Organic skincare that's good for you (and the environment)
The UK’s organic beauty sector, including 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.
Soil Association‘s latest market report 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. 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
Health and Beauty Business Development Manager Lauren Bartley from the Soil Association Certification tells us exactly what ‘organic’ means:
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.
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Austin Austin Hand Cream, £13, Glasshouse Salon
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.
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.
Pai Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream, £38, John Lewis
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.
Bloom and Blossom Rejuvenating Facial Spritz, £15, bloomandblossom.com
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.)
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.