PHOTO: CHRIS HOPKINS
From an early age, I have always practiced arts and crafts. Exploring forms, textures and discovering new things are all part of a sensory experience. How I came to formulating skincare is part of this.
At university, I studied Fine Arts and mainly practiced
photography and film making which led me to becoming a Director of Photography years later. Even as a a teen, I had an interest in the environment which continued when I studied in Vancouver where, although I could not afford much of it at the time, had my first taste of organic foods and learnt more about consuming less chemicals. I have always had dry skin and minor skin problems and did not pay much attention to it until few years ago when it became cracked and painful. Not finding anything off the shelf that would soothe it, I began research into making a cream for myself. Not long after I shared it to friends, I was encouraged to develop it further. I continued to research and develop formulations while freelancing as a Director of Photography. It was also during this time that I was shooting a documentary initiative about the plight of the current refugee crisis. We went to visit camps in Calais, Lebanon and Greece talking to both volunteers, charities and people who lived in the camps. With the desire to help raise money for the grassroots charities those causes help so many ordinary people, this is what gave me the final impetus to create Queenie Organics. 10% of our profits go to a variety of grassroots charities that work with refugees both in the UK and abroad, and provide a range of support, ranging from legal aid to teaching children in schools. (see blog).
Being organic and also suitable for vegans was not my only prerequisite for the products I wanted to make. Ingredients are important to me. In order to make a (water based) cream (as opposed to a balm), emulsifiers need to be used to bind the water with oil. I was horrified to discover that nearly all emulsifiers that are used in the cosmetic industry are made in part with palm oil and even so called 'cruelty free' brands use such emulsifiers. I did not want my products to be part of the palm oil problem and sought palm oil free emulsifiers- of which there are extremely few. As far as I know, we are the only brand that is organic, vegan and also palm oil free.
I hand make the products in small batches to retain quality control and pack them in recyclable glass and PP plastic. We do not use outer boxes as this is unnecessary waste. The products are certified organic by the Soil Association COSMOS (cosmetic) and registered with The Vegan Society.
I believe that healthy, glowing skin is part of how one feels about oneself and the journey to this does not require selling products under the harmful guise of chemical ingredients with unpronounceable names and promises of eternal youth. I continue to develop new products using clean, organic (when available) ingredients and zero chemicals to make excellent skincare products to serve peoples health in a way that does not cause harm to the environment. I hope you enjoy the current products available!
OVER THE PAST YEAR SINCE WE LAUNCHED, WE HAVE PARTNERED WITH THE BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, THE CHINESE VISUAL FESTIVAL, THE SOUTH SOCIAL FILM FESTIVAL AND IN NOV, FIVE FLAVOURS FILM FESTIVAL IN WARSAW TO PROVIDE SAMPLES TO FILM INDUSTRY DELEGATES AND GUESTS. WE ARE CURRENTLY ALSO SUPPLYING MOISTURISERS TO THE MAKE UP TEAM FOR BRITISH FILM, 'CENSOR' WHICH IS CURRENTLY SHOOTING IN LEEDS. THESE ARE AMONG SOME OF THE EVENTS/PROJECTS WE LOVE BEING PART OF.
OUR PRODUCTS ARE CERTIFIED BY THE SOIL ASSOCIATION COSMOS ORGANIC. ALONG WITH BDIH, COSMEBIO, ECOCERT AND ICEA, SOIL ASSOCIATION COSMOS ORGANIC IS AN EU WIDE COSMETIC ORGANIC STANDARD. SA COSMOS REVIEWS THE ENTIRE MANUFACTURING PROCESS INCLUDING THE SOURCING OF INGREDIENTS, FORMULATION PROCEDURES, PREMISES AND PACKAGING. QUEENIE ORGANICS ARE CERTIFIED TO INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS SO YOU CAN REST ASSURED OUR PRODUCTS MEET THE STRICTEST CRITERIA OF ORGANIC STANDARDS.
WE ARE REGISTERED WITH THE VEGAN SOCIETY WHICH MEANS THE DEVELOPMENT AND MANUFACTURING OF OUR PRODUCTS AND INGREDIENTS HAS NOT INVOLVED THE USE OF ANY ANIMAL PRODUCT, BY- PRODUCT OR DERIVATIVE. IT ALSO MEANS THAT THERE HAS BEEN NO TESTING OF ANY SORT ON ANIMALS DURING THE PROCESS OF MANUFACTURING OF THE PRODUCTS OR IT'S INGREDIENTS.
PHOTO: E- SMILE@PIXABAY
PALM OIL DERIVATIVES AND WHY WE DON'T USE THEM
WATER- BASED CREAMS CONTAIN EMULSIFIERS TO BIND OIL AND WATER TOGETHER (WATER IS TYPICALLY THE TOP INGREDIENT IN ANY CREAM)
99% OF EMULSIFIERS SUITABLE FOR COSMETIC USE CONTAINS PALM OIL
PALM OIL CONTRIBUTES TO DEFORESTATION, HABITAT DEGRADATION, CLIMATE CHANGE, ANIMAL CRUELTY/DEATH AND INDIGENOUS RIGHTS ABUSES
WE USE PALM OIL FREE EMULSIFIERS AND PALM OIL FREE GLYCERINE
WE ARE A PALM OIL FREE BRAND
TO BE CRUETLY FREE, WE BELIEVE YOU NEED TO BE PALM OIL FREE
ANY BRAND THAT CLAIMS TO BE CRUELTY FREE IS NOT IF THEY USE PALM OIL DERIVATIVES
A LIST OF THE NAMES FOR PALM OIL INGREDIENTS