If you’ve been following Reina Organics for a while, you’d know by now I have special feelings for Axiology (I wrote this ode to their lipsticks about 2 years ago) so when they sent a letter announcing they were in the midst of rebranding, I was excited to see what was in the making.
One of the big changes they announced was “3x more pigment”, as well as “enhanced, richer color” and I was ecstatic.
I counted the days till my samples arrived like a child counts the days till Christmas.
Then the day came I finally had the new Axiology colors in my hands.
It was play time.
I spent a good hour in front of the mirror gushing over the shades, at least the ones that are “my” colors.
And that was that. I was happy with what I saw.
Then a few weeks later the new and reformulated Axiology colors were available for ordering and I realized I hadn’t checked how the new formula differs from the old one. Comparing the ingredients I noticed the words “May contain […] Synthetic Fluorphlogopite” in the new formula.
I felt confused and probably a little disappointed.
I know that using a few synthetic ingredients in some shades is a common practice in the natural makeup world. Many beloved, leading green makeup brands do that in order to achieve vibrant shades without using carmine (example 1, example 2, example 3).
I know that veganism is in the core of Axiology and they would never use carmine. I also know that clients have complained that their colors are too “earthy”.
While I understood what I assumed the reasoning behind addition of the Synthetic Fluorphlogopite to the formula of some Axiology shades was, and I am personally fine with that choice, I wish that Axiology had communicated that change.
A few weeks later Ericka, founder of Axiology, contacted me and I asked her about the change. I came clean and shared my feelings and concerns which were what had been holding me back from stocking the new Axiology shades.
After confirming the reasons behind their choice, the pigment was indeed used in order to help Axiology achieve richer red hues, and reassuring me of the safety of the new ingredient, I decided to go ahead and order the new and reformulated Axiology colors.
Since I also believe that ingredients hold a central position in the green beauty world, I've decided to mention in the description of each shade if it contains Synthetic Fluorphlogopite. Then each client can make an informed decision.
Probably I am just being too sensitive here because of the ever growing number of green washing in natural beauty and companies taking advantage of consumers. There’s also a chance I’m making a mountain out of a molehill but I felt it was important for the Reina Organics clients to know about this formulation change.
Enjoy the new and reformulated Axiology colors. More are on the way.
founder of Reina Organics
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