In 2008, our journey into natural body care began. Disheartened by the abundance of cheap, chemical, drying and mass-produced skin detergents, misleading labelling and long, confusing ingredient lists, we delved into the science and practice of traditional, natural soap theory.
With a genuine commitment to the natural environment, animal welfare, holistic health and old-school artisan practices, our first small-scale commercial production of hand-crafted bar and liquid soaps appeared in the NSW North Coast marketplace two years later. Since that time, our product range has evolved, our business has grown, and Folk has developed into a loved and trusted source of ethical, traditional, vegetable-based, body care products.
We thank you all sincerely for your support.
Jade and Adam (Founders of The Australian Food and Fragrance Company, and creators of Folk)
Traditional: Folk body care products use old, proven techniques (such as cold and hot processed lye soap) with minimal processing. Our products are made by hand.
Natural: Folk body care products use certified-organic vegetable oils, certified-organic essential oils and botanical exfoliants, non-irradiated clays, and natural minerals. There are no artificial colours, scents, preservatives, thinners or chemical substitutes.
Moisturising: High quality, certified-organic vegetable oils (incl. coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba and cocoa butter) act as incredible emoliants and offer enhanced skin nutrition. In the case of our soap products, all natural, vegetable glycerine (a humectant and moisturiser) produced during the formation of Folk soap is retained.
Vegan: Folk body care products are registered by the Vegan Society of England. This is your assurance of no animal-derived ingredients, no animal testing, no genetically-modified ingredients, and no cruel animal harvesting of ingredients.
Cruelty Free: In addition to our vegan registration, Folk are proudly accredited by Choose Cruelty Free Australia. This provides our customers with even more assurance of our vegan and cruelty free status. Choose Cruelty Free Australia are an independent not-for-profit organisation, who maintain the internationally-respected 'Cruelty Free List' and actively campaign for an end to animal testing of cosmetics, toiletries and other household products.
Organic: All of the vegetable oils and botanicals (and the vast majority of essential oils and waxes) used within Folk body care products are certified organic. They are chemical free, grown from the earth, and harvested and processed sustainably. Cross contamination of organic with non-organic ingredients and equipment during production, storing and transport is prevented.
No Palm Oil: Palm oil, a popular, inexpensive vegetable oil, is a highly controversial ingredient. Derived from the palm fruit of the African oil palm tree, it is widely used in cosmetics and baked goods, confectionary, shampoo, detergents, cleaning products and toothpaste. This single vegetable oil is found in approx. 40-50% of household products in Aust, Canada, the US and England. Unfortunately, the palm oil industry is linked to major issues of deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and indigenous rights abuses in countries where it is grown (throughout Africa, Asia and the Americas). Predictions suggest that large scale deforestation of native rainforest to make way for palm oil production will lead to the extinctions of orangutans in the wild in 5-10 years, and the Sumatran tiger in less than 3 years. Folk actively discourages the palm oil industry (even the use of palm oil products claimed to contain palm oil from sustainable plantations) by saying 'no' to palm oil within our products. Instead, we use alternative, organic vegetable oils and techniques to ensure our products are wonderfully-moisturising and long lasting.
Handmade in Australia: Folk products are created by hand and handheld equipment, within the North Coast of NSW.
No Petrochemicals: Petrochemicals are petroleum based, synthetic substances, and are found in the majority of skin care products. Studies have found that topical and oral application of petrochemicals in subjects have resulted in anemia, kidney degeneration, and nerve damage. Suspected links to the use of petrochemicals in the rise of skin irritations, cancer and other diseases exist. Folk products do not contain petrochemical ingredients.
No Parabens: Parabens are a group of low-cost chemicals widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. They have been linked to possible carcinogenicity. Folk products do not contain parabens.
No SLS/ SLES/ ALS/ ALES (the 'Sulfates'): Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS) and Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (ALES) are detergents and surfactants found in many personal care products. Research has shown the sulfates to be known irritants (particularly in people with sensitive skin and/ or following extended skin contact with products containing them). It has long been speculated that sulfates may be carcinogenic. Folk products do not contain sulfates.