q&a with marie drago
Can live bacteria really be added into skincare products?
It can but that’s not the route we chose. As a pharmacist I want safe products with a good shelf-life. We use tyndalised bacteria in our formulas: it means that the bacteria have been gently killed by heat, but retain their structure. Thus, they keep their efficacy and there is no need to keep the products in the refrigerator.
Is Gallinée vegan & cruelty free?
Yes! Our products have never been tested on animals and don’t include any animal-derived ingredients.
Is Gallinée a clean beauty brand?
At Gallinée, we are 100% committed to making safe products that deliver real results without toxic chemicals and ingredients linked to harmful health effects. Our formulas are made up of at least 89% natural origin ingredients.
Beyond that, we care for the environment, only using vegan ingredients and prioritising biotech ingredients or ingredients from highly renewable sources (such as algae) wherever possible.
Our packaging is intentionally minimalist and we’re fully committed to keep improving it to the highest sustainability standards. Learn more about our sustainability commitments.
That said, it’s worth pointing out that ‘clean beauty’ is quite an ambiguous term, open to interpretation – here’s my take on the Clean Beauty movement if you want to find out more.
What are some common mistakes people make that destroy the bacterial balance on skin?
Trying to get too clean is definitely a factor that encourages sensitive skin. In the skincare industry we see a big ‘Less is more’ trend: less products, and also less ingredients in your products. I always recommend going for products that multitask and work well.