IRENE FORTE SKINCARE
Like a Mediterranean diet for your skin, Irene Forte Skincare delivers all the benefits of the way Italians eat. Both sustainable and natural, each product is handmade and nourishes skin with Sicilian-grown goodness.
When Irene Forte first visited Sicily in 2003 in her capacity as the wellness director at Rocco Forte Hotels group, and she spent the next six years building up the Verdura Resort. She fell in love with everything about Sicily, from the people to the food to the natural beauty.
Irene also realised that the produce growing in Sicily could be the ideal ingredients for a skincare line. So, she combined her love of her native Italy with her knowledge of wellness and beauty, and she set out to create sustainable, nutrient-rich products.
Through a partnership with pharmacologist Doctor Francesca Ferri of EffegiLab, Irene developed her eponymous skincare line, ensuring that it met the highest standards. A team of biologists and dermatologists worked over the course of three years to take all of Sicily’s nourishing ingredients and turn them into a skincare range based on the principles of the Mediterranean diet, one of the healthiest diets in the world.
Every product from Irene Forte Skincare is created with ingredients from the organic farm at Verdura Resort – ingredients like olive oil from the organically-grown olive trees, fragrant lavender and floral hibiscus. Each ingredient is then blended with fresh mineral water from the mountains in Sicily’s Madonie Regional Nature Park.
Packaged in recycled glass and paper, Irene Forte Skincare is committed to sustainability to help protect not only the beautiful Sicilian land it comes from, but the entire planet.
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IMPACT AND COMMITMENt
CLEAN BEAUTY AND RESPONSIBLE CRAFTSMANSHIP
Irene Forte Skincare considers the environment in every step of their production process. Everything is produced in both Italy and the UK, without chemicals or any other polluting ingredients, keeping a restricted substance list. They do not use palm oil or mineral oil, and every product is free from microbeads, phthalates, parabens, artificial colours, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulphate and abrasive fragrances, all of which help minimise the soil and water pollution. All of their materials are sourced responsibly and are traceable, and everything is produced by hand in their lab to reduce waste.
All of Irene Forte Skincare’s paper materials and packaging produced in the UK and Italy use 100 percent recycled paper products. Their bottles and jars are sourced in Italy, and are made of 90 percent glass. The only plastic used in their packaging is for a particular pump-style bottle that doesn’t currently have a glass alternative that functions in the same way. For their second round of production, Irene Forte Skincare is planning to use post-consumer recycled plastic and more eco-friendly foiling and spraying techniques.
In addition to their packaging, Irene Forte Skincare also has a recycling program for the spas that use their products. At the end of each quarter, they collect all empty bottles and jars from their spa partners and reuse them in their labs, along with giving back £1 to the spa for every container they return.
In everything they do, Irene Forte Skincare works to promote Sicilian producers and artisans, using several handmade items in their spas beyond just the products themselves, like ceramic tiles, bowls and bronze bells. They have plans to find more ways to give back to those communities, and they are exploring a replanting program that would correlate to the number of products they sell.
ORGANIC AND NEVER TESTED ON ANIMALS
Irene Forte Skincare grows as many of their ingredients as they can on their organic farm in Sicily, and they want to eventually bring those numbers up. Anything they can not grow themselves are sourced from other reputable farmers nearby. They believe in the remarkable properties of plants and their fruits to nurture the skin, and thus believe in protecting their growth and planting as much as they can.
No Irene Forte Skincare products are tested on animals or produced with animal-derived ingredients. Everything is both vegetarian and vegan-friendly, for which they are in the process of seeking accreditation.