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Why choose Sanctum Organic Skincare?

Inspired by the elements of the sea and hinterland surrounding Byron Bay, Australia, Sanctum is created from only the finest organic and natural ingredients. One of the original pioneers in the Australian natural and organic sector, Sanctum is proud to abide by truth within labeling. Each product has been accredited Choose Cruelty Free, registered vegan with the UK based Vegan Society and certified organic by an independent government approved body. Sanctum is your guarantee of purity.

The Sanctum journey began in 1992 on the pristine, unspoilt coastline of Byron Bay, Australia’s most easterly point. Greg and Jicky Milham moved to the Byron shire in 1989 in search of a cleaner, more peaceful lifestyle to raise a family. It was here they found the inspiration to start researching, developing and creating naturally derived skincare and over the counter pharmaceutical products. Having witnessed first hand the ‘chemical’ side of the industry while running a manufacture and fill business in Sydney, Australia, Greg was determined to produce a range of products that: remained true to their promise of ‘natural’, carried meaningful levels of active ingredients, and most importantly, really worked. Greg furthered his studies in natural ingredient products chemistry with a vision to encapsulate the pure, tranquillity of his surrounds combining locally sourced ingredients with therapeutic levels of active herbal and plant extracts, essentials oils and vitamins. The result is a range of skin, body and hair care treatments that take the efficacy of all-natural preparations to an exciting new level.

The original site where Greg and Jicky started is still home to Sanctum, housing the head office, warehousing and manufacturing facility, laboratories and the famous Sanctum retail outlet which attracts thousands of local and international visitors each year as they travel along Australia’s spectacular east coast.

Sanctum remains a family owned and run business. Greg takes on the role of chief formulations chemist and draws on his ‘trusted mates’ in the Byron shire as a source for raw, natural ingredients. Jicky is involved in the running of the day to day business handling administration, sales and customer service.

Their daughter, Katrina, is the national trainer and brand manager for the range, and their son, Jason, works in the factory, his handy work responsible for some of the organic lotions, washes and scrubs in the Sanctum range.

From humble beginnings in local health food stores, Sanctum is now exported to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Malaysia, Sweden, Spain, Canada and the US.

Now Sanctum has taken the next step to move from Natural to Certified Organic which differentiates our products from the rest. Every Sanctum product contains more than 70% Certified Organic Ingredients and many products are more than 95% Certified Organic.
Today Greg and Jicky are excited to see their years of hard work and dedication come together as they take Sanctum, “a little piece of Byron” to the world.

The following is an extract from the Code of Practice by our certifying body
O.F.C. (Organic Food Chain) which all Sanctum organic products must abide by.

1. Petrochemicals and other synthetic substances as ingredients in their own right.
2. Non organic products of animal origins.
3. Talc.
4. Fragrances and other colour components of non-organic or synthetic origin.
5. Anti-microbial agents not produced from organic sources.
6. Chelating agents based on EDTA and its salts.
7. Fatty Chain source material of petrochemical origin.
8. Sulphonation, ethoxylation and propoxylation.
9. Alkyl Sulphates (eg Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Sodium Coco Sulphate, Ammonium Lauryl
10. Alkyl Ether Sulphates (eg Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Ammonium Laureth Sulphate)
11. Polysorbates (eg Polysorbate 20)
12. Ethanolamides (eg Cocamide DEA, Cocamide MEA)
13. Chemically synthesised sunscreens.

Sanctum organic products are 100% naturally derived and draw on the combined power of:
1 - Certified Organic raw materials
2 - Medicinal grade, therapeutic Herbal and Plant extracts
3 - Cosmeceutical levels of active Vitamins
4 - Soothing Essential Oils
5 - A unique, proprietary natural preservative system which blends herbal extracts fortified with
natural anti-oxidants and vitamins
6 - Sanctum is a member of Choose Cruelty Free (CCF) - an independent Australian organisation that
accredits products NOT tested on animals.
7 - Sanctum is also certified with the U.K. based Vegan Society and proudly display their logo.

Demystifying the Organic Skin Care Myth?

Here at Sanctum we have followed the rise of Organic skin and body care with interest over the last 4 years and only now have decided to take this direction. We did not want to just jump on the bandwagon and be seen as another organic player in the market with some products organic and some not. Nor did we want to risk jeopardizing the standards of the products we produce as we have found that some organic products currently in the market place, do not feel, smell and look like main stream skin and body care products. Some companies have one organic certified product and declare their whole range to be organic. We believe that only certified organic companies can truly call themselves NATURAL as the certification process and random manufacturing audits separates the truly natural companies from the rest.

Yes it would have been easy for us to follow others down this path and have products on the shelf that fall apart and smell "funny" after a few short months. However, it was important to us that the integrity of our product was NOT to be compromised under any condition. It is also important to us that there is TRUTH WITHIN LABELLING as many of our competitors state they are natural, organic or have organic ingredients and after carefully scrutinizing their ingredient list they are not!


country: Australia
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