While they’ve been popular for some time, natural and organic prods are really having a moment right now, as consumers are increasingly concerned with the health and environmental impacts of what they’re putting on their bodies. While in the past, ‘natural’ could sometimes be substituted for ‘ineffectual’, the collective conscious has changed, and so to has the quality of natural products on the market.
When it comes to personal care products and cosmetics, a ‘natural’ ingredient refers to any plant, mineral or animal by-product. So what are the natural ingredients you should have on your radar, and what do they do?
Bees are such amazing creatures, aren’t they?! They are crucial for our supply of fruit and veg, produce honey and beeswax – both of which are widely used in beauty products – and Gwyneth Paltrow has even been singing the praises of bee-sting therapy.
There are quite a few bee by-products, but let’s stick with the most delicious one: honey. Raw honey has antibacterial and antioxidant properties, can clear your pores, and is also exceptionally nourishing. So it’s great for acne and ageing skins, treating dryness and sensitivity, and maintaining healthy locks. You can even use it as a cleanser! Medical-grade honey can also be used to treat wounds and skin conditions.
Mario Badescu Honey Moisturiser – with orange and honey extracts, this grease-free moisturiser is ideal for combination skins.
MooGoo Ground Oatmeal Cleansing Bar – ground oatmeal exfoliates, while antibacterial honey soothes and softens.
Apivita Shine & Revitalizing Hair Mask – made of 97% natural ingredients, including citrus and honey, this is a real treat for stressed tresses.
A body moisturiser, lip balm, hair treatment, breath freshener, makeup remover … there’s not much this wonder oil can’t do. Coconut oil is nourishing, easily absorbed, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. It’s high in saturated fat, but is said to speed up the metabolism and aid in weight loss. Coco yumbo.
Coconut Revolution Coconut Intensive Hydrating Serum – an intensive serum that will tackle parched skin, made with the goodness of cold-pressed virgin coconut oil.
Cocoswish – Oil pulling is an ancient technique that freshens the breath and whitens the teeth, among other things. Cocoswish makes it easy with their single-use sachets and yummy flavours.
100% Pure Coconut Nourishing Body Cream – this super natural, intensively nourishing body moisturiser is packed with so much goodness (think acai berry, cherry, pomegranate…) you’ll want to eat it!
Activated charcoal is a real beauty buzzword (well, technically two words) right now, due to its ability to draw toxins from deep down in the pores. It attaches to oil and dirt, making it easy to wash down the drain. You’ll find it in all sorts of beauty products, even toothpastes!
derma e Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask – this clarifying mask contains marine algae and activated charcoal to purge pores, exfoliate, and remove micro-pollutants.
Konjac Sponge Puff with Bamboo Charcoal – this 100% natural sponge is great for oily, spot-prone skins. Simply soak the sponge ‘til it softens, then scrub the day away.
Sukin Oil Balancing Plus Charcoal Purifying Gel Cleanser – free from nasties and full of natural goodness, this charcoal-infused cleanser is soothing, refreshing, and helps prevent break outs.
Cocoa butter is extracted from cacao beans (mmm, chocolate), is full of anti-ageing antioxidants, highly nourishing, and helps maintain the skin’s natural oil balance. It enables the skin to retain hydration, and contains polyphenols, which are extremely successful at neutralising free radicals. All of which means smoother, softer, well conditioned skin is in, and premature signs of ageing are shown the door.
Palmer’s Multi-Effect Perfecting Facial Oil – Palmer’s Cocoa Butter body products are next level good and smell like heaven, but we’re also obsessed with their facial oil. Containing their cocoa butter formula, alongside a whopping nine anti-ageing oils plus Vitamin A, it’s a potent concoction for a brighter, smoother, clearer complexion.
frank Body Body Cream – let’s be Frank, we are a little bit smitten with this sumptuous blend of cocoa and shea butters, free-radical-fighting pomegranate, anti-inflammatory green tea, and, of course, coffee seed extract.
Zkin Soothing Hand Cream – this organic hand cream, containing both cocoa butter and colloidal oatmeal, is the business for dry, irritated, itchy mitts.
From citrus, to berries and even avocado (yup, it’s a fruit), fruits are widely used in skincare and cosmetics for a variety of reasons. Fruits are full of vitamins and nutrients, the enzymes found in fruits like papaya and pineapple are natural exfoliants, berries are bursting with antioxidants, apple stem cells are used for anti-ageing, and pomegranate is believed to stimulate collagen… The list is endless and the lesson is clear: fruity beauty is here to stay.
Burt’s Bees Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit – perfect for a pick-me-up, this balm contains softening beeswax, while pink grapefruit seed oil is packed with free-radical-fighting Vitamin C and conditioning Vitamin E.
DermaQuest Mini Pumpkin Mask – the pumpkin pulp in this mask gobbles up dead skin cells, while AHAs unclog pores, for brighter, clearer skin.
Thankyou Botanical Rosehip & Sweet Orange Hand Cream – free from parabens, SLS and other icky stuff, this gorgeous hand cream is enriched with nourishing essential oils of sweet orange, rosehip and almond, as well as cocoa and shea butters. And profits go towards funding safe water, food, hygiene and sanitation services across the globe. What’s not to love?
Karen Murrell Lipstick - is enriched with plant and fruit extracts such as avocado and sweet orange oils. The hydrating lipsticks are packed with delicious ingredients that will nourish and soften your lips for a long lasting and deep contioned kisser.