Maria Åkerberg´s products are made by Dermanord in Sweden. Maria Åkerberg is an organic product line made only with organic vegetable oils. The concept is based on aromatherapy and phytotherapy - the power from plants. All colorants and scents in the products are derived from essential oils and plant extracts.
About Maria Åkerberg
This organic skincare line was founded in Sweden. Dermanord’s, (the company that produces Maria Åkerberg) concept has always been to produce all natural organic products because they believe that ingredients in skincare products affect us as well as the environment. Therefore, all of the raw materials are organic, and all of the products are made in Sweden. Years ago, Maria Åkerberg was in the process of opening a salon and she wanted to find an organic skincare line that was free from mineral oils and synthetic ingredients. It turned out to be easier said than done, so Maria (who is also a chemist) developed a few skincare products herself. This was the start of a complete skincare line, which today, has become one of the most loved organic skincare lines in Sweden.
The reason behind the launch of Maria Åkerberg instead of Dermanord was to better promote the brand all over Europe. At the time of Dermanord’s start in 1995, there were only a few skincare lines with a name starting with Derma. Today, there are several different ones including the name Derma, but there is only one Maria Åkerberg.
All of Maria Åkerberg’s products and packages are environmentally friendly. The plastic can be composted, recycled and reused. Dermanord is a part of REPA and SGÅ. The majority of the packages are produced 50 kilometers from the factory in Frillesås, as Maria Åkerberg always strives to work as locally as possible. Please recycle all of the empty packages and containers when they are empty.
Complete List of Ingredients
Since 1999, there is a law regarding the uniformity of the lists of ingredients within the EU. All of the countries in the EU have agreed to have the same Latin/international names of ingredients. Maria Åkerberg’s products have added the Swedish translation to make it easier for the consumer to understand the ingredients. You can find the list of ingredients on Skincity.se or on the product packages.
Because the ingredients come from plants, the look and scents may vary depending on the harvest. Varying weather from year to year determine the look and feel of the plants. E.g. Hand Cream contains Calendula extract, which gives the cream slight variations due to color variations of the flowers. To achieve the exact same color each time, the ingredients need to be synthetic. The product will change slightly in look and color after the container has been opened.
Control of Raw Material and Finished Products
All of the ingredients are inspected at a lab before they receive permission to be used in Maria Åkerberberg products. The final products are then tested in labs and on humans.
All of the products are date stamped with month/year if the preservability is less than 3 years. The date stamp applies to unopened products. All of the products should be used within 6 month after opening. PAO (Period after opening) applies to the preservability of an opened product (for products with a preservability of less than 30 months).
Preservatives and Thickeners
Only Xanthan gum and vegetable oils are used as thickeners in the products. As preservatives, only natural alternatives have been used e.g. minerals and essential oils. Because none of the products contain water, it is safe from bacteria growth and you can use your fingers to scoop out the balms. Bacteria cannot survive inside the container for a long period of time.
Getting used to New Skincare Products
Start by introducing one product at a time when switching to new skincare products. It takes approximately 2-8 weeks for your skin to acclimate to new products, and for you to see an improvement. Initially, you may experience worsening of the skin before it gets better; dryness, impurities and blemishes are common. This cleansing process is normal and happens because the skin naturally cleanses the previous products out of your system. If you experience lasting discomfort, stop the treatment and contact one of our skin therapists.