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Sally Hansen

How ethical is Sally Hansen?

Sally Hansen is a brand of self tan products which has a below-benchmark score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Self Tan Ratings Table. Although Sally Hansen has not yet met our ethical benchmark, we hope to see the brand make progress in the future.

We would have extra confidence in Sally Hansen if it submitted itself to apply for Ethical Accreditation, whereby The Good Shopping Guide would make further detailed assessment and recommendations for ethical improvement.

Find out more about the ethical issues facing the Ethical Self Tan sector.


What does Sally Hansen do?

Sally Hansen is a brand of self tan available in a cream or a spray.

In which areas does Sally Hansen perform poorly?

Sally Hansen was marked down under our criteria for GM as another brand of Coty Inc./JAB Holding Company, Pret a Manger, has been criticised for its use of GM soya.  It also receives a bottom rating for our Organic and Vegetarian criteria due to a lack of certification.

Sally Hansen gets a bottom rating for Animal Welfare as it does test on animals when required by law, and for Political Donations as JAB Holding Co. has donated above our threshold for this criterion.

Find out more about how we rate by exploring our ethical criteria.

Past Criticisms of Sally Hansen’s record

In 2022 Coty Inc, Sally Hansen’s parent company, was given Ethical Consumer’s worst rating for their use of palm oil. Coty Inc was also given a low score by As You Sow’s Corporate Plastic Pollution Scorecard report.

In which areas does Sally Hansen score well for its ethics?

Coty Inc has a Sustainability Report 2022 containing targets for areas including carbon emissions, packaging and waste, so Sally Hansen gets a top score for its Environmental Report.

We found no criticisms of Sally Hansen relating to; Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels, Armaments or Irresponsible Marketing, so it scores well for these criteria.

How can Sally Hansen improve its ethical rating?

The below-benchmark score that Sally Hansen is awarded with on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Self Tan Ratings Table is the result of an evaluation of multiple ethical criteria.

To reach our minimum ethical benchmark and qualify for Ethical Accreditation, Sally Hansen has some issues to resolve, including its lack of certification for Organic products and use of animal testing. If it applies for Ethical Accreditation, The Good Shopping Guide will be able to give Sally Hansen some guidance to improve on these areas.

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Ethical performance in category


GSG score


GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Irresponsible Marketing


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


  • Public Record Criticisms+


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