“Kookoonari” offered knowledge for the home manufacture of cosmetics

Toothpaste, after shave, wax ointment and body butter made of vegetable oils by the representative of the company “Cosmetics of Thrace”

Panagiotis Koutsouridis,
“It seems that people have started to learn about these products, and there is also a shift to small industry.”

The “kookoonari” project continues its innovative and dynamic actions, opening wide its wings to collaborations with institutions and individuals who can cooperate and contribute to the achievement of the goals it has set.

This time, in the 10th kindergarten was Mr. Panagiotis Koutsouridis, shareholder, production manager and representative of the company “Cosmetics of Thrace”, based in Xanthi, who showed the attending parents how they can produce cosmetics themselves, with materials that every household is used to have.

It should be noted that the workshop was held in strict compliance with the necessary hygiene measures and a decision by the organisers not to allow the participation of children for obvious reasons.

The interest they seemed to show during the preparation was particularly intense, with parents constantly asking questions about both the products used and how they were processed, creating a fruitful dialogue.

The result of the action was that they left with a toothpaste, an after shave, a wax cream and a body butter that had just been produced using mainly vegetable oils.

Koutsouridis at the adult workshop

Vegetable oils are used and not petroleum oils

The representative of the company “Cosmetics of Thrace”, Mr. Koutsouridis, first explained that a cosmetic – according to the legislation – is defined as anything intended to come into contact with human skin in order to beautify it. “That is why toothpaste, because it essentially cleans the teeth and treats the oral cavity, is included in this category,” he explained.

As for the materials used, these are mainly vegetable oils. “We use vegetable materials and not petroleum-based materials with preservatives and dyes or materials that can cause some irritation,” the spokesman said, noting that even if preservatives are used to help ensure longer product life, they are of plant origin and certified.

“This is not a faceless production that goes through machines”

Regarding the interest that people show in the products, Mr. Koutsourides noted that it seems to be growing more and more. “People nowadays are looking for cosmetics a lot. It’s also worth noting that to a large extent, they have been trained to look at the label. Of course, he still can’t recognize many items because the names of the ingredients listed are the official ones. That is, he must be well trained to distinguish and understand what it is that he is reading. However, it is apparent that people are beginning to learn and there is a shift to small industry so that they can ensure that they receive a product that is made from the materials they want,” the spokesman said.

Regarding the value of these products, it starts from the purity of the materials used and is “sealed” by the fact that they are treated “like the children of the producers”, as Mr. Koutsourides. It is not a faceless production that goes through machines. Everything is controlled and passed by human hands, and we try to use the purest raw materials available.”

And all of these are environmentally friendly. “In addition to the aforementioned, efforts are being made not to use plastics. We have minimized containers. And our plans are to use reusable containers possibly up to three uses that are naturally assimilated,” he pointed out. Koutsourides.

household cosmetics manufacturing

“Being a recycler myself, I think that this kind of project is valuable”

Speaking about his presence at the 10th kindergarten, he stressed that the acquaintance and cooperation was very good, thus ensuring a positive result. “Parents were asking about the materials and they were very interested. Where they all knew, for example, spatula oil, they now know other oils such as calendula or arnica. We have made very simple recipes that can be implemented and can be used directly,” the spokesman added.

Finally, regarding the project called “Kookoonari”, Mr. Koutsouridis expressed his conviction that environmental awareness is slowly beginning to take root and become the “property” of many people. “Being a recycler myself, I believe that such projects are valuable, so I accepted the proposal of cooperation with great enthusiasm”, he concluded.

Photo credits: Dimitris Politis

Source: Observer of Thrace

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