The rainforest contains many products that can be harvested from the wild: gathered from their natural habitat without causing the rainforest any harm. These products contain many powerful natural ingredients that find valuable uses in the cosmetics and food industries.
HELP US PRESERVE BORNEO’S REMAINING 44% RAINFOREST
In the past 50 years, more than 50% of Borneo’s original rainforest has been lost to deforestation. Every second, a patch of rainforest the size of a soccer field disappears to make place for monoculture plantations. This has huge impact on the environment and the people who live in it.
Working with Forestwise has been a unique and unforgettable experience for me. The team has been supportive, helpful and has guided me through all the humps and hoops of international trade. The products are top quality and have the purest and wildest feel – just the way I like it. I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to bypass big bulk suppliers. Having a responsive and caring team in the Netherlands makes all the difference to me. My ultimate goal with my business is to do something good for a community of small farmers that harvest the nuts and seeds wild, and process them in small batches into the oils and butters that I use in my handmade soaps and skin products. The Illipe butter is amazing. I use it in combination with Mango Butter and Apricot Kernel Oil in a cold cream for my face every day. I also used a lot of Illipe Butter in the balm and I whipped it. It's snowy white and the butter just melts on the skin. It's the best - a great product. I sent one jar to my parents who complain about rough hands due to the cold weather in Switzerland. We will see how it works for them. Ladson’s relationship with Forest Wise is just the beginning of a long lasting friendship. Thank you for making this possible for myself and for the planet.
When making sourcing decisions, positive environmental and social impact are key metrics. We’ve been working with Forestwise on illipe butter since 2019 and their business model based on forest conservation through community collaboration has continued to impress. During our first visit in 2019 it was clear the care that has gone into cultivating relationships with partner communities. Their transparency in operating, commitment to continual improvement and willingness to collaborate has made them an incredibly valued supplier.
Jesse Pretty | Buying – Lush Cosmetics North America
"The Illipe butter I got close to 3 years ago is still as fresh as when I got it and I never had any problem with my illipe butter in my formulations (Soap and Lotions) that other people in the soaping group I am in seem to have with illipe butters from other suppliers. And I got my Buah Merah yesterday! Happy Dance!! I love the fact that it absorbs instantly without feeling greasy. I will be making a face serum and lotion with it"
I used the Illipe in a small test batch, and it is wonderful. Gives a stable emulsion, and lends luxurious feel to the cream - smooth and not too greasy. Besides it blended well with other butters and oils when melted slowly on a low heat. I give it a thumbs up. simply said - WONDERFUL! Though I had to dig it up from the bucket with a bit of elbow grease☺. In the end I melted the entire thing, and put it in small 50g muffin forms, so I can use it in the future.
'The Illipe butter from ForestWise is simply wonderful! It is of the highest quality and the best I've been able to find. It is the key ingredient in my lip balms and a staple in many of my products as it gives them a great consistency with a higher melting point that I simply can't obtain with any other butter. I love and admire the transparency and ethics behind the ForestWise company and I'm very happy to have the opportunity to buy my raw ingredients from such a pure, honest and sustainable source" .
Solveig Nicolajsen | Founder Tree and Earth Creams
If you are interested in rainforest products, take a look at our exciting range of products that find valuable uses in the cosmetics and food industry. Our ingredients are used in formulations for skincare, haircare, sun care and other personal care products, as well as various food applications.
Forestwise closes forest protection agreements with villages supplying illipe nuts
Forestwise introduces a new way of forest conservation, by closing forest protection agreements with villages that supply us with illipe nuts, in an effort to formalize our common goals, to protect the remaining forests.
Forestwise interview by The Chemical Daily from Japan
Forestwise was interviewed by The Chemical Daily from Japan about our approach to conserve the rainforests in Borneo. Read a snapshot of the article here or click on the link below for the full article (subscription required).