We do beautiful in society and in nature
We know that all ideas can impact society and the planet, so we are restless
Few people know, but we anticipate trends in our portfolio to ensure a more sustainable future!
Each product symbolizes our care for people and the environment.
We follow trends in formulations and packaging, new regulations and even market movements to ensure that the product that reaches our consumers represents the safest and most effective product.
During the safety evaluation of products and ingredients, the GrupoBoticário established a rigorous process for the evaluation of controversial materials, which are materials that are currently accepted by the main regulatory bodies, but that are somehow subject to questioning, without
scientific consensus, both from a marketing, technical and social point of view.
We have a specialized technical group dedicated to the study to evaluate these materials. This group evaluates all materials in three areas:
We repudiate raw materials that have a risk involving labor analogous to slavery, child labor, origin of a conflict zone and disrespecting human and labor integrity.
All of this guarantee is made through a rigorous audit process with our suppliers and contractual commitments during their approval.
We actively monitor over 200 substances within all these premises.
An important aspect is that we also consider the consumer’s perception for our decision on the use of a certain material. We monitor customer opinions through quotes on blogs, networks and social media to support our decisions.
After evaluating a material, it can be classified as banned, blocked in replacement or blocked:
Banned – These are materials that are not part of the Grupo Boticário’s brand portfolio.
Blocked in replacement – These are materials that, through monitoring, points of attention are identified, which the group makes the decision to replace in its portfolio and establish deadlines for this. It is important to note that all materials that are being replaced are regulated by law.
Blocked – These are materials that the Group decides to block their use in new developments, not leading to portfolio expansion.
The Grupo Boticário is concerned with transparency to the consumer and opens below its list of materials banned and being replaced, providing clarity on the reasons and its commitment to deadlines*:
LIST OF BANNED SUBSTANCES:
- 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor
- Boric Acid
- Carmine / CI 75470
- Cyclohexasiloxane (rinse-off products)
- Cyclopentasiloxane (rinse-off products)
- Dimethyl Oxazolidine
- DMDM hydantoin
- Imidazolidinyl urea
- Methyldibromo Glutaronitrile
- Polyaminopropyl Biguanide
- Polyethylene (microspheres) (rinse-off products)
- Polyethylene Terephthalate
- Polylactic Acid
- PVC (packaging)
• BENZOPHENONE-2 AND 4
What is it for? Benzophenones 2 and 4 act as filters, protecting the skin and/or the characteristics of products (such as coloring, for example) against the harmful effects of UV rays.
Why are we replacing? Some recent studies (but which have not been endorsed by the scientific community) have pointed out that benzophenones are harmful to the marine environment and to children.
So, despite the fact that benzophenones are proven to be safe, they have become the target of rumors and today they are of concern to consumers.
Grupo Boticário has never used benzophenones as a skin protection factor. Now, it is replacing use as a product protection factor, even if the concentration in this case is low and does not present a risk.
When will it be replaced? We work to ensure that no product is produced with Benzophenones after 2022.
What is it for? Phthalates are a family of compounds used for various purposes and by various sectors of the industry. Diethyl phthalate on the other hand, is used in low concentrations in the cosmetics industry as a fragrance solubilizer, bitterness and alcohol denaturant.
Why are we replacing? Some types of phthalates are accused of causing damage to human health. However, diethyl phthalate does not have any toxic action when used in low concentrations in the cosmetics industry.
But, as it can be confused by consumers with other types of phthalates and cause concern, we decided to eliminate diethylphthalate from new releases.
When will it be replaced? We work to ensure that no product is produced with Benzophenones after 2022.
• ZINC PYRITHIONE
What is it for? It is widely used in the cosmetics industry due to its action in the treatment of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. It has bactericidal properties and is effective against some microorganisms.
Why are we replacing? Zinc pyrithione was recently considered by the European authorities to be suspicious for presenting risks to human health.
Although this substance does not pose a risk in the low concentrations in which it is used by Grupo Boticário, we decided to eliminate this ingredient from our products.
When will it be replaced? We work to ensure that no product is produced with Zinc Pyrithione after 2021.
• CYCLOPENTASILOXANE D5 AND CYCLOHEXASILOXANE D6
What is it for? Siloxane-type silicones are used to impart sensory and lubricating properties to skin and hair products.
Why are we replacing? D5 silicone was considered by European authorities to be suspected of accumulating in the aquatic environment.
Based on this, some international authorities are restricting the use of this silicone in rinse-off cosmetic products and with a proposal to ban non-rinse-off products.
When will it be replaced? In 2020, Grupo Boticário eliminated silicones D5 and D6 from its rinse products.
Only some non-rinse-off items still have silicones, but we work to ensure that no non-rinse-off product is produced with Cyclopentasiloxane D5 and Cyclohexasiloxano D6 after 2023.
• PFAS (PERFLUOROOCTYL TRIETHOXYSILANE)
What is it for? It is a class of compounds used in a wide variety of applications.
In the cosmetic industry it is generally used as a surfactant and to give water and oil resistance power to formulations.
Why are we replacing? There are different types of compounds belonging to the class of PFAs.
Some types of PFAs are related to environmental impact and potential risk to human health. Perfluorooctyl Triethoxysilane does not present any scientific evidence regarding environmental damage or human health. However, due to class controversy, we decided to eliminate this compound from new releases.
When will it be replaced? We work to ensure that no product is produced with Perfluorooctyl Triethoxysilane after 2023.
What is it for? Homosalate is used in sunscreens and is responsible for absorbing UVB rays.
Why are we replacing? Homosalate is accused of allegedly causing hormonal disturbances when in high concentration. Grupo Boticário uses this ingredient in concentrations that do not pose a risk to health. Although the raw material is considered safe by scientific community, Grupo Boticário is committed to removing this component from its formulations within the next few years.
- RAW MATERIALS OF ANIMAL ORIGIN
What is it for? Raw materials of animal origin are widely used in the cosmetics industry in the form of emulsifiers, fragrances, emollients and sensory modifiers such as beeswax and sodium tallowate.
Why are we replacing? Grupo Boticário does not use raw materials of animal origin that have been obtained with animal sacrifice or suffering, nor does it use animal ingredients, unless that aren’t by-products of another process or from metabolism. Today, all our new products are development without ingredients of animal origin and Grupo Boticário is committed to replace these raw materials in portfolio, contributing to sustainability and respect for animals and life.
When will it be replaced? We work to ensure that no product is produced with raw materials of animal after 2024.
*The deadline for replacement of controversial raw materials is valid for all products produced by the Grupo Boticário, except for recent incorporations (Vult) that are being worked with exclusive deadlines.
• Methylchloroisothiazolinone / methylisothiazolinone
CAUTIOUS AND INSPIRING ENVIRONMENT
In addition to the care and attention to all the raw materials used in the development of Grupo Boticário products, we go further and bring special attention to our fragrances.
A fragrance is a chemical mixture that has a smell or odor and is used to promote perfuming. These mixtures may include natural aromatic raw materials, derived from the use of biotechnology and synthetic materials.
The fragrances used by GB must meet the requirements of the IFRA (International Fragrance Association) and the laws and regulations of the main markets in which the Group operates.
IFRA promotes the safe use of fragrances and has set limits for its creations for decades to ensure that people can enjoy the art of perfumery with confidence and safety.
Based on scientific evidence and consumer perceptions, it acts by prohibiting, limiting or defining criteria for the use of certain ingredients, establishing rules that are recognized by government authorities and companies around the world.
The IFRA Code of Practice and Standards is periodically revisited and its opinions are notified through amendments when there is a need for changes in its directives.
IT STARTS WITH US
We have been passionate about our consumers since 1977. For this reason, when it comes to human safety, Grupo Boticário went further and, in 2017, we created a Guide for the Development of New Fragrances.
The purpose of this Guide is to pass on our positions and commitments to the Fragrance Houses, which are our specialized suppliers in the development and creation of fragrances.
In this document, the premises, technical, regulatory, safety and sustainability requirements related to the development of these raw materials are presented, which must be adopted and proven by the suppliers.
This Guide is applicable to all new fragrances used in products of Grupo Boticário’s brands and is updated periodically, whenever there is a change in the technical or regulatory scenario.
During the creation of new fragrances, suppliers are also not allowed to use some substances that, despite the fact that, for the most part, are regulatively permitted, we at Grupo Boticário chose not to use them in our portfolio. See our list of Banned substances.