Biodynamic cosmetics: more than organic

By Katie Bird

- Last updated on GMT

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Beyond Organic Skin Care is offering a biodynamic Valentine's Day
gift pack that is more than organic, according to the company based
in Cornwall, UK.

The Valentine's Day gift pack includes a selection of the company's products which are all certified organic by the Biodynamic Agricultural Association (BDAA) which also offers certification for biodynamic agriculture called the Demeter certification. The horse chestnut and fennel hydrating oil is perfect for the romantic night in, claim the company, as it can be used as a soothing and moisturising massage oil. The horse chestnut oil increases circulation and the fennel is good for cellulite, state the company. The rose and almond oils in the moisturising day cream create a soothing and revitalising formulation suitable for dry, mature and sensitive skins and the eye cream contains the herb extract Eye bright to reduce puffiness, sooth and moisturise the eye area, claim the company. All ingredient certified organic ​ All the ingredients contained in Beyond Organic's products are certified organic at source and the products contain an organic citrus extract that, according to the company, cuts out the need for a preservative. The products are handmade from the company's workshop on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, UK by a team that are committed to 'organic, recycling, naturals, ecological, fair-trade and carbon footprint issues'. The company call themselves 'beyond organic' as they take a 'holistic, biodynamic and ethical approach to production techniques', in keeping with the views of the certifying body BDAA. According to the BDAA biodynamic agriculture refers to the holistic and spiritual understanding of nature and the place of the human being. Not only only, but biodynamic ​ Biodynamic differs from organic as biodynamic farms aim to be self sufficient in compost, manures and animal feeds, ecological diversity is a goal of landscape management and an astronomical calendar is used to determine the auspicious planting, cultivating and harvesting times, state the BDAA. Biodynamic skincare appears to be a relatively new addition to the market and is perhaps best described as a cottage industry. One of the larger players involved is Dr Hauschka Skin Care which offers a number of biodynamic ingredients in it skin care products. Another company offering a range of Demeter certified biodynamic products is Tautropfen, offering cleansing, toning, moisturising and anti-ageing formulations containing organic, biodynamic or wild harvested ingredients.

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