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What is Altrene?

Altrene was founded on the basis of providing alternative and sustainable products that benefit both people and our planet. Our daring initiative begins with INSEKT.

What is INSEKT?

INSEKT is an innovative approach for skincare. It is made up of a unique blend of natural ingredients, inclusive of Black Soldier Fly oil, to provide skin nourishment. Available at launch are; Face Cleanser, Face Moisturizer and Face Oil.

What is the Black Soldier Fly?

The Black Soldier Fly (BSF) or Hermetia Illucens, is a common and widespread fly of the family Stratiomyidae. They eat almost all organic matter, converting it into natural proteins and fats before they continue their reproductive cycle.

Insects are gross, why would I ever put them on my skin?

The Black Soldier Fly Oil is similar to other plant based ingredients. They are long-chain saturated or unsaturated fatty acids containing Omega-3s and Omega-6s which are the building blocks of healthy cell membranes. What makes our insect oil so unique though, is that it uses less land, less food and less energy to produce equivalent volumes of nutrient rich oil. The insects actually consume food waste, which is a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and is high in Lauric Acid (C12:0) which is considered to be the number one anti-bacterial and anti-microbial fatty acid. Check out the full breakdown of the BSF Oil here: Altrene - BSFL

Where do the BSF come from?

The BSF are farmed on a commercial scale here in Canada! Professionally run farms with audited quality control processes in place, ensure premium quality oil. The BSF consume food waste in their larvae form and are harvested for processing. After processing, the BSF are squeezed under hydraulic presses to release the oil. Cold pressed operations ensure no additives or chemicals are used during processing and the oil is then subject to purification and packaged. The refined oil is then ready for use.

Is the oil sourced ethically?

Yes! The BSF consume the best feedstock available and raised in conditions that are representative of their natural habitat. They are processed without chemicals in a quick and efficient manner.

What is sustainable about the rest of your ingredients?

The rest of our ingredients are sourced in Canada from reputable suppliers that support other sustainable and eco-friendly brands/products. We only use natural ingredients that were hand selected due to their unqiue characteristics that compliment the Black Soldier Fly Oil.

Is your packaging sustainable?

Absolutely our packaging is sustainable! 100% recyclable, our violet glass packaging is biophotonic. Its unique properties filter light to both protect and revitalize natural INSEKT products, drastically extending its shelf life.

How is insect oil beneficial for my skin?

The BSF Oil contains an excellent composition of fatty acids that nourish and maintain healthy looking skin. Containing Omega-3, 6 and 9s, you can check out the full breakdown of the BSF Oil here: Altrene - BSFL

What products do you currently offer?

At launch, we will be offering a face cleanser, a moisturizer and an oil all intended for daily use.

What is your return policy?

We are committed to providing quality products for our customers. While we strive to ensure 100% satisfaction with our products, we understand that you may need to return products sometimes. Please review the information below if you need to return a product:

- Returns must be made within 30 days of your receipt for a refund
- Product must be in its original, unopened and unused condition
- Unfortunately, we do not refund original shipping costs
- Please make a note on the front of your receipt the reason for returning the product

Do you offer free shipping?

We offer free shipping with the purchase of an INSEKT Kit or purchases over $80 CAD.

How much do the products cost?

You can check the prices of our products through the online store. Signing up for a INSEKT Subscription ensures the best value for your dollar!

What is the shelf life for INSEKT products?

The shelf life for our products is typically 12 months from date of manufacture.

Does INSEKT skincare have preservatives in it?

Our products do contain a natural preservative. This is to ensure maximum quality and shelf life of our products. Most importantly, we want you to be able to use our products comfortably, at your own pace.

I have really sensitive skin, can I use INSEKT?

Our products are fragrance free and were formulated with natural ingredients at concentrations that ensure safe daily use.

Can I use INSEKT products if I'm prone to acne and breakouts?

BSF Oil is high in Lauric Acid. Considered to be the number one anti-bacterial and anti-microbial fatty acid, our INSEKT products are safe to use for acne prone skin. All of our ingredients were carefully selected due to their non-comedogenic properties.

I am concerned about the signs of aging, can INSEKT help me?

Absolutely! We have incorporated Bakuchiol into our formulation, specifically our INSEKT Oil. Bakuchiol is a natural plant-based alternative to Retinol. What makes Bakuchiol even more unique, is its ability for sun exposure. The INSEKT Oil can be used both in the evening and during the day!