FAQ

A question regarding Funny Bee or Organic Cosmetics? Below are a sample of the most frequent ones, and our answers. If you have further questions, please go to our «How to contact us?» section.

MADE IN FRANCE

Where are Funny Bee products made?

All our products are designed and made in France, in the heart of the “French Cosmetic Valley” – a worldwide leading centre in perfumery and cosmetics resources, skills, research and training, located between the towns of Orleans and Chartres, about 100 km South from Paris.

Why an English name for a French brand?

An easy cheerful 3-syllables beat: “Funny Bee”. Now, try and say “L’Abeille Joyeuse” … and you will understand right away. Easier and much more fun to say “Funny Bee”, isn’t it?!

NATURAL AND ORGANIC

Natural cosmetics / organic cosmetics: what’s the difference?

Let’s try to be simple. Some brands do use the term “natural” rather freely on their packs, even if they don’t mention the percentage of natural ingredients into their products and even if they use mainly synthetic ingredients and substances, some of which have indeed been proven toxic. With natural and organic certified cosmetics you have the guarantee to use really natural products. Organic-labeled cosmetics must provide a comprehensive list of all their ingredients of natural origin and highlight the percentage of each into their products. They also undergo a full check of those ingredients and of their manufacturing processes, by independent certifying institutions. This way, you know exactly what’s inside!

Most products today are formulated without parabens or silicone, so what are the benefits of an organic label?

An organic label provides a guarantee that only truly natural products are used: an independent organization has verified that these products contained at least 95% of ingredients of natural origin. In addition, it insures that none of the substances suspected or proven harmful to one’s health or to the environment have been added (which goes beyond well-known additives such as parabens or silicone).

What are the ingredients traditionally used in cosmetics that are forbidden by organic labels?

It’s too long a list to mention them all! In principle, organic labels prohibit all ingredients that are to date identified as harmful to the environment, either directly (such as non-biodegradable substances like silicone as well as oils derived from petrochemicals, like paraffin) or through their production (such as PEG and PPG, polymers obtained by dangerous chemical processes). They also prohibit substances that are suspected or proven harmful to one’s health (such as endocrine disrupters like parabens, phthalates and others that are less well-known). While it is true that the toxicity of all these substances is not always proven, many studies have put them into question, particularly because of their accumulation impact, so we might as well avoid using them and choose natural alternatives instead. That’s our take on it anyway.

Natural ingredients or ingredients of natural origin: what difference does it make?

The first are ingredients originating from plants (such as virgin oils), from minerals (such as salts) or from animals (honey or milk, for example), and they are used directly in their natural form. The latter are natural ingredients that have undergone mild processing (condensation, hydrolysis, esterification, etc.) to meet the required level of effectiveness and sensoriality in cosmetic production. For instance, sodium cocoyl glutamate, which is a very soft cleansing agent we use in our Swinging Morning foam, is a naturally occurring ingredient based on amino acids from coconuts. But straight coconut juice does not offer the same properties.

Why don’t all of your ingredients come from organic farming?

Firstly because certain natural ingredients which are not of plant or animal origin (e.g. those of mineral origin) are not “agricultural products”. Secondly, because organic products are by definition unaltered natural products. And (see the question below), if we only used unaltered ingredients, we would have creams which are difficult to apply, a cleansing foam which doesn’t foam, and fluids which don’t soak into the skin… We’ve all tried at least once to make ourselves a home-made cream or face-mask: it’s fun to make it, but in general the texture and smell just aren’t quite right. And finally, because certain of our active ingredients of natural, but not organic, origin are very beneficial for the skin: the date extract in Smile&Play, for example, has excellent anti-ageing properties (clinical studies show that it works better than DHEA). And therefore, we are trying our best to respect our promise to be effective, responsible and sensuous all at the same time.

Are organic cosmetic products 100% safe?

By choosing products certified as organic, you are already guaranteeing against the use of dubious chemical substances. This is as good for your health as it is for the environment. However, certain natural ingredients present in organic cosmetic products can nevertheless sometimes cause allergic reactions. There is no such thing as zero risk as far as allergies are concerned. However, to minimise potential risks, all Funny Bee products have been tested under dermatological supervision.

Are organic cosmetic products actually effective?

Organic cosmetic products generally contain a greater concentration of active ingredients than “traditional” cosmetic products due to the nature of the excipients used in organic cosmetic products. Then, like all cosmetic products, a formula’s precise effectiveness is directly linked to the ingredients of which it is composed. For us, concern about effectiveness is at the heart of our whole process.

PRICES

Why are organic cosmetic products often more expensive?

The great advantage of synthetic products, particularly those which come from petrochemistry and are used by the manufacturers of traditional cosmetic products, is that they are very easy to use and really cheap. For example, liquid paraffin (which has no added value for your skin) used as the principal ingredient for the base of many cosmetic products barely costs anything. This is not the case with pressed vegetable oils, which we use and which have real benefits for the skin (vitamins, essential fatty acids…) All that matters is to know what you want!

Certain brands of organic cosmetics offer products which are cheaper than those of Funny Bee. How do you account for these price differences?

From the number and quality of the ingredients. You can easily create organic products with few ingredients and choose those ingredients by looking at price as a priority. At Funny Bee we do things differently. We don’t hesitate to select almost “luxury” active ingredients when we believe that they are worth the effort and the cost for the global effectiveness of their formula and for their quality and rich sensuous texture.

OUR FORMULAS

How can we know exactly what is used in cosmetic-care products?

All cosmetic-care products must display a complete list of ingredients in descending order of their amounts, using their “International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients” (INCI) name. Unless you hold a PhD in chemistry, however, these names will be meaningless to you. Most are quite a mouthful and nothing distinguishes the good from the bad; such a list is akin to a black hole! Because we seek greater transparency, we have listed and deciphered each ingredient we use in our products, under the “Formulation” heading. Granted, it’s not much fun to read, but at least it will give you a clear, “transparent” idea of the ingredients we use and why we use them.

Why do you use floral waters in your formulas rather than regular water?

Filtered water – which is the most frequently used water in cosmetic products – has no added value for the skin. And since a standard cream contains approximately 65% water, it’s a real shame that this has no added value! So that’s why we prefer to use floral waters. They are more expensive to buy than filtered water (which costs very little, like water at home…) but they are also endowed with specific properties – softening, astringent, brightening or calming. – and they make our products more effective because they have a real added value for the skin.

How can you tell if a cosmetic product uses floral waters rather than “filtered water”?

It’s vey easy. Just have a look at the INCI list – which is the mandatory list of ingredients which appears on the packaging of all cosmetic products. If “Aqua” is the first ingredient, then the product is made with “filtered water”.

Are there synthetic preservatives in your products?

Less that 2% and those that we use are all ecologically tested and certified “clean”.

Are there GM ingredients in your products?

No. We are personally against genetically modified organisms in nature and on our plates. As much as genetic engineering in a laboratory can be useful for research and to help treat illnesses, it is just as irresponsible to want to disseminate genetically modified organisms and make us eat them when there are a lot of significant studies highlighting the risks of genetically modified organisms to our health and to the environment.

Why are there so many ingredients in your formulas?

Because creating products which are natural, really effective, as nice to use as our old favourite chemical creams and which last for at least six months, involves formulas which are much more elaborate than those home-made creams that you can make in your kitchen. Life is like that – sometimes you need to put in a lot of work to get a natural pretty result!

Have Funny Bee products been tested on animals?

No. Our brand philosophy is based on respect. For our clients, for their skin, for the environment and also for animals.