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Help! How do you pronounce Kjær Weis? What does it mean?

It sounds like this: Kē-yar Wīs. It’s the Danish last name of company founder Kirsten Kjær Weis.

What is unique and beneficial about Kjaer Weis make up as compared to other organic or natural cosmetics?

Created by a professional makeup artist, Kjaer Weis is one of the few cosmetic lines that offers high performance makeup in stunning colors and luxurious packaging, yet still maintains top quality organic formulations. While other brands use disposable casings for their makeup, founder Kirsten Kjaer Weis worked with an award-winning designer to create a thoughtful, refillable system of compacts, with the intention of reducing waste.

Why does organic certification for makeup products matter?

Studies are beginning to support the toxic effect of the many chemicals found in conventional cosmetics. That said, we are beginning to see entrepreneurs in the health and beauty market selling makeup that’s “organic”; but it can be difficult for the consumer to know if that’s the truth. Currently, Europe is further along than the United States and Canada in demanding greater transparency with regards to ingredients found in makeup. That’s why Kjaer Weis products are made in Italy, and we’ve invested time and money into securing CCPB (Controllo e Certificazione Prodotti Biologici) certification. This inspection agency has some of the strictest standards for organic and natural certification in all of Europe, so when you purchase our products, you can be assured that you are receiving makeup formulated from the highest quality organic ingredients. It’s more than just an advertising claim; the certification is your guarantee that it’s true.

You sometimes refer to “organic”, and sometimes to “natural”. What’s the difference?

Sometimes companies use natural and organic interchangeably, but there is a difference. “Certified Natural” products contain higher levels of materials that, while still natural, cannot be certified organic because they occur in non-agricultural environments. For example, our Eye Shadows contain bamboo silica. Even though this bamboo is grown in the wild with no fertilizers, the certifying agency of Italy, where our products are made, considers this bamboo “natural”, not organic. “Organic” is grown without any exposure to chemicals, and there are government agencies that will certify that fact to be true. Organic products can actually become toxic if the manufacturing process chooses to use high temperatures to create their formulations. At Kjaer Weis, our products are manufactured in an environment that controls temperatures to maintain the integrity of beneficial ingredients. When compared with other “organic” makeup products on the market, you’ll find that Kjaer Weis contains an exceptionally high percentage of organic ingredients, while offering very high quality and performance.

If you don’t use parabens, how do you preserve your makeup products? How long will they last?

Our makeup is self-preserving through the use ingredients such as honeysuckle, and a special heating and cooling process during formulation. KW products stay fresh and usable up to 3 years unopened, and up to 12 months after they are opened.

Why isn’t Kjaer Weis makeup vegan?

Kjaer Weis has chosen to use beeswax in its products for its nourishing properties. Beeswax comes from bees, not directly from plants; because of this, Kjaer Weis is not considered vegan.

Do you test on animals?

No, we do not test any products or ingredients on animals.

Do you use any synthetic colors in your formulations?

Within the color palette of Kjaer Weis products, there are a few products with a very small amount of synthetic pigment, and they’re only used when it’s not possible to achieve the color using anything from a natural source. Our goal at Kjaer Weis is not to use any synthetic pigments, so we continue to develop colors and products with that goal in mind. Full disclosure on any Kjaer Weis product that requires a synthetic pigment is present on the package label and also within the “description” section of each product in our online store.

How would you suggest the product be applied? Can I use my fingers or should I use brushes?

You can get great results using either! The smooth textures of Kjaer Weis products make for effortless application with just the warmth of your fingers, perfect for a more natural look. With brush application, a more precise definition and contouring are possible.

I love the makeup colors available, but they seem to go on quite sheer at first. Is there a way to create more coverage, or a more dramatic look?

Our products have a “light touch” when it comes to pigmentation; they were created with buildable coverage in mind, so its easy to control how much – or how little- color is applied. Remember, Kjaer Weis is made from the nature’s finest ingredients, so don’t be afraid to use liberally!

Do Kjaer Weis products contain a sunscreen? Are they waterproof?

Although Kjaer Weis offers some protection from the sun, we do not consider ourselves to be sunscreen. We encourage you to reference www.ewg.org for safe sunscreens. Our products are not waterproof, though our Lip Tints, Cream Blush and Foundation contain natural emollients that can create a somewhat water resistant effect.

Is the KW compact difficult to refill with new product?

Founder Kirsten Kjaer Weis worked with an award-winning designer to create a thoughtful system of makeup refills for her signature “KW” compacts, with the intention of reducing waste. Refilling your compact is easy. Just turn over the compact, and find the little hole by the label. Using a pin or a pen tip, just pop out the empty makeup pan, and replace it with a new one. That’s all it takes!

What are your plans for future products?

We currently have an eyeliner, lipstick, and additional foundation shades in development. We love to hear our customer’s insights on our brand, so please keep in touch!

What is your return policy?

All products must be returned in unused condition in their original packaging within 30 days of purchase. Please email customerservice@kjaerweis.com to request a return authorization form. Please note that the following items are Final Sale: all Brushes, all Bags, and the Collector's Kit.