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Looking for food for your skin that nourishes? Let’s turn to SanRe Organic Skinfood as it secured 3 spots as Finalists in CertClean’s Clean Beauty Awards this year!
For those who don’t know, SanRe Organic was born in 2007 and is located in the north Georgia Mountains. Their products are certified USDA organic, non-GMO, gluten-free and cruelty-free (and are included in the Leaping Bunny and PETA Cruelty Free Company programs). For their products that do not contain organic beeswax and honey, they have also received Vegan. Random fact: Sandra Charbonneau is vegan!
We loved our chat with Sandra – the founder of Sanre Organic Skinfood! Sandra shares her entrepreneurial journey, her thoughts on why her products are so well loved by the judging panel and her approach to creating safer skincare for all of us!
What inspired you start a business in organic skincare?
I grew up in Lithuania where our food was always fresh and our skincare products were homemade. When we moved to the states I was at first so excited that our groceries lasted so long, but when I started digging and researching all the additives and preservatives that are often used we quickly changed our food habits. My focus then moved to my big-brand skincare products, where I was shocked to see dozens of ingredients that were linked with cancers, hormone disruption, etc – which you would never consider putting in your body. Your skin absorbs about 60% of what you put on it, so why not FEED it well?! Hence began our mission in 2007, to produce only the very best skinfood for a wonderful health and natural beauty!
Having started in 2007, you could be seen as a pioneer in the clean beauty sector. What were some roadblocks that you faced at that time?
The biggest roadblock that we had early on was educating our beloved consumer! People were conditioned about big brands and trusted them (with their star-studded, million-dollar ads), even though they couldn’t read the ingredient label – let alone understand the toxic chemicals in the product. Conveying that the skin is our largest organ, that what we absorb through our skin and it goes right into our bloodstream, was our greatest challenge back in 2007. Everyone seemed to grasp the concept as applied to nicotine and pain patches but didn’t think further about their creams and lotions. Thankfully, we’re there today! Most people are looking for safe and holistic skincare for themselves and their loved ones – and once they get past all the “greenwashing” by the big-brands, many are gladly finding SanRe.
Congratulations again on having 3 finalists in the Clean Beauty Awards! Can you tell us more about the product? We’re sure our community wants to know some of the super powers behind the products and what skin type your products are good for.
Eye Candy is a gentle enough to use around the most sensitive skin on our body-the eye area. Since we don’t produce sebum around the eyes, it is extremely important to moisturize with a good quality eye cream. It is formulated with a super concentration of only USDA Certified Organic ingredients. Organic almond oil soothes and nourishes with anti-inflammatory properties, omega 3, and vitamin A and E. Organic horsetail powder uniquely reduces swelling of the eyelids, calms irritation, and increases circulation. Arnica oil helps reduce dark circles. Great for all skin types.
Supple Sunshine was named one of the safest moisturizer with SPF30 by EWG.org and Livestorng.com. It was created to target dry, parched sun-exposed skin. Safflower and grapeseed oil provide the skin vital nourishment. Coconut oil improves skin complexion and reduces oxidation. Sunkissed skin can be relieved with naturally soothing and healing aloe vera. Great for dry/normal skin. Can be used alone or under the makeup.
As delicate as rose petals themselves, Rose Cleanse is gentle for even the most sensitive skin types. True to its name, it utilizes rose hydrosol and oil to soothe, calm, and replenish the skin. White willow bark refreshes the skin with its content of salicylic acid. Arnica and Calendula further soothe with anti-inflammatory properties. For all/sensitive skin.
What ingredients excites you and why?
I have many that I love and try to incorporate into many of our products. The few worth mentioning and I’m the most excited about is Baltic Amber Powder, Hemp Oil, Sea-Buckthorn oil, Turmeric, Green Matcha Tea.
Baltic Amber is special because of my heritage and newer science finds Amber contains 3-8% of Succinic Acid, a scientifically examined medical substance used in contemporary medicine. Of particular value are pharmaceuticals preventing the aging of human cells, which use succinic acid as an inhibitor (an agent slowing down or stopping the loss of) of potassium ions as an antioxidant – now scientifically described as a modern elixir of youth!
As you know, our community is quite health/eco-conscious. What do you think makes you or your product different than others in the market?
Most of our line is USDA certified organic, non-GMO. We have a good Certified Vegan selection (us being vegans ourselves), we test only on ourselves and our friends. J By having a vigorous third-party certification, we avoid a lot of guessing games when it comes to our suppliers. We only purchase certified organic, cold-pressed and unrefined oils, only therapeutic grade certified organic essential oils and herbs.
By choosing a certain ingredient, I always think of a skin problem I’m trying to solve or avoid. I want to have products that I want to use as well as our family, which we do! Some products took only a few times to perfect it and some took several years until I was happy with the formulation. We always try to better and improve formulations except for the ones that we have such raving results and reviews-we don’t dare change them!
We’ve all heard, “you are what you eat.” Well, our motto is expanded to include, “you are what you absorb, apply and beautify yourself with.” One doesn’t refrain from eating toxins, only to place them upon their skin, which is the largest organ of the body. Hence began our mission, to produce and supply truly organic skinfood for our health and beauty.
SanRe obtains all possible ingredients from USDA certified organic farmers and companies. Each product is “personally” crafted, tested, improved, finalized and produced by us. We make each product only in small batches to ensure utmost quality and freshness
Our products are cruelty-free and Non-GMO. We also package our products in Green Glass Bottles that help protect the products from light-induced break-down and our fully recyclable and non-leeching.
Thank you Sandra for pioneering clean beauty back in 2007! And congratulations again on securing 3 spots as finalists in CertClean’s Clean Beauty Awards!
Learn more about the finalists below!