Eye Care Cosmetics
ideal for contact lens wearers and people with sensitive eyes this is makeup and skincare you can wear all day, every day.
Patrice and Danielle Soyer, both graduates in Pharmacy from the University of Paris, were specialists in the development and production of products for contact lenses when they founded the Contapharm Laboratories in 1981. Backed by their savoir-faire and in collaboration with eye specialists and opticians, they identified a problem specific to women who wear contact lenses:
Intolerance, in and around the eye, to traditional skincare and makeup products (including hypoallergenic ones)
This problem affects more than half of all women, has no direct relation to any substance identifiable by patch testing, is often linked to a natural predisposition (skin type, sensitive or watery eyes, age, heredity) or to conditions of modern life (stress, pollution, aggressive products, hard water, dieting, unhealthy eating habits, air-conditioning, smoking).
By combining in-depth studies of eye and skin physiology with knowledge gleaned from biomaterial used in contactology, they came up with the concept of bio-inertia formulations. Initially applied to makeup products for contact lens wearers, the concept has progressively spread to all skincare and makeup products for those with sensitive eyes and skin.
Today, Eye Care Cosmetics is distributed in over 35 countries worldwide and is recognised by healthcare professionals (dermatologists, allergy-specialists, ophthalmologists) and women who want to be sure of their beauty products, to be one of the leading reference brands in high tolerance/hypoallergenic cosmetics.
A history of how the Eye Care Cosmetics range has developed since Contapharm Laboratories was founded back in 1981.
CONTAPHARM LABORATORIES founded
Birth of EYE CARE COSMETICS
eye makeup for contact lenses wearers sold through French opticians
EYE product reach extended
eye makeup distribution extended to French pharmacies
Launch of FACE, NAIL and LIP products
product range extended to cover all makeup needs
Launch of TRI-ACTIVE skin care range
gentle, effective skincare following the principles of bio-inertia
Launch of first PARABEN-FREE make up line
leading the way globally with innovation
Contapharm Laboratories are certified ISO 9001 version 2000 and ISO 13485
quality assurance for every product
Launch of first CHROME-FREE green make up
coloured makeup without compromise
Eye Care Cosmetics is N°1
in VOLUME for make-up lines in French Parapharmacies
Research study showing Eye Care Cosmetics reduces eye sensitivity in contact lens wearers
proof that Eye Care Cosmetics really cares for the eyes
Entire Eye Care range becomes PARABEN-FREE
listening to consumers concerns and responding
Cleanest formula in the market
WEFC France survey on cosmetic products
Eye Care Cosmetics is N°1
in VOLUME for make-up lines in French Parapharmacies
The Eye Care Cosmetics product range
The Eye Care Cosmetics range includes over 60 different lines, a selection of which are featured in the images.
The key is the bio-inertia of the formulations, an original concept from the Contapharm Laboratories, which aims to respect the users of the product and the environment. This is achieved by:
- Ultramicronisation of all the solid particles down to less than 15µm (60% <5µm) because the cells of the cornea measure 8-18µm
- Use of non-ionic surface-active agents
- Exclusive use of natural pigments which are insoluble in water
- Maintenance of the ocular pH (7.2-7.3) or of the cutaneous pH (5.5)
- Maintenance of isotonicity for the aqueous products or containing water (300 mOsm)
Eye Care Cosmetics point of sale material
To assist selling the Eye Care Cosmetics range through high street businesses we can supply a range of point of sale material. This includes some eye catching displays which showcase some or all of the products.
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Multi award-winning makeup and skincare
Up against more established brands such as Miners and Bourjois, Eye Care Cosmetics has held its own, rising to the top in several awards judged by a mix of industry experts and beauty retailers.
Eye Care Cosmetics Free-From Credentials
Being free-from as many chemical ingredients as possible helps make Eye Care cosmetics a great choice for contact lens wearers and people with sensitive eyes
As well as specialist manufacturing techniques, the Eye Care Cosmetics range is designed to be as free-from as many chemical or irritating ingredients as possible. This, along with the careful selection of active ingredients and ultra-micronisation of particles, is why the products are so suitable for people with sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
As a guide, listed below are some of the ingredients we have been asked about and are ‘free-from’:
- Animal ingredients
- Benzalkonium chloride (BAK)
- Bismuth oxychloride
- Carbon black**
- Dairy products
- DEA (Diethanolamine)
- Essential oils
- Isopropyl cloprostenate (prostaglandins analogs)
- Lead/Lead oxide
- Mineral oil
- Peanuts or their oils
- Petrochemicals (except mineral oil)
- SLES (sodium laureth sulphate)
- SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate)
- TEA (Triethanolamine)
- Tea tree oils
* Alcohol is only used in the Waterproof eyeliner & Growth activator nail care.
** Carbon black is only used in the Felt pen eyeliner, Waterproof eyeliner & some Perfection nail enamels.
*** Most of the colour cosmetics contain iron oxides which can contain nickel as a contaminant. We use as pure a form of iron oxide as possible (nickel content less than 1ppm) and also the minimum amount necessary. Therefore, even if someone has a nickel allergy, they are unlikely to have a reaction due to this.
**** Phenoxyethanol is only in the Felt pen eyeliner & Growth activator nail care.
A minimal of perfume is used in some products but the compositions/ingredients used do not contain any of the declarable allergens according to the 7th amendment to the European Cosmetics Directive of 2003.
Some products contain talc and in these, the talc we use DOES NOT use the nano-sized particles which people have concerns about penetrating the skin. It is also certified ASBESTOS-FREE and conforms to the ECOCERT/COSMOS cosmetic grade standards for the raw material.
Eye Care Cosmetics FAQ’s
Some Eye Care Cosmetics products do contain perfume.
The compositions/ingredients used do not contain any of the declarable allergens according to the 7th amendment to the European Cosmetics Directive of 2003.
In our catalogue we list under each product those that are FRAGRANCE-FREE.
The entire Eye Care Cosmetics range can be considered nickel free.
Some products (mascaras, liners) do contain iron oxides which can contain nickel as a contaminant. We use as pure a form of iron oxide as possible (nickel content less than 1ppm) and also the minimum amount necessary. Therefore, even if someone has a nickel allergy, they are unlikely to have a reaction due to this.
Yes the ingredients and all packing (brushes, wands etc.) are all latex-free
All of the boxes and plastics used for Eye Care Cosmetics products can be recycled. The recycling number for the plastics varies depending upon the type used. From 1 for the plastic wrap on the pencil eye liners, to 5 and 6 for the mascara tubes and skincare bottles.
Some products, such as the complexion corrector compact foundation contain an SPF.
Others do not because the chemical filters needed for an SPF can be allergenic.
Where to buy Eye Care Cosmetics
You can click the interactive map below to view all registered Eye Care stockists in your area. If your local optical practice does not stock the products already, please ask them to contact us on 0345 838 6704 to place an order and become a stockist.
You can also buy directly from various online retailers.
If you are an optical practice or beauty store wishing to stock Eye Care Cosmetics, please contact us on 0345 838 6704.