Head of product development, Herbsgarden
Our leading product developer, Timea, started her beauty career about two decades ago as a beautician. Experiencing the efficacy limitations of the available cosmetics, she began to experiment. As Hungary has always been known for traditional herbal combinations, natural oils, plant extracts – it was only natural, that she turned toward herbal solutions vs. the post-Russian era synthetical solutions. The success of these products lead to the decision to full-time devote her expertise to health-conscious cosmetic product development.
She worked at Herbaria, one of the biggest Hungarian herbal drug chain, and later as a cosmetics consultant at Hungary’s first natural cosmetics company, where she taught home-made cosmetics. She is continuously improving her knowledge of herbal active ingredients, she spent eight years studying traditional medicine and aromatherapy. Apart from being a toxicologist, Timea is currently researching fragrance design and aroma herbal perfume applications.
Tímea is now full-time responsible for product development, tirelessly researching and testing active ingredient innovations in the international cosmetics market. She creates unique, premium natural cosmetics for a growing number of domestic and foreign customers. She launched her own portfolio of her most successful recipes under the Herbsgarden brand, using only premium, certified natural ingredients.
Quality Priciples for Herbsgarden
“Our goal is to produce the most effective yet organic cosmetics, that meet the challenges of today. Products that maintain and protect your skin’s health and youth and stimulate natural regeneration. Because your skin is valuable, it’s a direct reflection of your health! ” – Tímea Both
Herbsgarden’s team of experts focuses on the following aspects when developing their product range:
1. We always source the raw materials for our products from reliable, proven suppliers, with organic certification where possible!
As Hungary is world renowned for traditional herbs – more than 330 varieties of herbs available – many of our ingredients (eg Heviz mud, Lavender, Chamomile, Sage, Mint, hyssop) are locally grown. Ingredients that are not native or special in our country (eg Argan Oil, Shea Butter, Hyarulon, Peptides) are imported from other Member States of the European Union, Australia or from the United States. All our ingredients are certified.
2. Production takes place in a laboratory near Budapest folowwing the highest hygiene and quality standards.
To ensure our quality, we conduct independent microbiological testing of all product types, and our activities are also monitored by independent pharmacists and chemists. The complete documentation of these health and professional control processes are available at our site for authorities. All our products follow the EU regulations and are properly licensed.
3. All plant-based oils*we use are cold-pressed.
Heating leads to a lot more oil, but the active ingredient level is exponentially less (and cheaper). Cold extraction does not compromise the valuable vitamins, essential fatty acids and other active ingredients that add the desired beneficial effect, such as slow down skin aging and support cell protection functions. Our company currently uses more than 100 types of herbal active ingredients for its unique products.
- except for soaps
4. Our products are rich in active ingredients, we probably use the widest array and quantity within the sector
We are proud to experiment with our wide array of active ingredients, preferring the real, visible effect over the loud “marketing-smelling” ingredients. Natural active ingredients are plants, fruits, algae, vegetables, resins, sludge, etc., in the form of extracts, vegetable oils, essential oils, hydrolates etc. Natural ingredients ignored in the active ingredient content: water, emulsifiers, gelling agents, etc. Water might be natural, but it’s not an active ingredient, unless it’s a flower water, a highly beneficial side product of essential oil making.
5. Our products do not contain harmful or synthetic ingredients!
These include, in particular, parabens. petroleum derivatives, or SLS (sodium-laureth-sulfate), which is a source of many hazards. Although they result in temporarily softness, they actually have a drying effect that greatly inhibits the skin’s natural breathing. Due to their skin-irritating nature we do not use synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances and irritant preservatives. Today there are about 20,000 authorized substances for cosmetic use. Only 700 of these are authorized by the most stringent BDIH logo we have set out to achieve. We are proud that our products have a due date, just like all living things. They are better absorbed by the skin, therefore have long term effect in providing a healthy glow and youthful elasticity.
7. We do not perform animal experiments during our product development!
Pursuant to Article 18 of Chapter V of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council, animal testing is prohibited in the European Union for cosmetic purposes. As per our corporate belief, we anyway do not use chemicals or artificial substances that would need it. We test the effectiveness and quality of our products through volunteers and laboratory tests.
8. We constantly monitor the development of the cosmetics world, both at home and internationally!
We place great emphasis on testing and introducing new active substances and technologies while following risk assessments of product components to maximize environmental and human safety.
9. Most of all, we believe in our products!
We hope you will use them with as much enthusiasm and love as we make them 🙂