More than 290 French brands are labeled Slow Cosmétique. Since its creation in 2013, the association founded by Julien Kaibeck has guided consumers in choosing their beauty, hygiene and well-being products. His credo? Highlight cosmetics whose compositions, packaging and sourcing of ingredients give pride of place to naturalness.
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But the formulation – even organic – and the packaging are not enough to obtain the precious label. Hands-on or family business models are also preferred, as are realistic promises and fair prices.
Slow Cosmetics, to consume less, but better
The objective, to invite, as much as possible, to consume less, but better. To date, more than 5,000 products have been labeled, thanks to expert jurors and public volunteers who screened the brands against more than 65 criteria (see the complete Slow Cosmetics methodology here). A list that has just been expanded: 18 new natural cosmetics companies have recently been awarded the Slow Cosmetics label.
Ti Soap Pei, the second Reunionese brand to receive the natural cosmetics label
Among the lucky winners, 17 are French. And one of them is from Reunion: Ti Soap Pei! It is the second from Reunion Island to be certified by the label after Elvijah, a natural cosmetics brand based in Cilaos.
An artisanal soap factory that excludes palm oil and petrochemicals
Based in Saint-Gilles les Hauts (97460), in the heart of the Indian Ocean, Ti Soap Pei is a small family brand founded by Timothée and Julie. In their artisanal soap factory, the two partners, who met during a permaculture internship in Limousin, have been designing products without packaging or plastic by hand since 2018.
Respecting the process of cold saponification, which better preserves the properties of the active ingredients, they exclude palm oil and components derived from petrochemicals, to favor natural, organic and local ingredients, when possible.
Many ingredients sourced on Reunion Island
Thus, many key ingredients of soaps, balms, shampoos and solid deodorants from Ti Soap Pei come directly from Reunion Island. Organic turmeric mother root and arrowroot from Domaine de Picasso, organic ylang-ylang, lemongrass and bourbon geranium essential oils from Run’Essence, as well as spirulina from La Ferme Spiruline are sourced directly from intense island. The clays, meanwhile, are sourced in metropolitan France.
Unfortunately, the production of vegetable oils and butters is “almost non-existent, reserved for direct tourist sales or with poor manufacturing traceability”, according to Ti Soap Pei. The soap factory is for the moment forced to obtain supplies from other countries, hoping to be able, in the long term, to use oils produced in Madagascar.
Beauty products and accessories from Ti Soap Pei
Timothée and Julie make 4 types of products:
- Surgras solid soaps (with 8% pure oils): lemongrass & kaffir lime, turmeric & 4 spices, lemongrass…
- Solid shampoos : with clay and tea tree for oily hair, with shikakai, ylang-ylang and amla for normal hair, with hibiscus and turmeric powders for dry hair.
- Solid deodorants : with palma rosa, bourbon rose geranium, rosemary…
- Oily balms with essential oils : ravintsara for the respiratory tract, wintergreen and lemon eucalyptus against muscle pain, aspic lavender and tea tree against itching…
Where to buy Ti Soap Pei soaps and shampoos?
On Reunion Island
Ti Soap Pei products are sold in many points of sale on Reunion Island (natural stores, pharmacies, Saint-Paul covered market, etc.) from Saint-André to Saint-Pierre, via Saint- Louis and Saint-Leu. The complete list of points of sale is available on the soap factory website.
On the Internet
On the website tisoappei.com