Looking for personalised beauty regimen? Why not try some natural Ayurvedic beauty brands?
By Supriya Talupuru
After enjoying 5000 years of popularity in the East, Ayurveda is finally becoming a big beauty trend in the West.
A system of natural healing that originated in India, Ayurveda is designed to balance the body through the correct diet, exercise and skincare, based on your constitutional type, or ‘dosha’. Don’t know your dosha? Find out here whether you’re vata, pitta, or kapha–or a combination of more than one. Once you’ve determined that, you’ll be better equipped to find the foods, plants and routines that will work best for you.
But Ayurveda is more than approach to health – the English translation of this Sanskrit word is the “Science of Life” or “Knowledge of Life”. Ayurvedic beliefs hold that every part of a plant is of sacred medicinal value. The basic ideology is the while nature has a solution, your own body already knows the answer.
Here’s a bit about the way the system works: every part of a plant has immense potential as a medicine. If a plant can be of such great value, imagine the true potential of your own incredible body to heal itself and make your hair, skin and nails more beautiful.
Like any machine, every aspect of our being comes together to achieve a higher good, but it is important that all the ingredients we put into our bodies are 100% natural – a true Ayurvedic beauty brand will never use synthetic chemicals of any kind.
Another element of what makes natural Ayurvedic beauty brands so wonderful is that all of the ingredients should literally be pure enough to eat; this is truly an ‘inside out’ approach to beauty, and manufacturers will tell you their products are literally alive, thriving with cosmic energy.
Remember, though, that another important element of Ayurveda is balancing your dosha, so it’s important to learn which you are, which I’ve mentioned above. Also: seasons follow Ayurveda, too: the season that starts at the end of summer and extends until true winter cold sets in is Vata. “This is a transitional period that is known for causing increasing unbalance and angst. Meditation, soothing baths, a bit of yoga and establishing soothing routines can help navigate Vata energy at this time of year,” according to beauty expert Lauren Boxwood.
There’s another caveat, too: milk, honey and beeswax are sometimes used in Ayurvedic medicine and products, so if you’re vegan, check to see which of the Ayurvedic beauty brands below are suitable for you.
No matter what your needs and preferences, there’s definitely an Ayurvedic beauty brand below that you’ll love!
10+ Great Natural Ayurvedic Beauty Brands To Try
“We all know the value of looking after our minds and bodies with exercise, nutritious food and meditation, and Mauli’s anointing rituals complete the circle of wellbeing,” says Anita Kaushal of the philosophy behind Mauli Rituals. Produced in limited batches and rich in antioxidants, each handcrafted formula is inspired by ancient Indian Ayurvedic practices.
This luxurious Ayurvedic beauty products range includes body oils, serums, masks, healing salts, and a best selling hair nourishing oil that is comprised of 15 potent ingredients including moringa oil, thickening bhringraj, soothing Himalayan cedarwood and intensely conditioning argan, sesame and coconut oils.
Indian gooseberry – one of the world’s most powerful antioxidants – works hard to strengthen follicles and promote growth, as well as minimise split ends and dandruff. When used overnight, it can even help reduce stress and improve sleep.
Delivery: Internationally. Vegan friendly? Yes
2. Urban Veda
This is a company that believes not only in Ayurvedic principles, but also that what comes around goes around. For that reason, all of their products are ethically sourced from non-GMO, plant-based ingredients, In addition, all of their packaging is recyclable, and all of their bottles are made out of post-consumer recycled plastic.
Expect to find all your everyday skincare basics here, including cleaners, toners, moisturisers, scrubs and body washes.
Delivery: Free international delivery for all orders over $15 Vegan friendly? Yes
Launched in 2002, this company represents top of the line luxurious Ayurvedic care, and I’ve seen it move from being available only in some of the fanciest shops to becoming a more readily available brand.
They offer the usual skincare products made from pure, Indian-sourced ingredients, but also have a killer package that involves a complete care regime that’s to be used for three months prior to a wedding.
This special kit, which is a great shower gift, consists of Bringadi Intensive Hair Treatment, Kumkumadi Brightening Ayurvedic Scrub, and the Nalpamaradi Tailam Skin Brightening Treatment. The pack uses the power of 12 herbs to bring vibrancy to the skin and the powerful Nalpamaradi treatment has a similar effect on the entire body.
But Kama Ayurveda has much more than bridal treatments: you can choose from kits that improve hair health, skin tone and texture, new mother and baby products, and items specifically designed for men, too.
Delivery: Internationally from New Delhi. Shipping prices vary depending on the country. Vegan friendly? No
Formulated using natural botanicals, Sundari’s skincare collection combines traditional ingredients from Ayurveda into formulas that address specific skincare concerns, helping to restore balance to the tissue for beautiful results.
To fully meet the needs of the skin, the brand has created four distinctive lines of products to address specific issues: firming, toning, healing and supplifying.
Sundari intersects ancient dermatological healing practices and top-notch Western science, creating formulas that are as soothing and calming on the skin as they are healthful. Their extensive range includes products from supplements, night creams, eye oils, cleansers, serums and more, providing an entire skincare regimen to keep your skin soft, supple and protected.
Delivery: International Vegan friendly? Yes
5. Om Veda
This Aussie company focuses on the original formulas as described in traditional Ayurvedic texts for many of their products. Here, old school recipes (which are never animal tested) meet gorgeous package design to create products that look great in the bathroom and feel great on your skin.
For example, the OmVeda Mahanarayana Tailam massage oil is made of a blend of a whopping 58 herbs – not only does it smooth the skin, but it also eases joint pain. Traditionally, this oil is also used as part of an effective anti-aging ritual.
In addition, the brand offers skin toners, moisturisers, body oils, face masks, hair care and much more. You can determine the best products for you based on your dosha by checking their guide here.
Delivery: Internationally from Australia. Shipping costs will vary depending on the country. Vegan friendly? No
I love this brand for their part in combining two dynamic sciences: Ayurveda and Aromatherapy. Look good, smell good and ergo, feel good is their philosophy. Subtle Energies’ collections include only the finest, richest, rarest of oils, which counter itchy, dry skin and fight stretch marks.
Their lush woody and headily floral fragrances are completely based on natural oils, and are an added pleasure to your daily beauty rituals. Our editor says she’s obsessed with their Mogra and Rose Gold Moisturiser, which she said calmed the redness in her skin right down…and also smells divine!
Delivery: They do deliver internationally, but it may be a better bet to check the stocklists in the various fine spas that stock Subtle Energies around the world. Click here to see a list.
Vegan friendly? Yes
Spa based beauty brand Pratima has generated rave reviews from customers, especially for their sun care products, which, like all their offerings, are aimed at your dosha.
Another of the biggest winners from this brand is their humble remedial Neem Healing Oil. Neem is fantastic for sensitive skin and skin that’s growing intolerant because of pollution (personal experience shout out!).
This oil infuses neem with other caring ingredients like lavender, sandalwood, and basil. You can use it for multiple issues, like treating a prickly heat problem and soothing inflammation of the skin. One bottle has multiple uses – but there are plenty of other great products in this Ayurvedic beauty range to try!
Delivers: Internationally. Vegan friendly? Most products, yes
Sundara Holistic was designed to heal the body and mind, and has a strongly spiritual element: in fact, the owner even creates all her products in small batches, by hand, and chants ancient Vedic mantras while doing so.
These products are gentle and natural, and Sundara prides itself on being able to heal problematic skins, such as rosacea, acne and eczema, through the power of traditional Ayurvedic herbal remedies that have been tried and tested to help such issues.
Delivers: Free on USA orders over $75. For other countries, delivery charges will be added at checkout.
Vegan friendly? No, but cruelty-free
This label distinguishes itself by strongly emphasising balancing your dosha to improve your beauty. To help you do so, they offer not only plant-based products such as creams, oils and swishes, but also supplements you can take in pill, powder or even tea form.
Banyan was founded by Scott Cote and Kevin Casey in New Mexico, after Scott began studying Ayurveda with Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute. His passion for Ayurveda landed him the responsibility of setting up and running the Institute’s herbal pharmacy, where he learned to expertly mix formulas for clients while absorbing the wisdom of his teacher.
As Ayurveda gained in popularity, he began to receive requests for higher quality Ayurvedic herbs and products, and he realised that it was time to address the demand for Ayurvedic products in the United States. So, in 1996, the Banyan Trading Company launched its comprehensive range of products, which have been growing in popularity ever since.
Delivery: USA Only. Free delivery on orders over $60. Vegan friendly? No, just cruelty free
After traditional beauty products ruined her skin, Sonia Lloyd was inspired to start her own Ayurvedic beauty brand to help heal her complexion. (needless to say, her epidural woes have since subsided). Today, her line is comprised of a variety of products for both the skin and hair. The natural ingredients include rose water, green clay, neem oil, jasmine essential oil and more.
Delivery: Australia only. Free delivery for orders over $150 Vegan friendly? No, just cruelty free
11. Jiva Apoha
Jiva Apoha means ‘healing’ in Sanskrit, and although this Ayurvedic beauty brands was inspired by India, it was born in New York.
The brainchild of Brooklynite Angela Shore, the range consists solely of Ayurvedic quality oil blends for both face and body. Answer their online questionnaire and you can get your own personalised skincare routine for your Dosha, but most customers start out with the balancing and replenishing Sundara (Beauty) Face Oil.
Delivers: USA only Vegan friendly? Yes
The secret behind good health and a radiant beauty is to identify and to balance your specific Doshas. Ayurveda Pura help you to determine your unique Doshas here.
They’ve created a comprehensive range of skincare, Holistic Essentials, which have been expertly prepared in the UK with natural ingredients that are free of SLS, artificial perfume, parabens and animal products.
Delivery: Worldwide from the UK Vegan friendly? Yes
By far one of the most popular brands in India, we simply had to add this brand due to popular request!
The label offers beautifully packaged facial, body and hair care for all doshas, aimed at both men and women. They’re wonderfully aromatic, thanks to the use of natural ingredients like sugar, honey, oud, patchouli, jasmine and many other flowers and plant oils, and there’s even a range for mothers and babies.
This is the best of Indian Ayurveda, straight out of – you guessed it – India! Which means it’s also one of the most authentic ayurvedic beauty brands.
Delivers: To most countries around the world Vegan friendly? No, just cruelty free