Based in Richmond, South Africa, the Esse Organic Skincare brand has developed the world's first live probiotic cosmetic range. Launched in 2002, the range is certified organic, vegan and cruelty-free, while brand's formulation methods are grounded in scientific research to ensure the maintenance of skin health.
The carbon neutral company sources many of its ingredients from Africa and maintains that it is "100% ethical in all its dealings." Designed to normalize reactive skins, the range includes a dedicated line for a variety of concerns such as aging, acne, sensitivity and dryness.
The Esse Organic Skincare is a great example of so-called "pharma-cosmetics," which combine traditional skincare formulas with pertinent scientific research to make state-of-the-art cosmetic solutions.