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Go green with your beauty routine and get your glow on with these natural skincare products
Whether you’re looking for a sustainable and ethical skincare brand, or you’re simply not into the idea of putting foreign chemicals on your face, scroll down to check out 10 of the best natural skincare brands out there.
The founder of Subtle Energies, Farida Irani, is a wealth of skincare knowledge, as well as a qualified Ayurveda Practitioner, a clinical Aromatherapist and teacher qualified in Aromatic Medicine, a Bowen Therapy Instructor, a Remedial Therapist and a Reflexologist. Subtle Energies was founded in Sydney as a clinic of natural therapies in 1993, and has since been loved for its skincare products and its range of holistic wellness treatments – all are created based on authentic Ayurveda principles, and are free of parabens, mineral oils, silicones and artificial fragrances. Most of its products are unisex and cover a range of categories, including hydration and skin repair, sleep and relaxation, detoxification, meditation and mindfulness, grounding and focus, fitness and toning, de-stress, and rejuvenation. We love its award-winning Aura Protection Body Mist, which is perfect for anyone who wants to unwind in the grounding and protecting aromas of saffron, tulasi and rhu khus in times of high stress.
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Just as its name suggests, Modern Botany is inspired by the principles of modern botanical science. Launched in 2016 with just a single product, the Irish brand’s signature multi-tasking oil has since been a firm favorite amongst beauty aficionados. You could use the versatile oil on your face, hands, hair or body, for cleansing, moisturizing, priming skin, sealing makeup and more. It’s packed with soothing, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging ingredients like chamomile, arnica and flax seed oil that hydrate and rejuvenate your skin. The product is safe to use on babies and pregnant women, as well as those with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It’s even recommended for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy as there are no contraindications with other medication. Another tried-and-true favorite is its naturally scented deodorant, which is free of aluminum salt and parabens, with anti-microbial, astringent and deodorizing actives that naturally counteract underarm bacteria, while neutralizing underarm odor.
Caudalie’s products are as close to 100% natural as one can get without sacrificing effectiveness. Committing to providing complete transparency of its product formulas, the brand offers full disclosure on the minimal amount of synthetic ingredients present in its products, such as preservatives authorized by organic certification bodies, and fragrances that are tested hypoallergenic. If you are in need of a versatile product, opt for the Beauty Elixir, an easy-to-use spray that is perfect for both pre- and post- makeup. Made of 100% natural-origin ingredients and bursting with powerful plant extracts, this cult favorite is your best bet to get a quick midday refresh, whilst giving your skin an instant radiance boost. Like all of Caudalie’s products, the mist is formulated without parabens, phenoxyethanol, silicones, mineral oils, phthalates, sodium laureth sulfate or any animal products.
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Known for its ultra-luxury serum that is said to be the most expensive anti-ageing serum in the world ($1,800 per ounce), JK7 Skincare is founded by Dr. Jurgen Klein, the founder and former owner of Jurlique. With sustainability in mind, Dr. Klein makes sure your youthful skin does not have to come at the cost of the environment. It doesn’t mean you have to burn a hole in your wallet either. Opt for the Coconut and Vanilla Lip Balm, the perfect entry item from the brand. This moisturizing lip balm is incorporated with the finest ingredients from nature to prevent the lips from cracking and drying, especially in harsh weather conditions. It can also be used to remove sticky eye makeup for a soft-but-effective cleanse.
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Founded in London in 1985, Aromatherapy Associates combines its extensive experience and heritage in the finest natural hand-blended, therapeutic grade essential oils with the latest technology. Apart from essential oils, it also offers an array of award-winning bath, body and skincare products that are widely used by professional therapists and experts around the world. Take your beauty sleep to a whole new level with its Deep Relax Sleep Mist. Spray over the body or bed linens before sleep to melt away the stress of the day. With a gentle infusion of chamomile, sandalwood and vetiver fragrances, the travel-size mist is perfect to carry in your purse, briefcase, gym bag, or suitcase.
Enjoy a spa-level skincare experience with Pevonia, the first company to develop a spa skincare line exclusively for elite spas and professional aestheticians. Using only delicately extracted phyto-organic and natural ingredients, the brand is a member of the Organic Trade Association and holds a CTN Green Excellence Award. If you fancy giving yourself or your loved one an at-home massage, warm up your hands and lather up with Pevonia’s Micro-Emulsified Massage Oil. Formulated with hydrating ingredients like safflower seed oil and orange peel oil, it can also be used as a body moisturizer for profoundly dry skin.
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John Masters Organics
You know John Masters Organics’ skincare products are safe and natural when you can recognize most of the ingredients on the label: think lavender, rosemary, honey, avocado and pomegranate, just to name a few of the 200+ organic ingredients featured in its products. With a full line of haircare, skincare, body care, and aromatherapy products, all of its products are formulated with at least 70% or more organic ingredients that are grown or harvested without the use of conventional or synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. If your skin is prone to breakouts, its Nourish Facial Oil with Pomegranate makes an excellent emollient that will eradicate dryness without setting off your skin’s warning signals. The USDA Certified organic oil is packed with fruit and flower oils, including pomegranate, sunflower, olive and evening primrose oils to give your skin an unprecedented gleam.
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Understanding there is no one-size-fits-all in skincare, Biologique Recherche takes a highly personalized approach in its skincare programs using only intentionally pure and raw active ingredients. When it comes to building a tailor-made skincare strategy, the French brand takes all possible external and internal factors into consideration, such as climate, temperature, air-conditioning, tobacco, pollution, as well as stress, sexual hormones and more. After conducting a thorough assessment, professionals from Biologique Recherche advise each customer on the treatment that is best suited to his or her unique skin profile. If it feels like too much commitment for you, start with its Lotion P50, a holy-grail skincare product with a cult following – even among Hollywood A-listers such as Nicole Kidman and Mandy Moore. The lotion is said to moisturize, regulate oil, and brighten skin, just to name a few of its magical powers.
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Another brand that aims to address your unique skincare needs, Elemental Herbology is inspired by the five elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. In order to deliver the best results, the brand helps customers find out their dominant element as well as the most compatible products. The forever-innovating skincare brand also takes its commitment to sustainability very seriously: from supporting local suppliers and minimizing carbon footprint, to green formulations and environmentally responsible packaging. Its Purify and Soothe Facial Cleansing Balm is an ultra-nourishing face wash that is brimming with botanical oils, gently and effectively removes makeup and impurities from the skin whilst nurturing the delicate skin barrier.
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Untouched by chemicals, Tata Harper is an all-natural skincare brand that spends up to 75% of its costs on raw ingredients for certain formulations – so you are paying for what’s inside instead of just a pretty bottle. Expect to see “out-of-stock” on the product pages for some items from time to time, as the brand makes zero compromises on its ingredients, some of which could be hard to source and with availability subject to seasons and weather conditions. You can even find out who made the product you are holding, as well as how fresh it is with the unique batch number etched into each bottle. For those who want nothing less than the best for their skin, the Anti-aging Quadruple Neuropeptide Face Serum is formulated with 72 ingredients – 31 sources to minimize even the most severe wrinkles, 4 sources to volumize the look of skin, 11 sources of antioxidants, as well as 26 sources of plumping hydration.
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