Cutting Edge Science
CO2 Extraction Simply Makes Products Better
An extremely gentle technology that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to pull the desired phytochemicals from a plant, CO2 extractions - unlike conventional extractions - recover fragile and precious plant ingredients without the stress of high temperatures.
LOTUS PINK CO2
The technology is full spectrum, meaning it captures the whole goodness of a plant.
Incredibly, CO2 extracts are virtually identical to their natural origins, right down to active lipids and even terpenes, the chemical compounds found in plants that are responsible for aromas, colors and flavors (if you want to know why our products smell so amazing, that's the reason!).
The difference between our supercritical CO2 extracts and conventional extracts is like the difference between viewing a film in high def colour compared to black and white.
They're more concentrated, more whole, and more pure; unique in terms of the concentration and composition of active ingredients.
WHEN IS A SUPERFOOD NOT SO SUPER?
When its basic goodness is compromised or diluted, that's when. And unfortunately, that's what happens with conventional extraction technologies, which operate at high temperatures using chemical solvents like alcohols and glycols. In comparison to CO2 extracts, not only do these technologies capture a more limited range of nutrients, but the extracts themselves are often denatured and contaminated by the solvents, failing as a result to deliver their full potential to the skin.
GOOD FOR YOU AND FOR OUR PLANET
CO2 extraction is not only great for your skin but our planet too! That's because CO2 (which is accredited as 'Generally Recognized As Safe' by the FDA and used extensively in the food industry) is one of the few solvents that's certified organic. Unlike conventional extraction processes, it's a zero waste technology. After extraction it evaporates completely. It's cleaner, safer, more environmentally conscious, and far better for our planet.
EXPENSIVE BUT WORTH IT
Here's a question you're likely asking yourself. If CO2 extracts make such a difference to beauty products and our skin, why aren't they used more extensively? The simple answer is cost. CO2 extracts are expensive, because the technology required to make them is state of the art and complex. We're committed though to delivering the very best products for the health of your skin, which is why we use them, without compromise.
THE SUPERCRITICAL DIFFERENCE
|Supercritical CO2 Extracts||Conventional Alcohol
and Glycol Extracts
|Clean, Potent Extracts
(not denatured or diluted by the solvent)
(capturing the plant's full spectrum of nutrients)
|Zero Waste Technology
(no run-off, environmentally friendly)
(capturing the full range of the plant's terpenes)
|Low Temperature Extraction Technology
(less likely to compromise the plant's nutrients)
|Certified Organic Solvent|