Ingredients & Sourcing
How do you go about sourcing the ingredients for your skincare products?
We adhere to an uncompromising set of sourcing criteria that parallels the standards of our own organic Sicilian La Furtuna Estate. In our quest for the finest, we seek lands and ingredients that are irrigated by natural streams. Soils must be untouched for at least 100 years, and the ecosystem must be virtually unaltered. The land must be 100% free of pesticides, surrounded by an approved buffer zone to protect against pesticide drift. The producers and growers must be artisans with a multigenerational heritage who are skilled in reviving old-world methods.
Do you sustainably source your ingredients?
Yes. We source in a sustainable way that respects the natural ecosystem and protects biodiversity. We take only what we need — just enough so plants can continue to flourish. We never use endangered species or deplete natural resources. We never damage the environment or leave a trace.
Are all of your ingredients organic?
Most of our ingredients are organic as we source the majority of them from our certified organic farm in Sicily. This is quite unusual as wild-foraged ingredients don’t always have the added status of certified organic. Our ingredients have been grown with no pesticides used within 100 miles and on land that hasn’t been cultivated in over 100 years. Our oil-based products are 100% organic. We strive to go beyond organic with many ingredients of even more potent quality because they are wild-foraged plants. Some ingredients cannot be categorized as organic only because they’re not agricultural, including water and minerals like those found in volcanic ash.
Do all of your ingredients come from your La Furtuna Estate in Sicily?
We source wildly potent ingredients from all over the world according to a strict selection protocol. Currently, a large majority of ingredients come from La Furtuna Estate, which is part of our origin story and source of inspiration.
What makes the land of La Furtuna Estate so special?
Our La Furtuna Estate is a certified organic farm in Sicily. It holds a biodiversity of plants, with more than 12,000 olive trees (some of which are from 600 to 1,500 years old), 500 unique plants, 50 medicinal wild herbs, and archeological remains from 2000 B.C. The extensive unspoiled landscape offers different elevations and microclimates to allow different plants to thrive. Pure mineral spring waters nourish the plants with a reservoir of nutrients. The soils are enriched with clay, limestone, and sandstone, imbuing the plants and trees with a unique mineral complexity. The plants here are exceptionally potent and pure because the land has been undeveloped for more than 400 years and the air is clean and pollution free. Pasquale “Mimmo” Marino, our chief botanist and ecologist, revitalizes endangered plant species near extinction.
What are wild-foraged ingredients?
Wild-foraged botanicals grow in the wild, and we forage them in their own natural habitat. Without any human intervention, these plants have to fend for themselves against environmental stressors, which forces them to become stronger and more resilient. They develop extra-potent nutrients to defend themselves. Through our innovative methods, we are able to pass those benefits onto skin.
What is an Extremophyte™ plant?
Extremophyte™ plants are “survivalist” botanicals that overcame harsh and extreme environmental conditions — such as severe winds, heat, snow, volcanic eruptions, and droughts — and became stronger in the process. Through natural adaptation, they evolved into wildly potent Extremophyte™ plants, boasting superpowers and supercharged nutrients. With our innovative methods, we are able to harness their nutritional powers.
What is an Exclusive Bioactive?
Bioactives have the power to transform skin on a profound level. All of our products contain bioactives from our wildly potent ingredients. And some are so rare to the industry, they’re found only in our skincare. Our Exclusive Bioactives are ethically sourced, unique natural ingredients that drive results. A bioactive is considered exclusive to Furtuna Skin by virtue of one of these qualities: its debut in skincare; its limited availability and our exclusive access to it; or its unparalleled Extremophyte™ potency that can’t be reproduced.
How do you test your ingredients for potency, including antioxidant levels?
To test antioxidant levels for skincare products, we worked with a top lab associated with a prestigious Ivy League university. They evaluated the intracellular antioxidant potential of our plant blends to determine their protective antioxidizing benefits that are specific to skin. This is a far superior method to food-based ORAC ratings, which have less relevance since antioxidants work differently on skin than on the digestive system.
What kind of system do you use to deliver your bioactive ingredients?
We use two types of delivery systems, oil and water based, because some nutrients are oil soluble and others are water soluble and need to be formulated accordingly.
-Vitamins A, D, E, and K, for example, are oil soluble and can be delivered only in oil, so we use our extra virgin olive oil as the delivery system.
-Vitamins B and C, for example, are water soluble and can be delivered only in a water immersion, so we use hydroglycerin for the delivery system.
-To ensure that skin gets complete balanced nutrition, we developed an interlocking approach that reunites the oil and water components through science and/or skincare rituals.
General Product Questions
Are Furtuna Skin products tested on animals?
We never test on animals. We value the health and well-being of our planet and all its living creatures. Our products and ingredients are certified cruelty-free by PETA. They have verified that Furtuna Skin and its sources do not conduct, commission, or pay for any testing on animals for ingredients, formulations, or finished products.
Are Furtuna Skin products safe to use during pregnancy?
Since every person is different, we recommend speaking with your physician about using our products first.
How are Furtuna Skin products different from other beauty brands?
Furtuna Skin is different from other clean beauty brands because:
1. We debut uncommon botanicals that have either rarely been used or never been used before, like Anchusa azurea. Others use commonplace ingredients you can find everywhere, like alfalfa.
2. We select wild-foraged botanicals that are also certified organic. Many brands use ingredients that are either wild foraged or organic but not both. If they use organic, the ingredients are cultivated and tend to be less potent than wild.
3. Our formulas are proprietary and can’t be replicated.
4. Our methods are uniquely innovative. We use a fast soundwave extraction process to protect the nutrient potency of our ingredients. Others tend to rely heavily on harsh chemical solvents or slow, outdated technology that can over-process and damage the ingredients.
5. We formulate with costly concentrations of bioactive nutrients to achieve the highest performance and produce transformative results. Other brands tend to use lower levels of bioactives as well as fillers.
6. We test for skin-specific antioxidant benefits. Others tend to rely solely on food-based ORAC antioxidant tests that are less relevant for skin.
What is the true cost of top-performing organic skincare?
Our customers recognize that by paying a premium price, they are afforded the highest-performing options in skincare and the cleanest formulas to avoid exposure to harsh chemicals. From foraging to formulating, sourcing to testing, we uphold “Ten Commitments” to create high-potency products that are worth everything to skin.
THE TEN COMMITMENTS:
1. We follow a strict sourcing protocol that mirrors the standards of own certified organic La Furtuna Estate, in which, for example, the land must be untouched and irrigated by natural streams.
2. We hand-pick and forage our Estate plants to protect the raw materials from damage.
3. We source rare and uniquely powerful botanicals in an eco-sustainable way.
4. We use the Soundbath Extraction™ Method to maximize the potency of ingredients and ensure a consistent, reliable output versus methods that are slow and outdated or that depend on harsh solvents.
5. We formulate with costly concentrations of bioactive ingredients. We never use fairy-dust “marketing” ingredients or fillers.
6. We craft our own antioxidant-rich olive leaf water and olive oil infusions in-house to use as delivery system bases for our formulas instead of mass-produced, synthetic bases.
7. We use special UV-coated bottles to prevent the degradation of potency for utmost performance.
8. We transport by air to protect the potency of botanical materials throughout the product journey.
9. We work with top testing labs to guarantee safety and potency, including hypoallergenic and ocular tests and antioxidant studies specific to skin.
10. We engage world-class experts, from botanists to biochemists, to create hyper-performant, breakthrough products.
What is the shelf life of the products?
Our skincare products are freshly made. We recommend using our products within six months after opening each new bottle or jar.
Is any fragrance added to Furtuna Skin products?
Furtuna Skin products do not contain any synthetic fragrances. Although we do not add any scent to our formulas, you will smell the delightful natural aroma of our botanicals. Unless specifically stated otherwise, all of our scents are gentle and mild so they won’t interfere with your perfumes or natural body scents.
Are your products vegan?
Yes. Our current product offerings are vegan and do not contain animal or animal-derived ingredients. Any non-vegan products we may make in the future will be clearly labeled as cruelty free, but not vegan.
Are the products gluten-free?
Yes. We source materials that are certified gluten-free and test our finished products for the presence of gluten.
Do your products contain parabens?
No, they do not.
Do you use any chemicals?
We never use harsh chemicals. We have a No Grazie List of ingredients that we leave out of products that includes the European Union’s list of 1,300-plus banned substances. We use ingredients that are natural and safe for skin, most of which come from our own organic farm in Sicily. We do not use synthetic fragrances because they contain harsh chemicals.
What is the Soundbath™ Extraction Method, and how does it affect the product?
Our Soundbath™ Extraction Method allows us to protect the potency of the ingredients without harsh chemicals. The pioneering extraction process was first used by the pharmaceutical industry. It uses the energies of sound and low temperatures to extract the nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants from the botanicals. Our Soundbath™ Extraction Method prevents over-processing and eliminates the need for harsh solvents. Full nutrient potency is preserved, resulting in a more effective and concentrated product. Also, using the Soundbath™ Extraction Method eliminates much of the complexity associated with botanical ingredients because it captures more predictable levels of the bioactive ingredients.
Do you have men’s products?
Furtuna Skin is for both men and women, and we’re developing a few men’s skincare products with meticulous grooming in mind.
What are skincare pillars?
When you’re building a skincare routine with multiple steps, the best way to decide which products to use is to think in terms of pillars. Pillars represent the fundamental needs of skin that must be met by every great skincare routine: prepare, treat, hydrate, and enrich. Pillars can be customized to changing needs, can go in different orders, and can be used several times during a routine.
What is a typical skincare regimen with your products?
We have designed the ideal skincare routine with pillars to prepare, treat, hydrate, and enrich skin. The easiest way to introduce Furtuna Skin into your existing skincare routine is with our Porte Per La Vitalità Face and Eye Serum, which fits into the “treat” pillar, so you can experience one of our most transformative products by incorporating it into your current skincare regimen. We will add more products over time to address all four pillars of skincare.
Are your products all plant based?
Currently, all of our products are plant based, but there are some cruelty-free, animal-derived ingredients that we may introduce in the future.
Are your products suitable for all skin types?
Porte Per La Vitalità Face and Eye Serum works on all skin types. Our core products will be for all skin types, and we’ll soon offer additional products for specific skin concerns. To ensure compatibility for all, we test our products on different skin types with groups of 100 people at a time.
What is proprietary to Furtuna Skin?
All of our formulas are proprietary because they contain wild-foraged botanical blends that are unique to Furtuna Skin, such as the Splendore Anchusa™ Complex and Longevità Naturale™ Preservative Blend.
What is the Splendore Anchusa™ Complex, and what does it do for skin?
Splendore Anchusa™ Complex is a powerful wild-foraged blend that drives formula performance to leave skin glowing, resilient, and replenished. The medicinal flower Anchusa azurea is a star ingredient that imbues the blend with protective antioxidant powers. Anchusa is accompanied by our other botanical dynamos: collagen-encouraging chicory, Vitamin E-packed asparagus, hydrating beets, and barrier-boosting mallow.
What is Longevità Naturale™ Preservative Blend, and what does it do for skin?
Longevità Naturale™ Preservative Blend is our proprietary natural blend of wild-foraged botanicals from the same plant community, such as poppy, chicory, and nettle. Thanks to the broad-spectrum antimicrobial efficacy of this plant combination, no additional preservatives are needed in most cases to pass the USP 51 Preservative Test against all five challenges. Not only do these plants prolong the shelf life of our products, but they also extend the vitality and resilience of skin.
Porte Per La Vitalità Face & Eye Serum
Why a Face and Eye Serum?
Because the eye area is critical to transformational results, we made a dual-use product that would benefit the eye area as well as the face. We packed the serum with decadent concentrations of rare botanical actives that are usually reserved for eyes to give the face the same level of care. And there are no irritants or fragrances, so it’s safe for both.
Can I use the serum instead of my eye cream?
Yes, try it. If you want more moisture or additional targeted benefits, then layer other products on top.
How long until I see results?
You should see a visible improvement within minutes. The more consistently you use the product, the more your skin should improve. Over time, you’ll notice a smoother texture, more defined contours, and fewer fine lines.
How should I incorporate the serum into my skincare ritual?
Use Porte Per La Vitalità Face and Eye Serum on cleansed skin before applying other creams and oils. It absorbs quickly into skin.
Is there a specific application method?
Apply Porte Per La Vitalità Face and Eye Serum to clean skin before using other creams and oils for a concentrated dose of bioactives. Pump one to three times and spread a thin veil over the skin, working it in with fingertips using our tap-tap-tap method. With a gentle, quick motion, start tapping upward from your chin, tap around your cheeks and in circles around your eyes, pausing to add light upward pressure just beneath the brow area, then continuing up to the forehead. Repeat until the product disappears into skin.
Should I use this product at night? Or during the day under makeup?
We recommend using Porte Per La Vitalità Face and Eye Serum both morning and night. To use under makeup, we suggest that you test it out first to ensure that the two products play well together. Every makeup contains different ingredients, so testing is always a good idea.
Is this product recommended for sensitive skin?
Absolutely. You may even find that your skin becomes less sensitive after using it. The Porte Per La Vitalità Face and Eye Serum formula is hypoallergenic and has been tested for eye safety.
What skin type is this product good for?
The Porte Per La Vitalità Face and Eye Serum is designed for all skin types, including dry, sensitive, combination, oily, and acne-prone. It’s beneficial for skin of all ages, too, from young to ageless.
What’s the difference between serum and face oil?
The term “serum” is often misused, so we have outlined key differences between an oil and a serum to clear up any confusion:
-A serum has the ability to deliver BOTH water-soluble and oil-soluble nutrients, while a pure oil can deliver only oil-soluble nutrients — which isn’t a bad thing, it’s just chemistry.
-A serum glides on easily, absorbs quickly, and has a more transparent look and feel than an oil.
-An oil takes longer to sink into skin due to its heavier consistency.
-Serum and oil are both essential to your skincare routine. A serum can be easily integrated into your ritual because it absorbs quickly, blends well with other products, has a broader range of benefits, and can be specialized to target specific skincare concerns.
-A serum infuses skin with water and moisture while an oil prevents water from escaping the skin’s surface.
What happens if I get the product in my eye?
Don’t worry! This product has been clinically tested for eye safety, so it won’t hurt your eyes.
Shipping & Returns
Where do you ship?
We currently only ship to the United States.
What should I do if my package was stolen or lost in transit?
Please reach out to our Customer Experience Team at email@example.com, and we’ll ensure you get your products ASAP.
My tracking shows delivered, but my order has yet to arrive. What can I do?
If it doesn’t arrive, please reach out to our Customer Experience Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll ensure you get your products ASAP.
What are your shipping options?
We offer complimentary standard Ground Shipping on all US orders.
We also offer additional options for when you need it sooner:
2nd Day (2 business days after processing)
Next Day (2 business days after processing)
When will my order ship?
Our packages are assembled by hand, usually within 24 to 72 hours. Please note that orders placed on Fridays after 1 P.M. PT will be processed the following Monday. The shipping transit times listed at checkout do not include assembly/processing time.
What is your return policy?
We want you to be completely satisfied with your products and will accept any full-sized product for a return (no exchanges), as long as it is at least half full and received within 90 days of initial purchase.
How do I request a return?
To initiate a return, reach out to our Customer Experience Team at email@example.com and one of our team members will follow up with you with instructions.
Orders, Accounts, & Billing
How do I change or cancel my order?
Our fulfillment system is set up to process quickly so that our customers get their products ASAP. Because of this, editing an already placed order isn’t possible at this time. If you’d like to cancel your order, please send our Customer Experience Team a message immediately —email firstname.lastname@example.org — and we’ll do our best to either cancel the order or, if it’s too late to cancel, help you get a refund on any product you don’t want to keep.
I'm having trouble logging into my account. Can you help?
If you can’t remember your password, you can click on the Forgot? button on the login screen and an auto-email will be sent to you to reset your password. You can also email email@example.com and we can reset it for you.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept all major credit cards and debit cards. We also accept PayPal. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept prepaid gift cards, checks, or money orders.