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Discover our commitments through the 6 criteria of our label

N°1 Non-Toxic

Whether natural or synthetic (natural derivatives), the ingredients that make up the products offered by Happy Officine are non-toxic. Synthetic ingredients can sometimes be better than their natural alternatives, but we only accept them if they are stable and not derived from petroleum.

We have drawn up a list of ingredients that we consider undesirable in cosmetic products, including those permitted in organic standards.

You can discover our blacklist here

No. 2 Cruelty-free.

None of the products available on our site have been tested on animals.
We favour 100% natural brands, as well as brands producing small volumes.

Read our blog article : What is Cruelty Free?

No. 3 Organic

In our selection we favour brands that use organic and GMO-free ingredients.

Nevertheless, not all our brands are certified organic, for several reasons:

  • Some labels are satisfied with a low concentration of organic ingredients to accept a product. So you can display an organic label with only 5% organic ingredients in the finished product.
  • Some brands produce small volumes and the costs of certification (which are regionalized) are considerable for a small developing brand.
  • Some brands choose to use wild harvested rather than cultured ingredients. And are therefore not listed as organic.

Also, our products are often vegan. But this is not an exclusionary criterion in the choice of our assortments.

N°4 Natural

We favour brands using high concentrations of natural ingredients. The aim is to offer products containing only active ingredients, not superfluous ones. Natural products are also more economical over time, since their concentration allows you to use less than a low-dose product. We do not compromise on efficacy or health risks.

N°5 Eco-friendly

We carry out carbon-neutral operations for the import of our products from abroad. Our brands come mainly from Europe and Switzerland. We prefer products packaged in glass or plastic " green ", made from sugar cane.

We propose on some products the refill of the packaging, soon available in our shop. A loyalty program based on the recovery of packaging will also be set up.

And finally, we encourage brands to evolve their packaging to adopt more environmentally friendly packaging.

No. 6 Ethics

The brands offered by Happy Officine come from small or medium sized companies in development. Independent designers, women, men, couples or families concerned about the fate of their teams and suppliers. We select them carefully, based on many quality criteria, but also according to our heart.

Several of these brands donate a portion of their revenues to associations or ethical initiatives, and work with them hand in hand.

The Black List

Because these ingredients are linked to health and environmental issues, we do not select any products that may contain them.

Our blacklist is the basis of our acceptance standards.

Phenoxyethanol

Some brands called "organic", "clean", "green" or "natural" are not offered on our site? That's normal, they contain phenoxyethanol. Despite the fact that it is the least dangerous synthetic preservative on the market, Happy Officine does not offer any products containing it. It is a controversial ingredient and can be replaced by a natural preservative such as tocopherol or vitamin E. Phenoxyethanol is used in water-based products because it is in water that many bacteria grow, unlike oil. Toxic for the liver and carcinogenic preservative, it has just been banned in products for children under 3 years old.

Surfactants

Sulphates allow shower gels, shampoos and toothpastes to produce foam. Aggressive, irritating and drying to the skin and hair, they remove the necessary natural oils from them, resulting in a faster greasing of the scalp or skin.

Silicones

You find it almost everywhere in your conventional products, but silicones have a surface effect only. Very occlusive, it allows to shape the hair by surrounding it or to mask the pores of the skin. In a shampoo, it visually limits the damage caused by irritating surfactants such as sodium laureth sulfate, a detergent that dries your hair with each use. With each shampoo, silicone builds up in the hair and it quickly becomes greasy. Some silicones can lead to the appearance of pimples or blackheads because they prevent the skin from regulating itself normally. Silicones are not biodegradable and take up to 500 years to disappear.

Phthalates

They are found in perfumes and are often hidden under the name "fragrance". They are used to stabilize a formulation or as a plasticizer. They are endocrine disruptors capable of blocking the effects of testosterone, mimicking estrogen and altering the production of thyroid hormones. Unfortunately, they can still be found in children's toys and many industrial fragrances. When they are present in the plastic that surrounds our food, they can, under the effect of heat, move from one to the other and end up on our plates. Their harmful effects include fertility, fetal and newborn development. In order not to cross them, you should only choose products with a 100% natural scent.

Resorcinol or resorcinol

Used in hair colouring, it can cause severe allergic reactions, irritation and hormonal disturbances. Its molecule is very close to that of diglycidyl ether, a product that is formally prohibited in European cosmetics regulations.

Hydroquinone

Generally, this organic compound, which resembles phenol, is used in so-called "lightening" skin products. It inhibits the synthesis of melanin, causing skin irritation or discolouration. It is a derivative of benzene, a carcinogenic hydrocarbon.

Triclosan

The triclosan has multiple functions. It is used as an antibacterial, antifungal, antiscalant or preservative. It is an endocrine disruptor that acts mainly on thyroid hormones. Its degradation results in toxic compounds (such as dioxin) that are carcinogenic and persistent in the environment. It is found in our aquatic reserves and makes bacteria resistant to antibiotics. It is often found in anti-acne products from the conventional cosmetics industry but also in soap or toothpaste.

Vaseline/Mineral Oils and Petroleum Derivatives

These 3 ingredients are by-products of petroleum whose supply is not environmentally friendly. The main danger concerns their contamination by hydrocarbons during their transformation. Happy Officine selects products that contain natural alternatives to petroleum derivatives but allows certain synthetic ingredients when they are 100% non-toxic and certified non-contaminated.

Formaldehyde

These 3 ingredients are by-products of petroleum whose supply is not environmentally friendly. The main danger concerns their contamination by hydrocarbons during their transformation. Happy Officine selects products that contain natural alternatives to petroleum derivatives but allows certain synthetic ingredients when they are 100% non-toxic and certified non-contaminated.

Aluminiums

Aluminum is an organic compound found in very large quantities in nature. It is a metal that can be found in water, pharmaceuticals and vaccines, but it is not always toxic. Its toxicity depends on its solubility but also on the pH of the water, aluminum is not easily absorbed by the human body however aluminum or and aluminum salts are toxic substances in high doses. Happy Officine does not accept any product containing aluminum powder. On the other hand, alumina or other related compounds such as aluminium hydroxide are accepted in our products because they are insoluble in water.

Perfume/Fragrance

Under the ingredient "fragrance/perfume" are hidden the famous phthalates, well-known endocrine disruptors. To avoid crossing them, you should choose a product containing 100% natural perfume, from essential oils or hydrolats that are entirely listed on the formulation label. This is why Happy Officine accepts perfumes or products containing them but only when their ingredients are listed and are 100% natural.  

Toluene

Toluene is a chemical agent that gives nail polish a smooth appearance and some people enjoy the smell of it, but it is also a toxic solvent for the immune system that can cause birth defects and does not really belong on our nails.

Nanoparticles

Nanoparticles are very small molecules that can be natural or industrially manufactured by grinding or chemical processes. Their very small size makes it possible to modify the appearance of a food (such as sweets) or a cosmetic product very effectively. In eye shadows, eyeliners or face powders, nanoparticles improve the product's hold or texture but also serve as colorants, antibacterial agents or UV filters. The problem with these very small molecules is that because of their size, they become unstable and can be toxic. They can pass through our skin, lungs and even our intestines and end up in our bloodstream. Our bodies can't get rid of them and they end up accumulating in large quantities in the body. Nanoparticles should always be mentioned in the list of ingredients of a product, but this is often not respected. Happy Officine minimizes the use of these nanoparticles in volatile products that could be inhaled (powders or sprays) and prefers sunscreens containing zinc oxide instead, which is less dangerous because it is more stable. In organic cosmetic products, you should not find nanoparticles, or at least in very small quantities.

BHT & BHA

These are two preservatives that are toxic to the liver, kidneys and lungs and are endocrine disruptors. They are irritating and involved in the formation of cancer. They are still found in conventional cosmetics in supermarkets because their cost is derisory. Obviously, they are prohibited in the ingredients of our product selection. Today, there are nearly 800 natural and synthetic alternatives that are safe for our health.

Parabens and other endocrine disruptors

Endocrine disruptors, which are present absolutely everywhere in our everyday products, are (almost) no longer to be found, so much so that their harmful effects have been decried. In spite of numerous scientific studies, many brands continue to use them and it is a cocktail that we then apply daily to our skin. Endocrine disruptors completely destabilise our hormones and these must be particularly stable for our body to function normally, at the risk of developing cancer, fertility disorders, diabetes or neurodegenerative diseases. The most annoying thing is that the harmful effects of EPs are transmitted over several generations. They are very often found in the amniotic fluid of pregnant women and have harmful consequences on the development of the human brain. The WHO recognizes endocrine disruptors as a global health threat. Happy Officine does not accept any products containing endocrine disruptors, such as silicones, parabens, triclosan, phenoxyethanol, BHA, phthalates, alkylphenols, resorcinol, UV chemical filters and all those hidden under the name "perfume". If Happy Officine favours brands with glass or PP packaging, it is also to avoid the endocrine disruptors found in PET.

EDTA

EDTA or ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid is not strictly speaking dangerous to health. However, it is very toxic for our environment and contaminates waterways and ends up in our drinking water. It is a chelating agent, meaning that it has the ability to bind to minerals or metals to become one with them. The problem is that when it traps particles in our bodies, they can no longer get out and accumulate. This can lead to kidney or respiratory problems. The good news is that EDTA can be exchanged for natural alternatives and you won't find any in the products we offer.

Chemical UV filters

Happy Officine does not offer sun or daytime products containing chemical UV filters. These are proven endocrine disruptors that mimic the action of female hormones causing disturbances in the development of the reproductive organs. Chemical UV filters have names such as: Benzophenone, Oxybenzone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate or 4-Methylbenzylidene camphor. We only offer mechanical UV filters such as zinc dioxide or titanium dioxide that physically block the sun's rays. For more information on these, please visit our "nanoparticles" section.