Beauty and skincare brands are facing more and more competition every year and while there has been a shift in society to more healthier eating habits we often forget that nurturing our body with the right products from the outside is just as important. Many traditionally known brands can harm your skin more than doing good due to fillers, micro-plastics, grey water, synthetic, chemical and toxic preservatives, petroleum and much more.
Founded in 1976 in the UK, The Body Shop has become one of the first mass accepted beauty and skincare brands that represent ethical, organic and cruelty-free values. This article serves to inform on and present some of the many effective and dedicated natural, organic, cruelty-free and even vegan skincare brands out-there nowadays.
Neal’s Yard Remedies
Established in 1981 in a small corner in Covent Garden (London, UK), Neal’s Yard Remedies is an award-winning apothecary focusing on creating natural and organic health and beauty products. Using essential, oils, botanicals and herbs - all ethically sourced - Neal Years balanced science and nature to maintain the highest percentage of organic sources in their products as possible.
The colour of blue bottles which are used to store and sell their products filter UV light more effectively extending the product lifetime and keep the of preservatives to a minimum - if needed at all.
Focusing on the balance between inner health and outer beauty Neal’s Yard Remedies was the first health and beauty brand to receive 100/100 for their ethical practices by The Ethical Company Organisation in 2014.
Neal’s Yard Remedies also have their own Therapy Rooms (UK only) with treatments from Acupuncture, Allergy Testing, Herbal Medicines and Massages, Naturopathic Nutrition, over to Yoga, Pilates, Neuro Linguistic Programming and many other services.
This modern Australian lifestyle brand is currently known to be disrupting the health and wellness landscape. Allowing their customers to build a simple and positive foundation for their health Bear’s products include essential daily vitamins and superpowders that are easily absorbed by our skin and body.
Representing a minimalistic, functional and simple lifestyle these everyday products are made for women and men and can be easily integrated into your daily routine.
While products are sources globally and are cruelty-free, vegan, GMO free, gluten-free, and involve great research and are made in Australia.
NOTO Botanics is an organic, gender fluid and multi-use cosmetic line supporting diverse self-expression of beauty and a community of mindfulness.
Gloria Noto founded this brand based on her experience as a make up and fine artists. Having first hand experience with the majority of beauty products being full of chemicals, toxins and fillers, she decided to create the change she wanted to see.
Supporting the idea that living well should be a right and not a luxury her product lines are inclusive, diverse in price and with a philanthropic edge.
The AGENDER oil product is a 100% non-profit initiative supporting social, environmental and cultural causes - so far over 12 000 USD have been raised.
Earth Tu Face
Created in 2010 by two herbalists in their own garden ‘Earth Tu Face’ believe that you should never treat your skin with something you would not eat either.
This plant based and organic skincare brand only includes ingredients with specific therapeutic purposes into their products. These ‘active’ ingredients help restore, rejuvenate and heal skin cells.
One products average lifetime is 3.5 years. All products are concentrated, cruelty-free, food-graded, organic and represent high quality i.e. organic beeswax, organic virgin cold pressed oils, and plant derived vitamin E.
Origins was founded in 1990 by the son of Estée Lauder, Leonardo Lauder.
The brand has since developed an extensive line of organic, cruelty-free and non-toxic skincare products using ingredients from plants, earth and the sea along with advanced science.
Their efforts include high quality testing standards, earth-friendly packaging and practices, and a sustainable use of resources.
In 2009 Origins launched their Green the Planet initiative in partnership with American Forests’ Global ReLeaf™ planting over 820 0000 tree saplings in f.e. areas affected by damaging wildfires.
FIG + YARROW
After completing a mind opening meditation session in 2010 Brandy Monique recognised that the best way to use her skills, talents, interests, and passions was by establishing an apothecary line named Fig + Yarrow. She decided to create self-care products to daily uplift and nourish the mind, body, and soul.
All handcrafted and botanical products are created as an experience of intention, mindfulness and care. They are clean, organic, non-toxic, sustainable, wildcrafted, handmade, cruelty-free and food-grade.
Founded in 1995 Naturopathica’s mission is ‘to educate people on the benefits of holistic health and its connection to beauty’.
With routes as an herbalist, aesthetician and aromatherapist the founder and brand believe in the healing power of plants achieved with clean and sustainable ingredients. Moreover, the source of imbalance is considered more important than the symptom in order to achieve long lasting change carrying a holistic approach at the centre of their brand philosophy.
These products are also cruelty-free, eco-friendly and made using green technology.
This brand cares less about skin and more about the hair on top of your head. NatureLab belongs to the category of Accessible Luxury products with nothing costing more than 20 USD since its founding in 1997.
Unlike the well known Korean Beauty culture, the Japanese beauty culture appraises the health of skin and hair over self-admiration. Influenced by the knowledge of Wabi-Sabi and Zen Buddhist teachings generations of Japanese women believe that only nature is perfect and therefore only nature can liberate from imperfections.
Some of their unusual ingredients are apple, bamboo, grape and argan stem cells, quinoa, and soy and rice protein.
Combining long existing Japanese beauty rituals with latest scientific technology this hair care brand is cruelty-free, free of sulphates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, mineral oil, and other harsh chemicals preventing not only damage to your hair but also the environment.
When Tiffany Matterson could not find any products that excluded the six ingredients she believed harmed and irritated her skin, she decided to make them herself.
Drunk Elephant belongs to the ‘clean-clinic’ category for skin care products. Using both synthetic and natural ingredients Drunk Elephant makes sure that the effects for the skin are soothing and exclude any hazards.
Moreover, the idea of sensitive skin is discarded and replaced with the theory of an endless cycle of hard products that increase damage to skin. These products are without fragrance and support the skin to do its own work so that we can look our best too - naturally.