OUR STORY

OUR STORY

INSPIRED BY NORDIC WOMEN
Lumene’s inspiration is the unmistakable radiance of Nordic women. A beauty born of strength and resilience forged by a primal relationship with the extreme and generous Arctic nature.

 

CREATED WITH FINNISH NATURE
Our roots lie in the rituals of northern Finland, one of the last unspoiled sanctuaries on earth. Our formulas harness the power of this untouched Arctic wilderness. They combine exceptionally pure, Oxygen-rich, skin pH-friendly Arctic Spring Water with hand-picked Finnish ingredients unlike any other.

 

BORN OF ARCTIC LIGHT
Berries, mushrooms, seeds, plants and tree saps that have evolved in the wild over thousands of years to survive and thrive under a uniquely disruptive and challenging annual light cycle. 8 months of constant purifying, unbroken winter darkness, save for the magical Northern lights... followed by an explosion of 4 consecutive summer months of intense life-giving light, 24 hours a day. This light phenomenon is further amplified by an unusually stable low ground temperature that stimulates Arctic plants to produce unbelievably high and potent levels of nutrients and antioxidants. By capturing the power of these light-charged actives, only Lumene channels this reviving light into what we call ‘Arctic Lumenessence’. This is the beauty of pure, naturally luminous skin.
ARCTIC PROVENANCE
At Lumene all our products are inspired by the natural beauty of the Finnish landscape and the purity and authenticity of the Nordic way of life. Every Lumene product has been carefully designed to reflect the potency of the natural ingredients found in the abundant forests and to help enhance the benefits of Lumene's pleasurable and advanced formulations. Beautiful and authentic perfumery raw materials have been expertly blended to craft timeless fragrance signatures that recreate the harmony and serenity of this mystical landscape.
OUR INGREDIENTS
In the wilds of the Arctic grow some of the most potent natural ingredients found on earth.
Arctic Lumenessence
Only Lumene has at its core Arctic LumenessenceTM. An exclusive science was developed by Lumene over decades to design and develop effective, naturally derived products for healthy, radiantly illuminated skin.
OUR COMMITMENT
Many of our wild Arctic and Nordic ingredients have been developed from side streams of food or forest industry, materials that would otherwise be discarded as waste. An important principle for Lumene is to utilize all possible components from plants foraged or collected from nature. Lumene follow carefully the principles of sustainability when harvesting Arctic ingredients, collecting plants in synergy with the environment in which they grow to ensure each year’s harvest is as fruitful as the last.
PARTNERSHIPS & PROGRAMS
We believe in sustainability, sustainable production and minimal waste. We use byproducts from other industries when possible to reduce waste. We apply an environmental system complying with the ISO 14001 environmental standard. We are committed to the International Responsible Care Program established in Finland by the Chemical Industry Federation dedicated to accountability and product safety. In keeping with our Product Philiosophy and in compliance with EU legislation, Lumene believes in never testing on animals . Alternative methods are used to ensure the highest safety standards in our products.
LUMENE WATERSMART PROGRAM
We have reduced the use of water by more than 30% with the help of our initiative and are committed to continuous reduction and improvement in the future.

Timeline

1970’s
Lumene was founded in 1970, a skincare brand steeped in the philosophy and belief in the power of nature. Named after the Lummenne lake, Lumene is also derived from ‘lumen’ the Latin for light. Within 3 years Lumene becomes a market leader in Finland
1980’s
Lumene relaunch their Green range, including a moisturiser, toner and collagen cream. The first batch of Lumene moisturizers was sold in Russia and the Nordics, followed with the launch of the Function range - products specifically targeting ageing skin.
1990’s
Lumene launch Body Aktiva with birch, tea-tree and seaweed extract. Growing in popularity, Lumene expands.
2001-2002
Going beyond organic using hand-picked, wild Arctic berries in cosmetics: Vitamin C range is launched using extracts of Cloudberry seed oil and vitamin C. Vitamin+ Advanced C-Energy cream tops independent European consumer test for anti-ageing products.
2003-2006
Lumene launches in the USA and is an instant success. During this time company was renamed Lumene Oy. Lumene scientists perfect the extraction of essential ingredients from a new range of indigenous species including Pine, Spruce, Birch, Heather and Peat.
2010-2013
Lumene launch WaterSmart, pledging to reduce their own water footprint and challenge others to do the same. Lumene launches new innovative Arctic cloudberry stem cell technology in cooperation with Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT).
2014-2016
Lumene patents extraction process and skincare application of Lingonberries creating an essence 40 times richer in antioxidant quercetin. Sprayed-dried Cloudberry is used in Bright Now Vitamin C Hyaluronic Essence for its unique brightening properties.
2016
Lumene begins a new chapter with the global relaunch in its major markets. International supermodel Suvi Riggs represents Lumene in its new campaign, as Nordic beauty becomes a world wide trend.