NUXE is committed to you
Every day NUXE is committed to selecting the best of nature to create safe products offering efficacy and emotional resonance.
For fully transparent natural and responsible beauty.
Nature is at the heart of our formulas
As the source of major therapeutic discoveries, nature has been an infinite source of energy, regeneration and inspiration for our research laboratory since the creation of NUXE.
- We have drawn on its most precious active molecules to offer the best for your skin (FR patents on active ingredients).
- We favour the use of ingredients of natural origin obtained using environmentally-friendly processes.
- We do not use certain synthetic ingredients, such as parabens, mineral oils, synthetic colorants, etc.
- We do not use raw materials derived from animals (except for beehive products).
- We are inspired by its sensory appeal and the emotion it creates, to convey it in our products, through our textures and scents.
The composition of a NUXE skincare product
Water: whether floral water or simply pure, demineralized water, it adds freshness and lightness to our textures.
Glycerin: essential for the effective moisturising of the skin, the glycerin that we use is 100% of botanical origin, obtained from wheat and beet.
Plant-based ingredients: of natural origin, they are central to the effectiveness of NUXE skincare products. Discovered at our laboratory, they are currently the subject of more than 45 patents (FR).
Texture agents: we favour botanical oils, butters and waxes which add richness to our skincare products and make it possible to regulate the creaminess and fluidity of textures.
Emulsifiers: natural origin components which help to combine the ingredients of a formula to obtain a stable and even mixture (an emulsion).
Scent: tailor-made olfactory composition created by professional perfumers in accordance with our very strict internal charter.
Preservatives: whether of natural or synthetic origin, they are essential to prevent micro-organisms from developing during the product life.
Specific ingredients: they help to respond to specific actions, such as for example, sunscreens for protection against UV rays.
Your safety: our priority
Our products follow a very strict validation protocol before making their way to your bathroom.
Rigorous selection of raw materials
Our ingredients comply with European regulation,* which is considered the most stringent in the world. It lists all the substances that are prohibited in cosmetic products,** ingredients that are subject to restrictions of concentration or areas of application and ingredients permitted in specific categories such as colorants, preservatives and sunscreens.
In addition to this regulation, our team of specialists (toxicologists, formulators, etc.) perform an even stricter control of each raw material (reliability of the supplier, geographical origin of the plant, harvesting conditions, production method, purity, tolerance tests, etc.) in order to evaluate whether it complies with our natural formulation charter and to authorise it, or not, for use at NUXE.
* Cosmetic regulation 1223/2009.
** in Europe more than 1,300 ingredients are prohibited, compared with only some 30 in the United States for example.
A strict evaluation of skin tolerance
All our products are subjected to safety analyses and tests. Usage tests are carried out under dermatological supervision, by independent institutes, on selected volunteers who use our products once or twice a day over a period of one to two months, which means they are applied 600 to 3,600. The dermatologist can therefore confirm that our formulas have good tolerance under normal conditions of use. In addition to this analysis, we carry out large-scale consumer tests (between 60 and 100 volunteers).
Each product is also the subject of a 'safety evaluation' report, carried out by an independent toxicological expert. This takes each ingredient in the formula into account, its concentration, the scientific data concerning its use on the skin and the conditions under which the end product is used. The expert therefore guarantees the full safety of use of the product placed on the market.
In accordance with regulations, all these results are included in the Product Information File, which is available to regulators (ANSM and DGCCRF*).
*ANSM: French National Agency for the Safety of Medicines; DGCCRF: Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Prevention of Fraud
Quality control at all levels
During development in our laboratories, we place each NUXE product under different storage conditions (temperature, humidity, etc.) to verify their resistance and we check there is no negative interaction between the formula and container (tube, jar, bottle). We also subject them to bacterial contamination to check the effectiveness of preservatives at eliminating bacteria present.
We therefore guarantee a lifespan of over 30 months, and a period of use after opening of between 6 and 12 months.
All our products are made in France, mainly at our production site in Lécousse (Bretagne). The NUXE factory, which was fully renovated last year, includes a microbiology and physical chemistry control laboratory, to control the quality of products as soon as they are produced.
A cosmetovigilance department at your service
Despite all our precautions, some skins may react to one of our products (redness, overheating, swelling, etc.), which is why our cosmetovigilance department is available to assist.
It is there to help you and determine, together with your doctor, the cause of any unusual reaction.
It records cases of adverse effects worldwide and must take action if our alert threshold is exceeded. In such cases, we may decide to reformulate the product or sometimes stop marketing it.
Rest assured that these cases are very rare (only 0.001% of claims throughout the world in relation to the number of products sold) but we monitor them very carefully.
Skincare products with proven effectiveness
We have been able to demonstrate our product claims through numerous scientific tests.
EFFECTIVE NATURAL ACTIVE INGREDIENTS AND PATENTED DISCOVERIES (FR)
In partnership with the best experts in the field (botanists, scientists, producers, extractors, etc.), our research laboratory identifies the plants of interest, selects the best extraction method and then performs tests to reveal the cosmetic properties.
Discovered at our laboratory, they are currently the subject of more than 45 NUXE patents (FR).
MULTIPLE EFFECTIVENESS TESTS
To guarantee the effectiveness of our formulas, we call on the services of specialist laboratories and independent clinical centres.
Our skincare products are therefore subject to multiple tests:
- Biological tests to understand our products' action mechanisms: accelerated cell renewal, antioxidant protection, restoring density, etc.
- Use tests under dermatological supervision to evaluate the measurable effectiveness of our skincare products also felt by users.
- In accordance with European cosmetic regulations,* we do not carry out tests on animals.
* Cosmetic regulation 1223/2009.
The controversial ingredients: NUXE sets the record straight
Which ingredients are they? Why are they criticised? What are they used for? Are they in NUXE formulations?
What are silicones? Why are they criticised?
Silicones are synthetic components derived from silica (the main constituent of sand) which gives textures a soft and silky touch with no oily or sticky finish. Some people think that silicones smother the skin and promote the appearance of spots.
However, if used in low concentrations, they have no effect on the skin. As they do not penetrate the skin barrier, they form on the skin's surface like a lace veil which lets the skin 'breathe'. Some skins may not tolerate them well, but this is very often because the concentration is too high or the user is sensitive to them.
There are two main families of silicones: non-cyclic silicones (e.g. Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, etc.) and cyclical silicones (e.g. Cyclomethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, etc.). Cyclical silicones are thought to be particularly polluting and not easily biodegradable.
Do NUXE products contain silicones?
At NUXE, we have chosen to use non-cyclical silicones, in small doses, and when they add a real sensory effect to our textures (e.g. reducing the greasy or sticky effect, to obtain a silky, velvety touch, etc.).
Even in this case, our formulas are still made up of predominately ingredients of natural origins.
What is phenoxyethanol? Why is it criticised?
Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that has been widely used in cosmetics for over 60 years, but also in medicines and in food. It therefore helps to prevent the development of microbes (bacteria, mould, yeasts) in cosmetic products. It is generally of synthetic origin but it is also found in its natural state in green tea and Chicory, for example.
It has been the subject of great controversy, which is often confusing, in that it causes irritation and/or sensitivity, is an endocrine disruptor (although no studies show it affects the hormone system) and has a toxic effect on the liver (but only if a high dose is swallowed). Its safety of use in cosmetics has, however, been evaluated on several occasions by the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety. In its most recent opinion of March 2016, it confirmed that phenoxyethanol does not present a health risk to consumers when it is used in cosmetic products at concentrations of up to 1%.
Do NUXE products contain phenoxyethanol?
At NUXE, we have chosen to use this preservative, which is reliable and has been widely studied by scientists, to effectively protect our formulas and guarantee products that are safe to use. We use it in low concentrations, very often atless than 0.5%.
What are sunscreens? Why are they criticised?
Sunscreens, or UV filters, are chemical or mineral molecules, that protect the skin from UV rays. Protecting the skin is a real public health issue, as it reduces the negative effects of excessive sun exposure.
Some chemical filters are thought to be endocrine disruptors, cause allergies, harm the environment, etc. and the mineral screens (titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) in the form of nano-particles are thought to break the skin barrier. These components are in fact governed by strict European regulations which list the filters authorised and the maximum concentrations that may be used in sun protection cosmetic products. They are therefore subject to strict regular assessment by the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety, which attests to their safety for use.
As for the impact of sunscreens on the environment (e.g. coral bleaching), data is still being assessed. Climatic causes and industrial pollution are currently much greater trigger factors than sunscreens washed off in the sea.
Do NUXE products contain sunscreens?
At NUXE, we have developed a range of sun protection products (NUXE Sun) that meet our commitments: we have chosen a combination of 3-4 chemical filters only, which makes it possible to offer optimum protection against UVA and UVB rays, and good skin tolerance. Our formulas are all water resistant, which therefore reduces the amount of sunscreen washed off when swimming.
What is alcohol? Why is it criticised?
In cosmetics-terms, alcohol actually means ethanol. It is listed as 'Alcohol' or 'Alcohol Denat' in the ingredients. It should not be confused with fatty alcohols (e.g. Cetyl, Cetearyl, Stearyl Alcohol) which are derived from plant fatty acids and which have emollient and moisturising properties. It is widely used in cosmetics for its antimicrobial and astringent properties, and for the freshness it provides the skin.
Alcohol is sometimes thought to be drying and irritating. This is due to its strong grease-removing power that may potentially dissolve protective lipids, naturally present on the skin's surface. However, this 'drying' effect only occurs at high concentrations.
Do NUXE products contain alcohol?
At NUXE, we have chosen to use alcohol in some skincare products, at low concentrations (less than 4%) and always of natural origin. It adds freshness and lightness to our textures, while at the same time contributing to our formula preservation system. Our use tests under dermatological supervision ensure excellent tolerance of our skincare products, even when they contain alcohol.
What are allergens? Why are they criticised?
Allergens are substances that can cause allergic reactions in some people. In foods, regulations require that these allergens are labelled (eggs, peanuts, lactose, gluten, etc.) to inform and protect consumers with allergies.
The same applies in cosmetics: European regulation has devised a list of 26 allergens, most of which are of natural origin, which must appear in the list of ingredients when a certain concentration is exceeded in the formula (>0.001% in non-rinse-off products and >0.01% in rinse-off products).
Do NUXE products contain allergens?
At NUXE, we have drawn up a strict charter which limits the number of allergens in our products, particularly when they are intended for sensitive skin or sensitive areas (e.g. eye contour area). All our products undergo strict clinical studies to limit the risk of allergies.
Generally speaking, if you think you are allergic to a cosmetic ingredient, we advise checking whether it is on the list of ingredients on the label of all cosmetic products. Please do not hesitate to contact our consumer department which will be able to inform you whether there are any ingredients that your skin may react to.