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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Green, Natural & Cruelty-Free Beauty Favourites

I’ve cherry-picked a few products from my favourite brands that have great eco-sensibilities and promote a healthier approach to beauty.

Brand Ethos:* Their products are formulated using 99% natural ingredients, without parabens, polyethylene glycol, petrochemicals, silicones, sodium laureth sulfate, synthetic colours or fragrances.

I’ve tried a few products from Omorovicza, but nothing has stood out to me quite like their Thermal Cleansing Balm. It’s undoubtedly the star of their range and rightfully so because it’s the most luxuriously indulgent cleanser I’ve ever tried. It has a very strong scent, but once you get past that, you’ll thoroughly enjoy massaging it into your face. Rich in Hungarian moor mud, this cleansing balm melts into a silky oil-like consistency and removes any impurities without stripping the skin. I typically reach for this on days when my skin needs a pick-me-up, and it always delivers.

Brand Ethos: They use naturally-derived, clean ingredients that are kind to the skin & environment and their products are devoid of harmful synthetic ingredients.//Cruelty-free

If there’s one cleanser that I’ll always repurchase it’s the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. It’s undoubtedly my Holy Grail (barf) cleanser – it’s soft, pillowy and feels utterly luxurious on the skin. It has a nice gel-to-oil formula that thoroughly cleanses while still being very moisturising on the skin. I typically use it as a second cleanser in the evenings as it’s immensely satisfying to massage it into my face. The only slight qualm I have is that it doesn’t wash off as easily as some cleansers do.

Tata Harper
Brand Ethos: Their products are 100% natural and nontoxic. They don’t use synthetic chemicals, and everything they make is formulated and manufactured at their farm in Vermont.//Cruelty-free

Everything about Tata Harper spells luxury, right from the packaging to the beautifully formulated products. I’ve already talked about the Regenerating Cleanser here, so all I’m going to say is it’s an absolute sensorial delight to use at the end of a long, tiring work day. Another standout product from their range is the Resurfacing Mask. It’s a mild exfoliating mask that gently resurfaces the skin without causing any irritation or redness. Post-use, it always leaves my skin looking polished and glowing.

Sunday Riley
Brand Ethos: Their products are crafted from botanicals, minerals and other natural ingredients and free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates.//Cruelty-free

The only product I’ve tried from Sunday Riley is their Blue Moon Cleansing Balm, and it’s a staple in my nighttime skincare routine. It’s a thick, unctuous balm with exfoliating beads that remove makeup and impurities without leaving the skin feeling tight or dry. It's deeply moisturising, and I usually leave it on as a mask to reap the benefits of its skin-nourishing ingredients. My only gripe with this cleansing balm is that the beads really irritate my eyes.

Brand Ethos: Their products are free of parabens, alcohol, phenoxyethanol, petrochemicals, detergents (sls/sles) and artificial fragrance.//Cruelty-free

I’ve tried everything from cleansers to eye creams from Pai, and they are all exceptional, but the one product that continues to ‘wow’ me is their Rosehip BioRegenerate OilThe consistency of this oil is ever so slightly thick but, once applied, it sinks in very quickly and delivers a big dollop of hydration.

Brand Ethos: They are a natural, organic brand that uses BioOrganic, ethically sourced, cruelty-free ingredients. Their products are devoid of sulphates, parabens, mineral oils and MI to name only a few.

I’ve already raved about their Revitalise & Glow serum here and here. It’s everything it’s cracked up to be and more. I’ve also tried their cleanser (I’ve sure tried a lot of cleansers) in the past, and I think it’s a really lovely formula. A more recent addition to my line-up is the Firm & Replenish Body Serum – a super fancy body lotion that smells and feels gorgeous on the skin, but it’s so eye-wateringly expensive that I only use it as a ‘treat’ once a week.

Brand Ethos: All their products are made with organic, wildcrafted, and sustainably procured ingredients.//Cruelty-free

I’ve talked loads about Kypris here. Their products are on the expensive end of the spectrum, but they are so well made that I think they are definitely worth the price tag. I’ve gone through two bottles of their Antioxidant Dew serum, and it’s incredibly lightweight and envelops the skin in a blanket of hydration. However, in the interest of full disclosure, I must mention that I had a reaction to the serum recently. I don’t know if I received a bad batch or if it was because of some ingredient in it. Sadly, I’ve stopped using it now.

RMS Beauty
Brand Ethos: All their products are natural and made with organic ingredients.//Cruelty-free

RMS is the only ‘green’ colour cosmetic range in my beauty stash. Their Lip2Cheek blushers come in frosted glass pots, and they are so beautifully pigmented. Also, their Living Luminizer is possibly the best natural-looking highlighter ever - it’s incredibly sheer and gives off a very ‘your-skin-but-better’ glow.

MV Organics
Brand Ethos: They are a natural, organic brand with a focus on formulations that harness the very best of what nature has to offer.//Cruelty-free

I love everything about MV Organics, their clinical yet minimalist packaging and their focus on using organic ingredients in their skincare products. The formulas are all rich and luxurious (see a pattern here?), and they do a great job of protecting the skin from the environmental aggressors. I’ve talked about a few of my favourites in my skincare post here. I also love their Rose Hydrating Mist - it’s light, refreshing and soothes sunburnt skin instantly.

Forrest Essentials
Brand Ethos: Their products are made from organically grown, raw and unprocessed ingredients. Everything is made in the traditionally old fashioned way, according to Ayurvedic tenets, and wherever possible, by hand.//Cruelty-free

I’m very excited to talk about this brand, as there aren’t many Indian brands that do high-end natural skincare. I bought the Pure Rosewater Facial Toner on my recent trip to India, and I’ve already worked my way through it. It’s the most beautifully fragrant toner/facial spray I’ve ever used- it smells exactly like freshly cut roses. Also, can we take a moment to appreciate the packaging? I think it looks absolutely stately on my dresser. 
Brand Ethos: Their products are free from petroleum-derived ingredients, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances and GMOs//Cruelty-free

The only thing I’ve tried from Weleda is their Skin Food, and I’d say it’s a great introduction to the brand. It’s a thick medicinal smelling balm that can be used pretty much anywhere. It does a brilliant job of soothing and hydrating dry, winter-stricken skin.  

Brand Ethos: Their products don’t contain colourants, mineral oils, silicones, parabens or pearlising agents. Also, no animal-derived ingredients (such as beeswax, honey or lanolin) are used in their formulations.

Chic packaging and great formulations sum up Aesop. I was initially drawn to this brand because of their packaging, but they offer so much more than that. Their much-hyped Parsley Seed Mask is the one I reach for when I’m all spotty and congested, and their Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm is seriously the best smelling hand cream ever! I have exceptionally dry hands, and I always feel a bit antsy if I don’t have this one to hand.
Brand Ethos: They use traceable, natural ingredients and a quarter of them are organic certified. They also source from local and sustainable agricultural sectors, from Provence and the Mediterranean.

My introduction to L’Occitane was through their wonderful Almond Shower Oil, and I immediately fell in love with it. It’s still a staple in my winter beauty armoury as it’s deeply moisturising and keeps my skin from looking like a shrivelled prune. However, the star of their range, for me, is their brilliant selection of shampoos - the formulas are gentle and full of essential oils to nourish and strengthen the hair. I’ve tried a sample size of their Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo in the past, and it’s a lovely silicone-free formula that smells exactly like a walk through a heady field of lavender. It did a great job of gently cleansing the hair while leaving it looking soft, bouncy and devoid of frizz. Once I run out of my current shampoo, I'm going try their Citrus Verbena Shampoo, as I love using citrus-scented body and hair care products during the hot summer months. Check out their shampoo L´Occitane range here.

*All the brand information is sourced from their websites. ** Thanks to L'Occitane for partnering with me. 

PS: It took me over a week to write this post, hope you like it. 
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