Purity skincare products have become widely popular and commonly found in many high street drugstore shops. They can be seen as a luxury brand as the pore extractor face mask is priced at £28.00/$38.69 for a 75ml bottle, meaning that it is not a product which is highly affordable. However, it is not only highly priced but it is also not suitable for all skin types due to some of the ingredients used in the extractor face mask. Even though it is a popular brand, it is far from being a sustainable brand as it is not cruelty free, 100% vegan or transparent about its supply chain or workers’ rights.
The pore extractor face mask consists of a mixture of natural and synthetic ingredients. Some of the natural ingredients include water and Lauryl Glucoside which is derived from sugar. It is a biodegradable and mild ingredient which is used to create the mild foaming bubbles, it is derived from a combination of sugar and fatty alcohol which mostly derives from palm. However, there are quite a few synthetic ingredients which research has shown can lead to skin problems for those with sensitive skin. Even though there is a small warning sign which states that the product is not suitable for sensitive skin, it is written in small print making it difficult to see. Some of these products include Chlorphenesin which is an ingredient used for its anti-fungal properties but research has shown that it can cause problems such as dermatitis and eczema, especially for people who have dry and sensitive skin. Also, whilst Limonene is known for having many advantages such as providing fragrance to a product, when exposed to air it can also cause dermatitis, breakouts, oily skin and dry skin issues worse. Vanillyl Butyl Ether is another product which can cause skin irritation, burning and itching as it is a warming ingredient which means that it causes a warming sensation when it comes into contact with the skin.
Philosophy products are not cruelty free. The official website states that they use alternatives to animal testing where possible and do not use third parties to carry testing on their behalf. However, in reality the company does in fact pay third party suppliers to test on animals ‘where required by law.’ The purity products are sold in Mainland China where animal testing is required legally in order for a cosmetic product to be sold there. Philosophy is also not certified by any organizations such as PETA and are owned by the parent company Coty who also have similar policies to Philosophy when it comes to testing on animals. In addition, Philosophy products are not 100% vegan as some of the products contain ingredients which are derived from animals. They are also not 100% palm oil free meaning that they are contributing to deforestation and the release of CO2 into the atmosphere to produce ingredients which are derived from palm. In addition, the official Philosophy website does not contain any information regarding sustainable practices or any sustainability pledges which shows that they are not taking any steps to changing their ways.
I was unable to find any information regarding the supply chain or workers’ rights on either the Philosophy website or the Coty website. This could show that the workers may not be provided with the best treatment. As well as the lack of information about the workers’ rights, there is no information about the manufacturers that the company uses. The fact that no information is provided about the supply chain demonstrates that the company has information to hide.