By Katy Carik
There can be little doubt that organic skincare costs more than supermarket brands. But, why bother paying those prices, you may be asking?
Well, there are lots of reasons.
First of all, conventional beauty brands are packed with chemicals like parabens and phthalates, which can cause not only skin irritations and allergies, but even cancer over time.
Secondly, organic products actually contain ingredients that are truly good for you. Think of it this way: regular grooming products are like junk food. They may not harm you immediately, and they may be awesome in the moment, but really, they’re not doing anything beneficial for you in the long run. Organic products, on the other hand, provide enriching vitamins and minerals to your skin, protecting it, feeding it, and helping it restore its glow.
Finally, buying organic cosmetics means you’re not likely to have much of a reaction to them. Whilst some natural oils may trigger allergies (think: almond oil for those with sensitivities to nuts), on the whole, they’re far less likely to leave you irritated and inflamed.
But the fact remains that organics are not only more expensive, but also often mislabelled. For example, depending on the country and their regulations, a brand that only uses a tiny amount of organic ingredients can call itself ‘organic’. And even if they have zero organic ingredients, may brands try to fool consumers by using words like ‘botanics’ or ‘organix’ in their name. In fact, you can read all about how another great organic brand, Dr Bronner’s, called out those fake organic brands here, through a lawsuit -and won.
So, which brands are actually organic? And of those, which are worth the investment?
Here, I’ve chosen 10 organic beauty brands worth the splurge, based on their efficacy, beauty, and global availability online.
These luxurious, organic products are designed to restore the hair’s youthful look, thanks to the plethora of botanical ingredients they contain. Each of its nourishing formulations is packed with powerful antioxidants and radical-fighting agents that deliver instant results to any hair type.
Tata Harper uses only the freshest ingredients, many of which she grows herself on her certified organic Vermont farm, such as witch hazel, jasmine, and alfalfa. Her goal? To create 100% natural and non-toxic skincare that really works! Her diverse line includes serums, creams, eye creams, body and hand lotions and much more. The price point may not be low, but the efficiency of these products makes them worth it.
Rahua is a hair care brand that heavily uses a unique ingredient: Amazonian nut oil, prized by women of the Quechua-Shuar tribe as the secret to their thick, glossy hair. Their 100% organic shampoos and conditioners are produced in sustainable partnership with the people of the Amazon are, which helps them earn a decent living without having to exploit and destroy the rainforest.
This range of nutrient-packed natural beauty products sources its all-organic ingredients from Moroccan cooperatives, supporting the Berber women who extract oil from argan nuts by hand. Their pure, organic ingredients and minimalist packaging have made this a favourite brand for those with sensitive skin and a sense of clean aesthetics.
A favourite with British celebrities like Sienna Miller and Kate Moss, Bamford Organics is based at the Daylesford Farm and Spa in the Cotswolds. Their artisanal, organic products include luxurious, Provence-made soaps and heavenly scented bath oils.
A sustainable skincare line inspired by the African continent. African Botanics bases their skincare chemistry around ancient African phytochemistry and traditional African medicine knowledge. The ingredients used are all sustainably sourced from South Africa’s Fynbos region, where antioxidant-rich plants and natural resources are abundant.
Owned by supermodel Miranda Kerr, Kora Organics was launched when the former Victoria’s Secret angel couldn’t find effective enough skincare products with organic ingredients. Today, her entire range is crafted in Australia and packed full of certified organic ingredients, like Rosehip Oil, Noni, Chamomile, and Macrobiotic Salts sourced from the Pacific Ocean in Australia.
Probiotic Skincare is now a serious ‘thing’ – and no wonder. It focuses on retaining the natural bacteria present on the surface of the skin, ensuring your skin’s ecosystem is not harmed, and Aurelia Probiotics is truly a master of doing this. Their products work by reducing the damage everyday life brings to your skin and work to activate your cells’ natural repair process.
Top London facialist and aromatherapist Alexandra Soveral studied the skin and how organic ingredients function extensively before launching her eponymous brand. “I am a firm believer in the power of essential oils”, she says of her range. Her products are excellent for staving off the signs of time on the face, as attested by her award-winning anti-aging formula ‘Forever Young.’
10. Dr Alkaitis
With his scientific knowledge and expertise in botany, Dr. Alkaitis knows how to fuse science into a holistic approach in his biodynamic, organic and high-quality skin and hair care lines. The brand strives to produce formulations that support a cellular and biological function, thus always supporting the skin’s natural processes.
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