Sanctuary Spa

Last Updated: February 4, 2022

How Ethical Is Sanctuary Spa?

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Ethical Analysis

Is Sanctuary Spa really cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Sanctuary Spa’s policies.
Sanctuary Spa is cruelty-free. None of Sanctuary Spa’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
Not all of Sanctuary Spa’s products are vegan but they have some vegan options.
Sanctuary Spa does not claim or market itself as a sustainable company.
Sanctuary Spa claims their mica is ethically-sourced without the use of child labor. See their ethical mica mining policy here.
Sanctuary Spa products come in plastic packaging. I couldn’t find anything stating they’re working on reducing their use of virgin plastic in their product packaging.

About Sanctuary Spa

The Sanctuary Spa Shop offers a full range of 100% cruelty-free products from skincare, body care, gifts, and much more.
PRODUCTS: Skincare, Bath & Body Care, Hair Care, Candles

Sanctuary Spa

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You can find Sanctuary Spa cruelty-free products at, Superdrug, and Boots.

Sanctuary Spa is Cruelty-Free

Sanctuary Spa has confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals or ask others to test on their behalf. Their suppliers also do not test on animals, nor do they allow their products to be tested on animals when required by law. And finally, their products are not sold in stores in mainland China or any other country that may require animal testing.

By our standards, we would consider Sanctuary Spa to be Cruelty-Free.

Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Sanctuary Spa’s website about its animal testing policy:

Is Sanctuary Spa Cruelty-Free?

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

Sanctuary Spa has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.

As of May 1, 2021, some imported ordinary cosmetics can be exempt from animal testing under certain conditions. However, for the most part, animal testing is still legally required for most imported cosmetics in 2022.

Cruelty-Free Policies

Note that there is no legal definition for the label ‘Cruelty-Free.’ It can mean different things to different people. But Cruelty-Free is generally used to imply no animal testing. More specifically, the ingredients, formulation, or finished product are not tested on animals at any stage of product development.

At ethical elephant, we always assess a company’s cruelty-free policy using our Cruelty-Free Checklist. This ensures no animal testing was performed by the brand itself, its suppliers, or any third parties.

Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.

Sanctuary Spa is Not 100% Vegan

‘Vegan’ in cosmetics can refer to an entire brand that is 100% Vegan or a specific product is vegan.

In the case of Sanctuary Spa, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.

The following is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Sanctuary Spa’s website about its vegan claims:

Is Sanctuary Spa Vegan?

How to know which of Sanctuary Spa products are vegan?

All of Sanctuary Spa’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website.

Vegan Policies

Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But it usually means no animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products.

Some common animal products used in cosmetics include carmine, lanolin, snail mucus, beeswax, honey, pearl or silk-derived ingredients, animal-based glycerin, keratin, and squalene.

There are plant-based and synthetic alternatives to animal-derived ingredients. But it’s sometimes difficult to know with certainty whether a product is vegan just by reading the ingredient list.

So it’s best to ask the company and manufacturers to ensure the ingredients they’ve chosen to use were from non-animal sources.

Where are Sanctuary Spa’s products made?

I asked Sanctuary Spa where their products are manufactured and they told me:

“We can advise that some Sanctuary Spa products are manufactured in the UK and some in Thailand.”

Ethical Mica Mining Policy

Mica is a mineral that’s used in cosmetics to add a shimmery effect. But the mining of natural mica has been linked to child labor and human rights violations.

Unless the company discloses its mica mining policy, we have no way of knowing whether its mica is ethically sourced without child or forced labor.

So I asked Sanctuary Spa if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,

“We have a policy in place with regards to Mica, which requires the partners we use to hold a statement from the raw material supplier that confirms that no child labour was used at any point in the supply chain. We review these statements periodically for Sanctuary Spa products that contain Mica. Our corporate website has more information regarding our overall commitment to social responsibility which can be viewed here:”

I hope this article helped you to understand Sanctuary Spa’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!

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