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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.
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.
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.
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 third party consumer health, animal cruelty and sustainability organizations.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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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