The 11 Natural Beauty Brands That You Need In Your Life
Natural beauty - good for you and the planet too
Natural beauty products are increasing in popularity and dramatically so. Once found only in dusty tubs in health food stores, natural beauty ranges are now taking pride of place in swank department stores where they’re being snapped up and fast. Indeed, these days natural beauty products are available pretty much everywhere beauty products are sold including mainstream pharmacies and even supermarkets.
We’re pretty delighted about that. Why? Well, as far as we’re concerned green is good. Natural products are good for the environment and us too. You may not be aware of this but the vast majority of regular cosmetics contain ingredients in particular parabens and phthalates. These two nasties have been linked to a range of health concerns, from reproductive issues, such as fertility problems and miscarriage. It’s thought they may even increase your chances of developing certain types of cancer. Avoiding them can’t hurt.
The only problem is we use skincare because we want results. And natural products can’t possibly provide those results right? Well, actually wrong. The truth is there’s now a whole bunch of natural beauty products that are every bit as effective as their not-so-natural cousins.
“People often think that natural means simple or untested, but natural ingredients are actually (some of) the most powerful ingredients in the world,” skincare line owner Tata Harper told Fast Company recently.
Here’s a quick round-up of our current faves.
If you fancy skincare that’s 100 per cent natural and yet powerful enough to fight the signs of ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles and even age spots you need to get familiar with this range. There’s not a single drop of anything artificial in ANY of the products and yet, like we say, they do what they claim.
With a focus on environmentally friendly practices, Bean Body’s caffeine-based body scrubs and balms are made with premium, organic ingredients, which are also cruelty-free and vegan friendly (apart from their incredibly divine Manuka Honey Scrub!) “We believe in caring for the world we live in, as well as those who live in it,” says co-founder Simon Hill.
Mr Bright’s range of teeth whitening products contain a 100 per cent non-peroxide formula with no harsh chemicals for a naturally brighter smile. Mr Bright is also completely against testing on animals, is vegan-friendly and the perfect solution for those with sensitive teeth and gums.
The quality of this skincare is incredible. It’s 100 per cent natural and contains powerful Australian native botanicals including Lilly Pilly, Lemon Myrtle amongst others and the newly-discovered Australian Sandalwood Seed Oil. Embalm founder Mel Driver uses ingredients that not only soothe and soften skin but smell and feel heavenly too.
Lumity is a holistic health and beauty brand, which nourishes the body from the inside out while helping to fight the 9 signs of ageing. Loved by global ambassador Helena Christiansen, Lumity’s range consists of an ingestible supplement and a nourishing facial oil, all created by Cambridge University Scientist, Dr Sara Palmer Hussey.
This hypo-allergenic skincare range has been scientifically formulated and laboratory tested by dermatologists. The range combines the latest advances in skincare with the restorative properties found in nature. Skin Republic has all your skin concerns covered from anti-ageing and lifting to brightening and problem skin.
A deficiency in Essential Fatty Acids is one of the most common causes of skin problems. And you’ve probably already guessed what this oil is jam-packed with. Yep – EFAs. Because EFAs are responsible for oil regulation, a deficiency can present as either oily or dry skin and will contribute to premature ageing. Not what anyone is looking for! Take this natural beauty oil regularly however and your skin issues will up and disappear and quickly too. And they’ll do so naturally.
If you’re deadly serious about your natural beauty products then you can’t go past this line. Weleda strives to source the finest ingredients from biodynamic, organic and wild crafted suppliers. And that’s not all. The brand’s founders work in partnership with growers to ensure they know where the ingredients are grown, what the soil is like, and how and when the plants are harvested, distilled or processed. Impressive no? Oh and you might like to know this too – every product is straight up heavenly.
Holistic wellness and beauty brand, Vida Glow, has recently launched an innovative range of beauty powders that target key health, wellness and beauty needs. The range consists of Beauty Mind, Beauty Greens, Beauty Sleep, Beauty Recovery, Beauty Skin, Beauty Cleanse and a hemp-based beauty protein powder. All blends within the range are free of synthetics, vegan friendly, 100% natural, non GMO, low carb, no soy, no fillers and contain either no refined or added sugars.
This is Australian-made range is well worth the hype. It includes pretty much everything you need and want and every single product is genuinely excellent. “I spent years researching and focused on blending ancient natural wisdom with modern science to deliver a truly organic range that actually work and is pleasant to use,” says founder Tarj Mavi. Luckily for us all that hard work paid off. The range includes makeup too and it’s every bit as impressive.
This extraordinary range has been in existence since 1912 and there’s a reason for that. It is natural, organic, sustainably-produced goodness – and like it’s makers say, it is genuinely made with love for you, and your body. The family behind the brand also champions fair trade as well as community commerce initiatives at home and abroad. And, they’ve been testing on our family for four generations; never animals. We love all of it, but the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Masque is a stand out.