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Miniml FAQs

Miniml make everything in their factory in the Yorkshire Dales, using water supplied from the Yorkshire Moors. Each ingredient is sourced locally where possible to ensure less impact on our planet. All their products are formulated and developed by their in-house chemist. 

Every decision Miniml make is carefully assessed on the best option for the planet. They conduct external testing of their products based on OECD standards of biodegradability and non-toxicity. 

  • They offer a complete closed loop system
  • Every ingredient is assessed to ensure the formulations are safe for people and the environment. 
  • Allergy-free fragrances is used in all their products and they are in the process of registering all the products with Allergy UK.
  • All the Miniml range is free from VOCs, chlorine bleaches, solvents, lanolin, sulphates, parabens and phosphates. 
  • Miniml is Vegan and cruelty free
  • Readily biodegradable (the ability to naturally biodegrade when subjected to sunlight, water & microbial activity from 60-100% in 28days)

 

FAQs

Miniml Fragrances

Miniml use both natural essential oils and synthetic components in their fragrances. Whilst pure essential oils are natural and plant derived, they are more likely to cause skin irritation, respiratory symptoms and hormone related symptoms. 

They work closely with their fragrance suppliers to develop fragrances that meet their strict health and environmental standards they have for all their ingredients. They use the essential oil as a base and add the man made components to remove potential allergens from the fragrance. 

This creates their allergy-free fragrances that they use in all their products. They are in the process of registering with Allergy UK so it helps to not use any pure essential oils as they are more likely to cause skin conditions. 

Are Miniml products free from palm oil?

Miniml carefully select every ingredient to ensure they don't use palm oil, or palm oil derivatives. However, where there isn't a viable solution, they make sure the palm oil is RSPO certified, has  a very low percentage of the overall ingredient/product and that they can trace the palm oil used back to the direct supplier.

The two ingredients they currently use are:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSA)

This is an Anionic Surfactant and is derived from coconut. It's used in their washing up liquid, laundry liquid, hair shampoo and body wash as a mild cleaning and foaming agent. They have used this instead of SLS/SLES as its 100% sulphate free.

Polysorbate 20

An emulsifying agent which is derived from sorbitol. It's used to help blend water and oil based ingredients together. This is found in their washing up liquid, hand and body lotion, hair shampoo, fabric conditioner and Bodywash. 

There isn't an easy answer to Palm Oil, and we share the same view as Miniml, Friends of the earth, The Eden Project and Greenpeace, that an outright ban isn't the answer, as the ingredient itself produces the highest yield per sqm than any other alternative oil. Moving to another source would shift the problem to another oil and the farmers who have the land its grown will just move on to the next thing, and create a larger environmental impact.

We need to fully support the Sri Lankan government to minimise the impact and attempt to reverse some of the impact. Most importantly, we need to keep having these conversations around this ongoing issue, and continue to make the best changes we can for the environment. 

Are Miniml products Mi free?
Isothiazolinones (i.e. Methylisothiazolinone, Chloromethylisothiazolinone, Benzisothiazolinone, Octylisothiazolinone, Dichlorooctylisothiazolinone, Butylbenzisothiazolinone) are often overlooked. Companies use isothiazolinones in their products for a cost-effective way of preserving the product. However, they are not very good for the environment and they are linked to a lot of health issues.
All Miniml products are free of isothiazolinones and instead, thye use a blend of Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate which offers a more natural way of preservation. As well as this some of their products are also self-preserving such as our Toilet Cleaner as the pH is highly acidic due to the level of citric acid, which naturally kills any bacteria growth in the product anyway.
Are any of the Miniml products anti-bacterial?

Yes, we stock the hand disinfectant rub which is antibacterial. It is tested to BS EN 1276, which is the European standard for bactericidal activity and a requirement from the food standards agency (FSA) in the UK for clean surfaces. 

What is the ingredient PPG 1 Trideceth 6 in the hand & body lotion?

This is an emulsifying agent which is derived from coconut. It helps blend all the formula ingredients together. Its an ingredient which is from a natural source and is nothing to be concerned about.