In­done­sia Ex­pat sat down with Sensatia Botan­i­cals to talk about their new­est re­lease.

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Tell us about your new­est prod­ucts.

The lat­est in­no­va­tion and ad­di­tion to our line of nat­u­ral skin­care is a sul­phate-free per­sonal care col­lec­tion. The col­lec­tion fea­tures body wash, sham­poo, con­di­tioner and body lo­tion, and each is avail­able in four dif­fer­ent se­ries which are Bal­anc­ing, Calm­ing, Hy­drat­ing and Nur­tur­ing.

What does "sul­phate-free" and "reef-safe" mean?

This col­lec­tion is free from the use of sodium lau­ryl sul­phate (SLS), a foam­ing agent com­monly used in most cos­metic prod­ucts, which is known to be harm­ful to aquatic life. These prod­ucts con­tain zero toxic chem­i­cals that greatly di­min­ish the po­ten­tial to pol­lute ground­wa­ter mak­ing it safe even when rinsed down the drain and end­ing up in wa­ter sys­tems. The ab­sence of sul­phates in these prod­ucts also means zero toxic chem­i­cal build up in the wa­ter­way that could af­fect aquatic en­vi­ron­ments in­clud­ing reefs in the ocean.

What are the four se­ries and what are the dif­fer­ences be­tween them?

These sul­phate-free, reef-safe prod­ucts are avail­able in four dif­fer­ent se­ries de­signed to suit each per­son’s unique skin and hair con­cerns:

• Bal­anc­ing – fea­tures a mix­ture of lemon, gera­nium, tea tree and pep­per­mint es­sen­tial oils re­sult­ing in minty herba­ceous aroma for an in­vig­o­rat­ing boost. The Bal­anc­ing Body se­ries is de­signed to con­trol oily and acne-prone skin, while the Bal­anc­ing Hair prod­ucts help fight dan­druff and re­move ex­cess oil.

• Calm­ing – of­fers a flo­ral and sweet aroma orig­i­nat­ing from the es­sen­tial oils of grape­fruit, laven­der, gera­nium, chamomile and jas­mine. The Calm­ing Body se­ries is par­tic­u­larly gen­tle for sen­si­tive skin, while the Calm­ing Hair prod­ucts are ideal for those with sen­si­tive scalp or dam­aged hair.

• Hy­drat­ing – fea­tures for­mu­la­tion that in­cludes the es­sen­tial oils of laven­der, pe­tit­grain and ylang ylang for a re­fresh­ing flo­ral cit­rusy aroma with a hint of pe­tit­grain. De­signed for dry to nor­mal skin and hair, these all-nat­u­ral for­mu­las are the per­fect an­ti­dote to harsh, dry en­vi­ron­ments.

• Nur­tur­ing – pro­vides a flo­ral, cit­rusy aroma with a hint of rose from the es­sen­tial oils with a com­bi­na­tion of gera­nium, lemon and rose damask. The Nur­tur­ing se­ries is gen­tle enough for all skin and hair types. For­mu­lated with an­tiox­i­dant-rich in­gre­di­ents, the se­ries will leave skin and hair feel­ing soft and vi­brant.

What is the im­por­tance of hav­ing biodegrad­able ameni­ties?

Ho­tel guests are just as con­cerned as hote­liers and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists about the sus­tain­abil­ity of planet earth. Ac­com­mo­da­tion providers have an obli­ga­tion to cater to the en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns of all po­ten­tial guests. It is also an­other way to show that the busi­ness is aware that they are part of the same global en­vi­ron­ment and demon­strate their role in pre­vent­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion. By us­ing ameni­ties with a biodegrad­able for­mula, they can as­sure their guests that the prod­ucts they use cause zero toxic chem­i­cal build up in the wa­ter­way, and do not af­fect aquatic en­vi­ron­ments when rinsed down the drain.

Why should com­pa­nies choose your prod­ucts as ameni­ties?

Our prod­ucts’ for­mu­las have been tested in a cer­ti­fied lab­o­ra­tory in Sin­ga­pore and achieved Read­ily Biodegrad­able sta­tus. This means that when our prod­ucts are be­ing used and are rinsed down the drain, end­ing up in the wa­ter sys­tem and fi­nally reach­ing fresh­wa­ter and ocean ecosys­tems, every in­gre­di­ent used is read­ily biodegrad­able, mean­ing there will be no residue left in the en­vi­ron­ment. The for­mu­la­tion is safe for aquatic life and is es­pe­cially ben­e­fi­cial for seashore or lake­side re­sorts.

In­ci­den­tally, we also pro­vide free pickup ser­vice for our ho­tel clients to col­lect the empty bot­tles. The empty bot­tles are brought to the lo­cal re­cy­cling cen­tre where they are pro­cessed to cre­ate in­dus­trial pal­lets.

How can com­pa­nies be­come more re­spon­si­ble with their waste?

Here at Sensatia Botan­i­cals, we con­sider every ef­fect start­ing from the use of in­gre­di­ents, pro­duc­tion waste, and fi­nally the waste gen­er­ated by our cus­tomers in us­ing our prod­ucts. We ap­ply thor­ough waste man­age­ment in our pro­duc­tion process at the pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity.

On a re­tail level, we pro­vide biodegrad­able shop­ping bags made of cas­sava starch and re­us­able can­vas bags for our cus­tomers when they shop in our store. We also en­cour­age peo­ple to bring back their empty bot­tles to our stores and they will be re­warded with one sticker for each empty prod­uct con­tainer re­turned. If 12 stick­ers have been col­lected, they can re­deem them for a shop­ping voucher worth Rp100,000.

Waste man­age­ment should be done prop­erly to pre­serve the en­vi­ron­ment. It must be used by busi­nesses of all sizes to min­imise the en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print of every in­dus­try.

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