At Sansaar we choose our eco-friendly products by assessing them against three criteria:
Safe to use
We check every ingredient, in each skincare product, against the Environmental Working Groups (EWG) Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. This database gives ingredients a hazard score in three areas: link to cancer; link to development and reproductive toxicity and link to allergies and immunotoxicity. The score ranges from 1 (low) to 10 (high).
We ensure our products have a low hazard score so are safe to use. We also check if they are safe to the environment. This is because we believe that skincare products should be good for you and the environment.
Free from SLS, SLES, Parabens, Petrochemicals
These ingredients have been found to be skin irritants, so we choose products that don’t contain them.
The avoidance of SLS was the main reason Sansaar was started. Our founder had dry skin problems and realised it was the SLS in soaps and shampoos that was causing it. At the time, there were few SLS Free products available and after many years of trying different soaps and shampoos she decided to bring all the great products into one place, making it easy for others to find.
Our awareness of toxic chemicals has increased since then. As a result, the list of chemicals to avoid has grown. You can find out more about these chemicals in our blog “Ingredients to avoid in make-up and skincare products”.
Skin is the largest organ of the body. Yes, it does act as a barrier, but it also reacts to and can absorb chemicals. We believe that if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, then you shouldn’t put it on your skin! That’s why we’ve chosen products that are made using natural ingredients.
All our skincare products are Cruelty Free which means that the product has not been tested on animals. Our suppliers also source their ingredients cruelty free.
Many of our products are certified. Where they aren’t certified it’s because they are produced by small businesses and certification is expensive and time consuming. We trust our suppliers and their transparency and are confident that when they say they’re cruelty free; they mean it! The more we buy from them, the quicker they can achieve certification.
Palm Oil Free
The ethics behind palm oil is intricate which is why we’ve decided to source Palm Oil free shampoo, conditioner and soaps. We feel that palm oil isn’t necessary in these and have proved it by finding fantastic palm oil free products.
In the cosmetics industry palm oil derivatives are used a lot. They are difficult to identify because the word “Palm” doesn’t appear on the ingredients list. As far as possible our suppliers, like Zao, select RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) certified palm oil derivatives.
Eco-friendly means to have little or no damaging effect on the environment (Cambridge Dictionary).
Although it sounds simple, there’s a lot to consider and we’re all at different stages in our journey to leading an eco-friendly life.
This is the same for our suppliers, many of them small businesses. We actively seek out suppliers that are conscious of the impact they have on the environment and have implemented eco-friendly measures. These include: plastic free packaging; using green energy; carbon neutral delivery; upcycling/recycling/reusing materials and equipment.
Many of our products use organic ingredients. This means that no environmentally harmful practices have been used when growing ingredients. To find out more about organic ingredients check out the Soil Association.
We’ve built strong relationships with our suppliers and know that their ethos aligns with ours when it comes to providing eco-friendly products.
Ethics in business is a huge subject. We’re using this term to show that we care about the people behind the products, as well as the planet, when we make business decisions.
The main things we check when choosing our suppliers are:
- Are their products Fair Trade?
- Do they support a charity?
- Are they transparent when it comes to their ethical/sustainable/environmental policies?
Most of our products are made in the UK. We have chosen to support local small businesses to help boost the local economy and community. This has the added benefit of reducing carbon emissions when transporting goods.
Where our products have been made abroad, we look at how the suppliers meet our criteria, before choosing to buy from them.