Consumers continue to be concerned about potential side-effects of artificial substances sometimes used in skincare products, such as parabens, petrochemicals and toxins. Euromonitor predicts that consumers are increasingly seek out a ‘greener approach’ looking for products that do not harm their skin, and are kinder to the environment.
A recent Mintel report revealed that up to 50 per cent of US and European consumers are looking for natural and sustainable ingredients, such as organic or natural essential oils or fruit extracts, which they are happy to pay extra for.
One brand that uses only natural ingredients, free from artificial substances, is Aesop. Launched in December in 2012, Aesop has gained such a following that it grows 30 to 40 per cent every year, in 2016 it earned $178 million in revenue. Sixty-five per cent of its sales come from its own stores, 25 per cent from cafes, restaurants and hotels, 6 per cent from department stores, and 4 per cent from its website, according to an April article in the Financial Review.
The Gramercy Park Hotel, based in London, recently changed their skincare products to feature more natural and environmentally friendly products in their hotel rooms and wash rooms. In a recent article on Racked, Danielle Choi, Gramercy Park Hotel’s director of sales and marketing, said “At Gramercy Park Hotel we are using brands like Aesop because they are natural, free from artificial ingredients and show our commitment to using products that are kinder to the environment to our customers.”
To cater for consumers who are concerned about artificial substances in skincare, our exclusive brand of hand care products and dispensing systems called PRISTINE, has released a range of luxurious soaps with spa-inspired formulations. The new soaps have been made to meet the concerns of consumers by adhering to the EU Ecolabel and GOJO SUSTAINABLE HYGIENE™ to create natural and environmentally friendly products. Natural ingredients such as cucumber and botanicals are also used to fragrance the soaps giving them a fresh scent.
PRISTINE spa-inspired soap refills
The PRISTINE range of luxurious soap refills includes a Freshberry Foam Hand Soap, which is ideal for washrooms and a Luxury Hair, Body and Hand Foam Wash, which is ideal for the hotel and leisure industry, both products are EU Ecolabel certified.
For back of house, in the catering industry the Mild Antimicrobial Foam Hand Wash is recommended because it is scent free and has a broad spectrum of germ killing power.
This spa-inspired foam hand wash offers luxurious lather and a pleasant botanical fragrance. It’s enriched with moisturisers, natural extracts and skin conditioners.
Luxury Hair, Body and Hand Foam Wash (Available for manual dispensing systems) – EU Ecolabel certified and GOJO SUSTAINABLE HYGIENE™
This spa-quality hair, body and hand foam wash offers a refreshing cucumber fragrance and is enriched with moisturisers, natural extracts, and skin and hair conditioners.
Mild Antimicrobial Foam Handwash (Available for manual and touch-free dispensing systems)
This smooth foaming foam hand wash has broad spectrum germ killing power and moisturising properties. Conforms to EN 1499, Bactericidal EN 1276, EN 1040 and EN 13727, yeasticidal: EN 1275, EN 1650+A1 and EN 13624 and virucidal: EN 14476. R
The new and updated Freshberry Foam Hand Soap and Luxury Hair, Body and Hand Foam Wash both now carry the EU EcolabelThe EU Ecolabel means that the products are identified as having a reduced environmental impact throughout their life cycle, from the extraction of raw material through to production, use and disposal.
Also, part of GOJO SUSTAINABLE HYGIENE™, PRISTINE soap refills meet industry standards for ready biodegradability and GOJO standards for sustainable formulations based on the increased use of naturally renewable, plant-based ingredients.
PRISTINE dispensing systems
PRISTINE dispensers are available as both a manual or a touch-free system. The manual dispensing systems are available in white and the touch-free dispensing systems are available in white and chrome. For the manual dispensers you can choose between a small footprint size which provides 700ml (778 shots) or a high capacity dispenser which provides 1250ml (1389 shots). For the touch-free dispensers the small footprint size stays the same at 700 ml (778 shots) however the high capacity dispenser provides 1200ml (1333 shots).
The PRISTINE dispensing systems offer exceptional reliability, easy maintenance and have an attractive, modern design that looks great in any location. The large inspection window allows you to see when the refill needs replacing and a patented dual membrane in the pump ensures drip-free dispensing. In addition to this, the soft controlled-collapse refills automatically collapse whilst emptying, reducing waste by approximately 40 per cent and are made from 100 per cent recyclable EVA-plastic.
PURELL Advanced Hygienic Hand Rub
When customers or catering operators don’t have access to a washroom or kitchen, or running water, we recommend using PURELL Advanced Hygienic Hand Rub. It kills 99.9 per cent of most germs that may be harmful, without the need of a water source. In a recent article with popular culture news website Buzzfeed, health expert Kelly Reynolds says that although handwashing is more effective, hand sanitisers are a great option to keep your hands clean and free from bacteria if you can’t wash your hands in the moment or don’t have access to clean water.
For more information on the new PRISTINE spa-inspired formulations and PURELL Advanced Hygienic Hand Rub – please contact your local Bunzl Catering Supplies branch.