25.4.13

Korres - Ingredient Review


On occasion I like to be a little controversial and air some opinions about brands and the ingredients they use. Of course not everyone will agree with me but there are some brands that get my blood boiling - Lush, Yves Rocher,  Sanex and Corine de FarmeI get cross because I class them as "green washing" which basically means they are promoting themselves as natural but in fact they use a ton of synthetic ingredients in their products. Who is next on the naughty step? - Korres

The bloggersphere loves Korres so I know my viewpoint is probably going to get me a few unfollows. What winds me up about these products? Well, yes they have an impressive free from list but the product ingredients are still as long as my arm, with not many natural ones and a lot of unpronounceable ones. 



Even with the Free From list proudly displayed on bottles, they also highlight they are using SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate), PEG and Fragrance. I find it a little puzzling why they leave in these synthetic ingredients. Also I'm unsure how you can declare fragrance as "Allergen Free" (see the Milk Proteins 3 in 1 Cleansing Emulsion). If anyone can shed any light on this claim then I would be interested to hear an explanation.

Free From labelling aside it's interesting to dig a little deeper into the full ingredient listings. I can't go through every product but I randomly selected a couple from the website.


Jasmine Shower Gel 

not only does it contain SLES but also Imidazolidinyl Urea - "antimicrobial preservative that acts as a formaldehyde releaser in cosmetics and personal care products." (source www.ewg.org)
Another ingredient which catches my attention is Cocamidopropyl betaine - "a synthetic surfactant; it has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis, reactions that could be due to the ingredient itself or to impurities present in it, such as 3-dimethylaminopropylamine." 

Wild Rose 24 hour Moisturiser
contains Butylphenyl Methylpropional - "synthetic fragrance, a skin irritant, its use is restricted in both leave-on and wash-off products because of its powerful sensitisation potential." (source theecologist.org)

Quercetin & Oak Night Cream
contains Silica Dimethyl Silylate, although the EWG database has no data it is described as "a silica-based synthetic derivative"


Lip Butters 
A firm favourite with bloggers but the first ingredient is Polybutene “a polymer used as a plasticizer and viscosity agent.” (source www.ewg.org)
Polyethylene is a common plastic
Propylene Carbonate is derived from propylene glycol.

My guess is there are many more ingredients in their products that I don't recognise. The use of phenoxyethanol and Japanese Honeysuckle are debatable, they are common in products without Parabens. From a food allergy prospective I noticed many products contain wheat and gluten, a couple have lactose and whey proteins.

Whether you avoid these ingredients and products is entirely your own decision. Just don't let companies like this one, pull the wool over your eyes. They are NOT at one with Mother Nature. Obviously everyone is different when it comes to sensitive skin but I would be cautious with Korres, there are a number of ingredients which have the potential to be a skin irritant.


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source for ingredients - www.korres.com 

16 comments:

  1. Funny you should say this because I bought a natural beauty box from a company and bust open my Korres Guava Showergel. As soon as I started using it I thought 'this lathers well for natural' checked the bottle and the third ingredient was sls which stumped me. I have a post due about a shampoo brand who whack organic in the name when in fact the rubbish in it has caused long term issues with my scalp. I was naive and trusted said brand...bad idea which im paying for now.
    Fab post, thank you for sharing x

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    1. I would be interested to see which brand you are referring to so look forward to your post. I'm glad you have enjoyed my post & I was more than happy to shed some light on this company :)

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  2. Booked marked that site thanks! I went to order the little Korres set from WIMH a while ago but noticed the shower gel had SLS in! Glad I realised before buying otherwise I would have been annoyed x

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    1. You really have to becareful these days, so many brands are doing this and you have to study the small print

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  3. I will not unfollow you...I brought the wild rose facial scrub a while back and after one use it made my skin have a serious reaction, I too thought it was nature friendly...apparently not. But I gave it to a friend who doesn’t have sensitive skin and she really likes it...

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    1. I'm sorry to hear you had a reaction. Of course everyone is different with ingredients but what I aim to do here is highlight that I wouldn't class this as a natural brand :)

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  4. A very informative post! I've purchased 2 products from Korres, and I decided on my second purchase that it would end there. It's the lip butter(disliked it) and the wild rose brightening mask. I actually liked the brightening mask, but it contained too many synthetic ingredients, as well as ingredients I prefer to avoid.
    I'm glad you mention this so more people are aware of what many brands are doing. :)

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    1. I almost was going to buy a shower gel but wanted to research them a bit more. I'm glad you decided not to buy more I think there are better brands out there for you to try :)

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  5. Thanks for writing this post - have forwarded it to a friend who is currently doing an essay on brands and green washing so I hope it helps her! :) I do love Korres, but like Lush, I wish they would be a lot greener like they claim x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. I'm not even convinced its green to start with lol. Hope it helps your friend, sounds like an interesting essay ;)

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  6. Funnily enough I looked at the Korres lip butters as I'd read about them on another beauty blog, but like you I was stumped to see that there were a tonne of ingredients on the back that I didn't recognise, and those that looked familiar looked like the things I'd been reading dodgy things about.

    Evelyn - absolutely - there are SO many brands that call themselves green, simple, organic, but when you look at the ingredients you get the real story.

    If this does lose you some followers - you gained one in me.

    x

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    1. Thanks for sticking with me ;) I wish more people would understand what is in their products and would take time to care about what they put on their skin

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  7. Naughty Korres. I was shocked when i read the ingredient listsof some of the products. I'm not a person who uses everything natural but don't say a product is natural when it is not. *cough lush* ;)

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    1. What you said here is true doesn't matter whether you have an interest in natural ingredients the fact is this so called "natural" brand uses very few ingredients you would find in the world around us.

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  8. Great post Sarah. I love Korres but was a bit shocked to see the shower gels have SLS x

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    1. Glad you found this interesting, can I just point out that SLS is not in the product it is SLES, they are both irritants but their chemical compounds do vary :)

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