With organic blends this good, why wouldn't you go green with your skincare?
This week, the 19th-25th September, marks Organic Beauty Week, so now is the time to give your beauty shelves an overhaul and indulge in some guilt-free natural beauty products.
Now, we can be ingredient conscious but still reap the benefits of hard-working age-proofers, longwearing makeup and concentrated hair conditioners.
That said, it can be tough to figure out what’s green and what’s boasting false, grand claims. Unlike food, there are still no legal regulations over what qualifies as organic, but brands can be certified by the Soil Association – look out for the logo.
This badge of honour is awarded if 95% of a product’s agro-ingredients and 20% of the entire product is organic. Unctions with 70-95% organic agro-ingredients will also be approved though they aren’t allowed to claim to be organic.
The question is, how do you separate the good organic beauty buys from those who put ‘organic’ first and quality as bottom priority? We’ve made that easy for you by rounding up 10 impressive finds that work as well as your chemical-laden creams and cosmetics. You’re welcome.
Come Springtime, high-street giant H&M will be launching their own affordable organic beauty range as an expansion of their Conscious collection. The range features just under 30 products, including skin, body and hair treatments, which will be made from organic-vertified ingredients that are sustainably produced, and will come in recyclable packaging. Expect the full collection to become available in March.
W3LL People excels at creating effective, eco-luxe cosmetics with blends as pure and beautiful as the slick packaging they come wrapped up in. Our favourite of the collection? It?s a tough choice, but we?re particularly partial to the Universalist Colourstick, a mean multi-tasking cream that imparts a dewy flush.
Swipe one of eight flattering hues over lips, cheeks and eyes for a jolt of brightening colour, as every touch-up comforts pores with a hydrating blend of organic omega oils.
We love Lucy Annabella’s Date Night Organic Bath Milk, available at Space NK – the name alone has us dreaming of getting dressed up for a romantic, candlelit dinner. But it?s the scent of this sumptuous treat that truly has us hooked.
A seductive blend of Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Nutmeg, Palmarosa and Mandarin essential oils lingers so beautifully on your skin that you won?t even need to wear perfume. Designed to stimulate the senses, a capful in a steamy tub has all the makings of the perfect soak ? date night or no date night.
Just the tonic for embattled hair that needs hydration on the double, the 2-Minute Moisture Hair Mask provides SOS treatment in just, well, two minutes. A hearty scoop of this creamy pure coconut oil and plant extracts concoction works to penetrate the hair shaft, and ply weak or damaged areas with a reparative moisture shot.
Soothe skin?s mayday moments with Odylique Spot-On Serum, a nifty potion that?s brimming with aloe vera, healing herbs and and calming essential oils. Such a comforting cocktail as this works wonders on spots, as well as treating bites and minor burns. No handbag should be without a tube.
The most lash-kind mascara we?ve found, Kjaer Weis Organic Mascara is made from mostly organic materials – 98.8% according to the creator. Like a lash tint in a tube, it creates a long, glossy, black flutter that?s elegant, natural-looking and has the ability to lift your lids in one fell swoop.
But we haven?t even got to the smartest part yet. Each tube holds three months? worth of lacquer so you won?t keep slicking it on past the average mascara?s expiry date. Handy, no?
We?re big fans of rose in skincare and its reparative properties, so we simply had to include this MV Organic cream in our round up. Perfect for the most sensitive of skins ? even those who are prone to eczema ? it champions the soothing powers of rose and rose geranium essential oils to keep faces calm. Balancing the natural flora and fauna of your skin, smooth it on to create a canvas that?s cosseted under makeup.
These lacquers may be free of the chemicals that can cause irritation to the skin surrounding your nails, but they don?t sacrifice a thing in terms of colour or longevity. With 43 hues to pick from, why shouldn’t your polish go organic?
The very thing your winter skincare regimen is missing, this aromatic oil drags dull skin back to its best with the blend of plumping rosehip and omega oils. Slather it on alone or pop a few drops in your day and night creams for a hydrating turbo boost. Soft, glowy skin will be yours by the next morning.
Treat yourself to this rich and creamy moisturiser and help to strengthen your skin. With a fabulous, unmistakable scent, Neal’s Yard Frankincense Hydrating Cream is top of our list for rejuvenating a tired complexion.