As today is Earthday (read more about it here), lovely LaaLaa from Dolce Vanity had the idea to do a blog collaboration sharing our favourite natural skincare brands. There are quite a few natural brands out there, so we have included brands of different price ranges, natural/organic, non organic and so on. I know we all use natural brands for different reasons, allergies, against animal cruelty, for "safety", or whatever it might be so we have made sure we have stated what type of brands these are. All the brands below are brands I have tried or am currently using myself. I purposely chose pictures which I have taken, so that you can see that these are brands I really like! Here are the other ladies doing the blog collaboration (links to their posts will be up once all post are publishes)
Lavera (Skin Care, Hair Care & Makeup)
Organic √ Natural √ Vegan (some) Animal Cruelty Free (√)
"Natural cosmetics that you know under the brand name lavera - a name carefully chosen for its meaning: in Latin lavera means "the truth" - a beautiful translation for the dedication of both philosophy and commitment. We use raw plant materials, as much as possible from certified organic agriculture, our products are 100% free from synthetic perfumes, colourants and preservatives. And of course, we ensure skin compatibility - exclusively through tests with volunteers, together with skin specialists and allergists"
This is one of the first natural skin care brands I used, you can find it in every health store and their prices are quite affordable. Their "Basic Sensitivity" hand cream was a staple of mine for so long. Although £4.45 is a fairly decent price for the 75ml tube of hand cream- I wen't through them way too quickly because I enjoyed them too much. Their products are fragranced, but not heavily and would probably suit sensitive skin.
Burt's Bees (Skin Care)
Organic (some) Natural √ Vegan (some) Animal Cruelty Free (√)
"Your well-being is affected every single day by the personal care products you use. Our goal is to create and educate people on truly natural products that have a positive effect on both you and the world you live in for the good of your well-being, for the good of the environment and for The Greater Good. Simply put, we strive to make people's lives better every day — naturally."
I'd say this is the second natural skin care brand I tried out. Of course, I'd seen it around in shop but as they are quite expensive I just never tried them. That was until my friend recommended their orange facial cleanser. It is amazing! It is completely natural, with a gel/serum formula with a lot of nourishing oils but it doesn't leave any residue on your skin.
Neal's Yard Remedies (Skin Care, Hair Care & Makeup)
Organic (√) Natural √ Vegan (some) Animal Cruelty Free (√)
At Neal's Yard Remedies, we're driven by the passionate belief that health and beauty should be more natural, less synthetic. This passion, and our firm belief that it's down to all of us to protect our precious planet, is at the heart of everything we do.
Okey but now you've probably figured out that I subconsciously listed the brands in the order I discovered or tried them out. Next up is NYR. I love this brand because their products are completely natural, and they focus on aromatherapy and essentials oils a lot. Another good thing about them is that they are a UK brand and all their oils and a lot of their products are stored in dark glass bottles which preserves the benefits of the ingredients they contain.
Free from: Bismuth oxychloride, Talc, Preservatives, Parabens, Mineral oil or any petroleum-derived products, Perfumes, Oils and Fragrances, Alcohol, Dyes, Animal-derived ingredients such as carmine or silk, nano particles.
Earthnicity Minerals is pure mineral makeup - we don't use corn starch or rice powder in our products either. We use a minimal amount of ingredients so as not to irritate sensitive skin and block pores, without sacrificing on the look and quality of the makeup.
This is a UK mineral makeup brand free from all those nasty ingredients mentioned above. I included that list from the website as I cannot find any info regarding it being organic/natural/vegan or not. Their makeup is very good quality and I've been using their mineral foundation every day since I got it. They've got a great deal on their website where you can get samples of makeup for only £5.
Crazy Natural Inc (Skin Care and Hair Care)
Organic (√) Natural √ Vegan (unsure) Animal Cruelty Free (√ I believe so)
Sade Perkins, Founder: "I make 100% all natural and organic products. I pride myself on making multifunctional affordable natural hair and body care products. My target audience is all natural sisters but more specifically new naturals. Women who dont want to be product junkies but want to have a few staple products they can use to create a simple regiment they can easley do everyday. Ive been in business for 9 months now and my top sellers are my Shea coconut deep conditioner, african black soap shampoo. Shea body butter and African black soap beauty bars. I've gotten an overwhelming amount of positive reports on my products. I believe i have a recognizable brand that most naturals naturally gravitate to. I plan to capitalize on my brand recognition, awesome products and affordable prices to make crazy natural inc a house hold name."
This is a brand I recently discovered, through Instagram actually. The founder is a lovely lady from the US who makes these products herself. If you wan't 100% natural products, this is the brand to try out. Her hair care products are aimed at people of afro textured hair "naturals" but anyone can use them. I've tried her African black soap, Shea body butter and Hair and Body oil.
Have you tried any of these brands?
& what is your favourite natural brand?