Whilst I’ve not been totally disciplined in cleaning up the ingredients of my beauty stash, I’ve made a good start by switching a few of my usual products to organic brands. Often a sign they’re free from preservatives and artificial fragrances, opting for organic is the lazy girl’s way of dodging questionable additives. What’s more, many organic products are now just as effective as their conventional counterparts – and they’ve been dominating my bathroom cabinet.
It’s worth using a little caution though, as the rules around marketing products as organic are a bit loose (as little as 1% certified and you can slap ‘organic’ on the label) and are no guarantee a product is free from ‘nasties’. Keep an eye out for EcoCert and Soil Association certification and spend a little time reading up on brand philosophies, but here are
10 Companies Worth Knowing
Created by Sarah Brown to treat her own sensitive skin, Pai are currently the backbone of my skincare routine. The whole range is Soil Association approved and ingredients are listed in plain English.
I’m yet to find a product I dislike from Pai, but their Echium and Argan eye cream is a firm favorite for being wonderfully hydrating without feeling heavy or greasy.
London-born and Ecocert certified organic, Orico target ‘city skin’ (exposed to UV and pollution) with plenty of skin-replenishing ingredients, from baby to anti-aging.
Try their lively citrus scented Jazzy Body Wash is like a grown up version of The Body Shop’s Satsuma scent, and the gorgeous Superico Omega Rich Body Oil has been successfully hanging on to the last of my summer tan.
Conscious Skin Care
Handmade in Wales, Conscious create their products with only high quality, useful ingredients before wrapping them up in equally no-nonsense recycled packaging.
Try the super-rich Sweet Orange and Frangipani Body Butter. Made with shea butter, cocoa butter, sunflower oil and coconut oil, it leaves skin hydrated with a warm, feminine scent.
Estelle & Thild
Inspired by the birth of her daughters, Pernilla Rönnberg developed Estelle & Thild alongside dermatologists and pediatricians. The entire range is Ecocert certified and apparently very popular in its native Scandinavia.
Try their Fragrance-Free Facial Oil for sensitive skin. A blend of jojoba, sunflower, almond, avocado and sacha inchi oils, I’ve been using this oil layered before, or mixed with, my nighttime moisturiser for an extra soothing hit of hydration.
Suti combines organics (fair trade wherever possible) with homeopathy in a small, but well thought out, range of seriously luxurious handmade skin care. Several products are Soil Association approved.
My skin has been drinking the Nourish Face Oil for Night with avocado oil, macadamia nut oil, jasmine and patchouli.
One Love Organics
Beautifully packaged, One Love Organics use raw plant materials to create products that look and feel incredibly similar to conventional skincare – however they have foregone any certification to achieve it.
Try New Day Microderma Scrub and Masque with papaya and pineapple enzymes; like Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant it’s designed to be mixed with water before applying to the face and leaves the skin beautifully smooth without irritation. It can also be left on as a brightening mask.
Popular among celebrities, beauty editors and bloggers, Neom have been fairly influential in changing the image of organics from hemp-ish to luxury. Finished products aren’t certified organic but generally contain around 90% of ingredients that are.
Try Neom’s candles. Their best seller, Real Luxury, is a blend of lavender, jasmine and Brazilian Rosewood. They’re all vegetable wax based and burn cleanly to the very bottom.
Another blogger favorite, Antipodes use high concentrations of antioxidant grape extracts from their native New Zealand and formulas are backed by clinical research.
Try the Aura Manuka Honey Mask is my go-to for soothing and clearing my skin without the drying effect of clay masks. It also works as a spot treatment.
Makeup artist, Rose-Marie Swift’s now iconic (and growing!) color cosmetic range was inspired by her own health issues and is based almost entirely around one of my favorite raw ingredients – coconut oil.
Try Lip2Cheek in Smile, a coral-pink that leaves a healthy flush on the cheeks and adds a hit of hydration ideal for winter.
John Masters Organics
John Masters started mixing natural haircare in his kitchen sink but is now behind one of the most recognizable organic hair brands. The whole range is a boon for sensitive scalps and the primary shampoo ingredient is aloe vera juice, rather than water found in conventional hair care.
Try The Bare Unscented shampoo and conditioner are a great ‘clean’ alternative to Philip Kingsley’s No Scent, No Color range that I featured a few weeks ago.