Black and woman-owned, small-scale and local Community Foods producer, Safésha—which means “to cleanse” in Swahili—creates moisturizing hand sanitizers using plant-based ingredients. Owner Sylvia Andrews was inspired to develop natural skincare products while running a commercial cleaning business. Sylvia developed an interest in green products after becoming concerned that certain cleaning chemicals were detrimental to one’s health. As she learned more about natural products, she found a lack of hand sanitizers that were both natural and moisturizing. Leaning on her expertise and commitment to a healthy, environmentally-conscious lifestyle, Sylvia worked to create an alternative to conventional hand sanitizer, eventually launching Safésha in 2014.
On Seward Co-op’s partnership with Safésha, Sylvia shared, “I am so appreciative to have a partner like [Seward Co-op], because [they] take a risk in bringing on small vendors. [Seward Co-op] give[s] entrepreneurs an opportunity to grow, to expand and to build their brand.” Today, both Seward Co-op stores carry Safésha hand sanitizers in Sweet Orange and Lavender scents, and the Friendship store has an additional Unscented version.