Gerlinde Naturals is a national award winning vegan skin care company based in the rural Lincolnshire countryside, UK, and run by Gerlinde, a professional skin care formulator and holistic lifestyle enthusiast.
Our certified hand made skin care offers you plant based, expertly formulated products for your sensitive, ageing and environmental damage skin concerns - skin that needs gentle extra care.
MADE BY HAND ON YOUR ORDER TO GUARANTEE FRESHNESS
You and your skin are at the heart of our business, that's why we like to manage our company in an oversee-able family run environment where we can make sure that all steps from production to shipment can be kept bespoke and personal.
All our products are hand-blended with lots of love, care and attention to detail on the day of your order by Gerlinde personally. In this way we can guarantee that you will always receive the freshest product possible.
OUR PRODUCTS ARE FREE FROM
GLYCOLS, SILICONES, ALCOHOL, SYNTHETIC COLOURS, SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCES, PETROCHEMICALS, ANIMAL INGREDIENTS
100% VEGAN - CRUELTY FREE
Gerlinde strongly supports animal welfare and therefore doesn't use ingredients from animal sources (beeswax, lactic acid, retinol, lanolin, etc.). We also regularly support 2 wildlife charities , the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and the Born Free Foundation.
*Vegan Beauty Guide for Beginners by Sarah Seaward who decided to go Vegan because of the way we farm animals and the consequences this has for our environment .
Here at Gerlinde Naturals HQ we are also environmentally conscious and try to contribute wherever we can to help our planet recover.
This includes the use of recycled outer packaging and re-using our suppliers packaging/cushioning materials when posting products to you. We use only recyclable and re-usable, unprinted product boxes from British companies, recyclable glass jars and some PET containers (where necessary). PET plastic, unlike PVC is fully recyclable and if it is put in landfill degrades without leaching any chemicals into the soil. The energy used in recycling a PET plastic bottle is about 1/10 of the energy used in recycling a plastic bottle.
WE CAN REASSURE YOU THAT YOU ARE GETTING THE BEST QUALITY BECAUSE ...
every single product is also stability and microbiologically tested and certified by a cosmetic chemist with a Cosmetic Product Safety Report which conforms to EU Cosmetic Regulations 1223/2009 (see more information at the end of this page *)
CAREFULLY SOURCED, PUREST PLANT-BASED INGREDIENTS
Gerlinde Naturals ingredients are conscientiously sourced and greatest care is taken in the production process not to damage important components like vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and high performance active ingredients in plant extracts, which are fantastic for environmentally stressed, sensitive and ageing skin.
Some of Gerlinde's favourite ingredients she uses in her formulations:
Organic Shea Butter, Rosehip Seed Oil, Marigold (Calendula), Evening Primrose Oil, Olive Squalane, Jojoba, Hemp Seed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Starflower Seed Oil, Camellia Seed Oil, Co-enzyme Q10, Mango Butter, Moringa Seed Oil, Cocoa Butter, Raspberry Seed Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Cranberry Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Argan Oil, Avocado Oil, Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid, Seabuckthorn, Organic Floral Waters, Essential Oils, Botanical Extracts
BUY AND EXPERIENCE WITH CONFIDENCE
We can also offer more than 250 Five Star ***** reviews from happy customers around the world. Reviews can be found directly linked to each individual product.
GERLINDE NATURALS IN AUSTRIA
As an Austrian, Gerlinde is naturally very proud to have her products on the bathroom shelves of a luxurious 5-Star chalet in the Austrian alps.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, I AM GERLINDE
and I am the creative mind behind the Gerlinde Naturals vegan friendly skin care range, born in Austria. I am also a holistic lifestyle enthusiast with most of my family and friends being involved in herbalism, homeopathy, bach flowers, aromatherapy, life coaching, cranio-sacral therapy, nutrition, mountain rescue and pretty much everything that involves nature and healing mind and body naturally.
Personally, I had been struggling with very sensitive and dry skin all my life and trying to find the right product even in specialist shops was difficult. About 20 years ago, I decided that I had enough of spending a fortune on products that did nothing or only very little for my skin and started to mix up my own balms. I was adding and exchanging ingredients, playing with different herbs and supplying my lovely friends and family with samples. As luck would have it they loved my balms!
It was so much fun and I enjoyed going through tons of literature and learning more and more about skin issues and using herbs to soothe and heal. It turned out to be a favourite hobby and I finally found the best solution for my skin too - not just my skin, an extended circle of friends with similar issues came to ask for my creams and started to rely on them. As pleased as I was, it could be quite difficult at times to hold down a full time job and produce dozens of creams in the evenings. So after years of considering, I made the decision to say good bye to my full time job, get all necessary certifications and develop, produce and market my own skin care range, knowing that my educational background, decades of using herbs and formulating for myself and friends will stand me in very good stead.
In 2012 I launched Gerlinde Naturals Vegan Skin Care, sharing my passion for a more natural, gentle and healthy life style with everybody and introducing a tried and tested skin care line which embraces the phenomenal power of botanical ingredients, soothing, hydrating and balancing the skin.
Fast forward more than 5 years ... I can honestly say that I could not imagine doing anything else. This is my perfect job and vocation, exceptionally rewarding and keeping me on my toes. But even better, is that all my customers are genuinely the most loyal, supportive and lovely people I could ask for, thank you so much!
MY PROMISE TO YOU
As an independent small business, hand blending every product myself and with a family background of herbalists with a holistic approach to life, I can promise that I will always listen to your needs, be flexible, approachable, willing to go the extra mile for you. If you need advice and probably a bespoke product, I am more than happy to help you and your skins' needs.
*All Gerlinde Naturals products have been professionally formulated and additionally are certified for safe use by a qualified Chemist as required by current legislations to legally produce and distribute natural skin care products.
Please make sure that your natural or organic skin care supplier holds a Cosmetic Product Safety Report/Certificate (CPSR). This is a legal requirement for everybody who produces skin care products within the European Union, this also includes micro businesses who display and sell for example on market stalls at farmers markets, Christmas fairs, etc. This ensures that you are receiving a product which is fit for purpose, adhering to cosmetic guidelines, packaging and hygiene standards to avoid contamination and health issues.
Skin care producers must comply with European Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009, which came into force on 11 July 2013. The regulation requires us to notify the European Commission (ECAS / CPNP) of every single product formulation that gets released onto the market.
A word about Phenoxyethanol as a preservative
It is all about preventing spoilage and bacterial growth in water-based products. Naturally preserved products have a shorter shelf-life (usually 3-6 months or even much shorter) once they’re opened and exposed to oxygen. After this period, you can start seeing fungal/bacterial/mould growth or the product going rancid. None of us wants to risk our health (especially people with a lowered immune system or open wounds). With parabens out of the picture, one of the most reliable preservatives is Phenoxyethanol. The SCCS confirmation from Europe and Japanese regulations make Phenoxyethanol a good and safe preservative for natural products to protect the consumer’s health.
In fact, take tea tree oil, for example, a 100% natural remedy topically applied for many things from acne to helping remove makeup. Tea tree oil can be poisonous if ingested. Now to get scientific to make some kind of a direct comparison, we refer to some toxicology nomenclature: “LD50” is the common term used for assessing the lethal dose that would kill 50% of a test population, and it is expressed in mg/kg, or milligrams of substance per kilogram of body weight. LD50 as a reference in itself has its flaws, but it’s a way to at least try to compare unrelated ingredient toxicity. The LD50 for tea tree oil is 1.9mg/kg, and the LD50 for phenoxyethanol is 1,260 mg/kg. Accordingly, tea tree oil is apparently over 600 times more poisonous than phenoxyethanol if ingested, yet it is used as a natural remedy for the skin. Why? Because it’s safe to do so in adults at recommended levels, and you’re not supposed to ingest it, let alone feed it to babies. Incidentally, caffeine has an LD50 of 200mg/kg, which makes it more “toxic” than phenoxyethanol. Read more about it here (or pdf download)
Gerlinde Naturals is a member of the Guild of Soap and Toiletry Makers
It is not generally known that in order to legally sell a crafted soap or toiletry product within the European Union that it must meet legislative guidelines. The reason for this is public safety. The same legislative standards applies to imported products. The legislation in question is the Cosmetics Products (Safety) Regulations and it is legislation in force within the European Union. A major reason for the existence of the Guild is to raise awareness of the Cosmetics Products (Safety) Regulations. The legislation sets standards. It aims to ensure that every ingredient in handcrafted soap and toiletry products is safe to use. Some ingredients are banned because they’ve been found by scientific testing to be potentially harmful. Other products are banned or restricted because they are potential allergens. The aim of the legislation is to protect the general public and the craft soap and toiletry maker.