Organic skincare that's good for you - and the environment
The UK’s organic beauty sector, including organic make up, is currently worth £61.8 million – and considering that your skin is your largest organ, it’s no surprise people are cottoning on to what they’re actually putting on it.
Non-toxic ingredients and brands are on the rise, thanks to people’s awareness of the ingredients they’re consuming, and what they can do to your body and to the earth. For example, this cult organic beauty product was out of stock for the longest time and we’re sure a few are going to work their way into our Black Friday beauty deals page.
So if natural beauty is your thing, this is how to differentiate between ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ and everything in-between. Remember, if you’re after strictly organic products, make sure to keep a look out for the Soil Association logo which will tell you the exact percentage of organic ingredients in that specific product.
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Health and Beauty Business Development Manager Lauren Bartley from the Soil Association Certification tells us exactly what ‘organic’ means…
No toxic chemicals
No synthetic fragrances
No nano particles
No animal testing
And when you buy organic products, you’re supporting organic or natural ingredients, sustainably sourced ingredients, sustainable manufacturing processes (no harsh processes used to create products), biodegradable packaging and protection of wildlife and the environment.
Although ‘natural’ has sadly become an unregulated term in the market, it should technically mean that the product is not made of synthetic ingredients – so basically that none of the ingredients were born in a lab. But, this term isn’t as regulated as organic so it’s important to use brands you can trust actually are natural.
And, genuine natural and organic beauty (namely skincare) doesn’t need to be boring or expensive, so we’ve rounded up the best natural and organic products to add to your beauty bag from the multi-purpose balm that can be a moisteriser and a highlighter to the night mask that’s perfect to put on before a flight. Here’s your essential guide…
The entire RMS Beauty line was magicked together by Rose-Marie Swift, a professional make-up artist who wanted products that packed a punch – and were totally organic. Her beauty luminizer highlight is the hero product of the collection and it comes in three colours – we’re particularly feeling this champagne pink colourway.
If you’re looking for a cleanser that’s purifying, balancing, soothing AND moisturising, this is the one for you. Plus, it comes with an organic cotton face cloth to exfoliate and cleanse.
If the air-conditioning and grim British weather have taken a toll on your skin, give your face a little pick-me-up with this facial spritz by Bloom and Blossom. Made with horsetail leaf, aloe vera and Ayurvedic medical components, it’s a total life saver and all-natural.
This lavender and rose geranium bath oil is unlike no other. Why? Because this family-owned company use wild Irish seaweed (an old tradition, natch) to really get you relaxed. It smells as good as it sounds – and you’ll have a perfect night’s slumber after (guaranteed.)
Forget the spa – treat your skin to this luxe organic lotion by Mauli. Combining blood orange, grapefruit, sandalwood and more, aloe vera is one of its biggest moisturising heroes.
This lipstick brand doesn’t use any ingredients that could harm animals – or their habitats. Chic and eco-conscious.
A facial spritz that will make you feel as pretty as it’ll make your dressing table.
This baby brand of the moment has ingredients that are 100% from natural origin and 90% from organic farming. Beauty for both mum and baby, with super cute packaging.
A gentle body wash, containing quinoa, calendula, sweet orange and ginger leaves skin feeling soft and smelling delicious.
These peroxide-free pens are the perfect way to whiten your teeth naturally.
A heat protection spray that’s also incredibly good for your hair? We’re in.
Made from blended coconut oil alone, this is the perfect comforting cleanser.
Using 97% certified organic ingredients like shea and cocoa butter, as well as coconut and vanilla oil, this is definitely not your average lip balm. Mwah!
Indulgent? Yes. Expensive? Definitely. Worth the money? We like to think so. Using certified organic ingredients from France, this amazing ultra-gentle exfoliating face mask leaves skin feeling silky smooth.
OIl that promises to help your brows grow to their full potential? Yes please!
Use this organic facial mist as a traditional toner or as a skin refresher during the day. Packed with antioxidants, it’s great for those working in the city.
These multi-use roll-on oils are a perfect addition to your handbag as they can be used for light fragrance, to soften cuticles or moisturise dry patches of skin.
A natural perfume to suit even the most sensitive of noses – without sacrificing on fragrance.
Multi-purpose coconut oil can be used as a hair conditioner, body scrub (when you add himalayan salt to it), a moisteriser and a teeth whitener if you’re into teeth pulling.
Adored by celebrities and beauty editors alike, this very special moisturiser uses rose petals picked by hand according to the moon’s cycles. Ideal for dry and sensitive skin types, there’s also a lighter version for those with oily or combination skin.
Those with problem skin often eschew natural products believing them won’t work as well. However, products packed with chemicals might end up causing your skin even more problems. Pai’s light moisturiser helps balance combination skin and heals mild outbreaks.
This removes make-up so gently that your eyes will be grateful – and it has anti-ageing properties to leave your skin super refreshed.
Whether you need a moisteriser, cleanser or highlighter, this multi-purpose beauty balm will become your go-to.
With fans including Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, it’s no surprise this organic haircare range is a favourite at Milan Fashion Week.
Made from 95% certified organic, naturally derived ingredients and essential oils, this nail oil moisturises cuticles and skin – and the mix of lavender, bergamot and vanilla smell delicious.
Natural make-up remover wipes that are suitable even for the more sensitive of skin.
This kakadu plum gummy cleanser is as fun as it is, effective to use.
This sleep balm absorbs overnight to hydrate your skin using abyssinian (a turbo charged version of argan oil, basically) and is perfect to use overnight – or on a flight.
100% natural oil proven to reduce wrinkles and help with psoriasis and acne.
Fake tan made with natural ingredients and free from animal testing mean they don’t smell weird – and are guilt-free.
These disposable natural face mask pods are ideal for travelling or pamper weekends away.
This exfoliator contains ruby crystals that polish away dead skin and encourage cell renewal. It also has hyaluronic acid and organic red tea extracts (so it’s an anti-oxidant too.) If it sounds fancy, that’s because it’s made by a dermatologist.
Perfect for people with frizzy, dry or course hair, this blend of coconut, grape seed, castor and olive oils helps regain the hair’s softness.
Organic beeswax, jojoba and avocado oil mean serious moisterising business.
This fragrance and essential oil free cleansing balm cleanses your face gently but effectively.
This superfood spritz is packed with organic ingredients like goji berry and lavender.
Because you really should be cleaning those make-up brushes regularly…
This super rich balm promises smooth feet, even on the driest of heels
This New Zealand company’s serum uses lush ingredients black fern, French rose and cardamon to stimulate cell renewal and make you smell delicious.
With 100% natural and organic ingredients, let the lavender relax and calm you while the macadamia nut, apricot kernels and avocado oils moisturise
With hints of rosemary, pine needle, cardamom and hot ginger, this scented oil is ideal for you (and your partner.)
If you haven’t tried natural deodorant yet, prepare to be converted. Using essential oils, this paste is absorbed super quick and leaves you fresh and dry all day.
If you thought natural shampoo was boring or basic, think again.
This wild thistle and cedar hair mask from Natura Siberica will keep your hair thick and glossy – yes please!
Protect your skin from those pesky UV rays with this all-natural sunscreen, which uses gentle chamomile and shea butter. (Tip: it’s also a great choice for those with sensitive skin!)
Had a rough night? Slap this baby on and you’ll be looking fresh faced and glowy in no time, thanks to its citrus hits of vitamin C.
While nail polish is renowned for wrecking nails, this tea tree oil-infused polish will help sort them out. (It’s actually been approved by American podiatry boards!)
This oatmeal based soap is filled with antioxidants and natural oils to keep your skin healthy and glowing – plus, it exfoliates all at the same time.
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