About Green People
A pioneering brand established in 1997, Green People is the leader in certified organic body care products. With an extensive range of natural products – shampoos, face creams, sun lotions and body washes to name just a few – it is one of the biggest names in organic beauty in the UK.
However, it was started by a mother simply wanting to help her young daughter:
In 1994, 2-year-old Sandra was suffering from eczema and severe allergies. To relieve her obvious distress and itching, her mother, Charlotte Vøhtz, decided to get to the bottom of the problem.
Getting to the root of Sandra's allergies: personal care products
Charlotte discovered that many of Sandra’s skin allergies were linked to chemical-based household and personal care products. This is because exposure to toxic chemicals causes a build-up in the body which can lead to allergies and sensitivities. Although steroid-based treatments were suggested, Charlotte did not want her daughter's skin to be exposed to such harsh chemicals and decided to look for natural skin care products instead.
However, when she started looking into what some of these products contained, she was dismayed to find that even those advertised as 'natural' could contain up to 99.9% synthetic chemicals.
Charlotte says: “From that moment, I realised that we all are children of the chemical age and that man-made chemicals found everywhere, combined with changing dietary habits, profoundly affect us all”.
Did you know?
- 1 in 4 people now suffer from skin sensitivities or allergies
- 100,000 tonnes of man-made chemicals are used in so-called "natural" and "organic" cosmetic products each year
- Up to 60% of a substance can be absorbed through the skin- Synthetic chemicals entering the skin bypass the liver and go straight into the bloodstream. They are not degraded unlike chemicals in food.- Many of these chemicals are known to be harmful in isolation- Synthetic chemicals accumulate in the body and are stored in organic and fatty tissues causing a cocktail effect that can lead to eczema, allergies and immune disorders
She was so impressed by the difference that her natural methods and home-made natural skin care products had made that she thought she should share her discoveries with others. So Green People was born.
“With a nursing background, knowledge of herbal medicine, and more than 11 years of experience within the pharmaceutical industry, I decided to take action,” she says.
1997: The beginnings of Green People
What followed was several years of intensive product development which saw the very first Green People products taking shape. By 1997, they were hitting the shelves of independent health food stores in the UK.
The natural, alcohol-free, paraben-free products soon became popular amongst those looking to live an organic lifestyle, naturally free of harsh chemicals.
From the very beginning, Charlotte vowed never to use any aggressive ingredients or synthetic chemicals such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), Parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, alcohol (ethanol) or synthetic fragrances or colourants in her products.
Instead she sourced natural, organic alternatives and created a range of super-concentrated, high performance products - kind on the skin and also extremely effective. From the very start, organic essential oils were key to Charlotte’s design, replacing synthetic fragrances with beautiful natural scents and endowing the products with their own powerful properties. For those with the most delicate skin and multiple allergies Charlotte also developed a Sensitive range that was free from essential oils, containing only the very gentlest and most neutral ingredients.
1999: Pioneering certified organic products with the Soil Association
Back in 1997, Charlotte approached the Soil Association to encourage them to form standards for organic health and beauty products. Charlotte was, in 1999, invited to be a part of the committee designing the first standards for organic beauty. Charlotte, and later with her colleague Ian Taylor, played an important role in setting the standards for natural and organic cosmetics.
Green People is the true pioneer of organic beauty due to the high percentage of organic ingredients and lack of synthetic chemicals present in the products. It has over 100 products certified organic by The Soil Association (2002), Organic Food Federation (2003) and EcoCert (2009).
Today: over 100 certified organic products and high performance ranges for all the family
After 15 years and with a wealth of experience and knowledge, we now have a host of award winning high performance ranges for all of the family and specialist skin conditions. Our products are packed with over 90% active natural and organic ingredients to protect, nourish, renew and, most importantly, balance. Phyto science: plant performance without compromise.
- Organic Babies and Organic Children for the younger members of the family
- Oy! Organic Young offers solutions for young and acne-prone skin
- Organic Homme - pure performance products for men
- Sensitive - a neutral and scent free selection of allergy-friendly essentials for those with hyper-sensitive skin, eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions.
Meanwhile in the main Organic Skincare range we have specific ingredients for functional anti-ageing benefits and for adult blemished skin. Our best-selling Organic Sun range has been expanded to include shampoo and conditioner. Our shampoos and conditioners contain no SLS and are widely praised for their functionality and benefits.
Founder of The Green People Company Ltd.
The Green People Mission is to promote an organic lifestyle
and provide high quality, gentle, organic, natural formulations.
To support charities with related health and environmental concerns.
Green People are committed to offering products that are natural, gentle, organic and highly effective.
We will maintain our quest for excellence, creativity and innovation at all times, and will not compromise the quality of any Green People product.
None of our formulations or products are or ever have been tested on animals and most of our products are registered by the Vegan Society. All of our products are approved by the Vegetarian Society.
We believe that you have a fundamental right to know exactly what is contained in the products you are buying and therefore give full ingredient disclosure on all of our products.
We also support charities with related environmental concerns and each year 10% of our net profit is donated to charitable causes linked to 'green' or environmental issues.
The Green People team is a small group of dedicated people all working together for a healthier future and a less polluted world.