We’ve spent a long time considering the safest and most effective ways to provide our products. Please read below to learn more about our decision to use recycled and recyclable packaging, rather than refill or other materials and solutions.

Materials: What we use, & why we chose it

We prioritise health, hygiene, safety and efficacy, and we're committed to supporting a circular economy.

Herlum bottles are made from recycled mono-material obtained from PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate), which is the easiest type of plastic to recycle. Our packaging is manufactured in Britain, using sustainably sourced material from Central America, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, the Middle East and North Africa.

This approach prevents plastic pollution reaching our oceans, cleans up existing waste, and encourages micro-entrepreneurship in developing countries. We use a dispensing pump from the world’s first ever 100% recyclable range, as confirmed by independent recycling specialists. We also use adhesive labels rather than silk-screening, in order to preserve the value of our containers, allowing them to be easily reused and recycled.

Why not provide a refill service?

Refilling an existing container may seem like a quick and efficient solution. But cleaning containers to an optimal standard requires industrial sterilisation processes with extremely hot water, which is neither practical nor eco-friendly.

Why not use refill pouches?

While they may seem a simple solution, plastic pouches are one of the worst environmental pollutants. Their thin layers fuse different materials, such as foil, wax and plastics, which makes them extremely difficult to recycle. Presently, the only way to recycle refill pouches is through specialised companies. But the energy required for this process can be very high, and so recycling them is not cost-effective. Instead, the producers opt to make new packaging – and so the wastage continues.

Therefore, instead of offering refills, we encourage our customers to recycle their plastic packaging, contributing to the circular economy and maintaining the safety and efficacy of our products.

Why not use glass bottles?

In a soapy, slippery environment, bathroom products packaged in glass can be a serious hazard. Not only can they fall, shattering into sharp pieces, but they can also smash bathroom tiles and ceramic surfaces on impact.

Why not use aluminium bottles?

Water-based products require an internal lacquer coating in order to prevent chemicals from leaching into the formula. This coating is made with resins, which are sometimes created by using toxic components. What’s more, fusing these materials makes them very difficult, if not impossible, to recycle.

Could you make waterless products, instead?

Water is a vital ingredient in any personal care product. It acts as a solvent, improving the performance of the formula. Unlike tap water, the water used in personal care is deionised, meaning that it has its minerals and impurities removed. As a result, tap water should never be used to dilute hand wash; it reduces its effectiveness, and can contaminate it with fungus or bacteria.

Why not use ceramics for the candles container?

Ceramics can't be recycled and need to be disposed into general waste, which is usually sent for incineration or to landfill. Most curbside recycling programmes will not accept ceramics and they also shouldn’t be put into the recycling bin as it can cause issues in local recycling facilities. Herlum’s products follow the principle of the circular economy: Rather than being directed to landfill or incineration, all of the materials and components in our products are designed to be reused, recycled and reinvented, again and again.

Do you test on animals?

Animal testing is never used in the making of our products. Likewise, all raw materials used are sourced from suppliers who commit to the same high standards as we do. We do not sell our products in countries where the law requires animal testing to be carried out on cosmetic products.

Are your products vegan?

Yes. At Herlum, ‘vegan’ means plant-based, and absolutely nothing derived from animals. 

Are your formulas biodegradable?

Yes. Our ingredients are natural, safe and biodegradable, which means that they do not impact on water recycling systems.

Do Herlum products use preservatives?

Yes. Preservatives are crucial to making products safe, effective and long-lasting. For example, any product containing water will require preservatives to protect consumers from mould, bacteria, and microbial growth, which present a health and hygiene risk, and can irritate the skin.

In our collection, we have opted to use a preservative made from a blend of Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Glycerin and Sorbic Acid. It is not only highly effective and safe, but also ECOCERT- and COSMOS -registered.

 

For more information or any questions, please email us at hello@herlum.co.uk; we’d love to hear from you.