Our Ethics

CERTIFIED ORGANIC

Esse has subscribed to the Ecocert organic standards since its inception. Ecocert enforce minimum organic percentages and ban ingredients that they deem to be unsafe or unsustainable. They also audit our production facility and ensure full traceability of all raw materials.

Ecocert regulates the packaging that we use. They make sure that the materials that we use are safe for the consumer and don’t leach into the product over time. They also oversee the recyclability of the packaging materials.

CRUELTY FREE

We do not test our products on animals and will not source ingredients from suppliers who do. There are many alternatives to the use of animals in research. Our products are tested on human volunteers.

Esse belongs to PeTA’s cruelty-free company program and is accredited as a cruelty-free company on PeTA.org.

Esse is also accredited through Beauty Without Cruelty, an animal rights organisation with a primary objective to educate and inform the public about the exploitation, abuse and suffering of animals.

VEGAN

Esse is accredited by The Vegan Society. This means that no animal products are used in our range.

With the emergence of marketing catch lines such as “humane farming” and “caring for animals” appearing more and more on animal produce, the killing of animals for human benefit is being sugar-coated. We don’t believe in using ANY animal products in our skincare line … not even beeswax.

FAIR TRADE

Esse is committed to the Fair Trade of natural products and we are an accredited partner of PhytoTrade Africa. PhytoTrade Africa is dedicated to the development of Fair Trade and environmentally sustainable natural products. PhytoTrade oversees the sustainable harvest of plants from the wild by rural communities in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Malawi, Botswana, Swaziland and South Africa. The equitable trade in natural products has raised the standard of living of tens of thousands of people.