OUR BRAND

 

Where does the name Yon-Ka come from?

 

A world of meaning is hidden in these two syllables and their call-and-response connection:

  • YON: the purifying whitewater river and, phonetically, similar to ‘ion’, the energy particle.
  • KA: the eternal soul in each being, from the time of the Egyptian Pharaohs.

Yon and Ka connect what may seem unrelated: knowledge and mystery, science and nature, movement and rest, shadow and light. Our brand comes to life at the intersection of these two syllables, becoming the symbol of continual regeneration, of harmony rediscovered, of body and mind reconnected.

 

Is Yon-Ka a French brand?

 

Yes, while our name is quite unique, the brand is 100% French and family-owned. Products are formulated, manufactured, tested, and distributed by Laboratoires Multaler, located in Argenteuil, a suburb of Paris.

 

What is the yon-Ka Quintessence?

 

It’s our brand’s exclusive, iconic, 100% natural complex composed of five essential oils from the Mediterranean region, obtained by distillation:

- lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) from Haute-Provence

- geranium (Rosmarinus officinalis cineoliferum) from Egypt

- rosemary (Rusmarinus officinalis cineoliferum) from Morocco

- cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) from France

- thyme (Thymus vulgaris) from Spain

They work in synergy and are always added in careful doses for maximum safety. They bring beneficial properties to your skin. They’re included in 100% of Yon-Ka phyto-aromatic skincare treatments given at spas and institutes and in 70% of Yon-Ka’s at-home products. They enhance the efficacy of the associated active ingredients and feel like a scent sensation that relaxes or energises depending on what’s needed.

 

WHAT ARE YON-KA COMMITMENTS?

 

We’re committed to protecting nature:

- Yon-Ka will not use plants that are disappearing or whose use risks depriving indigenous peoples of food resources they need for well-being.

- Yon-Ka sponsors set-up of hives with Un Toit pour les Abeilles (A Roof for the Bees) to fight the alarming disappearance of pollinating insects.

We’re committed to sustainable development

- For some of its packaging, Yon-Ka uses cardboard made from trees sustainably managed by a Swedish company that’s one of the 100 most committed to sustainable development in the world, according to the United Nations Global Compact index.

We’re committed to social good

- Yon-Ka favours suppliers who are committed to following the regime for the protection of traditional indigenous knowledge about biological resources.

We support women with breast cancer

For all our developments, Yon-Ka draws inspiration from women’s beauty and their needs. So it’s completely natural for our brand to support research on breast cancer through the Ruban Rose (Pink Ribbon) organisation.

 

 

OUR PRODUCTS

 

WHERE CAN i FIND yON-KA PRODUCTS?

 

Our products can be purchased through one of our authorized partner spas or directly online on our website, www.ykcanada.com. 

 

CAN I PURCHASE YON-KA PRODUCTS THROUGH THIRD-PARTY RETAILERS?

 

We strongly recommend that Yon-Ka products be purchased exclusively from our official website, or from authorized retailers, such as qualified estheticians or licensed beauty institutes and clinics. Yon-Ka products that you find outside of these places are considered to be unauthorized.

All Yon-Ka products marketed by unauthorized resellers are not approved or endorsed by Yon-Ka.

We asks consumers to be mindful and cautious when buying cosmetic products online, as these could be counterfeit or they could have exceeded their expiration date. They may present health risks when used or may not perform as tested. If you purchase a Yon-Ka product from an unauthorized reseller, we cannot guarantee its quality, authenticity, or your satisfaction. We will not be liable for any consumer dissatisfaction.

To find a local authorized dealer of Yon-Ka products please visit our spa locator here.

 

Are your products made in France?

 

Yes, our products are all made in France.

 

You’re seen as a natural products brand. How natural are your products?

 

Since we were founded in 1954, we’ve worked hard to be as natural as possible in our formulations, but creating a formula may require synthetic ingredients. Some natural active ingredients don’t always have the required efficacy or can be irritating at the required dose. Our philosophy is to choose the most natural and best tolerated products possible while respecting the environment to give you visible results and true well-being.

 

Are your products preservative-free?

 

Some of our products are preservative-free when the formula permits it. When a preservative is necessary to protect the consumer from contamination risks, Yon-Ka uses the most effective and best tolerated preservative system.

 

Are your products tested on animals?

 

We do not do any testing on animals, in accordance with our ethics and legislation in Europe and in the many countries to which we export. For your information, in the European Union, testing finished cosmetic products (meaning products as they’re sold to consumers) on animals has been prohibited since 11 September 2004. Our products are tested on healthy volunteers using alternative methods under the supervision of doctors, dermatologists, and ophthalmologists.

 

Are your products vegan?

 

Being vegan means refusing to consume or apply any products that come from animals or are produced by them. For cosmetics, this means banning collagen, elastin, silk extracts, milk proteins, lanolin, honey, beeswax, propolis, royal jelly, etc...

Most Yon-Ka products are vegan except:

- Advanced Optimizer Cream, Serum, Gel Lift,

- Hand Cream, Cream 15, Cream 55, Cream 93,

- Elastin Day, Elastin Night,

- Excellence Code Mask,

- Nutri-Contour, Nutri-Cream,

- Grapefruit Dry Skin, Grapefruit Normal to Oily Skin,

- Phyto-Contour, Phyto 52, Phyto 58 Oily Skin, Phyto 58 Normal to Oily Skin, Phyto 152,

- Sensitive Mask

 

ARE YOUR PRODUCTS ORGANIC?

 

Our products are formulated to include the maximum number of natural, preferably organic, active ingredients but these aren’t always available in organic versions.

 

Do your products contain gluten?

 

Certain ingredients contain infinitesimal traces of gluten that cannot be detected in the final product. Here is the list:

- Crème PG

- Crème 55

- Elastine Night

- Time Resist Day

 

Do your products contain parabens?

 

We have removed all parabens from our formulas.

 

Do your products contain MIT (methylisothiazolinone)?

 

We have prohibited the use of this very allergy-triggering preservative for many years.

 

Do your products contain phenoxyethanol?

 

This very effective preservative is permitted by international authorities in concentrations up to 1%. It is considered non-CMR.* Some Yon-Ka products contain an average dose of less than 0.5% phenoxyethanol. When included, it appears on product labels. Even though it belongs to the glycol ethers family, international scientific authorities consider it safe for human health at the approved dose.

*CMR = carcinogenic, mutagenic, reprotoxic (CMR)

 

Do your products contain sodium lauryl sulphate or sodium laureth sulphate?

 

Yon-Ka does not use these surfactants because we consider them too irritating.

 

Do your products contain allergens?

 

European authorities require cosmetic product manufacturers to list 26 natural or synthetic compounds, considered frequent allergens, if they are present in concentrations of more than 0.01% in rinse-off products and more than 0.001% in no-rinse products. These compounds exist in essential oils and fragrances, so some of these allergens are listed on packages and ingredient lists.

 

 

OUR TREATMENTS

 

What’s special about Yon-Ka skincare treatments?

 

These are holistic, customised face and body care treatments provided by aestheticians who are trained in to use our treatments and products. They include carefully-crafted protocols and exclusive techniques backed by knowledge and extensive professional expertise.

 

What do you mean when you talk about phyto-aromatic treatments?

 

This compound word contains the word ‘phyto’, which means ‘plant’, and the word ‘aromatic’, which is related to aroma, meaning the volatile components of certain plants or their essential oils.

All active ingredients from land or marine plants – from root to seed, bud to leaf, flower to fruit – belong to a science called ‘phytotherapy’, which also includes:

- aromatherapy, or therapy with essential oils,

- aromachology, which comes from aromatherapy and studies how odours and aromas influence human behaviour,

- gemmotherapy, or therapy using tree and shrub buds, which contain the future plant’s embryonic tissues and all its vitality.

Since we were founded in 1954, Yon-Ka has been a pioneer in using these plant resources to help skin recover its ability to regain balance and beauty, and to promote authentic well-being.

 

 

SHOPPING ONLINE

 

DO YOU SHIP INTERNATIONALLY?

 

As the exclusive Canadian distributor, we deliver in Canada only. We are currently unable to process and ship orders outside of Canada.

If you are outside of Canada, please visit www.yonka.com.

 

CAN I SHIP TO A P.O. BOX?

 

No, at this time, we do not ship to P.O. boxes.

 

WHAT ARE THE SHIPPING OPTIONS AND FEES?

 

All orders are delivered by Purolator. The cost of shipping is established according to the weight and destination of the package being shipped. When you place an order on our website, the shipping cost is estimated and provided before the order is finalized. We offer free standard shipping on orders above $100, before tax. 

 

WHAT ARE THE SHIPPING TIMES?

 

Process and shipping times vary and may take between 2 and 15 business days, depending on the shipping method chosen and on where your order is to be shipped. Please keep in mind that the time estimates may further vary during the holiday season, new product or limited edition launches, or in the event of stock shortages.  

 

CAN I RETURN PRODUCTS I ORDERED ONLINE?

 

We suggest you read our Shipping and Return. It can be found here.

 

 

CERTIFIED YON-KA AESTHETICIANS

 

WHY SHOULD I VISIT A SPA TO SEE A CERTIFIED AESTHETICIAN?

 

Since 1954, Yon-Ka offers unique sensorial skincare products and spa treatments with the collaboration of thousands of passionate skincare professionals around the world. From facial treatments to home care routine, each licensed Yon-Ka aesthetician is professionally trained to perform complete skin analyses and prescribe personalized skincare regimens, to deliver the perfect alchemy of age-defying results and pure wellness.

You can find a spa here.

 

HOW CAN I FIND A YON-KA AESTHETICIAN?

 

We invite you to visit the ''Spa Locator'' page here and simply enter your Postal/Zip Code to find points of sale nearest you. 

 

I AM AN AESTHETICIAN AND I WOULD LIKE TO OPEN A PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNT WITH YON-KA. HOW SHOULD I PROCEED?

 

To open a professional account or for any question about becoming a certified partner, we invite you to fill out the form in our “Become a Professional” page here.

 

 

For any other inqueries, please contact us here.