The first brand in the Company Checkup post series is a brand that was completely new to me: Antho, formerly Anthology Organics. Antho was recommended to me when I asked for companies to look through, as a positive example of organic skin care brands. I chose to start with Antho because, not only do they start my alphabetic list, they were also very quick with replying to my email, which I sent out last summer.
Antho is a vegan skin care line with products containing 99-100% USDA certified organic ingredients. In a brochure I was emailed they claim that their products contain “no bad chemicals” and “no junk whatsoever”. Yup, sets the bar pretty high doesn’t it? But do they live up to their promises?
THEIR OWN WORDS
First, let me include the answers to the email I sent out, which was answered by Julia Homs. (click the question to see the answer)
Lastly, I asked about the ingredients. The ingredient lists on their website seemed rather short and it didn’t explicitly say that they were INCI listings (in which you have to write out every ingredient), so just to double check I asked if these listings were complete, which she assured me they were.
So let’s have a look at the product range. Antho has a variety of skin care products for body and face, among other things body butters, face washes, soaps and scrubs. I picked out three products at random to show their ingredient lists:
Ingredients: organic soybean oil*, organic sunflower oil*, organic macadamia oil*, organic golden jojoba oil*, organic rosehip oil*, organic grapeseed oil*, organic patchouli essential oil*, organic geranium essential oil*, organic spearmint essential oil*, organic food grade flavors*, natural GMO free tocopherols (natural vitamin E, not synthetic tocopheryl acetate)
Ingredients: organic brown sugar*, organic soybean oil*, organic coconut oil*, organic shea butter*, organic orange essential oil*, organic spearmint essential oil*, organic peppermint essential oil*, organic food grade flavors*, organic alkanet root*, organic rosemary extract*
Ingredients: 100% certified organic Lavender hydrosol
After having looked through the company profile and the product ingredients, I can only give Antho thumbs up. They have a clear vision which they seem to fully follow in all stages of the production, including vegan products and a striving towards using recycled material in the packaging. If I had to find something negative to say, it’s that the last product above, the lavender toner is rather pricey for just one ingredient. Lavender hydrosol can be found in cosmetic raw material shops for a lot cheaper than this. Another thing is that, although most of the products come in glass, a few are packaged in recycled PET-bottles. Although recycled material is of course a very good and eco-friendly thing, PET is still a plastic which can cause release hormone disrupting chemicals if heated or kept for a long time. But this is definitely bordering on nitpicking – Antho is definitely a brand worth checking out.