How we source our ingredients
All Laponie of Scandinavia products are developed in our own lab in Espoo, Finland. Having an in-house lab allows for us to manage and control the entire R&D process from the very beginning, including the sourcing and testing of raw materials. We strive to find out exactly where each ingredient comes from – what kind of plant it is derived from, and where that plant is grown.
We try to source our raw materials as locally as possible. A great example of local sourcing is Fazer’s oat oil, in which the oat is grown and the oil extracted in Finland, and also just a short shipping distance from our Finnish factory. The oat oil is used in our Face Oil, All-Around Balm and Face Cream.
SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENT
Next to origin we focus on ethical and sustainable sourcing, going for renewable resources. We avoid silicones and petrochemicals for environmental reasons, as petrochemicals are non-renewable and silicones do not biodegrade.
We do use the much debated palm oil but have opted for a RSPO (Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil) certified oil whenever possible. The RSPO has developed a set of environmental and social criteria which companies must comply with in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). When they are properly applied, these criteria can help to minimize the negative impact of palm oil cultivation on the environment and communities in palm oil-producing regions. It is also good to bear in mind that even regular palm oil delivers the highest crop yield of all vegetable oils, meaning it requires a smaller amount of land to grow on, using less water and less resources. Read more at rspo.org. For example, the emulsifier we use in our Face Cream, polyglyceryl-6 distearate, is derived from RSPO certified palm oil.
Argan oil is a versatile, high quality base oil with an balanced fatty acid composition. We use it our Face Oil and All-Around Balm, and the oil we use is sourced from Morocco, via European distributors. Our aim is to find a Fair Trade certified co-op to work directly with.
Our lab is run by our head of R&D, cosmetic chemist Jaana Ailus, who has a degree in cosmetic science from London College of Fashion as well as solid and wide formulation expertise.