FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
By switching to organic natural skincare and make-up products, you can protect your entire body’s organism from the harmful chemicals added to conventional cosmetic products.
Is there a difference between ‘Clean’ Beauty, and ‘Green’ Beauty?Yes. Clean beauty is defined by products that are safe for humans. They are made from fewer harmful ingredients known to cause adverse health effects (everything from mild skin irritations to cancer). These offending ingredients include the 'paraben' family, phthalates, SLS/SELS, ethanolamines, and many more. They lurk in almost all beauty products from make-up to shampoo to sun lotion.
Green beauty describes beauty and personal care products made from 100% all-natural ingredients. However, with fewer regulations, it's easy to 'greenwash' products by labelling them "100% all-natural". We recommend you do a little research and read labels carefully. On the other hand, some products might be labelled ‘Certified Organic”. This is a distinction offered to those brands whose ingredients are naturally sourced without chemicals or pesticides and are verified by one of many worldwide regulatory bodies so if it’s ‘certified’ you can trust it really is organic.
What harmful ingredients should I look out for?Parabens: A preservative found in many cosmetics that has been proven to pass through our skin barrier and into our bodies.
Phthalates: Believed to be endocrine disrupters, phthalates can lead to a slew of hormonal health problems.
Mineral oil and other petroleum distillates, like paraffin wax: Mineral oil, paraffin wax and liquid paraffin are petroleum distillation byproducts. There's concern around how they're sourced and possible contamination with PAHs, which are a known carcinogen.
Oxybenzone: Aside from being a possible endocrine disruptor, this common SPF ingredient was just banned in Hawaii because it has been shown to cause harm to coral reefs.
Hydroquinone: This common ingredient in heavy-duty skin-brightening products has a murky verdict from the FDA.
Selenium sulfide: This ingredient has been banned in the EU and Japan because of concerns regarding toxicity and harmfulness for consumers and the environment. The FDA has not found selenium sulfide to be dangerous in small amounts, and it’s legal over the counter in concentrations of 1% or less.
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene): Common preservatives linked to skin irritation and hormone disruption.
Are the products tested on animals?No, never, because at Nourish we believe that animals should never be sacrificed or used for testing beauty products.
Are clean beauty products more expensive?By nature, clean beauty products are made using fewer or no chemical-based ingredients which can make the production and the ingredients more costly. At the same time, some clean beauty products aren’t produced on the same mass scale as other brands. The ingredients used in Clean products are more superior in quality and better for you and the planet, so we believe it’s worth the extra investment for peace of mind that what you’re putting on your body is safe. That being said, at Nourish, we strive to provide genuine clean beauty products at approachable price points, so we hope the ranges we offer are competitive.
Why do clean beauty products sometimes vary in colour, scent, or texture?Believe it or not, variations of colour, scent and texture are a good sign. Most clean products aren’t made with ‘industrialised’ ingredients and shouldn’t contain any harmful chemicals or synthetic additives that provide the uniformity of many beauty products. Therefore, it is totally normal to see variations. Additionally, natural oils and other harvested ingredients come from different farms at different times of the year which can also affect the colour, scent and even the feel of the product. Consider them like fine vintage wines – each one totally unique according to the harvest. Natural and organic products will have their own characteristic scents that might be milder because they contain the essential oils which are used in aromatherapy. Rather than being overpowering or even irritating, the smell of natural products should be relaxing and healing. Conventional cosmetics, unlike organic products, are manufactured with chemicals and are artificially scented in order to mask the otherwise unpleasant smell of the ingredients. Such strong smells can be very irritating especially for those who suffer from asthma, sinusitis, migraines and breathing problems.
How do I know what products and brands are best suited to my skin type?We want every customer who visits Nourish, to find the best skincare products they can for their skin. If you’re still unsure about whether a product is suited to your skin after reading the product descriptions and details we would love to hear from you. Our beauty specialists will be happy to offer recommendations based on information you send them.
Where can I find more information about the brands and their valuesNourish is based on a philosophy of making the finest, handcrafted ethical beauty brands accessible and affordable and we’re happy to do the research for you. We proudly present some of the most exceptional ethical brands exclusively to Hong Kong have shared the information about each of them on our website. However, we understand that today’s savvy shopper likes to conduct their own due diligence and we are happy for all of our customers to do so. We encourage you to visit each brands’ website and read individual product reviews. If there is any more information you think we can provide, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Are the products on your website vegan?No, not all of the products sold by Nourish are vegan, as some brand's products use ingredients like beeswax. However, we do ask our brand partners to assure that their ingredients are ethically sourced so as to not harm the bees. The product page will have a ''Vegan'' icon mentioned, if applicable. All products we offer are clean, mindfully created, and free of toxins.