Inspired by a respect for nature found in both Zen and Tao philosophies,our sustainable brand was founded in 2008 with a commitment to world-class products, sustainability, a minimal carbon footprint, and formulations of 100% natural ingredients derived from organic farming.
At Zao Essence of Nature, we believe you should be able to feel authentically beautiful and empowered without compromising your health, the animals, and the planet. We developed ZAO under Three fundamental values:
LOVE FOR NATURE
There is no better desginer than nature.
RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
The earth is what we all have in common
CARE FOR YOUR HEALTH
Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn't mean you can, should or need to do it alone
Offering the best of Mother EarthZao Essence of Nature cosmetics reflect healthy living and a luxurious extension of your natural beauty.
Influenced by Eastern philosophies and their way of thinking, especially Buddhism. Buddhism has many expressions and a number of branches.
Among them, two are the most well-known and are based on nature observation: ZEN and TAO.
ZAO is a contraction of ZEN & TAO as an invitation to meditation, peace of mind, and the search for harmony and authenticity following nature's example. Check our Unique 100% NATURAL INGREDIENTS
ETHICALLY & SUSTAINABLY MADE
Since 2011, Zao has been developing a gorgeous range of 100% natural* and vegan makeup certified as organic by Ecocert, with key ingredients being bamboo and micronised silver powder.
By using refillable bamboo packaging, the brand adopts an eco-responsible and sustainable approach committed
to preserving the environment and constantly strives to develop eco-design and waste reduction solutions.
Day in, day out, the brand promotes strong, inclusive social values. This led to the creation of Fabrik’Etik a company that employs people with disabilities. We engage this company to print our labels, produce our packaging and label our products.
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What is SLOW COSMETIQUE?
A movement striving for responsible natural skincare
A cosmetic being organic isn’t enough to change the world, the company offering it must be committed or innovating in the right direction!
Today, Slow Cosmétique is a consumer movement carrying out actions in various countries to raise public awareness and take the right steps for more natural and pure beauty.
Slow Cosmétique is an eco-friendly and ethical approach based on a widespread will to promote a natural, healthy, and simple way of using cosmetics.
Indeed, some cosmetics are not worth it, the independent slow cosmetic award provides a new quality guarantee for eco-friendly & simple cosmetics made with high consciousness about sustainability from the raw ingredients to the final consumers.
"We are a Movement striving for responsible natural skincare. The current ecological and psychological impact of cosmetics weighs heavy on the planet, for our finances and our state of mind. Faced with this observation, some people say that alternative cosmetics are possible. "
We want ECOLOGICAL cosmetics
Cosmetics must be formulated and used with respect for the environment.
The least processed natural and organic ingredients should be favoured in formulas, excluding any synthetic chemical ingredients, petrochemicals, animal abuse leading to death, as well as any ingredients potentially polluting the environment.
Cosmetics must strive to minimize its environmental impact in all spheres of its design and use. Short cycles and exchanges at the local level must be favoured.
We want HEALTHY cosmetics
Slow Cosmétique is formulated and practiced with respect for human, vegetal, and animal health. It is formulated with respect for nature and its life cycle without causing short or long-term harm. It ensures to not disrupt the body’s physiological functions.
In any doubt over the sanitary impact or action of a product, Slow Cosmétique follows the precautionary principle and satisfies itself with the available alternatives. Slow Cosmétique bars all animal testing, as well as any animal abuse by suffering or death.
We want SMART cosmetics
Slow Cosmétique meets the skin’s real needs in a suitable and sound manner. It acknowledges the skin's basic dermatological needs, namely cleansing, hydration, and protection, and meets them with sound products or rituals.
o this end, it uses ingredients from available resources that bring something positive to the skin. It avoids wherever possible the inert, inactive, or unnecessarily processed ingredients, as well as any ingredient capable of maintaining or improving the health of the skin to the detriment of the health of the rest of the body or the mind.
It encourages us to consume less but better while leading us into direct contact with nature without looking to recreate the latter in an artificial way.
We want FAIR cosmetics
Slow Cosmétique does not make false promises, impossible to keep with regards to the nature of a product or a cosmetic ritual. It forbids itself from greenwashing, manipulation, and any form of airbrushing or concealment intended to deceive its contacts.
It is sold and bought at a fair price, which reflects the genuine quality of its formulation or service. The price is the result of an honest calculation, in direct connection to the development of the product or service upholding Slow Cosmétique values. It promotes ancient and traditional know-how while respecting ethics. In its development, it ensures the improvement of the standard of living for all actors in the production chain. It trusts the ingredients from nature or human talent, without seeking to claim exclusivity (biopiracy).
Decidedly positive and notanxiety-provoking, it recognizes the need for pleasure felt by humankind as a quality and encourages it to cultivate it in a simple way. It encourages the adoption of natural alternatives, beneficial for the body and beauty as well as the mind.