What does Forza de Vie mean?
Forza is Italian for “force” or strength. De Vie is French for “of life”. For me it is the positive energy that connects us human beings.
My maternal great-grandfather whose last name was aptly “Vaidya” (sanskrit for doctor), wrote books about Pranayama, anatomy and spiritual guidance. They are still in print in India.
Those books have also inspired me to create the product lines because they promote well-being - emotional and physical as they are both interdependent.
Hope you find time in your day to relax and enjoy our products and nourish your skin and soul!
Ingredients listed as organic are certified organic by the following agencies and the certificate is provided to our supplier:
Ecocert - Rosehip Seed oil, Argan oil, Evening Primrose oil
Agrior Ltd - Jojoba oil
OCIA - Sesame oil
Kiwa BCS Oko-Garantie GmbH - Aloe Vera
With the intention of keeping Organics products 100% natural, the only preservative/anti-oxidant we have used is natural Vitamin E derived from soybeans.
The shelf life is 12 months from order date if stored in a cool, dark place. Compare this to factory-made products which may have a very long shelf life of 24 months or more because of liberal use of synthetic preservatives. Also, our skincare products are made fresh so what we ship to you was blended within 2 weeks of shipping.
How do we get by with almost no preservative?
By skipping on water in almost all our products as well as the packaging.
This also great because you are not paying for water. Water is the main reason why preservatives are needed to prevent mold formation and bacteria/germ growth. Microorganisms grow and flourish in the presence of water.
However, our skin definitely NEEDS water. Please make sure your skin is moist before our Organics products are applied. After a shower or bath is the best time to trap the moisture in the skin.
Notice our top-notch packaging to further protect and preserve the products. Everything is in thick-walled/colored/frosted glass containers. Far superior than plastic packaging!
We do have 2 products that contain water - The Cherub Face Humidifier and the Kindle Face Brightener. Besides the preservatives used by the manufacturers of individual ingredients, we have nothing added extra for preservation. Therefore, it is best to refrigerate these 2 products..
We have 600 square feet dedicated to lab work and manufacturing. We use a stainless steel, commercial table and dedicated equipment for all formulations. Good manufacturing practices are followed throughout. Although handcrafted and made in small batches, our operation is NOT "run out of the kitchen".
Are the perfumes all natural?
Our perfumes contain a much higher percentage of naturals than department store perfumes which use almost no naturals. We do use nature-identical synthetics when they are safer from an allergy perspective, are more eco-friendly and do not harm any animals.
The Indian Sandalwood tree (santalum album) is almost extinct. The supply of this essential oil is limited and unpredictable to prevent destroying too many trees. We have often used aroma molecules identical to the ones found naturally in sandalwood.
No deer were harmed for the Musk in our perfumes. Again, we use aroma molecules identical to the ones found naturally.
All our products are compliant with the standards of the International Fragrance Association. The IFRA Standards are based on safety assessments by the Panel of Experts of the RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR FRAGRANCE MATERIALS (RIFM).
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