What are Skin Foods?
We create natural skincare products because we know that natural – made the right way and used for the right thing – works better than synthetic.
When plant, nut and seed oils, butters, waxes, flowers, clays and salts are allowed to remain in their raw or minimally processed state, undiluted by synthetic preservatives, cheap fillers or artificial fragrance, their potent active properties - antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, vitamins and nutrients - have outstanding topical benefits. This is how we use our ingredients and this is why we call them Skin Foods.
We are passionate about the ability of Skin Foods to perform key skincare functions, whether you have sensitive, dry or combination skin: to cleanse away dirt; help replenish skin cells and lock in hydration; and protect your skin from the elements. We don’t insist natural always works best (we are not believers in 100% natural deodorant, for example) – but 100% natural will deliver your comprehensive skincare routine with outstanding results.
"Our mission is to create beautiful natural products that you can use everyday, to get you as excited by every ingredient as we are, with results that surpass your expectations."
Sophie, Sister & Co. Founder
How our Skin Foods will change your experience of skincare:
They'll streamline your routine.
We don’t think you need a hundred products on your shelf. You need products that keep skin clean, that help replenish skin cells and that protect skin from the elements. We make a small number of hardworking products that do just this. That’s a three step routine that you can be pretty sure you’ll find the time to follow twice a day. If you like, add a retinol, add an AHA, have a regular facial – your skin, your choice. But we believe that if you simply follow this routine, using products that work in harmony with your skin, you’re more than on track for the best version of your skin. One caveat! You should use a sunscreen everyday. We don’t make one right now as truly natural sunscreen isn't possible.
They only contain active ingredients that your skin really needs - with beautiful textures and smells.
We don’t think choosing natural should be a compromise on efficacy or luxury, so we only create products where our natural formulations perform as effectively and better than synthetic alternatives. We’ve searched long and hard for the ultimate “skin foods” - ingredients with the right balance of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties – bringing them together to deliver fresh scents, great textures and clear results. We’re not on a vigilante mission to bring down all chemicals. We just want you to know that for some things there are natural alternatives that look and feel as great as the results they deliver. That's what we're passionate about creating.
You'll know exactly what they're made with - and made without.
Right now brands can throw in a whole host of man-made chemicals and call a product ‘natural’ - currently the term isn't formally regulated. We as consumers deserve choices and transparency, especially when some of these chemicals really aren’t that great at all. Each ingredient in our products has been carefully chosen for its specific skincare function or benefit, so we’re proud to tell you exactly what it is and why it’s in there. Our formulations are always free from synthetic preservatives and fillers. They’re also free from all parabens, SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate), SLES (sodium laureth sulphate), mineral oil, petroleum and artificial fragrances or colours. They are never tested on animals.
The ESSENTIALS are a carefully-crafted set of products that work to effectively cleanse, hydrate and protect your skin: the fundamental pillars of any skincare routine. They help you simplify – not clutter – your routine.
The ADDITIONALS have all been formulated with specific needs in mind - beyond the essentials of everyday skincare. We use active natural ingredients to create products for healthy hair and and teeth, as well as luxurious products for body and baby-care.
Our SINGLE-SOURCED Coconut Oil is our original product. Cold-pressed at a small organic farm on the Sri Lankan coast, this is the ultimate grade of raw coconut oil for everyday beauty and skincare use.
The concept for Sister & Co. Skin Food came to life after our founder Sophie was on a trip India several years ago. She frequently suffered from problem skin, no matter what products she used (product after product after product). After a bad breakout in India a local lady told her to wash her face once daily in the raw coconut oil her family produced at home. Sophie’s skin felt better than it had in a long time - hydrated, supple and calm. And much sooner than usual her skin had cleared.
Returning to London, Sophie was unable find a coconut oil with the same lightness, absorbency and delicate aroma, so she decided to embark on a mission to source it herself. In January 2015 she launched Sister & Co. Coconut Oil, our original product. Cold-pressed at a small organic farm on the Sri Lankan coast, this is the perfect grade of raw coconut oil for your beauty and skincare routine and the ultimate multi-tasking product.
But the journey had opened her eyes to the smoke screen of the skincare industry, so much driven by inflated marketing messages from brands demanding that people need a multitude of products, charging very high prices and not giving any clarity on what products are made from. No wonder skin gets angry and irritated if it’s covered in countless products containing a plethora of synthetic chemicals and, if a product does claim to contain ‘natural’ ingredients, often enough preservatives and fillers to render them pretty pointless. Believing there was an alternative approach to skincare and knowing that it wasn’t just her that was rightly demanding honest, truly natural skincare options, the idea for a wider Skin Food range was born.