Organic Beauty – Skincare
After setting the record straight on all things organic beauty basics, today it is time to discuss organic skincare. Instead of simply listing each and every organic product I own, I thought it would be best to shine some light on individual brands and their philosophies, as well as the experience I've had with some of their products, before giving you a roundup of brands I'd like to check out soon.
The story: Pai can easily be described as one of my favourite organic brands - with affordable pricing and having been created by Sarah Brown to treat her own sensitive skin, Pai's products are perfect for testing out whether or not organic beauty works for you. An added bonus is the packaging - hygienic and simple, it keeps products fresh for as long as possible (shelf life for organic products is often a little shorter). The whole range is certified by Ecocert and the Soil Association and you can easily find all the ingredients on their website.
Tried and tested: I can vouch for all of Pai's products and am currently using their Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil (I'm on my second bottle), their Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser (third) and Copaiba & Zinc Perfect Balance Blemish Serum on a daily basis. Another firm favourite is the Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream, which has sadly run out, however I intend to repurchase very soon.
The story: Combining organic skincare with homeopathy, British brand Suti offers a small yet effective range of beautiful skin- and bodycare. Although I only tried two of their products in sample size, I was wowed by their effectiveness. Several of their offerings have organic certifications and each product indicates a percentage of how organic it is. And who doesn't love a brand that is drawn to the moon's prowess and uses its cycles to do good?!
Tried and tested: I tried little sample sizes of the Rejuvenate Face Oil for Day, which contains Rosehip Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Argan Oil, Sandalwood, Frankincense & Neroli, and the Cleanse Facial Cleansing Balm, which contains Lime, Geranium, Avocado, Sunflower & Apricot Kernel Oil and is approved by the Soil Association. Both are great and I will have to purchase them in big soon (read: when my other products have run out).
On my wishlist: As I mainly use oils at night time, I'd love to try the Nourish Face Oil for Night.
The story: Antipodes is a New Zealand brand, using natural formulations with scientifically validated performance. They are every beauty bloggers favourite – and rightly so! Although I'm not sure how wise it is to invest in skincare that's been flown around the planet, I can't help but recommend the brand and its philosophy.
Tried and tested: The Aura Manuka Honey Mask is a favourite of mine; instead of drying the skin, it's incredibly soothing whilst still tackling breakouts. I sometimes also use it as a spot treatment, which I tend to leave overnight. That stuff lasts for ages, by the way!
On my wishlist: I'm always on the hunt for a good skin balm, and Antipodes' Saviour Skin Balm looks so very intriguing!
The story: Californian model Josie Maran founded her brand after getting more and more frustrated about the amount of chemicals in conventional skincare and makeup products. Her signature ingredient is 100% organic Argan Oil, which has been grown and harvested responsibly by co-operations of Moroccan women. The whole line uses eco-friendly packaging and is well regarded all over the world.
Tried and tested: I have owned my bottle of 100% Pure Argan Oil for about a year and it is still going strong. I reach for it whenever my skin needs some serious moisture and also like to add a little into my hair ends from time to time.
On my wishlist: I've had my eye on the Argan Daily Moisturiser SPF47 for quite some time and although it might be a bit pointless (you can always add a drop of argan oil to your moisturiser of choice), I would love to give it a go. Another item on my wishlist is Josie Maran's Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelee.
I thought an honorary mention to a few other brands I haven't had a chance to try out yet wouldn't hurt. For example, Swedish cult brand Estelle & Thild, which has been recommended by non other than the lovely Meg of Lips So Facto and (yet another Scandinavian brand) Luxsit, which I stumbled upon at my local organic beauty store Wheadon. There are so many organic brands out there that I would like to try – but all in good time!
That's it for my organic skincare roundup. Do you know any organic skincare brands you swear by? Next week, I'll be sharing my thoughts on organic body and haircare with you, so keep checking back!