Welcome to The Collective
The Collective was created to address the lack of diversity, representation, and integrity in the local skincare scene. When we first started, we saw how the market was oversaturated with big brands selling endless amounts of acne treatments and whitening solutions, most of them with sketchy formulations and harsh chemicals.
It was hard to find products that could cater towards a spectrum of different skin types and concerns. Self-care no longer seemed like a fun and exciting journey, but rather a stressful job of playing detective.
With all the confusion surrounding the skincare market, we wanted to build an inclusive platform where you wouldn’t have to do the guesswork anymore. We began doing our research and started testing out different products from brands all over the world to find the ones that work for a wide range of people and situations.
We believe that skincare should be transparent, honest, and accessible for everyone. Effective ingredients and thoughtful formulations are at the heart of what we do at The Collective, and we’re excited to help you with your journey towards healthier skin and hair.
It’s important for us to understand what’s missing from the current market. Who is being underrepresented? How can we help people with specific and unique skin concerns?
We do this through mapping brands, products, marketing, and platforms—determining where the gaps are and using these as areas of focus.
Search & Research
We discover brands through a mix of research—visiting stores when we travel, personally trying different products, reading cosmetic articles, and listening to recommendations. We want to showcase truly authentic and results-based products.
Contacting the Brands
Contacting and meeting the brands are important parts of our partnerships. These allow us to work directly with founders and directors, giving us in-depth insight into the products’ results and their brand DNA.
Examining the Reviews
How are people reacting to the products? Are they seeing results? We aim to cut through the noise to find you products that meet their claims!
How has the brand treated their customers and employees in the past? We believe that the principles of the brands we carry reflect on The Collective.
Marketing, Communication, and Values
When working together, all parties want to make sure we’re aligned. Having in-depth conversations with our partnered brands about their values, marketing, and communication help to ensure we’re all on the same boat.
Regulation and FDA Approval
Our full-time regulatory team thoroughly reads through the ingredients list which gives us a better understanding of the benefits they claim and concerns they tackle.
This is also when we take the time to make sure there are no harmful chemicals present. All information is then sent over to the Philippine FDA to ensure compliance and approval.