How many skin care products do you slather on your face and body daily? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably several. But do you know exactly what is going into your body? About 60% of what we apply to the skin is absorbed into the body, and our systems are exposed to potentially harmful chemicals. These ingredients can be toxic, they can affect our immune systems and can remain in our bodies for years!
Natural ingredients are a safer alternative, though remember, natural does not mean that they will suit you, and some ingredients can cause a reaction. The purest and beneficial ingredients go through much less processing and come from organic plants. It can be a minefield, as there are so many products to choose from, but by knowing a bit about ingredients, and how to spot potentially harmful ones can lead to you making much better choices for your skin and your health.
- 1 What to look for in skin care products
- 2 Feed the skin the same way you would feed your body
- 3 Choose simple products
- 4 The problem with Parabens
- 5 20 paraben free and organic skin care brands you will love!
- 6 Camamu
- 7 Dr Bronner
- 8 Karen’s Botanicals
- 9 Loving Naturals
- 10 Face Naturals
- 11 Be Natural Organics
- 12 Mun Beauty
- 13 Just the Goods
- 14 MAHALO Skin Care
- 15 Marie Veronique
- 16 My Mama’s Love
- 17 Videsante
- 18 Derma E
- 19 CV Skinlabs
- 20 Odacite
- 21 May Lindstrom Skin
- 22 Soapwalla
- 23 Indie Lee
- 24 Laurel Whole Plant Organics
- 25 Lina Hanson
- 26 Final thoughts
What to look for in skin care products
Choosing natural skin care can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be! Just stick to these rules:
Feed the skin the same way you would feed your body
Approach skincare the same way you would your diet. Healthy food should be fresh and should have gone through the least amount of processing possible. Take the same approach to skin care. If you can’t pronounce ingredients on the label, the chances are it is full of chemical nasties that your body is not going to like! Products with a long shelf life are probably full of preservatives.
Choose simple products
A long list of ingredients means that each ingredient isn’t in the product in large proportions, which means that it won’t be as effective. Stick to products with a few key tried and tested ingredients.
The problem with Parabens
One such preservative you don’t want to expose your body to are parabens. They extend a product’s shelf life and prevent bacteria growth, but they have been linked to organ toxicity, reproductive and fertility problems, and tumours.
Parabens have been used since the 1950’s and they are quite cheap and effective. The most commonly used parabens are methylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben. Parabens mimic oestrogen in the body, and oestrogen is a factor in the development of breast cancer.
20 paraben free and organic skin care brands you will love!
These days, beauty brands are becoming more aware of the benefits of manufacturing more natural products to suit their more health aware and environmentally aware customers. Today’s consumers want gentle and pure alternatives to chemical nasties for use on themselves and their families. Here are a few of the brands that have made their products with the aim of being kind to skin and kind to the environment
Camamu’s products are all infused with medicinal plants and herbs which nourish and repair the skin, and treat a range of skin and hair problems. The scents come from essential oils and only natural ingredients are included in the products. All products are handmade, and certainly live up to the company’s guiding principle of making their items ‘by hand, with heart.’
Camamu make gorgeous bars of organic and paraben free soap, which are suitable for vegans. Try one of their beautiful Star soaps, made from olive, coconut, and avocado oil, and coloured with organic safflower petals and dried mint.
Dr Bronner is a family business which makes high-quality natural and environmentally friendly products. Their liquid soap range uses coconut and olive oils to leave skin super soft, plus they contain hemp and jojoba oils, which are like the natural oils produced by the skin. They add nourishment rather than stripping the natural oils away. There are no dyes or synthetic fragrances used in the products and fragrances come from pure essential oils. All the packaging the company uses is biodegradable too, so the products are not only kind to your skin, they’re kind to the environment.
Try their Shikakai liquid soap range, made with shikakai seed pods from South Asia which have been used for hundreds of years as natural cleansers. The seed pods are mixed with organic sugar and grape juice to make the beautiful skin softening blend. The soap is available in lavender, mint, peppermint, tea tree and lemon-grass lime.
Karen’s Botanicals has an organic face and body care range, based on plants. Their mission is to provide people with natural, gentle, and safe products. All the ingredients are sourced from organic farmers, and none of the products contain synthetic fragrances or colours. The company believes that it’s possible to get everything we need for our skin from the natural world. Recycled packaging is used for all products and nothing is tested on animals. The philosophy is feel good, do good, and the company lives up to this promise.
Try the soap free Gentle Cleansing Lotion, which is made from witch hazel, burdock, sage, vegetable glycerine and coconut oil. It can leave skin clean and soft, and it is also gentle enough to be used as a makeup remover.
This family-run, family-friendly company started when the founders, Diana and Harley Hinton, became parents. They wanted to choose natural skin care for their newborn’s delicate skin. They were concerned about the amount of preservatives and chemicals in products on the market. They started producing products in their home and ten years on, their natural sunscreens, balms and oils are sold all over the world. They personally research every ingredient and there’s no hidden nasties.
Try the Anti-Aging Cream with Alpha Lipoic Acid and Carrot Seed Oil. This natural, safe, and gentle cream gets rid of fine lines and minimises the appearance of pores. Alpha lipoic acid and carrot seed oil are proven to fight aging and the cream has a light earthy scent.
The founder of the company started the quest to provide pure, safe, and effective skin care, when she became concerned about the cost and chemical content of most skin care on the market. Driven by skin problems her family members suffered from, she started to produce natural skin care products, free from detergents or preservatives. Products are thoroughly tested before use. Packaging is kept simple so that cost savings can be passed on to customers. Looking and feeling beautiful doesn’t need to break the bank.
Try their Organic Eye Makeup remover, which is gentle enough for use on the delicate eye area.
Be Natural Organics
The company was founded by a skin care professional who was concerned by the increasing use of toxins and harmful preservatives in skin care products. Be Natural Organics makes organic skincare, free from artificial colours and synthetic ingredients. Their philosophy is that we all have a choice over what we put onto our skin, and natural is best.
Try their Makeup remover, gentle and effective even for sensitive skin.
This brand was created by makeup artist, Munemi Imai, after she visited Morocco and found out about the health benefits of natural oils which have been used in skin care for hundreds of years. Ingredients come from plants sourced from co-operatives run by Moroccan women.
The products contain healing botanicals and are free from additives, so they nourish and brighten all skin types. The company’s strong belief is that as we nourish ourselves, so should we nourish the planet. They try to use sustainable practices where possible, in their packaging and their products.
They have partnerships with the women’s cooperatives in Morocco who produce the oils used in their products. Profits from the cooperatives support a fund which provides tutors to teach women and girls to read and write, funds scholarships to college for the women’s children and give women some independence in a male dominated society. Truly beauty with a conscience.
Try the Brightening Youth Serum for fresh, glowing skin.
Just the Goods
This company is all about affordability, and making natural and effective products accessible for everyone. Having healthy skin does not require you to expose your skin to harmful chemicals. Products are handmade and made from plant and mineral-based ingredients. The company people extensively test everything themselves!
Try the Matcha, Lavender and Jasmine Face mask which balances oil production, softens and cleanses the skin and gently exfoliates.
MAHALO Skin Care
MAHALO Skin Care produces a range based on botanical ingredients, and products treat skin inflammation, premature aging, and environmental damage. Ancient healing knowledge meets modern science to produce luxurious yet beautifully gentle products. Most of the ingredients come from organic farms, and the company grow many of them themselves.
Try the Rare Indigo beauty balm which is botanical based. It calms skin and promotes radiance. And it’s a cool violet-blue colour!
Marie-Veronique Nadeau is a chemist who began creating her own skincare products when she couldn’t find anything gentle and effective enough to treat her rosacea. The company’s vision is to produce natural, non-toxic skincare which combines knowledge of nature and science.
Try the Anti-wrinkle serum with hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. You will pay for the privilege, as it’s quite pricy, but if you want something that’s safe and effective, it’s worth it.
My Mama’s Love
Leslie McCann, the founder of the company, wanted to create a product range for acne prone skin, that did not contain petroleum-based mineral oils, which she believes contribute to the problem. All products use plant-based oils instead to nourish and heal the skin.
Try the Anti-Acne kit which includes an olive-oil soap with organic liquorice, myrrh, and chlorella, a salve which is glycerine based and a soothing spray containing vinegar and organic herbs. The kit can also be used by those who have eczema or psoriasis.
This company combines the latest pharmaceutical knowledge and consumer led product development practices to produce ethical and natural skin care for people with ‘problem’ skin.
Try their Anti Acne line, which is made from gentle ingredients which will reduce inflammation and irritation naturally.
Derma E produces natural products to fade dark spots, even out skin discoloration and brighten skin. These types of products usually contain parabens and other questionable ingredients, but Derma E’s products do what they say on the tin, but they do it naturally, safely and gently. Ingredients such as vitamin C and bearberry are used to create their wonderful effective products.
Try their Evenly Radiant cleanser, toner and moisturizer range; pretty much like 8 hours sleep in a bottle.
CV Skinlabs produces a range of products which slow aging and treat skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. All products are natural and ingredients are nourishing and anti-inflammatory to encourage skin healing. Products are rigorously tested and put before a medical panel before they can be approved for use on sensitive skin.
Try the CV Skinlabs Calming Moisture Lotion which is a great hydrating cream for skin that is affected by cold weather in the winter.
CV Skinlabs Skin Balm is a lifesaver if you suffer from chapped lips in the winter.
Founder Valerie Grandury started the organic skincare brand after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She wanted to completely reduce the amount of toxins she was exposed to day to day. The philosophy behind the products is ‘fresh is best’, and that fresh ingredients make a more potent product. All ingredients are organic and even come with a ‘Freshiency’ date which tells you when the product was created and how long you can expect its potency to last. The products are even shipped straight from the lab to your door!
Try their Deep Hydration Mask which is moisturizing and soothing on the skin.
May Lindstrom Skin
This brand promotes self-care and indulgence, and using ingredients that nature has to offer. All products are handmade and packaged in reusable and recyclable glass.
Try the Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm which smells amazing, feels luxurious and has the best quality ingredients
The Clean Dirt Clay Cleanser and Exfoliator is also worth a try. It contains warming spices that heat up the skin and draw out impurities.
Soapwalla’s founder, Rachel Winard, was diagnosed with lupus and this spurred her onto create a product range which wouldn’t aggravate her skin. Her own search for products that were gentle enough came to a dead end. All products are handmade and ethically sourced.
Try their Cardamom Ginger soap which smells lovely and will last for ages.
This brand was created by Indie Lee, a cancer survivor, after she had a brain tumour in 2008. She wanted to create a natural product line after her illness convinced her that everything we put our bodies gets absorbed into our skin and can cause adverse health effects. The philosophy is that natural products protect the earth, and they protect you.
Try the gorgeous Coconut Citrus Scrub which smells delicious and makes light work of dry and rough skin.
Laurel Whole Plant Organics
Their skin care range is made from flowers and herbs which are sourced directly from farmers, all within 100 miles of where the products are made. The company believes that plants are medicine and that they provide some of the best anti aging ingredients on earth.
Try the Antioxidant Serum which is packed full of skin loving ingredients, and the Eye Balm, which is moisturising and beautifully delicate for the eye area.
Lina Hanson started her own skincare brand after her travels as an international makeup artist introduced her to oils that people in countries like Morocco have used for hundreds of years to treat their skin. Her products are pure oils with anti aging properties, and her skincare range is free from chemicals. Her mission is to provide people with natural, sustainable products to suit all skin types and ages.
Try her Global Face Serum, which is an anti aging oil which smells of oranges and leaves the skin baby soft.
Today’s consumers are more concerned about their health and the environment overall. They try to eat healthily, they exercise, they detox and juice, so why would they put a whole host of chemical nasties on their skin?
They don’t want to use products that are harming their health and harming the environment. Instead, they want to harness the power of the natural world to give them healthy, glowing skin. And it doesn’t need to come with a hefty price tag. Healthy skin care should be affordable for everyone and this is what some of today’s organic skin care brands are striving to achieve.
Pure, natural ingredients work in synergy with us, rather that overloading our systems with toxins which are hard enough to avoid in today’s world. That’s not to say that they might not cause a reaction, and natural does not always mean safe. But in the main, the more we avoid unpronounceable ingredients, the better. Essential oils, botanicals, and herbs; all derived from planet earth, all designed to nourish and protect us, and they’re much kinder to skin that anything that’s made in a laboratory.