The world’s first test for Microbiome friendly products

The microbiome is the most recent trend in sustainability – besides “organic”, “natural” and “vegan”. These terms are today well-established both in food and cosmetics industry. Today’s conscious consumer wants to ensure the goods he or she purchases are of high quality, healthy and sustainable. We totally share this desirable approach.

We need a Microbiome friendly world

With the research on microbiome still being in its infancy, the industry did not take long to provide the market with products for a healthy microbiome. We suddenly come across products containing bacteria or lysate (=dead bacteria) and campaigns are stressing the positive impact on our microbiome – ever so often without solid scientific backup. But should not all products of our daily life at least maintain our microbiome?

Trust is good control is better

We as consumers are simply left to rely on producers to sell proper cosmetics/ skin care products for the microbiome. With products not specifically designed for the microbiome, we do not know at all what the impact on the little fellow occupants in our microbiome might be. It is often just not brought to our attention how many products come with antibacterial ingredientsThis goes for antiperspirants, in particular, but also for creams, lipsticks, soaps, toothpastes, mouthwash, and so on!

MyMicrobiome Standard 18.10

The world’s first product test for the microbiome finally brings clarification.

This finally comes to an end, now. We have developed a tool for you as health-conscious consumers that brings clarification into this complex matter. MyMicrobiome has developed the world’s first product test for the microbiome: Microbiome Standard 18.10. We are scrutinizing cosmetics and skin care products, testing their effects on the skin and mucosa microbiome. Only products passing our tests may be labelled “Microbiome friendly”.

What exactly are we testing according to the MyMicrobiome Standard 18.10?

MyMicrobiome Standard 18.10 is a test tool for all products impacting skin or mucosa. That can be products for different parts of the body, for the mouth, feet or scalp. Here are a few examples for the various areas: soap, shower gel, antiperspirant, cream, oil, serum, toothpaste, mouthwash, make-up, powder, shampoo, nasal spray, etc.

What conclusions can be drawn from the test and when does a product pass it?

Our test examines various aspects of influence, a product has on the tested skin microbiome:

Is the product free from contamination, e.g. germs or fungi not supposed to be in the product?

Are bacteria specific to the area of the body the product will be in use at able to grow unharmed?

Is the variety of the microbiome preserved in the presence of the product?

Is the skin balance disturbed by the product because of the suppression of protecting bacteria and the fostering of harmful bacteria?

In all categories, the product will be awarded grades from 1-3 and passes with an overall-grade average of 2.0 or below. If possible, we additionally provide the manufacturer with advice on how to design his product (even more) Microbiome friendly.

To sum things up, the product must not have any negative impacts on the known bacteria of the skin microbiome. Ideally, it even shows supportive effects on the microbiome.

The quality seal "Microbiome friendly"

When the product has passed all tests and was rated Microbiome friendly, producers will be given two options to use the “Microbiome friendly” quality seal:

We are constantly reporting on successfully certified
products – stay tuned!

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