Our skin is our bodies largest organ and it absorbs the products we put on it within less than 30 minutes. So many mainstream beauty and personal care products are downright toxic, tested on animals and actually contain carcinogenic ingredients. It’s important that we use beauty products that are safe, contain sustainable ingredients, and are non toxic because what we put on us goes right into the bloodstream. We can also help reduce environmental degradation such as soil loss, deforestation, and the use of herbicides and pesticides by being conscious of what brands we buy and support. Here we’ve listed a few brands that we think are great natural beauty products.
From teas and supplements to makeup and moisturizers, Susan Ciminelli makes some of the top quality beauty products on the market today and has been featured on Good Morning America’s website for them. She uses natural ingredients to combat the every day toxins our skin is exposed to, and has written a book about how to cleanse your skin in 7 days. Celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez love her products, like the Algae Deep Cleanse ($65), which uses algae, calendula, rosemary, and peppermint to revitalize your skin by removing dead skin cells and stimulating circulation.
Though NVEY ECO is from Australia, it was one of the first natural makeup brands to start to change the way people looked at makeup in the US. NVEY is certified by NATRUE and the NSF to ensure NVEY doesn’t use things like parabens, GMO’s, petroleum, and that no animal testing occurs. Try their Crème Deluxe Flawless Finish Foundation for $64.95 – it’s packed with jojoba oil, safflower oil, and vitamins A, C, and E.
Acure is a company that makes sure every step in the process of making beauty products is sustainable, like making sure the energy in their office runs on green, renewable energy, making their products biodegradable, and making their packaging as eco-friendly as possible. They also make an effort to plant trees every year (they’ve planted over 20,000 so far), and support Farmland Trust, which encourages conventional farms to become organic. We love their Brightening Facial Scrub ($14.99), which uses sea kelp to exfoliate your skin while organic chlorella growth factor and argan stem cells help stimulate new cell growth.
As a model turned actress turned natural cosmetic creator, Josie Maran has created a name for herself in the beauty industry. Her most talked about product is the 100% Pure Argan Oil, which originates from Morocco and can be applied as a moisturizer for skin, hair, cuticles – basically anything on your body. On her website Josie says this oil is so pure you can use it on your baby or use it to dress your salad. Talk about a natural multi-purpose oil! She sells her oil for $48 in a 1.7 ounce bottle.
Hana Organic Skin Care already uses organic and natural ingredients but is also in the process of becoming gluten-free and non-GMO certified. Their products are handmade on Brainbridge Island in Washington, and are never tested on animals. If you’re looking for a great oil to apply on the sensitive skin around your eyes, look no further. For $40 Hana’s Eye Oil goes a long way, with only one or two drops being needed for every application. The only ingredients are vitamin E, jojoba, rosehip seed, and rose essential oils, so you know exactly what you’re putting on your skin.
In the 14 years of its existence, REN Skincare has become a global leader in natural skin products, selling in over 50 countries. One of their best selling products, the Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil ($45), which the Guardian called their “favorite night treatment serum”, uses Omega 3, rosehip seed, and wheat germ oils to re-energize skin cell activity.
Jane Iredale was founded in 1994 and has since been a leading brand in creating makeup using high quality minerals. We love their Pure Pressed Eye Shadow Kit Daytime, which has pine bark extract and pomegranate extract listed as two ingredients. The gorgeous eye shadow palette is $55 and comes with 5 stunning colors for everyday wear.
The rahua nut is found in the Amazon, where its restorative oils have been used in Amazonian women’s hair for centuries. The company Rahua now creates prestigious hair products using the oil from the nut. Besides their high quality shampoo and conditioner, we recommend Rahua’s Finishing Treatment ($45), which, besides, rahua, contains green tea leaf extract, quinoa, and raspberry leaf extract. Use it after shampooing and conditioning to protect your hair from getting split ends when applying heat to it.
Have you tried any of these products? Tell us what you thought of them, we’d love to hear from you!