Organic Beauty + Skincare
So Organic Beauty and Wellbeing Week has been and gone and organic cosmetics have been EVERYWHERE! And rightly so, as organic is so important – for you and for the planet. I don’t want this excitement to die down either. Organic is super important to me, and I’m so glad that we have such a faaaabulous range of organic beauty products to choose from now.
Although saying that, you do still have to watch out for greenwashing – aka brands lying through their blimmin teeth… You know, like when a bottle says “Organic Aloe Vera Shampoo”, and then you look at the ingredients and only 1% of it’s formula is organic, and 0.2% is aloe vera or some shite.
So I thought I’d put together some of my favey organic skincare and makeup brands. Ones you can actually rely on, and know you are getting some gorgeous organic ingredients… that make up much more than blooming 0.1% of the contents!
Certified Organic? Yes, BioGro – a certifier from New Zealand, It’s internationally recognised.
Vegan? They do have a few products with “sustainable ingredients from lovingly kept bees”. But there are plenty of completely animal product free choices. Every vegan product is clearly labelled with the UK Vegetarian Society vegan logo on it.
Why d’ya like it? Antipodes are super green, they make environmentally conscious decisions, thinking about sustainable ingredients as well as packaging. Plus the actual products themselves are AWESOME!
Any not so great bits? I just wish their lipsticks were vegan… boooo.
Fave product? I LURVE my Hallelujah Patchouli + Lime cleanser, so creamy and gentle. Plus it smells SO GOOD.
Certified Organic? Yes! Soil Association.
Vegan? Hmmm… lots of beeswax here. But there are still vegan options
Why d’ya like it? As an aromatherapist I love using essential oils, and Balm Balm have certainly harnessed some absolute classics like geranium and frankincense. But I love that they have fragrance free options too.
Any not so great bits? No vegan balm – sad face.
Certified Organic? Yes! Soil Association
Vegan? It sure is!
Why d’ya like it? Their soap is based on a family recipe from the 1930’s! And I love the traditional style branding – it looks super cute in my bathroom, and is quite different from the very minimal branding that’s EVERYWHERE currently. I like it!
Any not so great bits? If you are thinking about waste, this IS a plastic bottle. And obviously soap bars can have next to no packaging. But I actually found this bottle very handy as its shape fits perfectly on my sink edge. It would be awesome if there was a refill option.
Certified Organic? Yes! Soil Association
Vegan? Most of the balms do have beeswax in them, but luckily there are plenty of other products that are vegan.
Why d’ya like it? The man behind Herbfarmacy, botanist Dr Paul Richards, has incredible knowledge of herbs and their healing properties. The Herbfarmcy products are created using herbs from his herb garden on the Welsh Border. I am becoming more and more fascinated with herblore, so find this brand really quite interesting.
Any not so great bits? I have the Nourishing Face Cream – which I absolutely LOVE… but, I do have an issue with face cream in jars – rather than pump bottles. Jars are fantastic when it comes to waste – but not so great at keeping bacteria out of your lovely cream.
Fave product? Even with it jar, I do love the Nourishing Face Cream. It’s silky and fresh, and feels lovely to massage in. I want to get my hands on the Refining Eye Cream too, as I’ve heard fantastic things about it!
Certified Organic? Yes, OFC cerified, which means at least 70% of the ingredients are organic. Fab!
Vegan? The entire range is certified vegan with the UK Vegan Society, YAY!!
Why d’ya like it? Inika make GOOD cosmetics. The products look modern and pretty cool to be honest. And they work, Inika is totally dependable range. The prices aren’t cheap, but totally fair, and I don’t mind spending a little more, when something is so fantastic! They also do trial packs of their products -which is so, so useful when you’re buying makeup online.
Any not so great bits? I do wish they had a wider colour range, especially in the lipsticks. More matte colours please..
Odylique by Essential Care
Certified Organic? Yes! Soil Association certified.
Vegan? There are plenty of vegan Odylique products, and their website has vegan sections to make it super easy for you.
Why d’ya like it? Odylique by Essential Care, is a family run brand based in Suffolk. They make pretty simple products that are perfect for more sensitive skins. I haven’t tried the whole range (there’s quite a few products!!!) but what I have tried has been a pleasure to use. Also they make trial sizes, so you can try before buying a full size product.
Any not so great bits? I mean, I do think the branding could have a little face lift. But other than that I don’t really have any bad things to say about them. I suppose I could mention the packaging – they do use plastic – but in my opinion a plastic pump bottle is a pretty useful bit of kit when it comes to skincare. But the products I have had did come in boxes too – which is a little bug bear of mine.
Fave product? I love the Silk Touch Cleanser. It’s so simple, but it removes makeup amazingly, and leave my skin soft and plump. I also love their SPF30 Natural Sunscreen, which ticks so many boxes – good ingredients, cruelty free, vegan, organic, fair trade, non nano, no silicone, broad spectrum… it’s literally perfect – if slightly thick. But hey I can do thick when it does all of the above. I reviewed it last year here.
Certified Organic? Their hemp face mask range is Soil Association certified.
Why d’ya like it? So OPTIAT is actually an acronym: One Person’s Trash Is Another’s Treasure. How awesome! They promote a circular economy. Using ingredients that would otherwise be discarded and turning them into beauty products. For instance the hemp masks are made from repurposed hemp husks – which are a by-product in the manufacture of hemp seeds.
Any not so great bits? The rest of the range isn’t organic, would be nice to have organic coffee scrubs!
Fave product? The Nourishing + Hydrating Charcoal Clay Face Mask. I find a lot of masks too harsh for my skin, but this one is perfect! It’s gentle and soothing, but you still get a good deep cleanse from it.
Certified Organic? Yes, certified with Cosmebio, and EcoCert.
Vegan? Almost the entire range is vegan, there are just a few products that aren’t. All vegan products are clearly labelled and certified vegan by the UK Vegan Society.
Why d’ya like it? Zao are making a conscious effort to make their cosmetics are eco friendly as possible. With organic ingredients and refillable bamboo packaging!
Any not so great bits? I have found that the pigmentation in the Zao eyeshadows isn’t incredible, the colours can be a little muted. But they are super soft and buildable, so easy to blend. You can get a little more colour pay off if you use them wet as well.
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