Before venturing into organic beauty products, I used to base my selection on price and popularity alone. As a young professional, I chose the cheapest and most familiar products on the shelf. But now, I’ve become more conscious about the chemicals I put on my face, and I don’t mind spending a few more bucks if I get a better product and a more sustainable beauty routine.
If you’re interested in making the switch to organic beauty, I have a list of products you can start with. Even if you’re a beauty enthusiast who’s been using organic products for a while now, you might find a new gem on this list, too.
But first things first. Let’s look at what “organic” really means.
When I hear the word “organic”, I usually think of food products that have not been sprayed with pesticides nor treated with chemical fertilizers. It turns out that this is relevant even for organic beauty products. In the simplest terms, organic products are made from organically grown ingredients.
Because consumers are becoming more aware of the dangers of chemical-based food and products, especially its long-term effects, the market for organic beauty has been seeing an upward trend. Unfortunately, there are individuals and organizations who take advantage of this trend by falsely claiming that their products are organic.
So, how do we know which products are truly organic?
Depending on where you are, there are various organizations that certify whether or not a product is truly organic.
The USDA’s National Organic Program governs organic food. However, cosmetic brands may request for certification if they meet the USDA standards for organic production, handling, processing, and labeling. The USDA has four levels of certification for organic products:
The COSMOS Organic Signature Standard is based in Belgium, but its founding members hail from Germany, France, Italy, and the UK. The ECO CERT organic certification is given to products with at least 95% organic and natural ingredients. ECO CERT also means no GMOs, parabens, or and synthetic perfumes.
Now that we know how to identify organic products, we can now move on to the list of organic beauty products that I highly believe everyone should have at home.
Since I have combination skin, I like to have a reliable moisturizer that can address all my concerns. The Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer from Eminence Organic Skin Care is my favorite because of its exfoliating probiotics and blemish-reducing tea tree and cucumber. For extra hydration, I apply a thicker layer on the dry areas of my face, specifically my eyebrows and forehead. Fun fact: Meghan Markle reportedly loved Eminence skincare products and used them while acting on Suits to keep her face pure and glowing. We might not all become princesses, but we can at least have bright-looking skin like Meghan with this moisturizing solution.
The Facial Cleanser Superfruit Plus Chlorella Growth Factor from Acure Organics has a citrusy scent that gently wakes you up in the morning. Its ingredients include acai berries and blackberry, which are great for brightening the skin and evening out your skin tone. I love how this cleanser makes my skin feel cleaner and softer and it isn’t drying at all.
Coola’s Organic Guava Mango Sunscreen has an irresistible tropical fruit scent and provides broad spectrum SPF 50 protection. It’s light enough for everyday use and it’s not sticky or irritating. It’s also rich in antioxidant sources, namely red raspberry seed oil, buriti oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and prickly pear extract. So, it nourishes the skin while shielding it from UVA and UVB rays.
As a certified lippie fan, I couldn’t help but add lip care products to this list. Vapour’s Velvet Lip Gloss is a treat. Its green tea, lemon balm, and rosehip seed oil ingredients make the lips feel oh-so-soft and hydrated. I also love how long this lip gloss lasts. It’s available in a natural, muted color called “Hush” which can be effortlessly paired with any skin tone. Meanwhile, Vapour’s High Voltage Satin Lipstick is extra moisturizing and long-lasting, thanks to its jojoba and sunflower oil contents. So, if you’re more of a lipstick gal, this is the Vapour lippie for you.
Last but not least, I swear by Innersense Organic Beauty, especially their ‘I Create Volume’ Volumizing Lotion for adding a much-needed lift to any hair style. It has honey and aloe vera to moisturize the scalp. Additionally, while honey gives a light hold for styling, aloe vera is ideal for adding fullness and manageability even to the finest hair. Plus, the product has rice amino acids that make hair strands shiny, regardless of hair type and texture.
Going organic can seem daunting, but it’s easier if you know where to start. This list might be preliminary, but it includes the essential organic beauty products you can start using today.
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