By Diane Small
Testing dozens upon dozens of beauty products every month is a tough job, but somebody has to do it–and that’s part of why I adore my post as a staff writer for Eluxe! The whole team is inundated with organic beauty products every month, and we really do try and test each product we get.
In the winter, when the central heating is blasting, anything that’s creamy gets snapped up right away–lip balms, eye creams, face creams, body creams…they all disappear within a day.
There have been many balms, creams, oils and other potions we’ve tried, and after doing extensive research (okay, after trying a load of products) we’ve compiled what we think are the best organic creams for dry skin – and please note: none of these reviews were paid for whatsoever!
Best for the Face
Trilogy’s rich facial cream moisturises the thin and sensitive skin on the face and around the eyes. Using the power of concentrated horse chestnut, argan and sweet almond oil extracts, this gentle, unscented cream works with the skin’s own restorative abilities to fight against fine lines. Comes in a lovely recyclable glass bottle, too!
It sounds Italian, but this organic brand is handmade in small batches in Cornwall, the UK. Perfect for all skin types, this little purple pot combines the calming power of lavender with a unique blend of naturally beautifying essential oils including frankincense, rosewood and cedarwood. Meant to nourish and rejuvenate the skin on your face and neck whilst you sleep, our only complaint about this cream is that the jar it comes in is too small!
We’re all a bit crazy about this organic and biodynamic brand. AEOS uses the powers of not only essential oils and plant extracts, but also the energies of gems and crystals to deeply hydrate and soften the skin. This line is for those who don’t mind spending some time on their skincare routines: the moisturizer is the third and final step of the AEOS Skincare Sequence. But it does great things to environmentally damaged or tired skin or skin exposed to air-conditioned environments. No surprises that it was Natural Health Magazine’s Beauty Awards winner last year.
This little pot of French cream is rich in honey from the bees of Provence. Light and gentle, this is a cream you can use morning and evening to keep your skin hydrated. In winter, if you’re particularly dry, the brand makes a Serum de Jouvence, which contains Argan and Shea oils, as well as vitamin E and rose water, which can be used under the cream to plump up skin and nourish it when it is at its most parched.
Best for Mature Skin
By ‘mature’ we mean ‘over 35’ here. It’s around that age that skin slows down its regeneration of collagen, so a bit of extra help may be needed to help restore skin’s balance and hydration.
A full 86% of this thick cream’s ingredients are 100% organic, and the ingredient list includes rose, camellia and jasmine oils, which contribute a heady floral scent to the product, and of course, natural caviar extract, rich in nourishment. This Bulgarian concoction is a luxurious, decadent cream that comes housed in a black glass pot. Over time, the cream claims to restore not only moisture, but the skin’s youthful contours. So highly recommended, we chose to sell it on our site!
This Danish cream is made specifically for sensitive, delicate skin. It protects and nourishes with a blend of anti-oxidant rich lipids, including sandalwood, rose and Argan oils. It comes housed in a glass pump bottle to avoid contaminating the cream with your fingers. Helps plump up skin, smoothing out the wrinkles that tend to appear on drier, more sensitive skins. So good, it won the Danish Beauty Award last year!
Containing Mogra oil, Indian rose extract and 24 karat gold leaf, this decadent cream is well worth the price. Mogra stimulates cell regrowth, while rose hydrates and balances the skin. Real gold is used for its anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties. When blended together, these ingredients result in a unique Ayurvedic cream that restores skin’s natural balance, smells amazing and gives skin a bit of a glow. Their Rose and Cardamom hand cream is also a winner in our books–in just seconds, it stops hands from looking all lizardy.
Best for the Body
Sometimes, when your skin feels so tight it’s as though you’ve outgrown it, you just need to slather yourself from head to foot with something rich and fragrant.
I love how this feels on my skin, and how it smells! A little bit like vanilla ice cream, in my opinion – creamy and fresh, but not too sweet. Full of exotic ingredients like quinoa, rahua ungurahua oil, Sacha Inchi oil and other all natural ingredients, Rahua’s new body lotion was designed to moisturise and repair dried-out, flaky skin we get from environmental damage. This antioxidant rich formula helps skin recover and maintain elasticity, and in my own experience, it smoothes and softens from the first application.
The truth is: some of us prefer an unscented cream. This could be because we find perfumes – even when they’re naturally based on oils – to be irritating. Or it could be that we don’t want our skin cream to compete with our perfume. In any case, this rich hand and body cream is free of not only fragrance, but also any harsh, chemical ingredients that could damage your skin.
This pampering, intensely moisturising body cream is absorbed super fast, and helps to help soothe, nourish and protect. Enriched with shea and cocoa butter it provides rich, lasting hydration while aloe vera helps to improve skin condition and tone. Smells richly green and citrusy – uniquely wonderful combination!
Best for Hands & Heels
No matter what your skin type is, you’ve surely suffered from wrinkly hands, cracked heels and flaky cuticles. Here are the all-natural solutions for those hydration issues.
Due to its organic active ingredients, including hazelnut oil, vitamin E, patchouli and rosemary, this hand and nail treatment by French brand Phyt’s softens and nourishes the skin on the hands and strengthens the nail bed naturally. It’s a handbag essential for anyone hoping for fabulous fingers.
As rich and creamy as the inside of an After Eight chocolate, this also smells as delicious! We love this balm for not only feet, but elbows and shins, too. It’s super rich and thick, and the mint oil seems to be there more there for the scent than its cooling effect–it’s far gentler than we expected.
Cardamom and Orange are the dominant scent that radiate from this refreshing cream, but it also contains Shea butter and beeswax to protect skin from the elements. Vitamin C is added to nourish skin and to protect it from age spots. It smells so good, you’ll find yourself re-applying it just to get a burst of this spicy-citrus scent!
Best Balms for Really Dry Skin
Elbows, knuckles and shins are the flakiest areas on our bodies in winter. So what’s the solution to keeping these parts–which have very few sebaceous glands–soft and supple?
This Vaseline-like gel is the better, organic ‘Eight Hour’ cream. It can be used on just about anything you’d put Vaseline on: elbows, cracked heels, chapped lips, or dry skin–but unlike Vaseline, there’s no petroleum products in here, just all natural goodness that your thirsty skin will be happy to absorb.
This multifunctional balm is fairly solid to the touch and smells gently of chamomile, lavender and kanuka oil. It’s perfect for the whole family: men can use it on their faces after shaving; babies can have their nappy rashes soothed by it, and it can smooth the dry skin of everyone of all ages. It even works as a lip balm to cure chapped lips! A must-have in any bathroom cabinet.
So rich it’s almost gooey, this lemon scented product is more like honey than cream–maybe that’s why they call it ‘skin food’. But it’s seriously hydrating, refreshingly scented, and at only around €7 a tube, it’s perfectly affordable. Personally, I slather this on my elbows every winter. It’s so gentle, it’s even suitable for sufferers of psoriasis and eczema.
Best Beauty Bargains
this purely all-natural, super-rich cream is the perfect product to slather on to protect your skin from the signs of ageing. It boosts elasticity, has collagen-stimulating properties, and absorbs thoroughly and easily. Neals Yard has a whole collection of Frankincense products that are totally worth checking out, especially since your purchase helps support the livelihoods of women in Kenya who harvest the Frankincense.
This gorgeous, smooth cream is based on Shea Butter and will leave you smelling like a French garden in springtime! All its ingredients are naturally derived, including the Lilac Oil that gives this heavily hydrating product its feminine scent. In fact, its scent is so delightful, it could double up as a perfume! Sold in many health food stores for under €20 for a 250 ml tube, the dual function of this body butter makes it a real bargain.