Company Philosophy


I believe that MOTHER NATURE has got it covered and offers us everything we need to be healthy and beautiful.

I believe that you don’t need to spend thousands and thousands of dollars on cosmetics to achieve a lovely healthy glowing skin.

I believe that makeup is there to enhance your beauty not to hide it.

I believe that beauty comes from the inside out.

I believe in BALANCE in all aspects of life - work, family, health and fun.

I believe enjoying life is not about restrictions but in knowing when enough is enough. As a true French person I love my baguette, my cheeses and my wine; I just aim to enjoy them in moderation.

I exercise moderately, eat wholesome food, enjoy spending time with family and friends, and try to have as much fun as possible!

Why Organic

Did you know that women, absorb up to 2.5 kg of chemicals through their skin and spend or waste at least $370 million per year on lotions, creams and serums? Thanks to our daily beauty routine of cleansing, moisturising and makeup, we spend thousands and thousands of dollars trying to look and feel our best, buying into the hype that is sold to us by the beauty industry. After all, who doesn’t want to be forever youthful? Unfortunately however, the chemical-based products that we put on our skin can be very damaging for our health, our overall wellbeing and the environment.

Whilst these numbers are frightening, thankfully there is a wave of consciousness that is slowly taking over consumers when it comes to cosmetics.  For years we’ve been aware of the disastrous exposure to chemicals and toxins that appear in food, building materials and cleaning products. More recently, the focus has shifted to products that we put on our skin – and for good reason! 

 

Zao Organic makeup is more than just ‘natural’. The complete product range is Certified Organic and accredited by numerous European bodies that audit and certify cosmetic products.  It is produced ethically, is refillable and the packaging is created from sustainable farming practices.  You experience the colour and coverage of a professional makeup product without the toxicity to either yourself or nature.

Benefits

Organic products are safe

Organic cosmetics that comply with ecological and organic reference guidelines are rich in natural active ingredients and are gentle to the skin. The safety of many raw materials used in traditional makeup (pesticides, chemical fertilizers, GMOs) is unproven and could be highly detrimental to our health and the environment.

 

Organic products are traceable:

It is often difficult to verify the exact composition of traditional cosmetics or identify the source and percentage of raw materials in their form.  Organic cosmetics are currently verified and certified by independent bodies such as Ecocert and Qualité France in order to guarantee end-to-end traceability of ingredients, manufacturing processes and finished products.

 

Organic products help preserve the environment:

Organic farming preserves biodiversity and the natural balance of the ecosystem. By supporting organic farming through your choices as a consumer you are contributing to the protection and promotion of healthy water, soil and air for generations to come.

 

Organic products offer a diversity of choice

Nature produces a wide range of ingredients. Each ingredient, be it plant or mineral-derived, has unique properties. This natural diversity means it is possible to develop a wide range of effective, natural and healthy cosmetics without resorting to the science laboratory.

 

Certification

When it comes to beauty products there’s organic and then there’s organic…. Unless professional certification and labelling is applied, it is very difficult to be sure that what you are being sold is the real deal.

 

The Zao range of makeup carries the following labels and certifications:

 

Nature & Progres

Nature et Progres is an association of farmers  and  cosmetics manufacturers. To obtain this label, a product must meet a set of demanding specifications: 100 % of the components must be ‘organic’.  In addition, raw materials must be obtained by using simple physical or chemical processes; no petrochemical compounds, synthetic products, perfumes (only essential oils ) or synthetic dyes. Consideration of environmental management in production is a must. A brand is labeled Nature & Progrès if at least 70% of the products under that label comply with the specifications.

 

Ecocert Certification

Ecocert is a pioneering company founded in 1991 on strong ethical values inherited from the agro-organic associative movement of the 1970s. It is a control and certification organisation accredited by COFRAC (French committee for accreditation) in accordance with standard ISO 65 (EN 45011), which requires independence, competence and impartiality, as well as by USDA for NOP certification and by NAPP for JAS certification.  

Organic farming is today seen as a global solution to the environmental crisis in its agricultural, food and non-food aspects.  It respects water resources, soils and biodiversity, sustains yields over the long term, offers products rich in micronutrients and does not release toxic molecules. It is energy saving and produces fewer greenhouse-effect gases.

By building the support of players and consumers alike, Ecocert has become a leading reference in organic certification around the world and certifies over 70% of producers in France.

 

Cosmebio

The Cosmébio charter offers transparency as to the type of ingredients and the manufacturing procedures used to produce organic cosmetic products. In accordance with the charter, the products bearing the ORGANIC or ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY logo contain mainly natural ingredients or ingredients of natural origin. The entire composition of an organic product is carefully controlled and must comply with strict rules:

  • It must contain at least 95% natural ingredients, ingredients of natural origin or stemming from organic farming
  • The reference standard authorises a minimum or even a negligible quantity of synthetic products that are still available in natural form. (These ingredients must meet the requirements of a very restrictive positive list excluding PEG, silicon, petrochemical derivatives, etc.).
    • For vegetable raw materials, at least 95% must be of organic quality
    • Without synthetic fragrances or colourings
    • Total barring of synthetic preservatives, such as parabens or phenoxyethanol
    • No petrochemical products (paraffin, silicon, PEG)
    • No GMO (genetically modified organisms)
    • No ionising treatments
  • Nature must be fully respected (respect of ecosystem balances, no testing on animals)
  • The procedures for obtaining the ingredients must be non-polluting
  • The wrappings and outer packagings must be biodegradable or recyclable

 

The consumer must be provided with full, transparent information on the ingredients used and all the manufacturing stages through to the finished product. The percentage of natural ingredients and the percentage of organic natural ingredients must be clearly indicated on all certified product packagings bearing the organic or environment-friendly logos.

 

Ingredients

Zao uses only the most pure ingredients available and we are happy to provide a full Ingredients Disclosure List if desired.

All of the ingredients used to create this organic makeup range are actually beneficial for your skin and not only beautify but nourish your skin.  

 

You will NOT find any of the ingredients below in our makeup range:

No fragrances or colour components of non-organic or synthetic origin
No petrochemicals or other synthetic substances
No non-organic products of animal origins
No talc
No silicones
No polymers
No parabens
No SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate)
No fatty or wax alcohol and solvents
No Genetically Modified ingredients

There is absolutely NO testing on animals for the production of Zao makeup or its packaging.

Praise

What people Say about The French Organic Company.

"These products are fabulous! I have recently tried the compact foundation, mascara and powder and I LOVE them. The colours are rich and the packaging superb! I can't recommend them - and the French Organic Company - highly enough!"

"I absolutely love my mascara, eyeliner, blusher and bronzer! Organic makeup in beautiful, sustainable packaging. Thank you Vanessa. I look forward to placing my next order"
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