Organic skincare that's good for you (and the environment)
The UK’s organic beauty sector, including natural beauty and organic make up, is booming, and considering that your skin is your largest organ, it’s no surprise people are thinking more about what they’re actually putting on it.
A recent market report by the Soil Association reveals the UK organic market is now worth a whopping £2.2 billion, the most its ever been. Organic now accounts for 1.5% of the total UK food and drink market. 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.
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
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 moisturiser and a highlighter to the night mask that’s perfect to put on before a flight.
Scroll on for your essential guide.
The brands that do it well
New brands are increasingly launching, and old reformulating, in order to meet customer demand for natural and organic products. For skincare, you won’t be short for choices. Brands such as Tata Harper, Pai, and Herbivore are championing the movement, while for makeup, you can count on Ilia and RMS. For body and hair bits, it’s worth taking a look at the ranges by Weleda, The Organic Pharmacy, and Neal’s Yard.
Founded by father and daughter duo Bessie and Richard, Austin Austin is an East Anglia based, Soil Association and COSMOS certified Organic range of hair and body products. The brand puts equal care into its aesthetics as it does its ingredients and has partnered with local artists to create their unique label and box designs. This luxurious hand cream is formulated with extracts of plant, grass, seaweed and algae. These active ingredients provide long-lasting moisture and protection. Shea butter and cocoa butter are also used to hydrate and make hands feel ultra soft and smooth.
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. The brand is proof natural beauty doesn't have to compromise on colour, having recently released a bright red lipstick.
A facial spritz that will make you feel as pretty as it'll make your dressing table, the cult buy is favoured by beauty addicts everywhere.
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.
Whether you need a moisteriser, cleanser or highlighter, this multi-purpose beauty balm will become your go-to.
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.
Made from blended coconut oil alone, this is the perfect comforting cleanser for skin that needs something gentle.
This New Zealand company's serum uses lush ingredients black fern, French rose and cardamon to stimulate cell renewal and make you smell delicious.
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.
OIl that promises to help your brows grow to their full potential? Yes please!
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.
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.
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.
This removes make-up so gently that your eyes will be grateful - and it has anti-ageing properties to leave your skin super refreshed.
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.
If you thought natural shampoo was boring or basic, think again. They always smell incredible, leaving your hair wafting delicious fruity scents all day long.
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!
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!)