Our policy on purchasing raw materials is based on a holistic perspective, which considers the products we source and stock in relation to nature and to people. Aromantic constantly monitors the market to search, demand and consequently supply more organic, natural raw, ethically sourced materials such as essential oils, vegetables oils, fats and waxes, herbs, and other raw materials. We have had organic certification for our organic products since May 2009 and in March 2017 we successfully achieved organic certification with the Soil Association.
Most importantly, we wish, through the information contained in our website and in our publications to describe exactly what our products contain and how they should be used, so that you yourself will be able to make informed choices about raw materials based on our standards, other people's and your own. We don't, however, simply supply raw materials to you; our aim is to empower you with knowledge, information and training.
Raw materials of the best quality are then selected in line with the company's overall ethos and according to the following criteria:
Our aim is to sell raw materials which are as environmentally friendly and as natural as possible.
We only sell raw materials which are synthetically produced where the natural equivalent would be derived from animals (e.g. vitamin A); which cannot (as it is now) be naturally produced (e.g. preservatives); or where the natural raw material is very expensive and the cost cannot be justified by the extent of its use (e.g. allantoin).
To the extent that they can be obtained, and are of interest to our customers, it is our aim to sell as many raw materials that are fairly traded or are bought from community projects and co-operatives as possible, which gives producers a better deal and enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
We give priority to raw materials that have been fairly traded or ethically sourced from traditional communities, modern community projects or co-operatives. This demand encourages and rewards growers to use organic and co-operative/community principles in their production, to be more ecologically aware and to ask for a fair deal when selling their produce. This in turn affects the cosmetics market and so consumers' awareness and demand for such products. It is a positive cycle of change that respects nature and people and improves the ability of future generations to sustain themselves.
We prefer to use raw materials made from plant sources and choose not to stock slaughterhouse by products such as gelatine, collagen, animal-based emulsifiers, and soap ingredients. These are by far the most commonly used materials in the cosmetic industry and we want no part of that. The only animal by product we stock is beeswax and no bees were harmed in the harvesting of this natural product.
We do not support the testing of raw materials or finished products on animals for any purpose and we welcome the European wide ban on the testing of cosmetic products and cosmetic ingredients on animals. Unfortunately, many ingredients have been tested on animals in the past and this historical information will appear on the safety data sheets.
Aromantic do not sell Vaseline® or paraffin-based products/mineral oils.
We monitor all of our raw materials through the use of batch numbers, which enable us to trace them internally within the business from the point of delivery, through storage, documentation, product information and analysis and externally through to our customers and retailers. This is important to ensure the correct information is given and in the following up of any customer queries.
It should be possible to classify and identify all raw materials according to their botanical (Latin) name, plant family, part(s) used, country of origin, method of cultivation, method of extraction and any other processes.
Soil Association Certification:
The Soil Association is the UK’s largest organic certification body and have been in operation since 1946. Their certification number (GB-ORG-05), and recognisable symbol, on organic products, tells consumers that strict standards have been met in order to achieve Soil Association certification.
What Aromantic's organic status means to you:
You can be confident that the organic raw materials you purchase from Aromantic are indeed organic. It is unfortunate that many raw materials used in the cosmetic and beauty industry are marketed as organic when in fact they are not. More and more consumers are demanding health and beauty products which are free from harmful chemicals and that have not been genetically modified and Aromantic fully supports this. Aromantic is committed to purchasing organic raw materials wherever possible.
Under EU rules you can call your products organic if the product contains organic ingredients. This does not mean that your products are "certified" as organic because to achieve organic certification your company has to go through the certification process. This process involves all areas of supply from delivery of raw materials through storage, production methods, packing, filling, administration and distribution. It is not just about the ingredients.
If your company decides to go through the process of certification, then the main advantage of Aromantic being certified organic is that you can be absolutely sure that you are getting truly organic products, and you will have Aromantic's organic certificate and trading schedule to prove that the ingredients you are using are really organic.
Aromantic's current Soil Association Certificate of Compliance is available for downloading here (PDF).
You can also download our latest Trading Schedule here (PDF).
To view Aromantic's GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) Declaration click here.