Ethical and Sustainable: Sourcing Ingredients

Cathleen Klemm

Sourcing ingedients

Photo: Tessa Neustadt

Sourcing Ingredients at the Heidegger Family’s Permaculture Ranch in Malibu, CA

No detail has been overlooked in the creation of Retrouvé – it was brand co-founders Jami and Klaus Heidegger’s aim to marry art and science beautifully to provide for a supremely elegant and unparalleled skincare experience. Wherever possible, we source the highest grade of ingredients on the market from suppliers who have ethical and sustainable business practices and a history of quality. (For example, the squalane that we utilize is of the highest grade due to the fact that it is plant-based and not derived from animal sources.) We have now begun to source ingredients for our luxurious skincare preparations from the most reputable source we have found to date – the Heidegger family ranch in Malibu, California.

For the past five years, Klaus Heidegger has been growing avocados and other produce on the family’s ranch in accordance with the principles of permaculture. Permaculture, a term coined in the late 70s by Australian biologist Bill Mollison, is defined as “the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.” Permaculture is a sustainable practice that incorporates organic farming, agro-forestry, sustainable development, and applied ecology.

As a result of being cultivated according to the ideals of permaculture, the produce grown at the Heidegger’s ranch is uncompromised by chemicals, as this most “green” type of agriculture cultivation relies solely upon natural pesticides and fertilizers and recycled waste products as well as freshwater reserves. The oil pressed from the Heidegger ranch-harvested avocados is pure, rich, and abundantly nourishing and emollient to the skin.

After an extensive search to find a manufacturer capable of distilling this precious oil from their raw source at the ranch, we are thrilled to now be utilizing oil pressed from the Heidegger’s avocados in our Luminous Cleansing Elixir, Baume Ultime, and an ultra-nourishing hand cream that is in development.

The Heideggers have additional orchards that they plan to cultivate for further raw ingredient sourcing, such as Vitamin C. “At Retrouvé, we work continually to refine and develop our formulations as new ingredients and technologies become available. We source ingredients constantly, testing them in our cruelty-free labs and on our own skin. When we found a manufacturer with the capability to extract oil from our own avocados, we jumped at the chance to do so. It gives us comfort and confidence to know that the most important ingredient in our Luminous Cleansing Elixir is pure – that the avocados from which the oil is distilled are grown in clean soil, without pesticides, and cultivated with natural fertilizers and spring water. Permaculture has afforded Retrouvé an incredible level of control over the quality of our product,” explains Klaus.

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