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At Biotherm, we’re committed to increasing transparency on our products. To help our consumers make more sustainable choices.

Introducing the product impact labeling system

Biotherm is committed to improving our products' environmental and social profile and empowering consumers with the information they need to make more sustainable choices.

That’s why we’ve developed a new labeling system that provides complete and transparent feedback on our products' environmental and social impact in a clear and comparative way.

Our journey starts with a few categories: Daily face cleanser, Daily Face care, Face makeup remover, Essence & toner, Eye Care, Sun Care, Body Cleanser, and Body Moisturizer.

As we grow, more categories will be added in the future.

A clear score

Overall environmental impact​

Biotherm is committed to continually improving the impact of their products throughout the product lifecycle, including the production and usage phase, and gives you access to this data with full transparency.

The “Overall Environmental Impact”   is the accumulative score of all the factors that can be attributed to the environmental impact of a product throughout its life cycle and presents it in a clear way for consumers to understand. The scoring system includes for example assessments during the production of ingredients, the production of packaging, the manufacture of the product, its use (including the quantity of hot water used during shower and formula biodegradability), and the waste management of packaging. 

What are scores A & B vs. C, D, and E? The Environmental Score indicates, on a scale from A to E, the environmental impact of a product compared to others from the same category. Each letter is color-coded from green, for products with the lowest impact, to orange, for those that can be improved. An “A” product can thereby be considered as “best in class” in terms of environmental impact across the total range of evaluated products.  

Understand Biotherm full cycle of product life
For cosmetics, the carbon footprint and the water footprint are the two main factors of impact when it comes to assessing a product's Environmental Impact. These factors represent two thirds, one average, of the overall impact of cosmetics products.

So you can easily compare products

Can't decide between two products? Use Product Impact Labelling to compare their impact!​

Each product is ranked in comparison to other products in the same category so that they can easily be compared.


This environmental and social labeling methodology was developed with the help of 11 independent scientific experts and is aligned with the European "Environmental Product Footprint" standards that aim to reduce the environmental impact of goods and services with a multi-criteria approach. The PIL data is also verified by Bureau Veritas Certification, an independent auditor worldwide recognized.

Additional information

Additional information is available in the ‘Environmental and Social Impact’ section of a product’s description, where you can find details of the manufacturing conditions, the packaging, and the social contribution of a product. We also look at whether the raw materials have been sustainably and solidarity sourced.


Want to know more? Find below some useful definitions.


The amount of greenhouse gas emissions (CO2) released throughout a product’s life cycle, i.e. during the production of ingredients and packaging, the product manufacturing, its transportation, use by consumers, and the recycling of its packaging.

Did you know?

You can reduce your carbon footprint by refilling your product where available. In February 2021, we launched the Life Plankton Elixir Blue Fountain, a refillable skincare pilot in Spain. We hope to scale and build up this pilot in the next several years, offering a more sustainable luxury refill experience throughout the world.


Amount of water used throughout a product’s life cycle, i.e. the water needed for the production of ingredients and packaging, the water needed to produce the products in the factory, the water consumed during use (e.g. shower), and the water needed to treat the wastewater.

Did you know?

Biotherm’s key ingredient Life Plankton™ probiotic fraction is produced in a cutting-edge biotech facility in Tours, France, originally built in 1994 and progressively updated over the years.

It has used renewable energy since 2010 and green gas since 2018. 100% of the wastewater is recycled on-site and energy is made from the remaining solid waste.


A manufacturing plant that, year after year, reduces its greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions, water consumption, and waste generation, and that contributes to the development of local employment - especially for people in vulnerable economic situations - and access to training for its employees.

Did you know?

By 2025, Biotherm is committed to using 100% renewable energy in its manufacturing plants.


The paper or cardboard used in the product packaging (leaflets or folding boxes) come from responsibly managed forests or other controlled sources that are respectful of the environment, biodiversity, and people. They are independently certified following the conditions defined by either the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™) or the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).​

Did you know?

100% of our packaging and instruction leaflets come from sustainably managed and certified forests.


Material produced using other recycled materials.

Did you know?

Today, 97.8% of Biotherm’s PET plastic bottles are made with recycled plastic, including our Biosource range and Waterlover Sun Milk. We are committed to supporting the use of more sustainable alternatives and we have a non-fossil approach to all new plastic packaging. By 2025, we aim to be 80% fossil-free in our overall plastic consumption.


Components that can - where the infrastructure allows - be collected and treated by a special industrial process to give rise to new material. For more information, you can visit the Ellen MacArthur Foundation website.

Did you know?

By 2025, 100% of our plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable or refillable by 2025.

Don’t hesitate to use your favorite product in big size: the environmental impact will be more favorable, because a lesser quantity of packaging will be necessary in regard of the quantity of product used.


All direct suppliers of Biotherm’s product components or ingredients are committed to respecting the fundamental principles of the UN on labor standards.

  • The right of workers to associate freely and engage in collective bargaining
  • No forced or compulsory labor
  • No child labor
  • No discrimination among workers

Did you know?

Since 2006, the L'Oréal Group has carried out more than 10,800 on-site social audits conducted by accredited third parties.


Ingredient and packaging suppliers that provide access to work and a decent wage to people in socially and/or economically vulnerable communities. These suppliers support at least one Solidarity Project.

Did you know?

In 2019, the L’Oréal Group’s Solidarity Sourcing Program enabled 70 912 people from underprivileged communities to gain access to a job and a decent wage.

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