FAQ / Frequently asked questions

Ingredients

Is the ingredient “Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate” comparable with the flavour enhancer “Glutamate”?

Both substances are originally gained from Glutamic acid. You can find this acid in almost all proteins in our food and is used by the human body for protein synthesis.

The official name of the flavour enhancer is Mono-Sodium Glutamate (abbreviation Glutamate) and is the Mono Sodium Salt of the Glutamic acid. In most cases it is gained from wheat protein or rests from the sugar beet production. Sodium Glutamate is mainly used for industrial production of preserved soups, meat, fish, and vegetables as well as for aroma. Sensitive people who eat Sodium Glutamate in bigger quantities can suffer from the so-called Chinese Restaurant Syndrome. Effects are pounding of heart, headache, nausea or numbness in the neck. Also allergic reactions are possible. The name of the syndrome results from the fact that cheap soybean sauces in most Chinese restaurants contain lots of Glutamate.

The ingredient we use for our products is named Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate and is absolutely not comparable with Mono Sodium Glutamate. It is gained from sugar as follows: A mixture of Mono and Di-Sodium Salt of the Glutamic acid is gained by fermentation of sugar. These salts got esterified with coconut oil. The result is a very mild surfactant which has nothing to do with the taste intensifier. We use Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate due to its excellent foaming properties in cleansing, shower and washing gels as well as in tooth pastes.

Is alcohol in cosmetic products harmful?

The determining factor is the pureness of the raw material alcohol. Alcohol is a natural ingredient. Relevant for its quality is the following production process. Natural 100% alcohol is often denatured due to lower costs. Denaturing agents are mostly from synthetic source and make the alcohol undrinkable. The denatured alcohol is a cheap raw material for cosmetic production because the companies avoid the expensive drinking alcohol tax.

This so-called cosmetic alcohol can cause allergic reactions to the skin due to the synthetic denaturing agents. laverana uses for the production of the Neutral and Baby & Kinder Neutral products pure natural alcohol which had not been denatured. For all other ranges we use pure alcohol which had been denatured with natural (non synthetic) essential oils.

Why do we use alcohol in lavera products?

laverana uses in all product ranges only two types of alcohol:

  1. 100 % pure natural alcohol, e.g. in Face Toner, not denatured, drinkable.
  2. Alcohol which had been denatured with natural essential oils, e.g. in deodorants.

Alcohol is an important ingredient due to its antibacterial qualities. The alcoholic component of the deodorant spray has a deodorising effect.

In our products for baby and child care we use a very small amount of alcohol, too. The natural alcohol in these products comes from the natural plant extract and has an percentage of approximately 0,1 % in the whole product. Though you can imagine that this small quantity of alcohol is not dangerous for your child. Particularly when you take into consideration that the alcohol evaporates in the moment of application.

Does alcohol dry up the skin?

The determining factor is hereby the percentage of alcohol in cosmetic products. Dermatologists recommend 10 – 20 % depending on the skin type. The recommended amount for deodorants is even much higher. lavera formulations base on these recommendations. A high dehydration, skin damage or irritation is though not expected.

What are fatty alcohols?

The fatty alcohol is a component of natural fats and oils. An example: lauric acid is gained by distillation from coconut fat. Under pressure hydrogen is attached to the fatty acid. The end product from fatty acid and hydrogen is the fatty alcohol: a waxy, compact substance. Tough it contains to the chemical group of alcohols it cannot be compared to pure alcohol in its characteristics. laverana uses in its emulsions different vegetable based fatty alcohols (produced in accordance to the BDIH guidelines) fatty alcohols as natural emulsifiers and consistency agents.

Natural make up

How do the mascaras differ from each other?

All of the mascaras contain soothing organic licorice root extract and precious organic oils and waxes, such as beeswax, sea-buckthorn oil and sunflower oil, which nourish the lashes and add shine. Camelina oil is a new ingredient, which, thanks to the high volatility of many of its constituents, dries very quickly on the lashes. Organic blossom essences have also been developed especially for the colour cosmetics range.

Made using a special oil mixture and blossom extracts from mallow, lime blossom and roses, they are also enriched with vitamin E and C. The different mascara formulas are designed to work well with the brush they are supplied with. For example, the Intense Volumizing Mascara contains very fine silk threads.

The accompanying innovative brush has special nylon bristles that ensure these threads adhere to the lashes for ultimate volume and a beautifully sweeping look. In short, all of our mascaras contain completely new ingredients for better hold, care and shine. The new formulas dry faster and are designed to work well with the different brushes.

Sun care

What is the difference between mineral-based sun protection and synthetic sun protection?

lavera sun products:

Natural sun filters such as titan dioxide

Synthetic sun protection & chemical sun filters:

Chemical & synthetic factors such as oxybenzone, octylmetoxyl-zinnamaten, phenylbezimidazolen

What is the difference in working time?

lavera sun products:

No re-applications are required, except when physical influences occur such as e.g. drying off with a towel. A mineral-based sun protection should in these cases also be re-applied.

Synthetic sun protection & chemical sun filters:

The sun filter requires approximately 30 minutes to develop its effectiveness. The molecules then absorb the sun-rays. If the molecules are saturated, they disintegrate. Therefore, a re-application is absolutely necessary!! Effective protection immediately after application. How long can one remain in the sun with a particular sun protection factor (SPF)? Own protection time x SPF = risk-free stay in the sun per day in minutes. Not longer! No re-applications are required, except when physical influences occur such as e.g. drying off with a towel. A mineral-based sun protection should in these cases also be re-applied. Effective protection immediately after application.How long can one remain in the sun with a particular sun protection factor (SPF)? Own protection time x SPF = risk-free stay in the sun per day in minutes. Not longer!

What is the difference regarding uv rays?

lavera sun products:

The lavera Sun protection is based on the mineral filters titan dioxide. The products reflect the sun rays in the relation UVA:UVB (1:3) according to the EU guideline.

Synthetic sun protection & chemical sun filters:

UV A - and B - Rays are absorbed and the rays are transformed into warm energy. The skin is double-fold burdened with heat. Protection from C - Rays is only possible through use of an additional agent.

How can I get an even tan when using a self tanner?

For an even tan carry out a body peeling once a week to smooth the skin surface and remove dead skin cells. When used once or twice a week in this way, the Sun sensitiv Self Tanning Lotion will leave you with a perfect, natural tan.

Will my skin get an unnatural tan when a self tanning product is used?

The tan you get when applying lavera Sun sensitiv Self Tanning Lotion can not be compared to that produced by conventional self tanners – and this is intentionally so. Its natural self tanning agents react to amino acids and thus enhance your natural complexion.

How can I avoid getting marks on my elbows and knees?

The skin on your elbows and knees is particularly dense and therefore contains more amino acids which react with the natural self tanning agents. When applying the self tanning lotion make sure that you do not apply too much to your elbows, knees, ankles and feet.

A little tip: when applying the lotion to the arms and legs, it is recommended that you smooth out the product lightly over the critical areas with a cosmetic tissue. Leave out your hairline and the eyebrows as well as your hands and fingernails which also contain amino acids which will react with the agents.

Important: wash your hands thoroughly after each application using lukewarm water and soap.

How long does it take for the tan to develop?

The tan normally develops after 4-5 hours. But depending on the skin type it can take up to 24 hours.

How long will the tan stay on?

The tan will stay on for approx. 3-7 days. Our skin constantly regenerates, i.e. it fades as it loses skin cells due to the permanent skin renewal process. To keep your beautiful and even tan you should apply the self tanning lotion once or twice a week.

Will the self tanning lotion discolour my clothes?

You should not put on your clothes until the self tanning lotion has been completely absorbed.

If I use a self tanning lotion, does that mean I do not need sun screen anymore?

Self tanners do not provide sun protection, as only the uppermost part of the skin is tanned. To protect itself against the sun, the body produces melanin in deeper skin layers.

Do I also need a moisturizer in addition to the self tanning lotion?

You can use the Sun sensitiv Self Tanning Lotion instead of a normal body lotion. Skin soothing organic aloe vera extracts, vegetable glycerine, organic jojoba oil and organic rose flower and organic lavender flower hydrolates will moisturize the skin. Organic soy and organic sunflower oil provide intensive care and skin protection. Green tea extracts together with vitamin C counteract free radicals. N.B. Do not use the self tanning lotion together with other lotions otherwise the natural tanning effect will be reduced.

General questions

What are the criteria of NATRUE?
  • natural and organic ingredients 
  • soft manufacturing processe 
  • environmentally friendly practices 
  • no synthetic fragrances and colours 
  • no petroleum derived  no silicone oils and derivatives 
  • no genetically modified ingredients 
  • no irradiation of end product and botanical 
  • products may not be tested on animals

More information: www.natrue.org

Who or what is NATRUE?
  • International association for NOC (Natural and Organic cosmetics)
  • Founded in 2007 by the leading German NOC companies
  • Launched one the strictest standard for NOC worldwide 
  • Non-profit association

More information: www.natrue.org

How does lavera think about animal testing?

As a manufacturer of certified natural cosmetics, lavera Naturkosmetik has always been against animal testing since the company and the brand were established in the year 1987. At that time, animal welfare in the manufacturing of cosmetic products was hardly established at all. Since March 2013, however, a ban on animal testing for cosmetic products has gone into effect in the EU.

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