These natural and organic BB creams are a beauty game changer!
The truth is, wearing makeup every day can be a bit suffocating for your pores. Sometimes, your skin just needs a break; it needs to breathe. That’s when BB creams come to the rescue!
In case you’re unsure about what a BB cream is, it’s basically…everything! The ‘BB’ stands for lots of stuff, from ‘blemish balm’ and ‘blemish base’ to ‘beauty balm’.
In short, a BB cream is a one-stop, all-in-one facial cosmetic product that can replace your serum, moisturiser, primer, foundation and sunblock. It should keep your skin hydrated, safe from the sun, and should add a little coverage with the perfect tint.
It’s practically a makeup miracle!
You’re definitely better off using good natural and organic BB creams than a bunch of beauty products. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a consumer using a typical drugstore BB cream would be exposed to an average of 40 ingredients in the product, while a consumer using three separate products – foundation, concealer and moisturising sunscreen – would be exposed to a whopping 70 ingredients!
Of course, if you’re using organic BB creams, you’ll be using even fewer – and much healthier – ingredients.
Yes, Ingredients DO Count!
And yes, ingredients do count. Just take any of your conventional foundations, and check the ingredients on EWG’s Skin Deep Database – you may be horrified at what you discover.
The typical BB product the EWG analysed contained up to five hazardous ingredients, including oxybenzone (a typical sunscreen) and retinyl palmitate (the cultivation of which is helping destroy rainforests).
Another potentially harmful ingredient may be hidden in the form of “fragrance,” a “lump sum” term the mainstream cosmetics industry often uses instead of disclosing the actual specific chemicals in the product that make up that scent. But here are just few examples of ingredients that may lurk behind the term “fragrance”:
- Phthalates, potent hormone disruptors linked to birth defects in baby boys
- Octoxynols and nonoxynols, which break down into persistent hormone disruptors
- Citral, eugenol, coumarin and geraniol, which are natural or synthetically derived chemicals that are associated with allergies and contact dermatitis and that have been banned or restricted in the European Union
Because there are so many chemicals lurking in our makeup, we think it’s really important to use only all natural products, and that includes organic BB creams.
You can rest assured that these natural and organic BB creams, which I’ve tried and tested myself, are not only non-toxic, but are actually good for your skin.
Which one is best for you?
12 Great Natural & Organic BB Creams To Try
This is a true multitasking miracle! It hydrates, primes, illuminates, and perfects leaving a sheer bare skin finish. It gives some sheer tinted coverage, thanks to its specialised mineral pigments. These immediately adjust to your skin’s natural shade, which means one colour works for many different complexions.
Of course, the sheer application can be built up to ensure you get just the right amount of coverage. As an added bonus, this natural BB cream is packed with some high performance anti-aging botanical ingredients that revive the skin, bringing a natural glow. Your skin’s left looking naturally dewy, youthful and radiant without looking like you’ve plastered on the makeup. And since Pacifica is an animal-friendly company, this is also one of the best vegan BB creams out there.
Apart from being vegan, gluten free and natural, the great thing about this all natural BB cream is that it works for all skin types. The downside? It only comes in three shades.
With its lightly hydrating, plant based formula, it naturally improves your complexion, resulting in skin that looks super healthy! Its reflective pigments provide a luminous yet airbrush-like finish.
If you like a glowing, luminous look then this is the one for you. And if not, you can always set this with a loose powder.
Its texture is on the heavier side, due to it being extremely moisturising, but this does sink in after a while. I’d say this is one of the best natural BB creams for providing a light to medium coverage, with some light sun protection.
Coverage: Buildable, light to medium
Cost: Mid range
This is one of our all time favourite of all the natural and organic BB creams! It provides some great coverage with a semi-matte finish. Its botanicals-filled formula leaves the skin hydrated and dewy. Maybe this is mainly down to the hyaluronic acids, plant-based squalane, and niacinamide. These three ingredients tone, soften fine lines and even out skin tone. The formula dries down to a natural, dewy finish.
But this super serum doesn’t stop there! It also seals in hydration, plumps the skin, and boosts antioxidant effectiveness by 200%. Plus, it’s silicone-free, fragrance-free, and nano-particle free.
One of the best aspects of Ilia’s natural BB Cream is that it also offers a wide range of shades, catering to quite a few different skin tones. It also acts as a sunblock, truly making this at least three products (moisturiser, sunblock and foundation) in one. And it’s so safe, you can even use it if you’re preggers!
Coverage: Thorough, semi-matte
Cost: Higher end, but worth it!
The main purpose of using natural and organic BB creams is to nourish and moisturise the skin whilst adding a just touch of subtle coverage. For that reason, some BB brands don’t offer a variety of shades. Instead, their products actually adapt to different skin tones.
For example, REN’s BB cream comes in one – just one! – shade. But it’s so effective! It works on a selection of light to medium skin tones, thanks to its innovative colour adaptive, photo-rejuvenation technology. This tech both tones the skin and gives off an anti-ageing effect.
It works as a corrector, evening out the skin tone. It also offers UV and anti-oxidant protection, resulting in gorgeous, radiant skin. The texture is very creamy and quite thick, but it’s absorbed quickly, letting all those ingredients begin to work their magic.
Coverage: Light, creamy
If you’re a fan of Origins, you’ll love this medium coverage tinted moisturiser! It does several amazing things at once: it protects skin from sun damage with its SPF 40, deeply hydrates, evens out skin tone with a natural-looking tint, and gives you a pretty, energised glow that lasts all day long.
Its initial colour does seem a bit odd when it initially comes out of the tube. But don’t worry: it’s light, is absorbed immediately, and actually changes colour once it’s on your skin.
No wonder it’s one of the best selling organic BB creams!
Cost: Mid to high
This creamy tinted moisturiser comes in one beige shade that adapts to most medium skin complexions well – but not all, of course. It’s very gentle and calms red, irritated skins – even for those suffering eczema, rosacea and acne. It also hides redness to some extent, but this is one of the more sheer organic BB creams.
It contains botanicals like Quince Seed and Rose Petal Extracts, and like all Dr.Hauschka’s products, this one is not tested on animals, is comprised of only natural ingredients, and is infused with vital extracts of organic and biodynamically grown plants. Nothing could be healthier for your skin, or the planet!
That being said, it does include beeswax, so it’s not 100% vegan friendly. But for any non-vegan who just wants some hydrating protection with a slight tint, this cream is perfect.
Cost: Mid to high
This beauty-boosting product is a foundation, cream and sunscreen all in one! This medium coverage formula gives skin a flawless, smooth, more youthful appearance. Formulated without oils or silicones, it’s rich in peptide technology to visibly reduce the signs of ageing.
Non-nano zinc oxide and melanin provide an SPF 30 and blue light protection to help prevent damage from the sun and computer screens. Which is what all of us desperately need these days, am I right?
This BB cream-sunscreen hybrid offers a light tint and a gentle moisturiser that hydrates skin with a blend of Rose Botanical Stem Cells. The presence of natural minerals provides an SPF of 30 to protect your skin from harsh rays, without feeling sticky or leaving a whitish film.
It only comes in three shades, from fair to medium, which is a downer. But if you’re in that tone range and want some light coverage with a strong daily SPF, this one’s for you.
Cost: Higher end
Looking for a 4-in-1, hardworking, multitasking organic BB cream? Look no further! Juice Beauty’s blends a natural zinc SPF 30 with antioxidant rich apple, grape and aloe botanical juices for a radiant, protected, even toned complexion.
This tinted moisturiser offers light, sheer coverage to smooth out imperfections. It’s a sunblock, hydrator, makeup and skin booster, thanks to the presence of hyaluronic acid in the formula. It’s the perfect daily face cream for all seasons!
We love that there are plenty of Certified Organic Ingredients here, to protect humans, animals and the planet. Their packaging is made from recycled paper, and the tube is recyclable, too!
Cost: Mid range
Want great coverage, but also want to feel like you’re not wearing much? Sounds impossible, but Monat’s BB cream offers exactly that. It’s so lightweight, you’ll forget you’re even wearing it. And what’s even better is that it’s buildable, too. So if you want more coverage, you can add more until you’re happy.
Suitable for all skin types, this nourishing, multipurpose cream offers 24 hours of hydration alongside SPF 30. It blurs imperfections while remaining breathable. But the best part? It comes in NINE stunning hues! There’s definitely a shade for your skin tone.
Coverage: Sheer but buildable
Cost: Mid to high
Ever wondered what the difference is between a BB Cream and a CC Cream? In a nutshell, a CC cream is pretty much exactly the same as a BB Cream, but it’s better for oily skin. That’s thanks to the fact that CC creams have a lighter consistency than BB creams. They often have a whipped, fluffy texture and matte finish.
And one of our faves? Perbelle CC Cream. This comes in one colour, which comes out of the bottle white. It then adjusts to your skin tone upon application. It’s like magic, really!
It features several amazing ingredients that not only help even out your skin tone, but which also retain moisture, and brighten the skin. These include:
Hyaluronic Acid – Long lasting moisture
Flower Extracts Complexion – 9 different flower extracts improve skin elasticity
Niacinamide – Brightens skin tone
There’s also an SPF of 43 to protect your skin from the sun, all day long!
This organic BB Cream provides some sun protection, thanks to the presence of titanium dioxide. However, no actual SPF level is given, and in my experience, if you’re out in direct sunlight for over 30mins, there’s no protection there.
That being said, this is a highly moisturising product, and you can always layer an SPF on your skin before applying it.
As for colour, it comes in adaptive medium or light shades, in a semi-matte, natural finish.