What is the difference between a chemical filter and a mineral screen?

Chemical or organic filters, of synthetic origin, have to penetrate the epidermis in order to be active. They protect against UV rays by absorbing them. These filters only become active 20 to 30 minutes after application. Some of them are also suspected of altering the human hormonal balance and polluting the environment (e.g. they participate in coral bleaching).

On the other hand, mineral screens, of totally natural origin, form a protective barrier on the surface of the skin that reflects UV rays like a mirror.

Mineral screens are immediately active, as soon as they are applied.

In organic certification, only mineral screens, namely titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, are permitted.

In addition to their effectiveness against UVB and UVA rays, mineral sunscreens guarantee optimal tolerance and respect for the skin and the environment.

Are your products comedogenic? 

We take the greatest care in the formulation of our Organic cosmetic products. Our face care products do not contain ingredients known to be comedogenic. They do not contain any silicones either.

Our Organic cosmetic products contain 99.5% of ingredients of natural origin and up to 97.5% of the care comes from Organic Farming.

Do your organic cosmetics contain phthalates?

We do not use phtalates in our Organic certified products. All fragrances are of natural origin. 

We take the utmost care in the formulation of products, that contain more than 99.5% natural ingredients. 

Are there enssential oils in your products ?

We do not formulate our products with essential oils. On the other hand, the natural perfumes present in some of our products may contain them, but only in very small percentages in the final formula. The products that do not contain perfume are:

- the SPF50 and SPF50+ sun products, the SPF30 Sea & Mountain Lip Balm and the SPF30 SPORT Lip Balm,

- the entire Reparative range,                                                                                 

- the entire Baby range.

What is Alga-gorria®, a patented extract of red algae?

Alga-Gorria® is an exclusive active ingredient, extracted from the red seaweed Gelidium sesquipedale, specific to the Basque Coast. Alga-Gorria® is a powerful antioxidant. It is made up of a combination of carotenoids (lutein and zeaxanthin) and mycosporin-like amino acids which give it a broad spectrum of free radical neutralisation.

Thus, by neutralising free radicals, Alga-Gorria® protects skin cells from radical attacks and prevents premature skin ageing.

Are your products vegan? Do you use ingredients of animal origin?

The entire HYDRA-PROTECT+ range, the Making-up Removal Cleansing Care range, as well as the Nursing Balm in the Reparative range and the Self-Tanning Drops in the Suncare range are VEGAN. For the other products that are not vegan, this is generally due to their galenics: for example, a solid texture like a stick cannot be obtained without beeswax. This ingredient, which is the only ingredient of animal origin that we use, is present in the formula of the following products:

Are your products tested on animals?

Since its creation in 2011, Laboratoires de Biarritz have not carried out tests on animals.

For information, animal testing of finished products and their ingredients has been banned in Europe since 2013 (when the European cosmetics regulation n°1223/2009 came into force).                                                               

Alternative methods are used to test our molecules and finished products. 

As far as raw materials are concerned, we systematically ask all our suppliers for certificates of non-testing on animals. 

De quoi est composé ce Gommage Bio ?

Comme dans tous nos Soins Nettoyants-Démaquillants, l’actif phare de la gamme est un extrait de Laminaire de Neptune (algue brune) qui apaise les tiraillements et ravive l’éclat de la peau. Notre Gommage Eclat est également composé de deux exfoliants d’origine végétale : la poudre de Noix de Coco et la Cire de Ricin (espèce végétale). On y retrouve aussi de l’Aloe Vera bio et de l’Huile de Jojoba Bio qui vont hydrater et apaiser la peau.

What are the particularities of organic shower gel?

Biarritz Laboratories Organic Shower Gel has a soap-free and sulfate-free washing base. Its formula is composed of two marine active ingredients (brown algae and sea fennel) which revitalize the skin. Its foam is creamy and scented to create a unique moment of sensoriality.

What is this organic scrub made of?

In our Organic Scrub, siliceous microalgae and sand of volcanic origin combine their natural exfoliating virtues to eliminate dead cells, smooth and refine the skin texture. But that's not all, 99.6% of the total ingredients are from natural origin!