Bright Defense Face Serum, 50ml by Snowberry

Brand: Snowberry

Attributes: No Animal Testing, Non-Toxic, Carbon Neutral

Description: Snowberry Bright Defense Face Serum is suitable for all skin types. It has anti-glycation agents and anti-free radical formulation which helps to reduce the causes of discolouration. The skin is thus healthier and smoother.

Ingredients: Enzyme Couple Ascorbic Acid, Kombuchka, Glycerine, Vitazyme A, Vitazyme C, AA2G, Multifruit Acis, Satiaxane CX91, Vinanza Gold, Grapefruit Phytochemical Extract (GFX), and Chromabright.

Snowberry provides a range of premium, anti-aging skin care created in New Zealand, and was founded by cosmetician, Soraya Hendesi, because she wanted for herself and her family, skin care that she could trust.

Snowberry’s products are distributed by Pure Tincture Boutique. You can buy from their online store or visit their boutique.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 4 stars based on 10 points in the following 5 criteria (updated on 20 Apr 2012):

Business Sustainability

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

The company is committed to caring for the environment and continually examine all their processes to ensure they are selecting recyclable materials, ingredients that are sustainably harvested, manufacturing practices that meet the highest environmental standards, and growing their own bio active ingredients in their own plantation in New Zealand.

4. Has the company taken steps to implement green practices in the office or reduce the environmental impacts from its offices?

The company continually assess every aspect of its operations, including the minimising of waste, energy efficiency policies, and recycling practices of their own manufacturing and that of their packaging partners.

Energy and Climate Change

7. Does the product or service have an energy or carbon-related third party certification or label?

Snowberry is the first New Zealand beauty company to be certified under the carboNZero programme for each of its products.

carboNZero is an internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification programme. This means Snowberry has to measure, manage and offset its carbon emissions and be ‘carbon-neutral’.

9. Does the company measure its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

Snowberry has to measure, manage and offset its carbon emissions and be ‘carbon-neutral’, under the carboNZero certification.

10. Has the company set an energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas reduction target?

Snowberry has to measure, manage and offset its carbon emissions and be ‘carbon-neutral’, under the carboNZero certification.

11. Has the company taken steps towards reducing its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

Snowberry has to measure, manage and offset its carbon emissions and be ‘carbon-neutral’, under the carboNZero certification. Snowberry also has energy efficiency policies for their  manufacturing.

Materials and Waste

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

One of Snowberry’s philosophy is to look into minimising waste and recycling practices of their manufacturing and that of their packaging partners.

Chemicals and Health

23. Does the product or service use natural ingredients or use no harmful chemicals?

Snowberry products are created mostly from the wilderness and rainforest substances. These natural ingredients include White Peat, Neem, Lingon and Cloud Berry Oils.

Snowberry uses almost entirely, natural herbal oils and herbal extracts sourced from around the world.

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

Snowberry products do not contain Lauryl Sulphates, Petrochemicals, Propylene or Butylene Glycols, Volatile Alcohol, Artificial Colours, Silicones, Diethanolamine (DEA), and Monoethanolamine (MEA).

Social and Ethical

28. Is the company against animal testing on its product or service?

Snowberry does not test on animals.

“I read the pamphlet that came with the sample and was suitably impressed with their ethos of combining natural ingredients with “scientific advances in skin nutrition… (such as) anti-aging bio actives”, yet without any artificial stuff like silicones and lauryl sulphates. The serum smells somewhat herbal… I vacillate between calling it ‘burnt caramel’ or ‘coffee’, but it is not unpleasant. I took a ‘before’ and ‘after’ picture, and after two weeks of nightly use, my skin’s texture was softer and finer. The little bumps and humps on my forehead have also smoothened out somewhat, with only a short duration of use.”

- Joelle Chen

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