What makes a product effective? Active ingredients. Why? Simply put, active ingredients are the reason you use products in the first place. They’re the ones responsible for those life-changing, brag-worthy results you’ve been longing for. That’s why they’re at the heart of everything Otto creates.
We formulate our products using high percentages of actives: vitamin C, niacinamide, fruit acids, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants. But it doesn’t stop there. What sets us apart is our ability to concisely curate formulations with active and plant-based ingredients, which are independently placed throughout our line of products. We call this single note formulating—a revolutionary and responsible way to formulate skincare that gets results but gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types. Take a look below to see what we mean...
Single Note Formulating
- Every product has its own unique set of ingredients and purpose.
- Active ingredients are used at correct percentages and not repeated in any other product to reduce harm and overuse.
- Plant-based extracts are utilized to enhance the effects of the active ingredients and are chosen for their low irritant and allergy potential.
- Each otto product is results-driven for specific skin concerns. (think: helps to visibly brighten, hydrate and refresh)
“Trying to balance the chaos of everyday life with four young kids and maintain my skin’s health seemed unrealistic. But, similar to anything in my life, I found that if I keep it simple, I can get it done. Our solution: healthy skincare staples that require very little effort. These days self-care looks a lot less glamorous, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
Free from harsh, allergenic and
To us, safety means not only avoiding harmful ingredients, but reducing allergy risk and correctly utilizing active ingredients. Our ingredients are vetted for potential harm, allergy, irritation, compatibility and necessary percentage—only then is an active or plant-based ingredient added to one of our products.
Otto Skin Goods is focused on blending ingredients to achieve specific results at just the right time of day. We believe that many skin issues are a result of sensitized or reactive skin, caused by harsh and improper use of both active and botanical ingredients.
to create skincare that simply works, and gentle enough to use every day.
Harsh and Potentially Allergenic Ingredients
(psst... watch out for these in your other skincare products!)
Synthetic fragrance and common allergenic essential oils including lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus and cinnamon
Compositae plants (of the ragweed family) such as arnica, burdock, calendula (marigold), chamomile, echinacea, geranium, goldenrod, sunflower, tansy and yarrow
Animal by-products such as propolis, beeswax and lanolin
Unnecessary fillers. Think: propylene glycol, butylene glycol, dimethicone, silicones and mineral oil
Potentially allergenic lathering agents like cocamidopropyl betaine and sulfates
Potentially allergenic or harsh preservatives such as parabens, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, MCI/MI (methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone) and EDTA
PARABENS | FORMALDEHYDE-RELEASING PRESERVATIVES | PROPYLENE GLYCOL | PHTHALATES | SYNTHETIC COLOR & FRAGRANCE
Learn more about our ethics and values here.