WHY I DO WHAT I DO: TALKING TO BIRGIT CORALL THE FOUNDER OF COBICOS
  • WHY I DO WHAT I DO: TALKING TO BIRGIT CORALL THE FOUNDER OF COBICOS

    Cobicos

    Manuka Honey fans swear by the healing effects. One spoonful of this precious natural remedy is said to help against sore throats, colds and stomach ache. Applied to wounds or skin irritations its antibacterial properties are said to have a quick effect. We ask Birgit Corall, the founder of Cobicos to tell us more about this special honey... 

    YOU YOURSELF HAVE BEEN ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF MANUKA HONEY FOR MANY YEARS... PLEASE TELL US: WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT MANUKA HONEY, ESPECIALLY WHEN COMPARED TO TRADITIONAL HONEY? 
    Manuka Honey contains MGO - Methylglyoxal, which is found in the pollen of the Manuka bush flowers, collected by the bees and brought to the beehive. This MGO has this famous antibacterial effect, which is maintained even when liquid is added (as in teas or wounds). In normal honeys, the antibacterial effect is produced by a hydrogen peroxide reaction, but this is neutralized when liquid is added. This is a good thing, otherwise the honey would not be eatable.

    Manuka Honig

    AND HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA TO EVEN START YOUR OWN COSMETIC LINE WITH IT?
    I have been importing cosmetics from New Zealand for many years and know the honey from there. Through these years of experience, I know how effective Manuka honey is, especially on damaged skin. Then, the studies by Prof Henle of the TU Dresden came out and the MGO effect was scientifically proven. An MGO factor of 100 is used for wound care in hospitals. It was clear to me that my products for facial care must contain this regenerating and "repairing" effect of Manuka honey.

    COBICOS IS NATURAL COSMETICS. WHAT WAS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TO YOU DURING THE DEVELOPMENT?


    Cobicos is 100% genuine and controlled natural cosmetics. No green washing, no clean beauty and all the other fads and fashions. Furthermore the effect and therefore the single active ingredients in high concentrations.

    An example: if research on skin cells has shown that hibiscus extract reduces elastin breakdown by up to 84% at a 4% concentration, then my serum also contains 4% hibiscus extract.

    EVEN AS AN ENTREPRENEUR, SUSTAINABLE VALUES ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU. COULD YOU TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THIS?
    I built up my company and during the first years I received my two daughters. That's when I realized how difficult it is to reconcile work and children - especially when you also have to keep appointments, go to trade fairs, etc. Since then I have employees with children who can work part-time and sometimes in the home office. The other special feature is our inclusion company. Three of our 8 employees have a severe disability. We have received several awards for both of these topics and we are proof that a company with such conditions can work economically and be successful.

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COBICOS PRODUCT?
    Wow, hard to say. In summer it's definitely the Sunny Day day cream because I'm outdoors a lot and the effect is really phenomenal. And I love the lifting serum that I apply under my day and night care - after all, I'm already 53...

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