those cases, of the type which is researched to not leach chemicals into a product, even if the product is higher acidic/alkaline in nature. Some of our creams are now in pump bottles to reduce air exposure and lessen the risk of bacterial contamination, thus making only a tiny amount of natural preservative needed.

Q.  Do you use palm fat in any Green Wyse products?

A. No. Some years ago when the environmental problems associated with the destruction of orang-utans habitats, we stopped using palm oils, creating new recipes to facilitate this.

Q. Do you have a cut off date for animal testing?

A. No. Green Wyse products never have, and never will be tested on animals. We also ensure our ingredients are sourced from like minded companies with a strong environmental and ethical policy, and who are against animal testing.

Q. Where can I buy Green Wyse products off the shelf?

A. Some of our re-sellers:

Oats Healthy Living, Fore Street, Brixham

The Monkey Sanctuary, Looe, Cornwall

Infinity Foods Co-op, Brighton

The Park Clinic, Middlesex University

Q. What is cetearyl glucoside? It sounds like a chemical ingredient.

A. This is an ecologically derived emulsifier (to blend fats, oils with waters) extracted without the use of solvents or chemicals, so is also skin friendly. It is made from  corn and coconut.

Q. What is Geogard Ultra listed as an ingredients in some of your creams?

A. This is a gentle non synthetic preservative blend made with gluconolactone (from corn) and sodium benzoate (benzoin salts) often used in food. EU law has changed and it is required to use a preservative in water soluble products. After extensive research we are of the opinion that this is the best one for Green Wyse products, it is vegan registered, non GMO, gentle, low allergen risk, and not derived from petrochemicals.

Q. Where does sisal,  ramie, raffia and jute come from, used in your bath accessories and packaging?

A. Sisal is a fibre from an agave plant which can produce fibre from its leaves for up to 10 years. No chemicals are used in the farming, and it is a valuable bee plant as it flowers when there is not much other bee food around.

Ramie is a flowering plant related to nettle, and has been used for fibre for over 6,000 years, for example for wrapping Egyptian mummies. The plant will be harvestable on average 3 times a year, making it a good source of income for local inhabitants and sustainable.

Jute is a highly useful plant fibre which grows without the need for artificial fertilisers or pesticides, and protects against deforestation.

Our raffia is renewably resourced from the leaves of a tree helping to provide and maintain habitats and work for local people in Madagascar.

Q. What are hydrolats?

A. Hydrolats, sometimes known as hydrosols are distillations from the pure plant product, flowers or leaves, in the process of making essential oils, and is distinct from floral waters which may just be water with essential oil and a dispersant added.

Q. What is hyaluronic acid used in your Skin Boost Extra cream?

A. This is a vegetarian version of the type of hyaluronic acid (which is usually derived from chickens combs). Green Wyse uses hyaluronic acid from enzymes in a fermentation process. Hyaluronic acid is a natural constituent of skin and tissue which keeps the moisturised and plumped out look when you are young, as you age, this begins to reduce leading to lines and wrinkles. Using a product containing hyaluronic acid may help reduce the ageing process by keeping the moisture in your skin.

Q. What is cupuacu used in your Chocolate Mousse Mask?

A. This is a gentle exfoliant from the ground seeds of the cupuacu tree, related to cacao. (chocolate)

Q. Why aren’t your products labelled as organic, are they organic?

A. Most of our ingredients are organic, we buy as such whenever we possibly can. Sometimes the availability or cost of the organic ingredient makes it impossible, so we tend to avoid saying its organic as we want to be as open and clear to our customers as possible. Rest assured though, if at all possible, it will be.