Aubrey Organics Silken Earth Translucent Base Caramel 21 grams
Aubrey Organics Silken Earth Translucent Base Caramel is a feather-light, loose base powder that blends with your own skin tone to even out color, soften imperfections and give your complexion a healthy glow. Formulated with rich, nourishing powdered silk and natural colors made with sustainable and agricultural ingredients, follow with Silken Earth Powder Blush to complete your look. Silken Earth may look like mineral make-up, but it's better. It's made with ingredients like silk powder and tapioca and rice starches - all natural and all sustainable. These feather-light, translucent base powders go on flawlessly for beautiful, breathable coverage and all-day wear.
What does "certified organic" mean?
"Certified organic" means that an independent agency accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has verified that products labeled as "organic" meet strictly defined organic standards, as specified by the National Organic Program (NOP). Both individual products and manufacturing facilities must be certified organic to allow labeling of products as organic or containing organic ingredients. Aubrey was certified as an organic processor in October 1994 by Quality Assurance International of San Diego, California, the first cosmetic manufacturer to be certified organic.
Aubrey is also a member of the Organic Trade Association (OTA). The NOP was scrupulously crafted to have jurisdiction over agricultural products used in foods, and has stringent standards for processed foods. The NOP also has jurisdiction over agricultural ingredients (such as jojoba oil and aloe vera) used in personal care products, assuring consumers that those ingredients are produced without pesticides or herbicides and are processed without chemicals. Aubrey is a founding member of the OTA's Personal Care Task Force, which was formed to review the NOP Standards as they apply to the manufacturing of personal care products. Aubrey advocates strong standards for organic cosmetics - including no petrochemicals, no synthetic colors, fragrances or preservatives, and no water-added ingredients.
What is Aubrey's preservative?
Aubrey has been using this proprietary blend of grapefruit extract and antioxidant vitamins (A, C and E) since the mid-1970s to preserve natural products. The remarkable powers of grapefruit seed extract as an antimicrobial and antifungal were first discovered by Dr. Jakob Harich. Aubrey's formula is a safe, reliable, all-natural preservation system. Their products also stay fresh because they manufacture in small batches of 50 gallons or less and refrain from warehousing.
What is the shelf life of your products?
The shelf life of products varies. Products are sealed to help prevent contamination and leakage. Small batches and quick shipment ensure freshness; however, opened products should be used within a year for best results. Short-term exposure to extreme temperature changes can affect the thickness and texture of products, resulting in possible separation; however the freshness of the product is not compromised. Shaking and/or refrigerating products can restore consistency. Long-term exposure of products to sunlight and/or heat should be avoided because the resulting oxidation may affect freshness.
Why is the three-step skin care method important?
A Three-step method - cleanse, tone, moisturize - is important because nothing is more essential to skin health than a good skin care regimen. These simple steps work together to keep the complexion clear and youthful. A cleanser removes excess oil and impurities and helps keep pores clear; a toner wipes away cellular debris and improves absorption of a moisturizer; and a moisturizer restores softness and elasticity to the skin. Aubrey also recommends the weekly use of a mask, which encourages skin cell turnover, and helps keep pores clear.
What is a proprietary blend?
This is a combination of ingredients - a recipe, if you will - that a company owns and uses under the exclusive legal right of the inventor. It can be protected by a patent or copyright as to name, product, composition, or process of manufacture.
Do your products have expiration dates?
As required by the FDA, Aubrey Organics puts an expiration date on all products containing an SPF. The SPF products are given an expiration date of two years from the date of manufacture. Aubrey Organics recommends that an SPF product be used within 6 months of opening and exposing to light and heat. Personal Care products without an SPF do not need to have an expiration date.
Is Aubrey's packaging recyclable?
Most of Aubrey's packaging is easily recyclable. Their bottles and tubes are made with high-density polyethylene (HDPE), a widely recyclable plastic, and are coded on the bottom. Aubrey aims for minimal packaging whenever possible - using outside packaging (such as boxes) only when extra protection is needed. Their boxes, too, are made from recyclable cardboard. They print catalogs and other material on 100% recycled paper.
From the products they manufacture to the people they touch, Aubrey Organics believes that how a company conducts its business is as important as what it sells. Ethics, values, environment, responsibility and leadership are all at the heart of Aubrey. Aubrey has taken a leadership role in giving back to the earth, its people, and its culture, as we are all connected. That is only fair.
Aubrey Organics' mission is to provide all-natural, safe and effective personal care and lifestyle products to the consumer. Aubrey offers a true and authentic alternative to many of the mass produced synthetic products on the market today. Aubrey crafts only the highest quality all-natural products without compromise as to ingredients, packaging or cost.
Aubrey believes in education and transparency. A customer is best able to make an educated and correct purchasing decision only when armed with true and valued information. Part of Aubrey's core purpose is to provide that information as best as they can.
What Aubrey Does
At Aubrey they're believe great ingredients make great products. This is the simple philosophy at the heart of the pioneering personal care company Aubrey Hampton founded over 40 years ago. Since the very beginning, the high standards Aubrey set for themselves has not changed. Aubrey uses only the finest herbal, plant extracts and natural vitamins in all of their products. You will find no paraben preservatives, no petrochemicals, no artificial colors or fragrances of any kind. Today Aubrey remains committed to making healthy, natural products based on herbal traditions that, in many cases, date back thousands of years. Aubrey believes that everything they know about hair and skin care they learned from nature first.
How Aubrey Does It
All products at Aubrey are creatively designed to work in hamony with nature. This fine balance of performance and nature is truly an art… and a little science.
Next comes the sourcing of ingredients. Aubrey will accept only the highest quality and purest of ingredients from around the world. Each ingredient is tested to ensure it meets Aubrey's high standards for purity and efficacy.
Aubrey then mixes their products the old-fashioned way, by hand (as you might in your kitchen). Every product is handcrafted in small batches of 50 gallons or less for greater quality control. And there is always a watchful set of eyes during the manufacturing phase.
Remember, there is nothing to be found in an Aubrey product that does not come from nature.
Aubrey's commitment to people is profound. Aubrey believes that they are truly citizens of the world and accept the responsibilities that accompany that. Aubrey works with farm communities, suppliers and businesses from around the world. It might be by sponsoring organic agriculture in Honduras, overseeing the development of herbs in Japan, or explaining the importance of organic farming techniques in Ghana.
At the same time Aubrey understands and believes that charity begins at home. Aubrey is greatly tied into their local community. It all starts with their employees. Aubrey believes in fair pay, safe working conditions, and use an ethical approach when handling all issues. All their employees are important, have a voice, and are listened to. The smallest of suggestions could lead to the largest discoveries.
Aubrey supports many charities, whether it is an AIDS hostel in Vancouver, Canada, or a homeless shelter in downtown Tampa. Aubrey does not discriminate. Aubrey is actively engaged in and support the performing arts and encourage participation.
Aubrey believes the best accomplishment of a successful organization is to make the world a little better, cleaner and brighter for tomorrow's people.
Aubrey's commitment to the Earth is not new. They have lived this commitment heart and soul for over 40 years now. It is nothing new to them, and certainly not a trend or a bandwagon we recently jumped on. It is, and has always been Aubrey's way of life.
Aubrey's purpose is to leave the Earth in better shape than it is today. From the all-natural ingredients in their products, to the biodegradable, recyclable and recycled packaging they use, Aubrey is careful to a fault. Profit is never the overriding factor in Aubrey's packaging or ingredient decision-making. Aubrey uses sustainable, plant-based ingredients in all of their products. Aubrey never uses petrochemicals or other non-sustainable ingredients. All their print materials are produced on recycled paper and are 100% recyclable. From start to finish, Aubrey understands the importance of the product life cycle. The final disposition of a product is as important as its inception. All of their formulations are biodegradable.
Aubrey wholeheartedly supports sustainable, natural and/or organic farming techniques. Aubrey always sources certified organic ingredients whenever possible without concern for cost.
Aubrey understands that future generations are counting on them to be stewards of the Earth. Aubrey needs to provide for them a clean, safe and non-toxic world where all can live in health and happiness. One cannot exist without the other! Aubrey will do everything in their power to honor this commitment.
Aubrey is a value-based organization. Aubrey believes that a company can conduct business in an ethical and enlightened manner and be successful, and they are determined to set an example. Aubrey believes that competition and fair play are at the heart of success. Corporate greed has no place in today's business environment. Aubrey lives by these rules everyday and encourages all to follow in the same footsteps.
Aubrey's values are their guide to:
- Fair trade
- Fair play
- Fair treatment of employees
- Fair treatment of partners
- Humanity & nature - it is One World
- And much more…
Natural Products Association Seal
Aubrey was the first natural cosmetic manufacturer to have a complete makeup line certified by the Natural Products Association (NPA). In 2008, the NPA established the first and only national standard for natural personal care products. The NPA certification and official seal are awarded to personal care products that meet their strict definition of natural, and are designed to help consumers identify truly natural products and make an informed decision.
Founded in 1936, the NPA is the largest non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the natural products industry.
QAI - Quality Assurance International
In 1994 Aubrey became the first personal care company to be certified as an organic processor by Quality Assurance International of San Diego, CA. Aubrey's Tampa, Florida, manufacturing plant is regularly inspected and has been certified as a facility where organic ingredients are handled to US Dept. of Agriculture's National Organic Program standards.
Aubrey is committed to using premium natural and organic ingredients-and the list of certified organic herbs and plant extracts you'll find in their products keeps growing. Aubrey believes this is the best way to tell their customers just how natural they really are.
BDIH - Certified Natural Cosmetics
In 2004 Aubrey became the first U.S. company to bear the BDIH Certified Natural Cosmetics seal. BDIH stands for Germany's prestigious Federation of German Industries and Trading Firms for Medicines, Natural Products, Food Supplements and Body Care (Bundesverband Deutscher Industrie und Handelsunternehmen für Arzneimittel, Reformwaren, Nahrungsergänzungsmittel und Körperpflege, or BDIH in German).
Based in Mannheim, Germany, the BDIH Certified Natural Cosmetic seal was created in 1996 to establish strict guidelines for the manufacture of natural cosmetics. Only companies using the finest, plant-based ingredients and ecologically responsible manufacturing practices can be BDIH certified. Aubrey is proud to display the BDIH Certified Natural Cosmetic seal in its European labels.
USDA Organic Certification
A number of Aubrey's products have been certified organic by the USDA National Organic Program, and carry the USDA Organic seal. Aubrey is committed to using as many organic ingredients as possible in our natural products.
Leaping Bunny - Cruelty-Free
All Aubrey products carry the "leaping bunny" logo, the internationally recognized symbol for "cruelty-free" cosmetics. Established by the Coalition for Consumer Information in Cosmetics (CCIC), a group of eight national animal protection organizations, the leaping bunny represents a single, comprehensive standard. Whenever you see this logo, you can be sure neither the product, nor any of its ingredients has been tested on animals.
For more than 40 years, Aubrey has been a vocal opponent of animal testing. Aubrey has never tested on animals, and they never will.