Consciously Formulated

At Origins, we create transformative skincare with naturally-derived ingredients that is designed to complement skin’s natural activities and noticeably improves how skin looks and feels.

Today, our Origins Bio-Tech Lab scientists fuse over 30 years of Origins expertise in plant science and skin physiology, and meticulously identify the high-performing, bioactive elements of plant- and earth-based ingredients—then use innovative technologies to unleash and amplify their benefits.

We consciously formulate, our development process is rigorous and we never compromise in our quest to produce high-potency yet gentle skincare that delivers real improvements.


Minimal Packaging

All cartons are FSC-certified, made with paperboard from responsibly managed forests

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Good Energy

We use 100% renewable electricity to manufacture our producs in primary facilities

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Tree Planting

Together with One Tree Planted we're working to restore ecosystems

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*The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.s funding emission reduction projects to offset CO2e emissions as a result of deliveries made from our Origins US fulfillment center to our consumers’ delivery addresses (Excludes same-day delivery).

Frequently Asked Questions




Synthetic Alternatives

Non-toxic, synthetic alternatives are ingredients that are human-made and not naturally-occurring. We believe that in combination with naturally-derived ingredients, the right synthetic ingredients can actually improve the overall quality and performance of a formula.

What Is Phenoxyethanol?

Phenoxyethanol is a synthetic preservative that's used to help prevent microorganisms from growing in cosmetic formulas. At Origins, we use an amount of Phenoxyethanol that is recognized as safe—less than 1%—as needed to maintain product integrity as you use it; we do not over-preserve. We also continuously work to identify additional preservatives that are safe and effective for you and the planet. It's part of our ongoing commitment to your well-being.

What Is BHT?

BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)—which is not to be confused with BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid)—is a synthetic ingredient that’s a proven anti-oxidant. As such, it helps protect ingredients or the product from oxidation that may be caused by reactions with oxygen in the air and helps contribute to the overall stability of the product.  We use BHT at levels that are recognized as safe.   

What Is EDTA?

EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) is a synthetic stabilizing ingredient that helps to chelate or bind free metal ions that, left unbound, may disrupt the integrity of an ingredient or product over time. EDTA is safe for skin and based on the latest scientific evidence, EDTA is not considered harmful to the environment by regulatory bodies.

SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) & SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & Sodium Laureth Sulfate are very popular cleansing agents responsible for the foaming character in products. They belong to the class of ingredients known as surfactants but not all surfactants are sulfates. We use sulfates (SLS and SLES) to make facial cleansers, shampoos, and body washes. While there is no strong scientific evidence that these sulfate-based surfactants are harmful or more irritating to the skin than non-sulfate-based surfactants they are in the spotlight because of the perception that these sulfates can be harsh on skin or hair.


Based on consumer preference and feedback, the Origins brand is actively reformulating our products to make use of alternative surfactants.

What Is PEG (Polyethylene Glycol)?

PEGs are a broad class of synthetic ingredients with many different uses. PEGs can be used in cosmetics as humectants (attract moisture to skin), emulsifiers, thickeners, solvents, or softeners. While there are no current regulatory limits on PEGs, they are in the spotlight due to the potential presence of 1,4 dioxane which can be created during the manufacturing of the raw material.1,4 dioxane is restricted above certain levels.


Origins closely monitors the purity of the PEGs we use to ensure any presence of 1,4 dioxane complies with recommended maximum trace levels of 10 parts per million (ppm or 0.001%) in finished cosmetic products.