Waste not, want not: the sustainable origin story of VanilleActiv2™

Waste not, want not: the sustainable origin story of VanilleActiv2™

When sustainability meets innovation, incredible things can happen. VanilleActiv2™ is a Trilogy-exclusive ingredient that's as beneficial for the skin as it is for communities that help create it.

Let’s delve into what makes the VanilleActiv2™ sourcing process so special, and find out why it’s one of our most impressive sustainable ingredients yet.

Sourced from the planet's best

VanilleActiv2™ is a powerful anti-ageing lipid derived from the solids left behind after vanilla extract is siphoned from vanilla beans. It’s made right here in New Zealand with beans imported from all over the world, including The Kingdom of Tonga.

As well as being the birthplace of Heilala Vanilla (our amazing supplier), Tonga’s tropical sunshine, fertile soil, and moderate rainfall make it the perfect place for sturdy vanilla vines to grow and thrive.

Vanilla bean upcycling at its finest

Harnessing the skin-loving power of VanilleActiv2™ is basically ‘waste not, want not’ in action, originally inspired by Heilala Vanilla’s own farmers in Tonga.

Since all of the farmers had daily contact with vanilla beans during the curing and drying process, their hands gradually grew far softer and more youthful-looking. Naturally, this piqued curiosity and eventually lead to the discovery and refinement of one of our favourite exclusive ingredients.

This process is as simple as it is sustainable, leaving zero waste and plenty of skin-loving goodness to go around.

Once the vanilla beans are harvested, they’re dried and cured before they undergo extraction. From there, the seeds are removed and VanilleActiv2™ is collected from the solids that remain once the liquid vanilla extract is siphoned off.

The result? A lipid-rich, nourishing ingredient with excellent anti-ageing abilities and collagen-boosting properties made entirely from natural by-products.

Boosting collagen & backing communities

VanilleActiv2™ is not only a superfood for your skin, but thanks to Heilala, it’s part of a process that benefits the people who help create it too.

Back in 2002, Heilala Vanilla was set up in the aftermath of cyclone Waka to help Tonga’s Vava’u island get back on its feet after widespread devastation. What started as an aid project rapidly turned into a small vanilla plantation and boutique industry, creating exciting employment opportunities in Tonga as it grew.

Fast-forward twenty four years and Heilala is now an inter-generational, self-sufficient community of vanilla growing specialists, supporting over 400 different families and world-renowned for its sustainable practices.

Sustainable skincare that works

Clinicians measured assessment showed 100% of trial participants had improved hydration, elasticity and firmness using 1% VanilleActiv2™^.

It also helps improve the appearance of wrinkles by supporting the skin’s natural production of collagen - the main building block for resilient, plumper, and more youthful looking skin.

Where can I find it?

If you’re keen to try a pro-collagen superstar ingredient that nurtures your skin around the clock and leaves nothing to waste, our re-formulated Vital Moisturising Cream and Rosapene™ Night Cream have your back.

VanilleActiv2™ works in tandem with a host of naturally-derived, nourishing ingredients to help fuel and plump the skin from morning ‘til night - think of it as a two-way ticket to your bounciest skin yet!
You’ll also find it in our Instant Glow - a multi-purpose beauty oil that instantly illuminates, hydrates and repairs the skin throughout the day.
^Based on placebo-controlled in-vivo study on 20 volunteers, twice daily use over 6 weeks.