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Are there any chemicals in marlo products?
It is necessary to use synthetic ingredients in some of our products — and we strive to make these as pure as we can get them and to use as few as possible. We will always be transparent about the ingredients in our products. It’s also important to know that chemicals are not inherently bad or unsafe.

There are both natural and synthetic chemicals in the world. Natural chemicals are produced by nature without any human intervention. Synthetic chemicals are made by humans using methods different than those nature uses, and these chemical structures may or may not be found in nature. Synthetic chemicals can also be made from a natural product (i.e. they are naturally derived).

Do you use preservatives in your cream?
Yes, we do use preservatives to ensure that our cream is safe throughout the life of its use. Marlo uses the lowest possible levels of preservation to ensure that our products perform effectively over the time it takes you to finish the product. Consumer safety is a main concern of ours and we would never compromise on this!

Preservatives are natural or synthetic ingredients that are added to personal care products to prevent spoilage from microbial growth or undesirable chemical changes. They are essential in most products to prevent product damage caused by microorganisms and to protect the product from inadvertent contamination by consumers during use. Without preservatives, cosmetic products, just like food, can become contaminated, leading to product spoilage and possibly irritation or infections. Microbial contamination of products, especially those used around the eyes and on the skin, can cause significant problems, and preservatives help to prevent such problems.

potent

How does the cream work?
Bloom lush revitalizing cream is powered by our exclusive Super-Lycopene Hydrosol. This multi-action cream is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and other vital nutrients that help to minimize the appearance of signs of aging, including lines and wrinkles, dehydration and skin that’s not so firm anymore. This deliciously rich moisturizer will make your skin glow with healthy beauty!
How does your cream compare with other anti-aging creams on the market?
There are lots of anti-aging creams out there, but here’s how we stand out: marlo hydroponic skincare is pure, potent, and sustainable. Our products contain pure extracts that are derived from hydroponic tomatoes, which contain an abundance of a powerful antioxidant called lycopene. With super-concentrated levels of lycopene, our exclusive star ingredient, Super-Lycopene Hydrosol, helps fight skin-aging and delivers revitalized, more youthful looking skin. Not only are we doing the best that we can for your skin, we are doing the best that we can for the environment because we use sustainable hydroponic technology at our core!
So, why tomatoes?
Tomatoes are rich in an especially potent antioxidant called lycopene, which has anti-aging properties. Lycopene helps cells stay strong in the face of environmental stress and toxin build-up. It is the source of our star ingredient, Super-Lycopene Hydrosol. Turns out tomatoes are good for you inside and out!
What is lycopene?
Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight skin-aging free radicals. It is the source of our super star ingredient, Super-Lycopene Hydrosol, a multi-benefit anti-aging extract that is distilled by hand from hydroponic tomatoes. Super-Lycopene Hydrosol contains super-concentrated levels of lycopene making it an anti-aging “wow”!
Why is lycopene an anti-aging WOW?
Oh, let us count the ways! Lycopene is an exceptional and powerful antioxidant that fights nasty free radicals that can wreak havoc on your skin, causing it to age. Our exclusive Super-Lycopene Hydrosol does so much for your skin. It helps to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles and strengthens skin’s natural collagen, making it firmer and more resilient. It also helps protect and restore skin’s vital moisture barrier, keeping skin hydrated for hours while improving skin’s texture, tone, and clarity.

sustainable

What is the definition of “natural,” “naturally derived,” and “organic”?
These terms can be confusing because there are no government regulations to standardize the meaning of “natural” and “organic” cosmetics. So, it’s really more of an interpretation than any kind of real definition, and useful for marketing purposes. Rather than relying on these vague terms, we think it is more accurate to say that all of our products are composed of primarily plant-based ingredients.

Some say that “natural” means occurring in nature, while “naturally derived” means that it has been created using ingredients from naturally occurring sources.

“Organic cosmetics” has little meaning because, like “natural”, it is not regulated. However, organic is soil-based farming that sometimes utilizes manure for fertilizer.

Marlo products go beyond traditional “organic” since there is no soil or manure involved in the growing process. Hydroponics are greener and cleaner!

do other ingredients in your products reduce the purity and potency of your hydroponic extracts?
There are other ingredients we use in our formulation, but Super-Lycopene Hydrosol is the powerhouse ingredient that delivers numerous skin protecting and renewing benefits. Other ingredients are there to help your skin absorb these great benefits and provide maximum effectiveness. Just take a look at our ingredient list and you’ll see that tomato is right at the top — it’s the star of the show! And all of our ingredients are 100% non-toxic.
Are hydroponic tomatoes better than non-hydroponic tomatoes?

Some studies have shown that hydroponic produce can be more flavorful, have more nutritional benefits and a longer shelf life when compared to conventionally grown produce. Hydroponic produce is definitely healthier because pesticides and chemical fertilizers aren’t used. Because we source hydroponic tomatoes locally, they are at peak freshness — less transport time means they retain their vitamins and nutrients.

Are all of Marlo products organic?

The standard for organics has traditionally referred to growing done in soil, and since we don’t even use soil, Marlo actually goes beyond the organic standard for soil farming. With no soil, there’s no risk of soil impurities, heavy metals, pollutants, groundwater contamination, and no use of manure. It’s cleaner and greener! We also do not use any genetically modified tomatoes.

“Organic cosmetics” has little meaning because, like “natural,” it is not regulated.  However, organic is soil-based farming that sometimes utilizes manure for fertilizer.  We can assure you that all of our products are 100% non-toxic and paraben-free, and we do not use extracts or ingredients that have been subject to pesticides.

Are the ingredients in Marlo products natural?
The word “natural” sounds great, but there really aren’t any hard and fast rules about what it means to be a natural cosmetic product. Lots of cosmetic brands say that they are natural, but in our opinion, some just use it as marketing language.

Forget that — there’s no such spin here: we can say that all of Marlo products are made of primarily plant-based ingredients, 100% non-toxic, and contain no parabens. They are completely free of gluten, dyes and pigments, pesticides, fragrance, animal-derived ingredients, benzoyl peroxide, plus a whole host of other nasties. Since we do use any animal-derived materials, our products are also vegan.

Is your manufacturing process 100% sustainable?
It is very difficult to make any manufacturing process 100% sustainable, but we strive to use sustainable practices every step of the way!

We use hydroponic tomatoes to make our skincare products, which means the tomatoes are grown using water, not soil. In a hydroponic farming system, water is recycled and reused — hydroponics uses roughly 1/20th the amount of water used in traditional farming. Hydroponic plants are grown in greenhouses, which means that there is no soil depletion, and since hydroponics is sans chemical fertilizers and pesticides, there is no contaminated water run-off into fresh bodies of water. We also do not do any animal testing to make our products.

Our jars are made of 100% recyclable glass, not plastic and we omitted the plastic liner that is often used inside the jar, which also means that the size impression of the jar is true to the eye. The cap is metallized and treated using a non-aerosol process, so it does not emit dangerous volatile organic particles into the environment.

Our carton is made from paper that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC certified), ensuring that our packaging supplier complies with environmentally sound paper sourcing. The supplier also uses Renewable Choice, a leading global provider of customized clean energy services, to support renewable energy and wind power at their plants.

Sustainability is at the core of our brand. We are constantly reviewing our processes to see if we can improve upon them. We seek to partner with suppliers that possess the same philosophy.

What do you mean by “sustainable beauty”?
We believe that beauty is only truly beautiful if it is sustainable. Marlo products create the perfect balance for a beautiful you AND a beautiful environment! From the very first moment, we put sustainability and caring for the environment at our core. We aim to create our skincare products while also being committed to respecting and protecting the environment. For more detailed information about our sustainable practices, see the question above about our manufacturing.

processing

Why do you hand-distill the hydroponic tomatoes?
We harvest and dehydrate the hydroponic tomatoes at their peak nutritional state and use a proprietary small batch, artisanal distillation process as opposed to the traditional manufacturing processes, which can be harsher and more resource-intensive. Our gentle extraction method ensures that we better preserve all the raw nutrients that we get from the tomatoes in their purest and most potent form.
How does the distillation process work?
Distillation is a process that removes and filters out contaminants, toxins, pollutants and chemicals, ensuring that the extracts are as pure and clean as possible. Marlo uses gentle steam distillation to yield our powerful Super-Lycopene Hydrosol. Steam allows the powerful extracts from the tomato to release, which are then carried to a condenser chamber, where they are re-liquified. It is important to note that we do not dilute our hydrosol. And, our distillation uses glass equipment, ensuring that there isn’t any risk of adulteration, which could happen with copper or aluminum equipment.
Do you use fertilizers and pesticides to grow the tomatoes?

Hydroponics is the art and science of growing plants in water, not soil, so there is no need for chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or manure, which are used in conventional and/or organic farming. Growing in water means the tomatoes are not vulnerable to soil-borne pests, pollutants, heavy metals or other soil impurities that conventional farms are. Hydroponics is a very clean agricultural technology that minimizes the risk of soil contaminants. By growing indoors in greenhouses, the growing environment is highly controlled; we also don’t have to worry about weather or other external forces affecting crops.

Where do you source your tomatoes from?

We aim to source all of our tomatoes from local hydroponic growers. By sourcing locally, we get the freshest possible tomatoes we can because transportation distances are short. Plus, by minimizing transportation distances, we minimize carbon emissions, which reduces our carbon footprint. Local sourcing also enables us to support our region’s agricultural economy. Lycopene is the bright red compound found naturally in all tomatoes, so we do not limit ourselves to any specific variety and use the standard tomato for their extraction, making sure they are used at their peak ripeness.

hydroponics

What is hydroponics?

Hydroponics is the art and science of growing plants in water, not soil. Water that is enriched with minerals and nutrients is delivered directly to plants. The water used in hydroponics is recycled and reused, so it actually significantly reduces the total amount of water and energy consumed relative to traditional farming — hydroponics uses only 1/20th the amount of water in comparison! Because no soil is used, soil nutrients aren’t depleted, and land is conserved. Plus, there is no need to use pesticides to guard against soil-borne pests, and no toxins, soil impurities, or groundwater contamination. Using hydroponics leads to a healthier tomato and a healthier environment.

What is hydroponic skincare?

We are the first company based entirely on hydroponics. Our formulas will all be powered by hydroponic plant-based extracts, meaning the active ingredient will come from hydroponically grown tomatoes. Marlo aims to support and encourage hydroponic farming, a more sustainable way to farm that has a reduced negative impact on the environment.

How did you get the idea to make hydroponic skincare?
Marlo is the brainchild of Marjorie, a beauty marketer, and Renee, a cosmetic chemist, who have both spent years working in the beauty industry and are passionate about the environment. The idea came to Marjorie when she was taking a class on hydroponics and wondered if this could be a better way to formulate skincare, in a new kind of sustainable beauty company. She asked Renee for advice, who created a makeshift lab in her kitchen and started compounding a potent hydrosol from the distillate of hydroponic tomatoes. Eventually this became our star ingredient, Super-Lycopene Hydrosol, which contains super-concentrated levels of lycopene, a potent anti-aging antioxidant. Read more of our story here.
Are all of your extracts hydroponically grown?

Our active ingredient, Super-Lycopene Hydrosol, will always be a hydroponic plant-based extract. Of course, there will be other ingredients that are needed to create the final product, and these will always be as pure, non-toxic, and sustainable as we can get them. We formulate with the low toxicity standards set by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

ingredients

You say that marlo contains plant-based, 100% non-toxic ingredients. What are they?
Our exclusive Super-Lycopene Hydrosol is the key ingredient that drives efficacy. It is boosted by a combination of other delightful, non-toxic ingredients such as coco butter, grapeseed oil, shea butter, and sodium hyaluronate.
Some of the ingredients listed on your label don’t sound very natural. Please explain.

In addition to our plant-based ingredients we use non-toxic, safe synthetic ingredients, which are derived from natural ingredients. These ingredients help stabilize the formula to ensure all the good-for-you active ingredients continue work to their fullest potential.

Do you use a natural preservative?

We use an effective preservative system that is a blend of multifunctional ingredients derived from vegetable sources that are free of parabens, isothiazolinones and formaldehyde donors.

Is your cream vegan?

marlo is free of any animal-derived materials.

Does marlo test on animals?

marlo is cruelty free; we do not test on animals.

I have oily/acne-prone/menopausal skin, is your cream right for me?

Our cream is perfect for all skin types.

Does marlo use fragrance because I can smell fragrance in my cream.

Our cream is free of synthetic fragrance. However, we do use organic Geranium Oil at extremely low levels for their efficacious properties. This essential oil is known to effectively eliminate dead cells, tighten the skin, promote the regeneration of new skin, and diminish signs of aging. From an aromatherapeutic perspective, it has been known to help improve cognitive function, balance emotions by reducing feelings of stress, anxiety, sadness, fatigue and tension, and enhance concentration.

I see that the cream contains Coco Butter and Shea Butter, are these hydroponic?

Coco Butter and Shea Butter are grown on trees, and although it is possible to grow a tree hydroponically, the size and weight of the tree and their root systems do not handle the hydroponic process well. Only our Super-Lycopene Hydrosol is derived from hydroponically grown tomatoes.

What is Tamarindus Indica Seed Polysaccharide?

Tamarindus Indica Seed Polysaccharide is the polysaccharide derived from the Tamarind Seed. This polysaccharide is the highly concentrated moisturizing component of Tamarind Seed and provides additional vitamins, minerals and amino acids to the skin to keep it healthy, hydrated and supple.

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