How We Choose Our Products
In depth research is conducted by the staff at Uptown Nutrition before we bring any new product into our store. We look for third party certification for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) by the Natural Products Association (NPA), best-buy dating and full disclosure labels. We ask if products go through disintegration testing, what their manufacturing practices are, where products are manufactured (type of facility), how raw materials are tested and we also want to know about the company, it’s mission, how they treat their employee’s and if the company is owned by a larger conglomerate. We also conduct occasional review of our existing companies to assure they are maintaining their manufacturing practices (especially raw material efficacy).
In recent years we have stopped carrying lines such as Burts Bees, who was purchased by Clorox and Toms of Maine, who was purchased by Colgate. It’s our belief that when a small company is sold to a large conglomerate that efficacy of ingredients becomes second to profit.
Our #1 concern is quality of product and quality of the company we are doing business with.
We maintain strict standards for the cleansers, cosmetics, creams and colorants we stock, and refuse to carry any item that has been tested on animals. Whenever possible, we feature products with organically-grown and fairly-traded ingredients and look for products that are: Paraben-free, Phthalate-free, Synthetic dye-free, Gluten-free (when available), Chemical preservative-free, Cruelty-free (no animal testing), Organic (when available), Locally-made.