What makes the best product?

Knowing each detail and aspect when selecting our ingredients is critical.

We can only achieve the best outcome when taking every single element into account, through a thorough review and selection of the most outstanding quality every step of the way.

Our ingredients is:

◦ Always fresh when prepared for our final product.

◦ Sourced directly from the makers.

◦ Never diluted and made of 100% bio-active plant ingredients, preferably raw.

It does not stop there; our ingredients is also:

◦ analyzed for its antioxidant content and fatty acid composition to guarantee effectiveness

◦ analyzed for external contaminants, such as pesticides, heavy metals, mycotoxins and other compounds occurring in our environment

◦ sourced solely from organic farming or wild-harvested in a remote, pristine region

◦ sourced in compliance with social and environmental rules using voluntary labor

◦ sourced solely from a country that complies with the Nagoya protocol

◦ manufactured WITHOUT the use of nano-technology

◦ completely vegan and never tested on animals either on its own or in the final product

◦ free from CMR compounds of category 1A, 1B, 2 banned for use in cosmetic products within the EU

◦ free from any materials listed in the Californian Safe Program Proposition 65

◦ grown without the use of sewer sludge

◦ synthetics-free

◦ additive-free

◦ preservatives-free

◦ GMO-free

◦ free from fillers of any kind

◦ alcohol-free (except for traces of naturally occurring alcohol from fruits)

◦ unrefined (raw)

◦ water-less

Packaging

It would make little sense to go to the effort to keep our ingredients ultimately clean and non-toxic just to package them in a container that can contaminate it.

Thus plastic packaging was out of the question, also due to the fact we did not want to dump our packaging after one circle of recycling and pollute the ocean and land more than it is contaminated.

Glass then had to be selected carefully as a lot of glass was imported from China and had no certification or analysis. Thus, it could be high in heavy metals and other contaminants that represent significantly dangerous compounds.

Biophotonic glass

Thus, we finally settled for patented biophotonic glass manufactured in the Netherlands, which undergoes extensive tests, including heavy metal testing, similarly to our ingredients and does not leach harmful compounds to its contents.

Moreover, biophotonic glass offered the highest properties for the preservation of our bioactive ingredients. While transparent, amber, and green glass is, to a certain extent, subject to the destructive influences of light, our biophotonic glass filters out harmful rays, prolonging the shelf life and efficiency of the product inside. It acts as a barrier, preserving the energy of the bioactive ingredient stored within.

Used even for our small-sized products to ensure maximum quality, our biophotonic glass is safe, made in Europe following ISO and the EU directives, and representing environmentally-friendly packaging.

ΒΙΟ, meaning "life" in Greek, and ΦΩΣ, meaning light is a glass that protects and prolongs the lifetime of the bioactive ingredient by filtering sun rays, including infrared, UVA and visible light.

We collect our primary packaging back for reuse and upcycling (contact us for more information: info@phaedra-botanicals.eu).

Other materials

Although kept to the minimum, our packaging contains a small plastic part at the top of the glass pipette to seal the container.

Polyolefin used in this section complies in its composition and purity to the requirements of Commission Regulation (EU) No. 10/2011 of 14 January 2011, including its amendments (EU) No. 1282/2011, No. 1183/2012, No. 202/2014, No. 2015/174, No. 2016/1416, No.2017/752, No.2018/79, No.2018/213, and No. 2018/831.

Moreover, its composition meets the FDA regulation requirements 21 CFR 177.1520 "Olefin Polymers" as well as European Pharmacopoeia 9th Edition of the Groundwork 2017, including its various supplements.

Colorants

The colorants used for coloring polymers parts in our packaging are not in direct contact with the oil and consist of mixtures of different pigments and carrier materials, all corresponding with the EU Resolution AP (89) 1. All additives comply with the Regulation (EC) 10/2011, including the amendments (EC) 321/2011, 1282/2011, 1183/2012, 202/2014, 865/2014, 2015/174, 2016/1416, and 20417/752.

HARMLESSNESS

All our materials used for packaging comply with the European and American regulations for materials in contact with foodstuffs and with the European Pharmacopoeia, thus ensuring non-toxicity and preventing contamination of our bio-active ingredient.

FUNCTIONALITY

Given the high quality of our ingredients, we select only packaging that prevents any spills. As such, a high-quality glass pipette allows you to distribute small amounts of our precious oils for application.

Moreover, because all our products undergo microbiological analysis and assessment, we give preference to packaging when one can not contaminate the contents in any way, thus using pipettes and pumps whenever possible.

DESIGN

In one word: minimalism. We use a single-color for the branding of our products while avoiding unnecessary packaging. Each packaging has the potential to end up as waste; thus, less is always better.

ZERO WASTE

We believe each company should be liable for their waste and offer solutions for preventing the formation of waste generated by their products.

Our high-quality-packaging investment goes hand in hand with its potential to be reused again and again if handled properly. Recycling should be the very last option.

Even with our primary packaging being collected back, we still had an issue with our product boxes that could not be reused again. Thus we substituted them with starch-based bags compostable in an industrial environment where they cause no toxicity.