Before launching Triumph & Disaster we made the decision that we would not call ourselves 100% Natural. Despite the fact many companies out there make such claims, we just felt that it was not the whole truth.
It's not that we didn’t start out with 'Natural' in our heads, we did. We briefed our chemists to engineer perfect 100% natural products, natural solutions with no hint of science or nasty chemicals. And so they did and we were stoked. We sat back in our leather armchairs with lighted stogies and patted ourselves on the back, for creating unique high performing and 100% natural products – we were going to be rich.
Then we slept on it, and lived with it a while, we started to explore the ins and outs of the industry and the hard facts of some of the claims people were making.
We noticed even the most earnest brands using language like;
‘the maximum amount of natural and organic ingredients’ or
‘natural ingredients may undergo some ecological processing’
And we saw people using the term ‘Organic’ as a general fix all for ‘green’ credentials.
In other words we started to feel , well, uneasy.
See it turns out there is no ‘legal’ definition of ‘Natural’ when it comes to beauty products, each manufacturer is free to define it as they wish and market their products as natural regardless of the ingredients they use – true story.
This means companies can define 'Natural' on their own terms, ignoring the chemical processes and reactions that many raw materials go through as we engineer them for our purposes.
By the same token we also think there is a lot of scare mongering and frankly ill-informed views on what is good and bad for both the consumer and the environment being fed to us from different quarters.
So what to do? Well we decided to do our own bit of self branding, faux science, slight of hand, hoopla stuff and come clean, sort of like a gentlemen’s double bluff if you will.
That is, we believe in nature as a rule but we acknowledge that the moment you start tinkering; turning proteins into amino acids, splitting fat molecules, effecting hydrolysis, executing esterification or hydrogenation…well it just don’t feel all that Natural anymore.
SO, we are forced to believe in science...and we do believe.
The good news is there’s some crack hot science out there, simple science designed to make products perform better, behave more safely and be cleaner for you and the environment.
This is the kind of science we believe in, simple natural formulations engineered with honest intentions to produce progressive, safe products - sort of like alchemy, although if it were actual alchemy we may not be having this conversation.
We stand behind all our claims and will always strive to be at the forefront of this ethos that combines science and nature for your benefit.
And if this ain’t enough, all our ingredients meet the criteria set out in the European Union Directive for Cosmetic Safety (the highest court in the land).
List of Ingredients Used by Triumph & Disaster (the only one’s used by Triumph & Disaster).
Aqua – Pure sterilized (that’s right the hard stuff) water adds moisture to formulations.
Bentonite- Naturally occurring hydrated aluminosilicate of sodium, calcium, magnesium, and iron. Used medicinally for hundreds of years by indigenous cultures around the planet and now used by us.
Benzyl Alcohol – is a naturally occurring essential oil component with antimicrobial properties. You will find this in our moisturiser.
Black Clay- Naturally occurring clay. Sounds cool, looks cool, is cool.
Black Iron Oxide – Iron Oxides are naturally occurring mineral deposits, however Iron Oxides used in cosmetic and personal care products are synthetic. The role of oxides is to impart color.
Carbomer- nothing to do with a group of insurgents everything to do with a series of polymers primarily made from acrylic acid. Carbomers help to distribute or suspend an insoluble solid in a liquid. We use it to keep our moisturizer emulsion from separating into its oil and liquid components.
Cetearyl Alcohol- a fatty acid hailing from plant oils, cetearyl alcohol is fantastic for hydrating and softening the skin as an emulsifier.
Cetearyl Glucoside - is a vegetable emulsifier, derived from coconut and glucose. It is readily biodegradable and is non-irritant, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic…yeehaa.
Cetyl Alcohol – A vegetable source fatty alcohol derived from natural oils and fats, used to thicken and stabilize.
Cetyl Olivate, - An emulsifier derived from Olive oil, it aids in hydrating skin by reinforcing the lipid barrier and preventing moisture from evaporating.
Citric Acid – Awesome pH balancer, preservative and astringent – comes from citrus fruit.
Cocamidopropyl Betaine- A mild amphoteric surfactant produced from coconut oil.
Coco Caprylate - derived from coconuts and a great natural alternative to silicones. It provides a lubricating and softening effect upon application, for a silky and smooth effect.
Cyathea cumingii leaf extract - is a species of fern that grows in New Zealand. For centuries Maori people used the pulp from young fronds of the Cyathea tree ferns for their wound-healing properties, we use it in our moisturizer for much the same reason.
Decyl Glucoside - A nonionic surfactant, a combination of plant based fatty alcohols and glucose, puts the foam in our cleansing products.
Glycerine – Derived from vegetable, hydrates and prevents moisture loss.
Glyceryl Monostearate – comes from plant oils this is a crack hot emulsifier.
Green Clay - Clay with astringent qualities, helps to clean the skin by drawing out impurities
Jojoba Esters – Floral ester from the Mexican Jojoba plant- works to reduce lines and wrinkles.
Kaolin – Clay with astringent qualities, helps to clean the skin by drawing out impurities, known to improve lymphatic flow and increase circulation as well.
Lanolin – A powerful emollient with protective properties. Went out of fashion for a while and still the fact that it is off a sheep’s back freaks some people out. Having sheared a few sheep during summer holidays, we reckon its God's own moisturiser.
Magnesium Aluminum Silicate - A natural clay that contains Aluminum – have no fear as this cannot be absorbed into the skin due the molecules being too big to pass through the skins cells.
Myristyl Myristate- A vegetable derived ester, combination of myristyl alcohol and myristic acid, for use as a co-emulsifier and opacifier.
Natural Betaine - extracted from the molasses of beet sugar it works with surfactants, to form a stable, aqueous solutions and delivers effective moisturizing and water-holding properties.
P-Anisic Acid - derived from basil, P-anisic acid acts as a natural preservative, with mould inhibitor properties.
Panthenol- a form of Vitamin B5 commonly derived from plants, Panthenol acts as a lubricant on the skin surface, giving skin a soft and smooth appearance.
Papaver Somniferum Seed first cultivated by ancient civilizations thousands of years ago Opium poppies have been called many things including 'the plant of joy', we just liked the seeds.
Peppermint Oil- mentha piperita is a herb, being a cross between two types of mint (water mint and spearmint), in addition to its antiseptic nature it provides a stimulating aroma to our cleanser.
Phenyl Alcohol – Organic compound derived from a variety of essential oils including rose, orange blossom and neroli.
Pseudowintera Colorata - also known as Horopito or New Zealand Pepper Tree, this little gem has been used by Maori for centuries for all kinds of ailments, we use it for its healing properties in our moisturiser.
Salicylic Acid – Natural preservative hails from the bark of willow trees. You will find this in our moisturiser.
Sodium Chloride – Organic salts.
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate - derived from coconut oil and used as a surfactant in our face scrub, it cleans the skin and hair by helping water to mix with oil and dirt so that they can be rinsed away.
Sodium Hydroxide- organic salts
Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate- Prepared from fatty acids and sarcosine, which is a breakdown product of creatine or caffeine. This is the primary surfactant in our facial cleanser.
Sodium Palmate - synthesized by reacting palm oil with sodium hydroxide. This process is called saponification, which occurs when a fatty acid reacts with an alkali, in this case producing an efficient surfactant and emulsifying agent that is a key ingredient in soap.
Sodium Palm Kernelate - Salt of palm oil, obtained from the fruit of palm oil tree.
Sodium Phytate - Salt of Phytic acid, it occurs in nature in the seeds of cereal grains and has strong antioxidant properties.
Sorbic Acid – Organic Salts
Sorbitan Olivate – from olive oil this is a great emulsifier that helps soften skin.
Tamanu Oil – used to heal wounds by native Tahitians for centuries, Tamanu oil is a modern day ‘wonder’ plant that has become renowned for its antibacterial and healing qualities.
Tapioca Starch - extracted from the root of the Manihot esculenta plant. Native to the Amazon, tapioca is now cultivated worldwide and has many names, including cassava, bitter-cassava, manioc.
Tetrasodium EDTA – common ingredient in soap that works to soften water molecules and preserve the soap.
Tocopheryl Acetate – Naturally derived from Soybeans, Tocopheryl Acetate helps to protect against free radical damage and plays an important role in our moisturiser.
Volcanic Ash - Volcanic ash is used as a mild, gentle and totally natural exfoliant, we use it in our scrub to help remove the outer layer of dead skin cells.
Xanthan Gum – Derived from sugar syrup Xantham gum is used to stabilise and thicken formulations.Our Unique Fragrances are combinations of the following natural ingredients;
Copaiba oil, Eucalyptus, Almond, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Mint, Peppermint, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Spearmint, Marjoram, Galbanum, Anise, Pine, Pepper, Peru, Lavender, Jasmine, Geranium, Clove, Ylang, Sandalwood, Cinnamon, Orange.