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B-silk™ protein is whole, never processed
Currently, most silk proteins used in skincare are fragmented into smaller pieces using
The size of a protein is often measured in Daltons. B-silk™ protein is ~80,000 Daltons, while hydrolyzed silk can be less than 500 Daltons. That is two orders of magnitude (or 100 times) smaller.
Naturally inspired, not derived from animals
Most silk ingredients sold in skincare products are made from silkworm cocoon derivatives. B-silk™ protein was inspired by the amazing properties of spider silk, whose unique molecular makeup makes it stronger and stretchier than silkworm silk. It is produced in the lab, without any animal inputs, making it 100% animal-free.
On a molecular level, silk is a structural protein made up of a long chain of repeating amino acids. If you imagine that the silk protein is like a necklace, each amino acid is an individual bead. The unique pattern of amino acids and repeating segments (FYI, b-silk™ protein has 18 of these) gives silk proteins their amazing properties.
Silk proteins are similar to other structural proteins found in our skin—collagen and elastin. As we get older, collagen and elastin start to break down, causing visible aging.
01. Every ingredient counts
We consider the risk profile of every ingredient to minimize potential for any negative impact or irritation.
02. Conduct industry-standard tests
We test all products according to FDA standards. We test for skin sensitivity and irritation potential using the Human Repeat Insult Patch test and microbial testing. We test for efficacy through clinical studies and large consumer panels.
03. Validate using 3rd party testing
To keep us honest and unbiased, we use a third party testing service to determine our benefits.
P.S. Our products are not, and will never be tested on animals. Ever.
We make no compromises when it comes to what we can and cannot put in our formulations. Many skincare ingredients are controversial due to an insufficient amount of information being available. As a company, we are committed to conducting thorough research, performing our own tests and taking a realistic, evidence-based approach to our formulations, so you know Eighteen B is effective and safe.
We support our knowledge by consulting peer-reviewed studies, established ingredient databases (like the EWG Database), and other leading industry lists (Sephora and Whole Foods), to evaluate ingredient risk profiles and eliminate controversial ingredients.
We want to deliver skincare products that are better for your skin and better for the planet in every way possible. We want to disrupt the status quo and help move the industry forward in product safety and sustainability.
Science and technology guide our innovation and product development process. We are inspired by the amazing properties of b-silk™ protein, not the latest fad in skincare. When we let the science guide us, the possibilities are endless.
Safety & Sustainability:
We pledge to perform a life cycle analysis (LCA) on our b-silk™ protein manufacturing process to improve our impacts on the planet. We will build-out a holistic program for evaluating our ingredient supply chains to ensure that we are using the cleanest, safest ingredients available. We pledge to work towards packaging our product in the most sustainable way possible.
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