What is Insekt?

Insekt is THE sustainable solution for skincare. Formulated with natural ingredients including our insect derived extracts, Insekt provides exceptional properties allowing it to compete with the latest and greatest beauty products. Beyond personal care, Insekt promotes sustainable, cleaner business practices that contribute to a circular economy and the preservation of our planet.

Enhance your natural beauty and embrace the journey to zero waste.

Why Insects?

Roughly 1/3 of food produced for human consumption ends up in landfills releasing carbon and methane that account for close to 10% of global emissions. The Black Soldier Fly (BSF) convert this food waste into proteins and fats. The oil extracted from the Black Soldier Fly has a fatty acid profile that is perfect for skincare applications.

Rich in Omega 3s, 6s, and 9s, the oil has other fatty acids essential for healthy skin:

Alpha-Linolenic Acid: anti-aging due to its strong antioxidant benefits that protect from sun damage and stress caused by pollution and other environmental factors

Oleic Acid: reduces fine lines and wrinkles while restoring your skins natural oils without clogging your pores

Lauric Acid: anti-microbial/bacterial properties to soothe inflamed skin and inhibit acne causing bacteria

Capric Acid: smooth skin and acts as an antioxidant

Myristic Acid: maintains a hydrated and youthful look to your skin

Palmitic Acid: soften your skin and retains moisture

Palmitoleic Acid: nourishes from within to moisturize and rejuvenate your skin

Stearic Acid: excellent for softening skin

Linoleic Acid: strengthens your skin barrier to keep water in and irritants out

News and Awards

Futurpreneur & RBC - Rock My Business Award

We are an award-winning skin care start-up and we are excited to share our success with you. Check out this link to Canadian Manufacturing showcasing all the Futurpreneur and RBC Rock My Business Awards!

Futurpreneur and RBC award $80K to eight entrepreneurs - Canadian Manufacturing

COIL Activate Accelerator

Altrene is proud to announce that it has been selected to join the Circular Opportunity Innovation Launchpad (COIL). In collaboration with Innovation Guelph, Harvest Impact by 10C and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), Altrene will gain access to; funding, mentorship, education, links into a national and global circular economy (CE) network.

Activate Accelerator - COIL

Ottawa Business Journal

Make sure you check out this article published in the Ottawa Business Journal.

Bring on the bugs: Kemptville couple start insect-based skincare line | Ottawa Business Journal (obj.ca)

Canada's National Observer

Make sure you check out this article published in Canada's National Observer

Why Thomas Clark is turning flies and food waste into face cream | Canada's National Observer: News & Analysis

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