The trend of being aware of the food you put in your body has definitely increased in the last couple of years. Organic is a big business and it’s growing quickly. It’s everywhere, and now the popularity also spilling over into our makeup bags. As it’s now Organic September, it’s only fitting to run through my Organic Beauty Picks.
Why Shop Organic Beauty?
Ok, so organic beauty. There is a lot of choice out there, and a lot of green-washing. One of the biggest factors to look for is whether or not a product is certified organic by an independent test such as the Soil Association. If it is certified, it will have been made using organically-farmed ingredients without synthetic additions or fertilisers.
There are so many reasons to shop organic beauty, it really comes down to personal preference. Things like becoming more aware of ingredient labels and wanting to know what you’re putting on your body, continuing an organic and mostly green lifestyle and moving away from potentially harmful chemicals all lead towards an interest in organic beauty. Synthetic chemicals in certain products can also aggravate sensitivity or allergies, with the added bonus that organic beauty products are also free of pesticides. It’s essentially extra clean beauty.
Organic Beauty – Skincare
One of the biggest reasons I am so into natural & organic skincare as of this year is I realised how much our skin is exposed to. Nothing new and it’s completely obvious when I stop and think about it. With skin being our biggest organ, making sure it doesn’t absorb unwanted chemicals makes sense to me. Some of my all-time favourite brands that I’ve been using for years also happen to be organic, making the switch so much easier. There’s Pai (mentioned here), Evolve and Skin & Tonic (mentioned here).
For an entirely Organic skincare routine I would pick… Pai’s gorgeous cream cleanser, Skin & Tonic’s Rose Mist, Pai’s Back To Life Serum, Evolve’s Moisturiser and a Green People SPF. Then, at night I would do the same cleanse and mist, and then use the Skin & Tonic Naked oil.
Organic Beauty – Makeup
There’s a whole world of natural and organic makeup out there… I’m dabbling. I have so many favourite makeup items that aren’t ‘clean’ and I’m not going to stop using them… Replacing them when they run out with a few organic picks might not be too hard though! Current favourite picks include the Kjaer Weis blushes and Inika lipsticks.
I don’t currently have enough to fully comprise an organic makeup routine, as I think skincare is a little more important here. Lip balm would be Skin & Tonic (they’re all fab, and mentioned here) and then an Inika lipstick. There’s also makeup picks from Odylique, Antipodes and Dr Haushka.
Organic Beauty – Haircare
2018 is officially the year that I have started taking an active interest in hair. I’ve struggled with frizziness for my whole life basically, so I used to just straighten it and hope for the best. Not anymore! I haven’t touched any heat tools in months. Using kinder ingredients means your scalp is happier, too. I’m also pretty much moving towards just using natural products on my hair, with two favourite brands happily also being organic.
We have Less Is More, which make heavenly-scented products including this Flower Whip curl cream. John Master’s Organics makes a non-sticky and non-crunchy organic hairspray and Meow Meow Tweet make some awesome shampoo bars.
Organic Beauty – Body Care
Last, but certainly not least, we have body care. Covering the largest surface area of your body, it makes sense to look for ingredients that are as beneficial as possible. For the past month I’ve been using a body brush before every shower, followed by an organic body oil on damp skin and… guys. My skin has never been softer. Also worth flagging the virtues of organic tampons (I like TOTM), as I had no idea that the material used in conventional tampons tends to be bleached and has loads of pesticides. Not ideal.
There are sooo many amazing organic body lotions and potions. I am obsessing over the wild rose beauty balm from Neal’s Yard Remedies which smells beyond amazing and can be used as a balm, mask, moisturiser and more. There’s also so many options from Weleda (everyone needs a tube of their skin food), as well as the liquid soap from Dr Bronner’s. The Gentle Label also has their organic healing balm, which can be used on lips and basically everywhere. An organic eight hour cream that promotes skin health, too.