George - or Giorgos - Korres, an Evangelical School graduate, went on to study at the Pharmacy School of the University of Athens. While still a student (1988), he started working at Greece’s oldest homeopathic pharmacy; he eventually bought the pharmacy (1992) and within the next five years, he set-up a homeopathic-remedy- production lab. In 1996, having developed a deep understanding and knowledge of natural ingredients and their application in over 3,000 herbal remedies, he created Korres Natural Products, with a view to producing safe, clinically effective, and affordable natural skincare products of interesting design. Giorgos is involved in brand development and research in collaboration with the National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens University and various worldwide research centres. His ongoing effort is to utilize valuable, clinically efficacious, endemic Greek herbs; to do so he is cooperating with local communities, agricultural unions and organic farmers.
Lena Korres, a Chemical Engineer joined Korres in 1996. Lena, now a mother of two, was the first person to be hired at the company and played a crucial role in setting & positioning the brand literally from its birth out of Athens’ first ever homeopathic pharmacy. Having held a number of strategic posts at Korres, she is currently the Brand Development Director for Korres. Working closely with the group’s 50-strong R&D team, Lena is involved in the overall product development process. Her greatest ‘beauty’ challenge to date was the development of the Korres yoghurt skincare line which contains yoghurt in its edible form. The development of a stable cosmetic formula preserving all of‘live’ yoghurt’s benefits was a scientific and innovative achievement as well as a global first for the cosmetics industry. Lena was recently shortlisted by the CEW's (Cosmetic Executive Women) United Kingdom Board for the Achiever Awards 2007. Wallpaper*, the internationally acclaimed design lifestyle magazine for urban modernists and global navigators alike, in its 10th anniversary issue featured Lena & George Korres as two of the world’s top 40 influencers under the age of 40.
We believe in developing products based on primary and applied research on verified benefits and clinical efficacy. With our research partners, we investigate the clinical benefits of natural ingredients in relation to skin biochemistry.
After research, we identify natural active ingredients that are skin and environmentally friendly, in order to make products with as high of a natural content as possible while still being effective and safe. All packaging communicates the exact percent of natural ingredients that are in each formula.
The ingredients come from:
- Medicinal Herbs: Ingredients inherited from our pharmacy days
- Greek Flora: Greece has bountiful endemic flora that has evolved to grow in Greece’s unique environment
- Food: Beneficial ingredients with advanced skincare properties
- Natural Actives: Extracts found with proven efficacy through research carried out by the KORRES Research & Development Lab
MINERAL OIL / PETROLATUM / PARAFIN WAX SILICONES PARABENS PROPYLENE GLYCOL ETHANOLAMINES PEGs
Water is one of the most significant ingredients in skincare formulations.
The cosmetics industry recommends the use of water with conductivity of up to 4.3 microsiemens/cm;
at KΟRRES, we use USP (United States Pharmacopeia) grade water with conductivity of 0.8 microsiemens/cm
– over 5 times more pure than what is actually required – even more pure than European pharmaceutical guidelines.
Driven by our obsession with quality, we have created a water-purification plant within our production plant aiming to produce the highest quality water for our formulations.
- Cultivation: Our goal is to protect and promote Greece’s natural flora.
Our KORRES agriculturalists select the ideal cultivation region for each herb based on climate and soil criteria while at the same time working towards protecting endangered herbs and sustaining plant populations.
- Our certified plant [ISO 14001:2004], implements over 20 environmental management programs throughout production, packaging and storage - including water, energy and waste management
– in a continuous effort to minimize its environmental impact.
We are strictly against animal testing, and do not test any ingredients or products on animals, nor do we hire outside companies to do so for us at any stage in production.
All our tests are performed in the lab either in vitro (using synthetic skin cells) or on human volunteers under the surveillance of a dermatologist or specialty doctor, i.e. an ophthalmologist.
We do not sell to any countries that require animal testing, and we follow the European Union's strict legislation that bans animal testing on finished cosmetic products and their ingredients.