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How a product is made is crucial to how it performs. For that reason, Codex Beauty follows what’s known as current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), which regulates everything from how a product is stored to how it’s transported. We also have rigorous Quality Control systems in place to ensure that everything we create meets the highest standards—and performs exceptionally well for you.

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Manufacturing

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Manufacturing and Quality Management

Two key factors in establishing the safety and quality of a cosmetic product are Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and quality-related systems to ensure every item is made for its intended use.

The degree of control and oversight starts with the product’s ingredients, manufacturing equipment, batch quality test methods, stability testing, and final release. At each step in the process, quality oversight remains central to the processes. For this reason, a Quality Management System (QMS) is put in place to ensure there is a comprehensive structure.

While QMS can vary from company to company, central themes include continuous improvement, defined business practices, management responsibility, and systems to monitor and control practices, along with change management.

Independent but vital to ensure the best product, is a practice known as Quality Risk Management (QRM). This is a systematic process for assessment, control, communication, and review of risks to the quality of the product through its life.

In summary, GMPs, a QMS and a QRM are integral to ensuring a product made is of the highest quality and that it’s safe to use, easily identified, and made at the right concentrations or efficacy.

GMP

Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) are a broad-based set of internationally recognized guidelines used by companies to ensure adequate systems and controls are in place to make a cosmetic or pharmaceutical product. These systems track many things, such as the facilities, equipment, personnel, quality systems, storage, and transport. How a company creates written procedures to ensure they remain compliant to cGMPs is different within every organization. What’s important is there are guidelines and written procedures, policies, and instructions that must be followed to ensure the best quality product is produced for the consumer.

Quality Control

A subset of the cGMPs involves quality control. Quality control (QC) is different from quality assurance (QA). QC is a set of activities for ensuring quality in products; QA focuses on processes. QC-related activities focus on identifying defects in the actual products produced. QC aims to identify (and correct) defects in the finished product. Quality control, therefore, is a reactive process. The goal of QC is to identify defects after a product is developed and before it is released. Quality Control tries to find and eliminate sources of quality problems through tools and equipment so that customer requirements are continually met.

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Consumers have to take charge of their own health these days. Codex Beauty wants to make that process less daunting by being extremely transparent about what goes into our products: We emphasize natural and plant-based compounds, avoid common allergens, use third-party laboratories for testing, and meet strict safety requirements set by the EWG, MadeSafe and Leaping Bunny, among other consumer health organizations.

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Safety

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Labeling

Proper labeling is an important aspect when putting a cosmetic product on the market. It’s important to ensure the labeling is compliant with state and federal laws. The product label, which includes any printed materials about the product, captures information about the product that informs customers. Codex Beauty products comply with Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) and include the following labeling features on its products: product name, country of origin, content, use-by date, function, batch number, ingredients, and precautionary statement(s).

Safety

It is important for the consumer to know which cosmetic products are the best for his or her health based on the latest science. Certifications provide third party independent assessments of different product attributes. Note that a certification does not always replace the assessment by a professional. For example, an EWG certification will not replace a hypoallergenic classification by a professional toxicologist.

Chemicals: The agency screens ingredients against their ingredient database of known harmful chemicals, which is made up of thousands of chemicals found on scientifically authoritative lists from organizations and agencies around the world.


  • Products that are EWG VERIFIED are free from EWG’s chemicals of concern and meet their strictest standards for your health.
  • MadeSafe is America’s first comprehensive human health-focused certification for nontoxic products.
    Their database is constantly evolving and will become a smarter and more informed tool over time.

Animal Testing: Products that have the Leaping Bunny Logo, which is an internationally recognized symbol, guarantee that no new animal tests were used in developing the cosmetic product. In order to achieve approval, a company must comply with strict criteria.

Organic: In order to be considered organic, an ingredient must meet a set of production standards for growing, storage, processing, packaging, and shipping.


  • USDA organic certification is an organic label in the U.S. Organic products must meet strict requirements, which range from production to labeling.
  • COSMOS (COSMetic Organic Standard) is a European standard becoming known around the world. This standard applies to cosmetic products that are marketed as natural or organic.

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Plant remedies and cures have been passed down for centuries to heal the body. Herbal science takes the best parts from ancient herbal medicine and builds on it with modern tools, such as advanced technology that’s able to extract the most potent nutrients from botanicals. The result: truly effective formulas made with certified organic ingredients—that are safe—and have a beneficial effect on skin.

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Herbal Science

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For thousands of years, people have recognized the therapeutic value in plants. Many cultures, in many parts of the world, have discovered natural treatments to prevent and cure diseases, and plants are a vital part of this process. Seemingly simple plants and herbs can yield complex processes that lead to improved health.

Herbal science takes the best parts from traditional herbal medicine, hundreds of years of experience and knowledge, and builds on it with modern tools. Advances in analytical sciences and chemistry, including mass spectroscopy (a technical approach of distinguishing molecules by mass and weight), and other scientific methods have helped to identify and evaluate many plants and herbs—and find those with the greatest therapeutic effects.

There is a large body of scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of plants—and their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, skin-cell-regenerating, circulation-stimulating and moisturizing benefits, to name a few. And more discoveries are made each day. With this growing body of scientific research, artificially made constituents like silicones can be replaced by coconut, castor bean, and sugar cane, as plant derivatives.

Natural vs Organic

Codex Beauty exclusively uses organic ingredients. There is an important difference between a product that calls itself “natural” and “organic.” While this difference may sound subtle, there is profound meaning behind achieving organic certification. Being able to use the term organic means that the product has gone through a rigorous verification process that examines the quality and source of each and every ingredient in the formula.

Formulation

To formulate an exceptional product requires an exceptional team of people. Collectively, we are a team made up of herbal scientists, chemists, and dermatologists who are in the business of helping people – naturally.

We use naturally-occurring ingredients and those with the highest purity available. We strive to maximize the effects and benefits of our formulations. And we remain on the forefront of the newest advancements to ensure you get the best products possible.

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It’s a simple truth: you need the best ingredients to make the best products. We carefully source everything that goes into our COSMOS-certified formulas, relying on wild harvesting techniques, or foraging, to select naturally hardy plants. From there, we only take the parts we need, leaving the rest of the plant intact to preserve its natural life cycle. At every stage, we work with organic growers who avoid pesticides, and support practices to mitigate climate change.

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Organic Sourcing

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Horticulture

Along with knowing what benefits each plant and herb can impart to skin, it’s important to understand the growing practices of plants and herbs.This is where horticulture becomes important. We work with growers and gatherers to ensure we get the best plant-based materials. Moreover, these materials are free of pesticides and herbicides and harvested at the peak of development. We believe in fair trade and fostering long-term relationships with farmers and suppliers. A culture of quality first remains central to our company and products.

Organic Farming

Organic farming is a conscious and deliberate attempt to produce beneficial crops in a natural way. We believe in giving you the best the earth can provide without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or genetically modified products. Our safe and systematic approach emphasizes companion planting, crop rotation, and naturally occurring fertilizers.

Wild Harvesting

Codex Beauty utilizes a method known as wild harvesting to obtain the plants, or parts of the plant, needed for our organic cosmetics. Wild harvesting, or foraging, allows us to select sturdy plants that are naturally part of the environment and provide the most effective extracts. This practice helps maintain a respectful connection with nature and includes being environmentally aware and only taking what is needed.

We remain mindful of how we wild harvest, always taking into consideration the impact on plants and general ecology surrounding the area. We work with experienced foragers to ensure the plants we use are the best quality. We also want to make sure wild areas are respected at all times.

Organic Standards

Codex Beauty is COSMOS certified, which is the global organic and natural cosmetics standard. The guiding principles for COSMOS include:

  • promote the use of products from organic agriculture and respect biodiversity
  • use natural resources responsibly and respect the environment
  • use processing and manufacturing methods that are clean and respectful of human health and the environment
  • integrate and develop the concept of “green chemistry”
  • ensure packaging is minimized and environmentally friendly

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Codex Beauty’s ingredients are plant-based, locally sourced, safe, and effective. We choose organic whenever possible. Our team of scientists and herbalists work with our suppliers to obtain the purest, most potent ingredients and tap into the latest scientific techniques to create the finest results for our customers.

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Ingredients

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Our ingredients are the most important part of our formulas. We use only plant-based, non-synthetic ingredients in our products. We source organic ingredients where they exist. If an ingredient can’t be obtained in an organic format, e.g. clays, salt, or if there is a shortage of it, then we select the highest-grade natural version we can source.

We aim to include as many local and native ingredients as possible. Where we need to source outside the country of origin, our team of formulators work to procure the best quality ingredients from across the world.

Having an herbal scientist on the formulating team and medical herbalists on our Advisory Board means that we choose ingredients that are known to be effective, either through long-term traditional use or through published research. Having a chemist on our formulating team means we understand how to get the best performance from our plant-based emulsifiers, preservatives and stabilisers so that our customer has a safe, stable and effective product.

Natural doesn’t always mean safe. Plant-based ingredients can be potent and even toxic. Essential oils in particular are highly potent materials and must be treated with care. We formulate with concentrations under the safe dermal limits since some essential oils can be sensitising. We also take great care and work with our suppliers to ensure that we use optimal plant species and avoid any risk of contamination of materials. Finally, we utilize specific extraction methods for each ingredient, understanding that certain constituents can only be extracted using targeted techniques.

At Codex Beauty, we form close relationships with our suppliers in order to get the best quality materials to work with—so we can then pass these precious ingredients along to our consumer.


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+- Adzuki Bean


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Phaseolus Angularis


Finely-ground adzuki beans gently buff away dull, dry skin with saponins, a natural foaming compound that cleanses pores, removes dead skin and excess oil as well as improves both skin tone and radiance.


+- Aloe Vera


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Aloe Vera Barbadensis


Native to Central South America, aloe vera provides a protective layer to help skin retain moisture and is rich in antioxidants and minerals to calm, balance and tighten skin.


+- Amyris


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Amyris balsamifera


Produced from a steam distillation of the bark, amyris essential oil has a high content of sesquiterpenols, which help reduce signs of aging, reduce skin tone dullness, minimize fine lines and wrinkles, and add elasticity to the skin.


+- Arnica


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Arnica Montana


Macerated arnica oil is known for its superior toning, redness reducing, and de-puffing benefits as it works to naturally calm the skinto owing to its higher flavonoid and phenolic acid content.


+- Baobab Seed Oil


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Adansonia digitata


Baobab seed oil nourishes and replenishes skin, treating damaged areas with deep hydration, and yet, without clogging pores or leading to congestion.


+- Barley


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Hordeum vulgare


Rich in skin-brightening azelaic acid, Barley also helps gently exfoliate and control oil that is produced by the skin.


+- Black Currant


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Ribes nigrum


Blackcurrant seed oil works preventatively to balance the skin and help avoid\nminor skin issues by calming discomfort, reducing redness, eliminating excess oil and cleansing dirt or other impurities.


+- Bladderwrack


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Fucus vesiculosus


Bladderwrack seaweed, harvested from the coast of Ireland, is a potent source of B- complex vitamins, calcium, iodine, iron, magnesium and potassium, among other nutrients, that firm, revitalize and restore the skin.


+- Bog Myrtle


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Myrica gale


Bog myrtle is effective at cleansing dirt, oils and impurities while improve skin tone and glow.


+- Borage


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Borago Officinalis


Borage oil, extracted from the seeds of the plant, delivers high levels of the fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a soothing emollient that restores moisture and smoothness to dry, damaged skin.


+- Calendula Macerated Oil


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Calendula officinalis


Extracted from marigold flowers as a macerated oil or water infusion, calendula oil possesses skin softening, regenerating and calming properties.


+- Calendula Water Infusion


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Calendula officinalis


Extracted from marigold flowers as a macerated oil or water infusion, calendula oil possesses skin softening, regenerating and calming properties.


+- Carotene


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Beta carotene, a natural colorant, also provides potent antioxidant protection, which helps reduce the effects of environmental stressors that can damage skin.


Finely-ground adzuki beans gently buff away dull, dry skin with saponins, a natural foaming compound that cleanses pores, removes dead skin and excess oil as well as improves both skin tone and radiance.


+- Castor Oil


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Ricinus communis


Castor seed oil help to clear pores for a fresh glow, clean impurities for a brighter appearance and restore uneven skin tone.


+- Chamomile Hydrosol


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Antemis nobilis


Chamomile hydrosol is a powerful calming substance. It reduces discomfort, minimizes redness and promotes and even skin tone.


+- Chia Seed Oil


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Salvia Hispanica


Cold-pressed and rich in omega 3 and phytosterols, chia seed oil helps moisturize and condition skin by restoring the surface barrier of your complexion.


+- Clary Sage


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Salvia sclarea


Clary sage, a natural cleanser, may help regulate oil production to tone the skin and minimize the appearance of large pores; its crisp, green scent might also relax the body.


+- Comfrey


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Symphytum officinale


Comfrey’s incredible healing power come from a constituent contained in the leaf and root called allantoin, which soothes and protects skin.


+- Cucumber


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Cucumis sativus


Cucumber gourds are a natural source of magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, and caffeic acid—all important nutrients to boost hydration, counteract dark spots and reduce puffiness.


+- Elderflower


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Sambucus Nigra


A mildly natural cleanser, elderflower extract is believed to refine the complexion, producing a natural tightening effect, reducing the appearance of pores, and making the skin look and feel smoother and fresh.


+- Fucus Serratus


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Fucus serratus


Fucus vesiculosus is a water-binding seaweed with a high mineral content to defend against environmental damage and toxins, while promoting a firmer and more toned appearance.


+- Glycerine


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Glycerin


A key molecule in skin physiology, glycerin penetrates deeply into the stratum corneum, helping to reduce the evaporation rate of moisture on the surface. It’s extremely effective at plumping the skin, lessening the appearance of wrinkles and treating dryness.


+- Grapefruit Essential Oil


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Citrus Paradisi


With its powerful cleansing properties, grapefruit essential oil helps keep pores clear by removing surface build up and promotes healthy-looking skin.


+- Green Mandarin


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Citrus Nobilis


Green mandarin essential oil effectively cleans dirt, oils and other impurities, thereby delivering a toning and sebum-balancing effect.


+- Heartsease


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Viola tricolor


Captured in a water infusion from the flowering plant, heartsease is known to soothe, moisturize and improve osmotic function.


+- Hyaluronic Acid


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Sodium Hyaluronate


Hyaluronic acid is produced naturally in the body (but decreases with age and other factors) and is uniquely capable of holding many times its weight in water, producing a remarkable hydrating and plumping effect.


+- Immortelle Essential Oil


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Helichrysum italicum


In both macerated oil and essential oil form, immortelle (also known as helichrysum arenarium) contains concentrated levels of antioxidant flavonoids to protect from environmental stressors.


+- Immortelle Macerated Oil


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Helichrysum italicum


In both macerated oil and essential oil form, immortelle (also known as helichrysum arenarium) contains concentrated levels of antioxidant flavonoids to protect from environmental stressors.


+- Jojoba Grains


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Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil


Jojoba gains remove dead skin cells but are gentle enough not to harm the skin, helping to decongest pores and prime your skin to better absorb other ingredients applied next.


+- Kiwi Seed Oil


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Actinidia Chinensis


Kiwi seed oil is a potent emollient, delivering a significant amount of vitamin C to brighten, tone and lightly refine the surface of skin.


+- Mallow


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Althea officinalis


Mallow is an herbaceous plant that products a protective, moisturizing gel that functions as a gentle remedy for treating rough, dry skin.


+- Melissa


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Melissa officinalis


Melissa, or lemon balm, is a green herb that with many uses in natural herbal skincare, including cleansing, calming, protecting, soothing, and tightening of the skin.


+- Milk Thistle Seed Oil


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Silbum Marianum


Milk thistle seed oil, with its protective base of linoleic acid and flavonoids, works to repair the skin’s barrier function, helping to keep out dirt and impurities while preserving skin health.


+- Myrtle


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Myrtus communis


Associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love, myrtle was prized by the ancient Greeks for its restoring qualities; the dark green leaves produce a naturally skin-toning oil, similar to eucalyptus.


+- Oats


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Avena sativa


For those with sensitive skin who can’t tolerate exfoliators, oats—with their natural texture—function as an ideal alternative that also imparts emollients, proteins and lipids to moisturize and calm the skin.


+- Oat Lipid Oil


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Avena sativa


Oat lipid oil, derived from the kernel, contains beta glucans (sugars found in the cell walls of plants like oat, among other sources) and tocopherols to support the skin’s natural barrier.


+- Orange Essential Oil


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Citrus Aurantium Dulcis


Vitamin-C-infused orange essential oil helps to reduce dark spots and absorb sebum, giving skin an overall radiant finish.


+- Red Lentils


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Lens culinaris


When pulverized into a fine powder, red lentils can effectively loosen and slough dead skin cells, smoothing the surface for a refined, even-toned appearance.


+- Roman Chamomile


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Anthemis nobilis


Roman chamomile, obtained from the steam distillation of the dried flower heads of the plant, soothes irritated skin and bring it to a clear and healthy state.


+- Rose


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Rosa damascena


Roses have been used for centuries in beauty care; the rosa damascene species is especially potent with antioxidants and nourishing compounds to help plump skin, soften lines, and reduce redness for an even-toned appearance.


+- Rosehip Seed Oil


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Rosa Canina


With its mix of antioxidants, retinoic acid and omega 3 and 6, cold-pressed rosehip seed oil is excellent at nourishing, softening, and improving skin elasticity.


+- Rosemary Antioxidant


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Helianthus annuus Seed Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis Leaf Extract


Extracted with CO2 methods to preserve the potency of the nutrient, antioxidant- infused rosemary cares for your skin with natural defenses and helps protect it from environmental stressors.


+- Safflower


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Carthamus tinctorius


Safflower seed oil, source from Australia, contains vitamins and fatty acids that leave skin soft and radiant, balance your complexion and maintain skin resiliency.


+- Sea Buckthorn


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Hippophae rhamnoides


Sea Buckthorn is often known as a superfood because of its restoring and calming properties, making it helpful for damaged, dry skin, and overall improving skin health.


+- Shea Butter


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Butyrospermum Parkii


Responsibly sourced from Ghana, shea butter has a high concentration of fatty acids and vitamins, making it an extremely effective emollient, known to soften, condition and calm the skin.


+- Strawberry


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Fragaria Vesca & Maltodextrin


Acidic in nature and rich in vitamin C, strawberries are ideal for minimizing excess sebum, as well as revitalizing the complexion for a healthy glow.


+- Sweet Almond


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Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis


Rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, sweet almond oil heals chapped and irritated skin while also protecting against environmental stresses, to keep skin smooth and soft and minimize fine lines.


+- Vitamin E


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Tocopherol


Vitamin E, sourced from cereal germ, in a plant-friendly process that ensures a gluten- free result, is well known for its exceptional moisturizing capabilities and antioxidant benefits to preserve and protect skin.


+- Xanthan Gum


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Xanthan Gum


Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide, a sugar-based polymer composed of glucose, mannose and glucuronic acid; it’s produced from a pure-culture fermentation process to create a natural gel that seals moisture into the skin.



At Codex Beauty, we are committed to environmental and social stewardship. From using plant-based green polyethylene tubes to minimizing our carbon footprint to supporting a culture of fair labor, we promote a respect for the earth and society—and only work with partners who embrace a similar philosophy.

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Sustainability

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Codex Beauty is committed to taking care of our planet and impacting it in the least possible way. Sustainability is a part of our Codex Beauty Code, and we only partner with companies who operate by the same philosophy.


Packaging:

  • Codex uses green polyethylene (PE) tubes, which are plant-based and much better at reducing the carbon footprint compared to traditional polyethylene materials made from fossil fuels. In fact, since our tubes are made from sugarcane ethanol, they help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Codex uses high quality glass containers that are completely sustainable and recyclable. We recognize that glass is not as carbon efficient as green PE and we are in the process of searching for a better replacement.
  • Codex uses paper from sustainably managed forests for our cartons. These are made from renewable fiber and are certified by the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

Transportation

  • We have carefully engineered packaging designs that maximize the density of our products to be shipped in an efficient manner. These types of careful considerations support our current and future efforts to maintain a very low carbon footprint.

Social Standards

  • Core to our business practices and tenets is the adherence of fair labor, cultural diversity and adherence to being respectful to everybody who helps make our products. We think and act with a unified and equal global mindset.

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Codex Beauty honors the ancient Irish herbal traditions of the past—which date back to the 8th century—and applies modern science to unlock even more benefits from plant ingredients. This knowledge is the basis of the Bia collection.

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Irish Herbal Medicine

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Irish Herbal Medicine

Irish herbal medicine dates back to the 8th century. Legal records, as well as Irish legends, mention herbs used to treat the population, long before the medical profession in Ireland was established in the 10th century. Irish families established medical schools where practitioners translated and transcribed medical texts into Irish to train other practitioners. Some of these texts are still hidden away on a library shelf in Ireland, having never been edited or translated. In the 17th century, with the collapse of the old Gaelic order, many physicians left Ireland but those that remained passed down their cures to other doctors.


Where do Bia & Codex come into this?

Codex Beauty takes traditional herbal medicine and applies scientific knowledge. We learn from the past to discover new applications for today and the future. The herb comfrey, for example, is mentioned in the O’Cuinn Manuscript from 1415 as a remedy to help heal broken bones. Today, with the help of modern-day science, we know it’s the allantoin in comfrey that softens keratin allowing the skin to be better hydrated, softer and smoother. The Irish tradition holds numerous possibilities and, at Codex Beauty, we celebrate the incredible ingredients used in the Bia collection now—and the future.

After years of research, Codex has developed an industry breakthrough: A new, proprietary, patent-pending preservative system that is entirely free of synthetic chemicals—and is entirely plant-based. This unique blend of botanicals works to support skin health while also preserving the safety and efficacy of our formulas.

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Plant-Based Preservative System

At Codex, our goal is to create clean, highly effective formulas that enhance skin health. We never compromise safety for efficacy.

All beauty products that contain water must incorporate preservatives to eliminate any existing microorganisms that may have been introduced during the manufacturing process and neutralize any future microorganisms after the package is opened. Unfortunately, synthetic preservatives—such as parabens and phenoxyethanol—are considered standard in many conventional beauty formulas. But studies have raised awareness around their potential risks, and it’s time to demand alternatives.

At Codex, we leveraged the expertise of scientific leaders to develop a synergistic blend of specific plant-based preservatives that not only protects our formulas but is actully good for skin. Many of these ingredients work to improve moisture levels and skin’s barrier function, for example. This proprietary, patent-pending preservative system is unique to Codex and is a true breakthrough for skin safety and health.


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Skin is a vital organ in the body. It’s the main line of defense—a physical shield—to the outside world and helps regulate everything from moisture retention to vitamin D production. While an overall lifestyle—grounded in a balanced diet, exercise and mindfulness—creates a strong foundation, an effective daily skincare routine is also vital for keeping skin looking and feeling its best.

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Skin

01. The Function of Skin

Skin is the body’s largest organ and a champion at multi-tasking. Its primary function is to shield inner organs from numerous external factors to which skin is exposed on a daily basis: for example, ultraviolet rays, fluctuating humidity and temperatures, pollutants present in the environment, physical injury (such as cuts and scrapes), chemicals found in products, and infection-causing microorganisms. Aside from its protective capability, skin also supports other vital functions. Since the human body is composed of 60% water, the skin works to prevent water loss in order to keep the body hydrated. Skin transforms sunlight into vitamin D as well, an essential vitamin critical to metabolic processes. This outer layer also helps to regulate internal temperature through the production and release of sweat, which allows evaporative cooling, and insulating against heat loss.

02.Establishing a Skincare Routine

While skin is naturally resilient, it’s important to be mindful of ways to keep it functioning properly. As is the case with every other organ in the body, the foundation starts with establishing and maintaining a lifestyle that includes the optimum balance of nutrition, physical activity, rest, and stress management. A healthy lifestyle, coupled with an effective skin care routine will substantially increase the likelihood of having healthy looking, feeling and functioning skin.

A skincare regimen doesn’t need to be overly complicated, and in fact, using too many products can lead to irritation and do more harm than good. Instead, most routines can revolve around a few simple pillars: cleansing, moisturizing and protecting against external oxidative stressors—such as UV rays and environmental pollutants— as well as internal oxidative stressors related to the natural aging process—such as loss of moisture and collagen.

03. Essential Steps for a Skincare Routine

Cleansing removes dead skin cells, excess oil, makeup, dirt and pollutants present on the surface of the skin. But if not done properly, it can also strip natural oils and moisture needed to maintain the microbiome (the colony of healthy bacteria and microbes present on the surface that keeps skin balanced). With that in mind, cleansing should be gentle and avoid harsh ingredients.

Moisturizing seals in hydration and replenishes any oil and nutrients removed by the cleansing step. It also offsets the natural loss of water as it evaporates from the skin’s surface. Moisturizers can be tailored to your skin type and, when used regularly, can help control redness and irritation that can stem from dry skin and keep the complexion looking and feeling supple for the long term.

Protecting skin from the sun is perhaps the single most important daily step: Using products with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 is essential to prevent the risk of cancers and minimize the development of hyperpigmentation, inflammation and the loss of collagen among other factors. Antioxidants—which help neutralize harmful free-radicals from the environment that contribute to the aging and weakening of skin—also play a crucial role in one’s skincare routine.

04. Making Informed Skincare Choices

Once you have a clear sense of the products and ingredients your skin needs, you can build a routine personalized to your complexion and concerns. There are myriad options on the market, and you’ll likely want to try a few different ones to find your best match (go slow and it’s always a good idea to do a patch test before using anything new to avoid irritation). Keep in mind: no matter how well made a product is, one size just does not fit all, since everyone’s skin is unique.

To streamline your efforts, minimize the risk for reactions and optimize skin health, you can look for certain criteria. For example, it can be helpful to look for products that are made without known toxic ingredients, ethically sourced, certified organic and created using good manufacturing processes (GMP). Similarly, you might want to consider products that have undergone rigorous allergy and irritant testing and have been shown to be effective based on human clinical (“in-vivo”) testing. At Codex Beauty, we believe in transparency around these issues, and have a specific “Codex Code” that we follow, which incorporates all of the above principles and more. This ensures everything we make is safe and effective
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