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By Sophia Hussain
For most of us, the closest we can find in our town to organic beauty stores is pretty much the local health food store, where you’ll find some natural oils and boring body butters. And that’s about it. Otherwise, we’re stuck shopping for beauty products at big department stores that carry those ubiquitous, global brands that are so packed with chemicals, they actually give me (for one, anyway) a nasty headache every time I enter the beauty counter area.
That ´s a real shame, because there’s a growing number of highly luxurious, effective, all-natural and organic skincare and makeup brands out there. But you’re probably thinking: where can I buy them?
Luckily, there are also many more online retailers cropping up who deliver products around the globe. Most products, that is. Thanks to ‘terrorism laws’, we can no longer receive liquids like perfumes or nail polishes from overseas in the post. But never fear: whether you’re after the perfect mascara, an anti-ageing serum, an SLS-free shampoo or any other kind of non-toxic luxury beauty product, you’ll find it online at one of these shops below.
1. Love Lula
Based in: England but delivers internationally
Target Audience: Luxury beauty consumers
Brands: Essential Care, Pai Skincare, Neom, AEOS, NUXE and more
Benefits: The best international selection of niche and luxury certified organic beauty brands, with the added bonus of subscribing to a monthly beauty box sampler program, so you can try before you committing to a full-size version.
Country: USA, Canada
Target Audience: Serious natural beauty lovers
Brands: Cocovit, the Beauty Chef, Dr Alkaitis, Soap Walla and more
Benefits: The best thing about this online store, which also has actual boutiques scattered throughout the USA, is that they are more than happy to send you tons of samples so you can try before you buy!
3. Net a Porter
Country: International but based in USA
Target Audience: Well heeled beautyistas
Brands: Kjaer Weiss, Chantacaille, This Works and more
Benefits: Whilst Net a Porter still carries loads of nasty, chemical ridden cosmetics (Aerin, anyone?), there’s a lot of organic and natural goodness to choose from now, too. Just do a search in their window for ‘organic beauty’ or ‘natural beauty’ and lots of great luxury makeup and skincare brands will come up.
Country: International but based in NYC
Target Audience: Both male and female beauty product lovers – their beauty boxes rock!
Brands: Stop the Water, Trilogy, John Masters and more
Benefits: Birchbox carries both chemical and non-toxic makeup and skincare, and is most famous for its monthly beauty boxes, which is a great way to try before you buy. You can select the products you’d like in your box yourself, by doing a search for ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ in their search window. If you already know your natural beauty products, this is the site for you.
Country: UK but delivers anywhere
Target Audience: The health conscious consumer – food is on offer here, too
Brands: REN, Neal’s Yard, Dr Hauschka, Weleda
Benefits: It’s normally known for its food, but Planet Organic has recently exploded with awesome beauty products too! A wide range of well known brands including Neal’s Yard, Odylique and many more are on offer, as are organic candles and health supplements.
Target Audience: Mainly young women
Brands: Herbivore, Drunk Elephant, Kopari, Ilia and more – not all are natural brands though; beware!
Benefits: Sephora is like Birchbox or Net-a-Porter: it’s not a designated natural beauty site, so you need to search around. If you now which natural brands you want to use, and aren’t too fussed about exactly how natural they are (for example, many point out that Josie Maran and Korres aren’t as pure as they pretend to be), then this is the place for you.
Country: France, but is in English and delivers globally
Target Audience: Chic eco trend setters, those seeking more exotic brands
Selected Brands: Studio 78 Paris, HONORÃƒâ€° DES PRÃƒâ€°S, Kure Bazaar, World Wild Men, Ren
Benefits: Offers the best luxury organic and natural beauty products, their range also includes eco fashion and lifestyle brands. Being a socially conscious brand, a tree is planted with the purchase of every order.
Based in: Germany, but is in English and delivers globally
Target Audience: Niche beauty addicts
Brands: Amazingy organic lip balms, Konjac Sponge, Less is More, Dr. Bronner, Therapi Honey Skincare
Benefits: A tree is planted with every customer order, and proceeds from every sale is contributed to LiveBuild, a small Dutch organization that supports local water and education projects in Cameroon.
9. Ecco Verde
Based in: Austria, but is in English and delivers globally
Target Audience: Those with delicate skincare concerns
Selected Brands: Najel, Lavera, Benecos, Lily Lolo, Stop the Water!
Benefits: A brilliant feature of this site is that it categorizes beauty products by skin ailment making it easier to locate what you need. Ingenious indeed!
10. EcoDiva Beauty
Based in: Canada and the USA
Target Audience: the total skincare and hair care addict
Selected Brands: Dr Sponge, La Bella Figura, Rahua
Benefits: High end luxury beauty brands for the discerning shopper, who knows her organic beauty products! There’s also a fab blog on the site for tips and tricks, too.
11. Big Green Smile
Based in: Britain
Target Audience: Moms, students, families
Benefits: Affordable, everyday items for skin, hair and baby care is all available, and the prices are quite reasonable too! You can do all your home and beauty shopping here: there are organic cleaners for the house, makeup, skincare and all the daily grooming essentials too.
12. Eluxe Exclusives
Based in: London
Target Audience: Eluxe Readers
Selected Brands: Faith Aromatherapy, Hynt Beauty, Saach Organics
Benefits: Unlike other shops, Eluxe Exclusives has less stuff but gives you discounts on the best sustainable luxury beauty and fashion products
Based in: The UK
Target Audience: Those who are into overall luxury wellness: men, women and children
Brands: Butter, Viridian, Oskia and more
Benefits: There’s a huge variety of products here: supplements, serums, skincare, makeup, perfume, you name it! And of course, all of it is all natural. They also carry a wide variety of made-in-Britain brands.