As more and more people become aware of the ingredients within their beauty products and lifestyle changes in the modern world spark a consciousness of what we put on our body as well as in, the beauty industry is (slowly) starting to adapt itself accordingly.
New brands are beginning to focus increasingly more on organic and cruelty-free products, listening to what their consumer wants. Supposedly, 5lb of make-up chemicals are absorbed into our skin every year; with this news, perhaps it’s time to ensure we are avoiding those synthetics and putting the most beneficial ingredients onto our skin.
Although there are plenty of organic beauty brands now to choose from, for 2017 I’ve come up with some of the most interesting ones that are offering exciting natural, organic products, whether that’s through the ethos, design or story.
One of the most exciting organic beauty brands, in my opinion, this nail varnish brand is everything I could want and more. Not only are the nail varnishes gorgeous to apply and only need 2 coats to be opaque, these beauties are completely fume-free through their use of non-toxic ingredients. This is a life saver for anyone who gets a headache from the fumes of nail varnishes or loves doing some last minute nail painting on the train without having to annoy fellow commuters! What’s more is that there is no need to use further fume-y acetone to remove this nail varnish- a highly chemical substance which can often dry hands quite badly- these nail varnishes simply peel off when you are ready to remove the colour! A truly exciting organic and cruelty-free brand with a gorgeous range of colours that are waiting to be tried out.
This cult beauty brand started back in 1991 with the dream to bring glamour to organic and make it mainstream. It very much succeeded! Sold in department stores and Sephora, this ‘eco-chic’ beauty brand offers incredible make-up, with some cult favourites including eye shadow palettes, their Amazonian clay foundation, beautifully designed blushers, and stunning highlighters. Foundations will set you back £30, lip products around £15 and you will pay just over £30 for eyeshadow palettes. It is quite pricey but the quality of the products makes it so worth it and the packaging is some of the most stunning you will see. Luxury organic beauty at its best.
Does this iconic brand even need an introduction?! I couldn’t live without their lip balms, which see my chapped lips through winter and beyond. They now offer a huge range of flavours now too, including fruity pomegranate and exotic coconut alongside the classic peppermint taste. The quality of these products is so high yet they remain so affordable- something you don’t often get when you buy organic. Their new (ish) coloured lip crayons are also a winner by being both beautifully pigmented and comfortable to wear, meaning you can look fabulous and nourish your lips at the same time. Although Burts Bees are predominantly famous for their incredible lip products, they also have an extensive range of face and body products that, if their lip ones are anything to go by, will be fantastic too.
How could I write a post about organic beauty brands without featuring Sabai Soaps?! The story behind this brand’s creation is fascinating and also brings the production of beauty products back to the everyday person. Starting its journey in East Asia, the Thai influence of these beautiful handmade soaps makes this brand interesting and something a bit different to your run of the mill soap brands. With a range of exotic scents that will invigorate, relax and excite, these soaps will not only benefit the mind but also the body. The use of organic, natural ingredients means that there are no harsh or drying synthetic substances going onto your skin; just nourishing essential oils which make these soaps and absolute pleasure to use.
Neals Yard Remedies
One of the original pioneers of organic beauty, Neal’s Yard began its journey to greatness in 1981 in a small store in Covent Garden. With their firm belief in the power of botanical, their honesty and integrity around the ingredients they use has bought them vast success and threw organic into the mainstream. Thirty years down the line and they are still protesting against the use of synthetic ingredients and creating amazing products to show that they are not necessary within the beauty industry. My personal favourite products include their heavenly bath oils, nourishing hand creams, and silky lip balms. They also do a range of cosmetics too!
Although the products can end up being quite pricey as they are imported from Australia, this is an amazing brand if you are conscious of the products and ingredients you put on your face. Australian brand INIKA is organic, vegan and cruelty-free certified, and creates some pretty awesome beauty products. Whilst the packaging is minimal (black with the brand’s logo- quite basic looking compared to the luxury of Tarte), the products are a pleasure to use. I personally like the primer, their kohl eyeliner and the liquid foundation provides a lovely base to work with. I love the fact that you can also order samples on website (a trial pack is only £6) if you didn’t want to order full-sized versions, especially given the price of some of the products. This is a great way to dabble in organic makeup and find your own cult products from the brand.
This may not be a brand that you’ve heard of, but it’s one that needs to be on your organic beauty radar! Certified by Soil Association, Pai brings a variety of beautifully fragranced organic skincare products that so many swear by. It’s a British made brand, and their all-natural approach makes their cleansers and moisturisers perfect for anyone with sensitive skin. I know their moisturisers have become holy grail products for some and have completely transformed their skin! Their Rapid Radiance face mask is also supposed to be particularly amazing and leaves skin feeling nourished and radiant. Organic, vegan, and sporting the leaping bunny sign, this is a skincare brand to watch!
This guest post was written by Sophie Blackwell of the fantastic Pretty and Polished blog. To keep up to date with her beautifully written articles on everything from cake baking, beauty products to struggles with trichotillomania.