The new sustainable skincare: Upcycled Ingredients

The new sustainable skincare: Upcycled Ingredients

What are Upcycled Ingredients and why are they important?

The sustainability movement has grown in popularity and necessity over the last few decades and is something we feel very strongly about at Hark & Zander. We put a lot of effort into trying to create as minimal waste as possible, and one of the best ways we do that is through some of our unique upcycled ingredients.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations estimates that 30% of all food made, raised, or grown is wasted. The beauty industry specifically plays a role in the excess of wasted product that still has a lot to give, contributing to global greenhouse gas emissions and excess waste. 

To combat this, companies like Hark & Zander have started using upcycled ingredients which are those that otherwise would not have been used for human consumption and instead discarded. We now have amazing processes in place to turn these ingredients into nutritious additions to our skincare. Thus, having a positive impact on the environment through minimising waste. 

Hark & Zander's Upcycled Ingredients

These ‘waste’ or bi-products are fresh and nourishing for the skin. Here are some examples of the upcycled ingredients we use in our skincare;

Apricot Kernel Oil - Used in our HempLavish Nourishing Body Oil

Extracted from the kernel of apricots, this deeply nourishing oil is easily absorbed into the skin and has a high concentration of vitamin A. Packed with fatty acids, this light oil restores the skin leaving it nourished and moisturised. 

Grapefruit Peel Oil - Used in HempTonic Face Oil, HempLavish Nourishing Body Oil, HempPurify Emulsifying Oil Cleanser, and HempBright Face the Day Crème

A delicious citrus oil that comes from the peel of a grapefruit. This bright oil is packed with vitamin C, a helpful antioxidant to even the skin tone and improve the appearance of sun damage and acne. 

Grape Seed Oil - Used in HempTonic Face Oil, HempLavish Nourishing Body Oil, HempPurify Emulsifying Oil Cleanser, HempBright Face the Day Crème, and HempRestore Good Night Crème

This skin-softening oil comes to us as the bi-product of winemaking. This oil packs a punch as it is non-comedogenic, aids skin elasticity, is calming, and is anti-bacterial, helping fight breakouts. 

These ingredients are crucial in making our skincare as effective as possible while reducing wasted products. Good for your skin and the planet!


If you would like to read more about Hark & Zander's sustainability efforts, please read our blog post on Recycling.