Product Development

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Ingredients we select

We develop skincare products based on two fundamental axes; our primary and applied research findings, and our values, our ongoing commitment: to project the benefits of Greek herbs; to develop skin and environmentally friendly formulations with a natural content varying between    80-99,80%; to avoid the use of chemical substances like mineral oils, silicones, parabens and propylene glycol amongst others.

These substances are replaced with natural ingredients. The natural active ingredients that we use derive from four ingredient groups:

MEDICINAL HERBS:
Ingredients inherited from our pharmacy days / Calendula, Echinacea, Hypericum, Evening Primrose

GREEK FLORA:
Plants that have evolved adaptations to grow in Greece’s unique environment / Thyme, Sage, Bay Laurel, Olive, Mastiha

FOOD INGREDIENTS:
Beneficial ingredients with advanced skincare properties including Yoghurt, Thyme Honey

NATURAL ACTIVES:
Actives such as natural antioxidant Quercetin, with proven efficacy as per the findings of international  research programmes including the primary research carried by the Korres Research & Development Lab.
 

A close look at some of the ingredients we avoid

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MINERAL OIL / PETROLATUM / PARAFIN WAX
Synthetic oils originating from chemically processed petroleum. When used in cosmetics, they tend to block the pores and inhibit skin functions.

SILICONES
A wide family of synthetic compounds, used in cosmetics for their smooth texture. In addition to carrying the disadvantages of synthetic oils, silicones are not environment friendly as they are non-biodegradable.

PARABENS
A group of compounds used as preservatives, which has become increasingly controversial. Overexposure to a specific paraben ‘family’ [butyl, methyl, ethyl] mainly through the Food, Pharmacy and Cosmetics industries, has been accused of irritant and/or toxic action.

PROPYLENE GLYCOL
The most commonly used solvent for plant extracts. Of synthetic origin, it has been linked repeatedly to various allergies.

ETHANOLAMINES
A family of synthetic compounds used to adjust a product’s pH or viscocity. Ethanolamines have been linked to a number of allergies and various  skin irritations.

PEGs
Synthetic compounds mainly used as solvents and stabilizers while they can also be part of foaming and cleansing systems. Several PEGs have been linked to skin irritations. At KORRES, we try to avoid PEGs whenever possible when we formulate new products.

Formula facts

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Sincere and transparent communication with those selecting our products, is of extreme significance to us. The practice of ‘greenwashing’ has been extensively and growingly employed in cosmetics. Many brands make all-natural claims despite only using an extremely low percentage of natural ingredients and/or stress that they avoid specific substances when instead they are using several others that can be even more harmful.

The level of misunderstanding and the overload of information surrounding natural ingredient based cosmetics, combined with difficult to understand ingredient lists as those featured on standard packaging, make it even harder for consumers to choose the right product for them. Bearing this in mind, we use the Formula Facts table on our packaging to fully describe the percentage of natural content as well as the formula synthesis, in a way that everybody can comprehend.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Innovation

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Research projects

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