Knowing
Darpan Sangati

About us

Our story

Darpan Sangati is a socially-conscious outreach and initiative to spread awareness amongst the rural
Indian population about the harmful ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products in daily use.

Innocence stemming out of educational and economic compulsions often makes certain demographics the victim of harmful, unethical and disease causing cosmetics. This can be reversed by making them aware of the ghastly chemicals and ingredients they are consuming and the simple choices and alternatives they can adapt to.
Darpan Sangati is also a movement to make new educators and mascots who take up the cause to make a cooperative of inspired teams to practice, manufacture and promote sustainable and ethical consumer products.
Combating the barriers of education, age, language and economic factors, Darpan Sangati aims to create consumers that are free and safe from misleading advertisements, harmful ingredients, and ill-informed choices.

OUR MISSION

Educate Enlighten
Elevate Empower

Rural Indian population embraces beauty as a daily routine, but often succumbs to what the mirror shows as a reflection, and ignores what is applied to skin, hair, face and body. Awareness about what they eat, what they watch and read is growing, but seldom do they know the merits of what they consume as a beauty and personal care product. Darpan (Mirror) Sangati (Union or Association) would like to facilitate a healthier Pratibimb (Image) of the beautiful Indian consumer through a more ignited and well informed mind. Every day the ignorant and maybe indifferent rural person, totally oblivious to the ingredients they consume, hoodwinked by false media and point of sale promotions, rubs, dresses and consumes slow poisons in the form of cosmetics. What they feel happy in consuming daily is a dangerous poison or chemical that is banned, banished and forbidden World over for ages. But they are consuming it without any knowledge of its dangers, making their health deteriorate and them, lifeless. Often they realise, too little and too late, when life threatening diseases grip them. They too care about the environment and a sustainable future, they are the most connected people to nature, but they aren’t aware. We at Darpan Sangati strongly believe that self regulation works more than government regulations, which often fails to go beyond guidelines and standards for urban population. We have been delighted to see the desire to change and adapt in these consumers, and make healthier choices, only if they know. Our enthusiastic ambassadors reach to the grassroots to educate, empower and facilitate them to discard products that damage their body and soul, in their language, respecting their culture, their limitations and aspirations

why?

desire to change
and adapt

Every day the ignorant rural people are hoodwinked by false media and point-of-sale promotions in consuming a dangerous poison or chemical that is making their health deteriorate. Often they realise, too little and too late when life-threatening diseases grip them.
We at Darpan Sangati strongly believe that self-regulation works more than government regulations, which often fail to go beyond guidelines and standards for the urban population. We have been delighted to see the desire to change and adapt in these consumers, and make healthier choices, only if they know. Our enthusiastic ambassadors reach the grassroots to educate, empower and facilitate these populations while enlightening them to become aware, educated and powerful consumers

Our Campaigns

Our journey so far

01

Workshops and Training Sessions to train attendees to make their own cosmetics

We conduct workshops where we teach attendees to be self-reliant. Attendees learn to make their own safe cosmetics using natural and easily available ingredients.

02

lnterviews of ethical cosmetics manufacturing companies

We conduct interviews with ethical cosmetic manufacturing companies on how to make cosmetics safer, improve consumer awareness and make a positive impact to make the cosmetics and beauty industry safer.

03

lnterviews of leading Dermatologists regarding ill effects of harmful cosmetics

We conduct interviews with dermatologists to understand how some ingredients in cosmetics can be harmful and how to identify harmful cosmetics. We also talk about alternative ingredients to make safer cosmetics without comprising the quality of the product.

04

Awareness Classes to differentiate between various ingredients and safe and ethical cosmetics

We conduct awareness classes where the attendees are taught how to differentiate between various ingredients and understand which are safe and ethical

05

Social Media Campaigns

We conduct social media campaigns on our activities, actively promoting our mission to improve the accessibility of safe cosmetics to all and educating the audiences on the platform about the importance of using safe cosmetics and the harmful effects of using cosmetics with unsafe ingredients

06

Outreach to government bodies and Ministries

We write and reach out to government bodies and ministries to push forward to agenda for safe cosmetics and enact purposeful change in the cosmetics and beauty industry through better regulations

07

Collaboration with like minded NGOs

We undertake collaborative efforts with various like-minded Non-Governmental Organizations to promote consumer awareness and safety. We also aim to improve quality standards in the cosmetics and beauty industry.

08

Partnerships with Dermatologists

We conduct social media campaigns on our activities, actively promoting our mission to improve the accessibility of safe cosmetics to all and educating the audiences on the platform about the importance of using safe cosmetics and the harmful effects of using cosmetics with unsafe ingredients

09

Outreach to government bodies and Ministries

We write and reach out to government bodies and ministries to push forward to agenda for safe cosmetics and enact purposeful change in the cosmetics and beauty industry through better regulations

Because we can

How Can You Help Them?

Darpan Sangati is delighted and emboldened to see and witness the change and impact of its efforts. The small baby steps that Darpan Sangati is taking shall steadily and patiently bring about awareness and change. The criminal and evil impact of harmful cosmetics not only damages the skin of innocent consumers but also their soul and spirit of trust. Darpan Sangathi has received accolades,endorsements and pat on the back from the fraternity, academia, industry and stakeholders to this beautiful industry of cosmetics. It was heartening to see excellent coverage by the press, socialmedia, trade magazines and TV channels for this noble cause. We hope that Darpan Sangathi grows into an able and spirited body that reaches out to the industry to adopt ethical manufacturing of cosmetics and be a facilitator to educate and protect the rights of innocent consumers who are hoodwinked and sold evil, unethical and damaging cosmetics. Darpan Sangathi is indebted to manypartners, individuals and unknown faces who have joined hands and continue to encourage us to do her little bit for this noble cause

10 stories of change

Darpan charcha/baithak interviews and feedback – Maira

Government impact

RTIs
packaging
laws
regulations

Interviews

Companies interviews
Dermatologists and doctors
Beauty parlours Influencers
Home-grown brands/ small businesses

Recognition

Types of recognition to be discussed