Nickel Tested: what it means for you

We have spent over 50 years nurturing our method to create over 2,500 formulas, many bio-certified and vegan.

In addition to the consistently high quality of our products, including creams, gels, oils, cleansers and serums for face, body and hair, we also comply with safety regulations.

Our products bearing the Nickel Tested logo are part of cosmetic lines that have been analysed by certified external laboratories to guarantee a nickel content of less than 0.0001%.


What you’ll find here

Why do we use nickel testing?

In nature, traces of nickel can be found everywhere: in water, in the soil, in many foods, in the ingredients used for cosmetics, and even in the stainless steel of the machinery used to produce the cosmetics.

Therefore, it is almost impossible for a product to be 100% nickel-free, which is why the law prohibits putting this label on cosmetics. Some people, if in contact with nickel for a prolonged period, may develop a contact allergy, or dermatitis, which manifests itself as redness, itching, blistering and cracking of the skin.

With careful selection of raw materials and the use of modern, little-used machinery, we have achieved such a low concentration of nickel in our cosmetics that they do not provoke an allergic reaction even in individuals sensitive to nickel.

Ardes nickel tested products

Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 regulating the production of cosmetics in Europe does not specify a maximum limit of nickel in cosmetics that can be understood as a technically unavoidable impurity, i.e. as a tolerable amount of nickel.

Some research has, however, shown that a nickel presence of between 1 and 3 ppm (parts per million), corresponding to 0.0001-0.0003% in the finished product, is the threshold of nickel reaction for sensitive individuals, i.e. the maximum amount they can tolerate.

At Ardes, we entrust certified external laboratories with analysing each batch of the lines (herbal, beauty or customised) that we produce and which carry the Nickel Tested stamp: Luxury Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Specific Luxury Line, Tre Ori, Customised Herbal and Customised Beauty Lines, Ardes Bio, Treasures of Liguria, Plant-based Line, Prud-off, Supreme Bio Oil, Ialurelix.

We only sell those products (creams, gels, oils, cleansers and serums) that, according to laboratory results, have a nickel content of less than 0.0001%*.

Our labels

If you are sensitive to nickel, we advise avoiding the following products, which were found by our laboratory analyses to have exceeded the threshold:

  • Mud (hot and cold),
  • Restorative Mask,
  • Mud Mask,
  • Silhouette Body Lotion.

This is due to the mud, or mineral peloid, present in the formula and rich in trace elements, including nickel. This warning can also be found on the labels of each of our products for which the laboratory has detected an exceedance of the nickel reaction threshold.

*WARNING

The following batches were released with values above the indicated threshold.

BATCH 75105 OF 10/2015 PRODUCT

Mud mask 200 ml Plant-based Line NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 4.2 ppm (0.00042%)

NOTE: This result is due to the presence of mud (mineral peloid) in the formula because it is rich in trace elements including nickel. The amount of nickel, given the natural unpredictability of the raw material, varies from batch to batch. Avoid use on nickel-sensitive skin. As the nickel analysis on this batch exceeded our threshold value, a label has been affixed to each item in the batch bearing the results of the analysis in addition to this note.

BATCH 32105 OF 10/2015 PRODUCT

Extra-strong thermal slimming mud 1000 ml Plant-based Line NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 4.4 ppm (0.00044%)

NOTE: This result is due to the presence of mud (mineral peloid) in the formula because it is rich in trace elements including nickel. The amount of nickel, given the natural unpredictability of the raw material, varies from batch to batch. Avoid use on nickel-sensitive skin.

BATCH 25075 OF 07/2015 PRODUCT

Extra-strong non-thermal slimming mud 1000 ml Plant-based Line NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 1.2 ppm (0.00012%)

NOTE: This result is due to the presence of mud (mineral peloid) in the formula because it is rich in trace elements including nickel. The amount of nickel, given the natural unpredictability of the raw material, varies from batch to batch. Avoid use on nickel-sensitive skin.

BATCH 81125 OF 12/2015 PRODUCT

Extra-strong non-thermal slimming mud 500 ml Customised line NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 2.7 ppm (0.00027%)

NOTE: This result is due to the presence of mud (mineral peloid) in the formula because it is rich in trace elements including nickel. The amount of nickel, given the natural unpredictability of the raw material, varies from batch to batch. Avoid use on nickel-sensitive skin.

BATCH 72027 OF 03/2017 PRODUCT

Extra-strong non-thermal slimming mud 1000 ml Plant-based Line NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 5.4 ppm (0.00054%)

NOTE: This result is due to the presence of mud (mineral peloid) in the formula because it is rich in trace elements including nickel. The amount of nickel, given the natural unpredictability of the raw material, varies from batch to batch. Avoid use on nickel-sensitive skin.

BATCH 61027 OF 03/2017 PRODUCT

Extra-strong non-thermal slimming mud 500 ml Customised line NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 2.4 ppm (0.00024%)

NOTE: This result is due to the presence of mud (mineral peloid) in the formula because it is rich in trace elements including nickel. The amount of nickel, given the natural unpredictability of the raw material, varies from batch to batch. Avoid use on nickel-sensitive skin.

BATCH 83067 OF 03/2017 PRODUCT

Extra-strong thermal slimming mud 500 ml Customised line NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 4.1 ppm (0.00041%)

NOTE: This result is due to the presence of mud (mineral peloid) in the formula because it is rich in trace elements including nickel. The amount of nickel, given the natural unpredictability of the raw material, varies from batch to batch. Avoid use on nickel-sensitive skin.
This is in order to correctly inform those sensitive to this substance.

BATCH 24059 OF 05/2019 PRODUCT

Extra-strong NON-thermal slimming mud 1000 ml Plant-based Line NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 1.1 ppm (0.00011%)

NOTE: This result is due to the presence of mud (mineral peloid) in the formula because it is rich in trace elements including nickel. The amount of nickel, given the natural unpredictability of the raw material, varies from batch to batch. Avoid use on nickel-sensitive skin. This is in order to correctly inform those sensitive to this substance.

BATCH 96069 OF 06/2019 PRODUCT

Extra-strong NON-thermal slimming mud 1000 ml Plant-based Line NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 5.7 ppm (0.00057%)

NOTE: This result is due to the presence of mud (mineral peloid) in the formula because it is rich in trace elements including nickel. The amount of nickel, given the natural unpredictability of the raw material, varies from batch to batch. Avoid use on nickel-sensitive skin. This is in order to correctly inform those sensitive to this substance.

BATCH 48079 OF 07/2019 PRODUCT

LPE (Customised Beauty Line) NON-thermal slimming mud 500 ml NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 2.9 ppm (0.00029%)

NOTE: This result is due to the presence of mud (mineral peloid) in the formula because it is rich in trace elements including nickel. The amount of nickel, given the natural unpredictability of the raw material, varies from batch to batch. Avoid use on nickel-sensitive skin. This is in order to correctly inform those sensitive to this substance.

BATCH 12079 OF 07/2019 PRODUCT

NLP (New Customised Beauty Line) NON-thermal slimming mud 500 ml NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 0.9 ppm (0.00009%)

BATCH 44079 OF 09/2019 PRODUCT

LPE (Customised Beauty Line) thermal mud 200 ml NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 2.5 ppm (0.00025%)

BATCH 84129 OF 12/2019 PRODUCT

Non-thermal slimming mud 200 ml NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 0.89 ppm (0.000089%)

BATCH 90020 OF 02/2020 PRODUCT

Restorative mask 150 ml NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 0.59 ppm (0.000059%)

BATCH 63020 OF 02/2020 PRODUCT

LV (Plant-Based Line) Extra-strong thermal slimming mud 1000 ml NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 4.21 ppm (0.000421%)

BATCH 65050 OF 05/2020 PRODUCT

LV (Plant-Based Line) Extra-strong slimming mud 1000 ml NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 3.23 ppm (0.000323%)

BATCH 62040 OF 05/2020 PRODUCT

LV (Plant-Based Line) Extra-strong non-thermal slimming mud 1000 ml NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 3.17 ppm (0.000317%)

BATCH 48060 OF 06/2020 PRODUCT

LV (Plant-Based Line) Extra-strong non-thermal slimming mud 1000 ml NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 2.53 ppm (0.000253%)

BATCH 44049 OF 07/2020 PRODUCT

LV (Plant-Based Line) mud mask 200 ml NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 3.25 ppm (0.000325%)

NOTE: This result is due to the presence of mud (mineral peloid) in the formula because it is rich in trace elements including nickel. The amount of nickel, given the natural unpredictability of the raw material, varies from batch to batch. Avoid use on nickel-sensitive skin. This is in order to correctly inform those sensitive to this substance.

BATCH 51070 OF 07/2020 PRODUCT

Silhouette Body Lotion NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 1.23 ppm (0.000123%)

BATCH 30070 OF 10/2020 PRODUCT

NLP (New Customised Beauty Line) non-thermal slimming mud 200 ml NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 1.16 ppm (0.000116%)

BATCH 61041 OF 04/2021 PRODUCT

RLV (Restyling Plant-Based Line) non-thermal slimming mud 1000 ml NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 2.50 ppm (0.000250%)

BATCH 52041 OF 04/2021 PRODUCT

RLV (Restyling Plant-Based Line) thermal slimming mud 1000 ml NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 2.27 ppm (0.000227%)

NOTE: This result is due to the presence of mud (mineral peloid) in the formula because it is rich in trace elements including nickel. The amount of nickel, given the natural unpredictability of the raw material, varies from batch to batch. Avoid use on nickel-sensitive skin.

BATCH 67041 OF 04/2021 PRODUCT

Extra-strong breast and body firming cream 1000 ml NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 2.36 ppm (0.000236%)

BATCH 51022 OF 02/2022 PRODUCT

Mud mask 200 ml NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 1.35 ppm (0.000135%)

NOTE: This result is due to the presence of mud (mineral peloid) in the formula because it is rich in trace elements including nickel. The amount of nickel, given the natural unpredictability of the raw material, varies from batch to batch. Avoid use on nickel-sensitive skin.

BATCH 60042 OF 05/2022 PRODUCT

Non-thermal slimming mud 1000 ml PLANT-BASED LINE NICKEL ANALYSIS RESULT: 1.4 ppm (0.000140%)

NOTE: This result is due to the presence of mud (mineral peloid) in the formula because it is rich in trace elements including nickel. The amount of nickel, given the natural unpredictability of the raw material, varies from batch to batch. Avoid use on nickel-sensitive skin.

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