Do you like your beauty served up on the natural side?
If you do, you’re not alone. And thanks to a growing demand for natural, chemical-free and organic beauty products, the market has grown to not only offer products for every budget but products that deliver on skin, makeup, hair and wellbeing promises.
Now, overall this growth is a good thing. But. If choosing a natural beauty product is your number one priority, it really does pay to do some research.
See, a product can be called “natural” if it contains an ingredient derived from a natural substance. This really does leave the door wide open, doesn’t it?
Learning to read and decipher the ingredients on labels will help. Here is a good general guide for you. Then it’s a matter of playing and familiarising yourself with brands that walk the talk.
1. Ere Perez Oat Milk Foundation $39.90: If you suffer from sensitive skin and struggle to find a foundation that you can wear without irritation, then this one is worth a try. It’s also worth a try if you don’t have a sensitivity skin issue. I loved the light-medium, silky smooth coverage. It felt like you were treating your skin when it was on thanks to the oat milk formulation. Yes, the coverage does last. I did add mineral makeup on top (because that’s the finish I like) but it held its own all day.
2. Twenty 8 Rose Oil $149: Now before you have a conniption over the price of this little bottle of loving goodness, let me explain. If you know your oils, you’ll know that to source pure rose oil, you’d be looking at about $500 for 10mls. True story. This one has been diluted with jojoba oil, making it more affordable. Why rose? It is known as the Queen of Essential oils – it helps calms emotions and stress, tackles our dodgy hormones head on and can even get things going in the romance department. This one is 100% organic. Use it in place of your morning or evening fragrance routine … a little drop really does go a long way.
3. Sodashi Jojoba Bead Body Polish $106.50: Yes, I’m on a bit of a jojoba roll, aren’t I? It really is a beautiful oil to include in your skincare. This body exfoliator is the perfect spring bath or shower product. It’s completely luxe … if I squint while using it, I can almost imagine I’m in a five-star spa, not my tiny bathroom, from which I can hear fighting children. Yes, this is in the pricey part of the skincare spectrum but this is a large tub and you don’t need to use a lot to give your whole body a scrub. It’s a treat that not only leaves your skin silky smooth but your mind balanced and uplifted thanks to geranium, patchouli and bergamot oils.
4. Natralus Natural Paw Paw Ointment $5.31: I used to be a big paw paw ointment user. Had tubs of it everywhere. Then I found out that there was other stuff in there that perhaps it would be best I didn’t apply so liberally to every dry bit of skin. This one is not only free from nasties, it contains certified organic papaya. Papaya (paw paw) is a rich source of peptides, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes. As a lip product it’s not sticky, has just the right thickness and leaves your lips super smooth and moist.
5. eco store shampoo and conditioner for dry, damaged or coloured hair $10.59 each: If you’re a regular reader here you’ll know I struggle with finding shampoos (and conditioners) that don’t inflame the psoriasis on my scalp. You might think it’s the chemicals in most shampoos that inflame it but this is not always the case. Mostly there doesn’t seem any rhyme or reason. This shampoo didn’t inflame my scalp – but it didn’t soothe it either (the best shampoo I’ve found for soothing my scalp is Original & Mineral’s Detox Shampoo). It won me over though with how it felt cleansing my hair and condition in which it left it. A great range for the whole family and no harsh chemicals.
What are you thoughts on natural, chemical-free and organic skincare? Is it a priority for you or a nice bonus in a product you already love? Do you have a favourite natural product to share with us?
* I was gifted each of these products for editorial consideration in accordance with my disclosure policy