Janiqueel has a look at a hands-on local company.
We believe there is value in the effort in producing our own craft and prefer to be able to control how our products are manufactured and experienced by our customers.The Verdant Lab Founder, Xi Ming
The Verdant Lab does things a little differently, and it shows. For instance, in a nod to sustainability, customers can purchase refills rather than replacing the plastic-intensive single-use plastic containers. If you don’t want the bottles anymore, they can be brought into Eco.Le at Bukit Timah Shopping Centre where they will be responsibly disposed of. This is the kind of customer-friendly, eco-conscious service that a locally-based company like The Verdant Labs can provide. They say,
We ship our products in 100% recycled paper mailers or kraft paper boxes. These have been thoughtfully selected to reduce the amount of material and weight. We also have an option for recycled boxes in order to give them a new lease of life. We have chosen to reduce the ink on our printed boxes to reduce the amount of de-inking agent required during recycling.
Many conventional bar soaps are wrapped in paper coated with plastic, which makes them difficult to recycle. Our bar soaps are wrapped in glassine paper and an outer box made of 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper. You may choose to forgo the outer packaging. Both the glassine and outer box are recyclable and biodegradable.
Adding to the sustainability factor, all of the Verdant Lab’s products are formulated and manufactured in Singapore. Knowing that is a comfort. Here is one company that supports the local economy while producing world-class products packaged responsibly and, (nice work designers) attractively.
But…Do they work? And, if so, how?
Cly Cleanse Face Soap says that it will “Detox and clarify your skin.” If you’re not a dermatologist – and I’m guessing you’re not – you might wonder what that means. Not fooling around here, we went right to the source, Xi Ming, founder of The Verdant Lab, for some (pardon the pun) clarification. Xi Ming explains that one’s skin is constantly exposed to pollution and contaminants of various sorts as we go about our day-to-day activities even in clean, green Singapore. To rid our epidermis of these tiny irritants takes deep cleaning of the tiny pores. To do their work of exchanging air and moisture effectively, the pores need to be free of foreign particles. That’s what products like the Clay Face do- clean down to the micro-level. “This promotes softer, smoother, and healthier-looking skin.”
Janiqueel also asked about essential oils since they are prominently featured at the Verdant Lab. some products tout the essential oils they contain, while others proudly declare that they are “formulated free from essential oils”. Feeling a tad confused about this oil / no oil paradigm, Janiqueel probed for answers. We asked,
The Pure Face and Body Soap “…is formulated free from essential oils”, but has “… a signature blend of nourishing oils”. The Clay cleanse soap contains “…Egyptian geranium essential oil” and contains ”Flower Oil, Sodium Lactate, Juniperus virginiana (Cedarwood) Oil, Kaolin”. The Verdant Black “contains essential oils of lavender, bergamot, dark patchouli and cedarwood”. Please explain if essential oils are good or bad for one’s skin, and should customers choose soap with or without essential oils?
Xi Ming provided an explanation for this oily issue. The Pure range of products is formulated without using oils for those whose skin may be especially sensitive. For most of us, though, essential oils are neve detrimental is used properly. They should not be used neat. Rather, they need a carrier. That’s where the expertise of the Verdant Lab comes into play. They know how to blend the essential oils with the carrier oils in just the right combinations to ensure smooth sailing to the realm of healthy, clean, pore-enhanced skin.
We’re just getting started on all the products coming out of the Woodland lab. Body Lotion, Essential Oil Roll-ons, Shampoo (solid and liquid), Linen Spray, Yoga Mat Cleaner. Toner, and candles. Candles? Yes, candles. Soy wax candles in unique fragrances like Spiced Orange, Geranium, Floral Dreams, and Orange Mint. It almost makes you want to eat them.
For more information, head over to The Verdant Lab.
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