Organic Skincare

Esse has been certified organic since 2005.

We don’t like synthetic chemicals and organic farming is better for the planet.


Over the course of the last century, we have seen the impact of synthetic chemicals on the world around us. We now know that complex ecosystems don’t respond to single chemicals in predictable ways. For example … when we spray DDT into an ecosystem to kill mosquitos, we succeed, but then we will then start to see unintended consequences. Decades after the ban on DDT, 99% of Americans still test positive for DDT residues in their blood. Girls exposed to DDT before puberty are 5 times more likely to develop breast cancer as adults. Although we achieve our short-term goals, the long-term effects are not easy to live with.

We feel that something similar is happening in conventional skincare. A single chemical is applied to skin for a short-term result without a full understanding of the long-term consequences.

Esse stays as close to nature as possible and the Ecocert organic standards keep us on track. They don’t allow synthetic chemicals, genetic modification or hormone mimics. In our view, we don’t feel that the standards have been a restriction on our ability to offer sustainable anti-ageing results.


Organic farmers don’t use synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers, so water courses and soil are not polluted by poisons. This also means that you aren’t polluted by the residues of these chemicals in your products.

In short, organic farming is sustainable and does less harm to the planet. It isn’t perfect, but it is far better than the status quo.

A person’s skin often has greater microbial diversity than their gut. Skin is now viewed by scientists as an ecosystem. Human cells and microbes co-exist with both contributing to optimum skin health.

In 2015, a 3D molecular map of human skin chemistry was made for the first time. The subjects were asked to stop using all personal care products for three days to avoid contamination of the results. The prediction was that the majority of the skin chemistry would be from microbial origin and that the rest would be of human origin, with environmental chemicals making up a small but measurable portion.

The results didn’t follow that pattern.

Products of microbial cells did indeed contribute twice what human cells did to the chemistry on skin. The surprise finding was that residues from personal care products contributed 8% of the measured chemistry.

The long-term effects of synthetic chemicals on the skin are not yet known but it seems unlikely that they would improve long-term ageing outcomes. This is why we have chosen to certify our products organic and to avoid chemicals that do not occur naturally.

Click HERE to view the full study.