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BASF’s Moisturizing Argan Oil Receives Fair Trade Label by ECOCERT

Published on 2020-12-09. Edited By : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Natural/ Organic     Skin Care    

BASF_Fair_For_Life_Argan_FruitBASF Beauty Care Solutions receives the “Fair For Life” (FFL) label by ECOCERT for its active ingredient, Lipofructyl™ Argan for the fourth time in a row. Derived from the hand-picked fruit of the argan tree, the moisturizing oil Lipofructyl™ Argan is part of BASF’s sustainable Argan Program, which was established in 2005.

Conscious Consumerism and Ethical Beauty

Under this Fair Trade standard, the organic certification organization evaluates the social, environmental and local impact of supply chains. The original aim of BASF’s sustainable Argan Program was to study the argan tree and valorizes the oil and its byproducts while diversifying the revenue of the cooperatives and fostering preservation of argan forests by local populations.

Conscious consumerism and ethical beauty are key drivers for the Personal Care industry. People are increasingly looking for products that are as good for them as they are for the planet and its residents,” said Amandine Peguin, raw material sourcing manager at BASF Beauty Care Solutions.

Renewed Certification by ECOCERT

Lipofructyl™ Argan is one of three ingredients derived from BASF’s Argan Program. Besides the Fair Trade certified argan oil, other parts of the argan tree – previously non-valorized for cosmetic applications – have been used to develop new active substances, including an anti-aging extract from the leaves of the argan tree (Arganyl™), and an anti-aging active ingredient based on argan pulp (Argassential™). Argan oil, pulp and leaves are certified organic.

We are very pleased that we can facilitate this important development with our Argan program. The renewed certification by ECOCERT for our active ingredient is a recognition of our efforts,” said Peguin.

Back in 2005, BASF teamed up with Targanine, a network of six oil processing cooperatives from the region of Agadir in southern Morocco. This marked the beginning of BASF’s Argan Program. More than 1,000 women from rural communities now are involved in Targanine’s argan oil production efforts – a six-fold increase since the start. The cooperative markets several products, including byproducts, botanical and essential oils, and bee products.

BASF purchases the oil and its byproducts under Fair Trade conditions, with 50 percent of the price paid for the pulp allocated to social funds within the cooperatives. The money is used on schemes such as literacy programs and health-related initiatives.

Source: BASF
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