Q1. What’s the difference between natural and regular cosmetics?
A. The Pharmaceutical Affairs Law, which sets standards for
cosmetics, does not provide a definition for the terms,
“additive free” or “natural.” These terms were conceived
by cosmetics manufacturers, and in actuality, there are no
definitive differences between regular and natural cosmetics.
A little bit of probing is necessary in order to figure out
what each manufacturer is claiming as “natural.” At Le Chêne,
“natural” means that we do not use preservatives, synthetic
surfactants or other ingredients that are unnecessary for the
preservation of healthy skin.
Q2. Why don’t you use preservatives at Le Chene?
A.Preservatives are actually used to keep cosmetics from spoiling
due to microbial contamination that may occur during the
manufacturing process. Preservatives prevent spoilage by killing
bacteria, which in turn can cause damage to skin cells. Based on
the concept of excluding non-essential ingredients in our products,
Le Chene has dedicated many years of research to finding a method
to produce cosmetics without using preservatives.
Q3. Are cosmetics that do not contain preservatives safe to use?
A.Le Chene products are manufactured by Maple Bio Laboratory,
which also deals with bacteriological testing as well as development
of food and medical goods. By drawing on proprietary know-how
regarding how to control bacterial growth, and through the adoption
of airless bottles, Maple Bio Laboratory has found a way to prevent
bacterial contamination. For this reason, our cosmetics do not require
refrigeration, and does not come with a short expiration date.