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We have all become increasingly aware of what we put into our mouths, from ditching the aspartame laced sweeteners to avoiding gluten and only eating organic meat and dairy sourced from local farms. But what about what we put on our skin? 60% of what we put on our skin goes into our blood stream, and with the average woman using around 12 beauty products a day - this means she is likely to be exposed to 175 potentially harmful chemicals. Chemicals such as parabens (used as preservatives), petrochemicals (found in skin creams, foundations and lip balms), and phthalates (found in nail polishes and hair sprays) have all been shown to mimic the effects of hormones in the body, and when used in high levels possibly increase the risk of cancers, early puberty and decrease sperm levels. That’s not all; unbelievably, some of the same chemicals used in anti-freeze, brake fluid and engine degreaser have been found in our cosmetics and toiletries!

Natural, organic and paraben free cosmetics aren’t what they used to be. Cosmetics companies have finally woken up to the fact that natural cosmetics are in demand and it’s no longer only the weird, hemp-wearing woman wanting them. These days, not only do they come in stylish packaging and smell good enough to eat, they even have scientific research backing their natural results. To top it all off, natural and organic cosmetics are polar bear friendly, containing ingredients that breakdown harmlessly without polluting the environment.

To further convince you to make the natural switch, we have compiled a list of our ten ‘Must Try’ organic and natural cosmetics, from skincare to hair care and make-up.


1. Origins Plantscription Powerful lifting Cream, £50

The latest addition to Origins Plantscription range features their signature anti-ageing ingredient Anogeissue; a potent wound healer and antimicrobial sourced from the leaves and bark of the scared Anogeissus tree in Ghana. It is this ingredient, joined by their newest plant discovery, Indian Commiphora; Resin from the bark of a plant native to India, that helps skin look smoother, firmer and more lifted.

2. Jurlique Advanced Serum; Youth Defence Active Gel Concentrate, £45

This anti-ageing gel serum contains over 18 botanical extracts, vitamins and essential fatty acids to help reduce the appeareance of fine lines, increase elasticity and hydration, restore radiance and protect against environmental aggressors. Not only does it give you a silky smooth, radiant complexion, but its sweet rose fragrance leaves you smelling good enough to eat.

3. The Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser, £34.96

Known as one of the Organic Pharmacy’s ‘hero products’, this 99.9% organic balm cleanser contains shea butter, cocoa butter, carrot, marigold, St Johns wort, rosemary, lavender and jojoba. These key ingredients work in union to dissolve and remove all traces of eye make-up, dirt and pollution, while soothing and conditioning the skin to leave it hydrated and glowing.

4. Therapi N0 1 Honey Gel Cleanser, £25

A gentle foaming cleanser made from organic honey and yucca extracts to cleanse and remove impurities, there are also essential oils of rose otto and rose geranium to rejuvenate and refine. 90% organic, with a luxurious, syrup like texture that smells delicious, this cleanser is a must have addition to any skincare regime.

5. Unite U Luxury Intense Mask, £45

This intense paraben free treatment mask is formulated with amber extract, an antioxidant that strengthens and repairs over-processed and damaged hair. This luxury mask also contains a nourishing blend of pure argan oil, Hawaiian white honey, walnut shell and crushed pearl to condition and moisturise the hair from the inside out.

6. Naturalmente Citrus Volumising Shampoo, £9 and Fruit Acids Detangling Conditioner, £9

Not only is Naturalmentes hair-care totally natural, made from essential oils and vegetable extracts; but their ethos even spreads to their packaging, which is 100% biodegradable and compostable. Their volumising shampoo contains a refreshing blend of orange, lemon, bergamot, lavender and chamomile to balance and regenerate, whilst the detangling conditioner contains a soothing mix of mint and orange to tone and stimulate the scalp.

7. The Organic Pharmacy Detox and Colon Cleanse, £29.50

A second appearance from The Organic Pharmacy, and deservingly so. The Detox and Colon Cleanse supplement is their number one best seller, used by thousands of people around the world. These powerful capsules contain burdock, alfalfa, chlorella, clay, apple pectin, yellow dock, slippery elm and psyllium husks help detoxify the body, which is essential to achieving and maintaining good health. Users have reported weight loss, better digestion, glowing skin, more energy and better mental clarity.

8. Darphin Perfecting Body Scrub, £29

This dual action exfoliant combines fruity botanical ingredients of apricot seed flakes and peach leaf extract with hyaluronic acid and shea butter to exfoliate and buff the skin, leaving it renewed and radiant. The perfect formula to get those winter legs shipshape for Spring.

9. Urban Tan Glamour Gloss Daily Body Moisturiser with Gradual Tanner, £17.99

After trying almost every fake tan out there, we have finally found a natural fake one that ticks all the boxes. Glamour Gloss Daily Moisturiser with Gradual Tanner is paraben free and 100% Vegan. It leaves your skin with a silky smooth, streak-free natural golden glow, and best of all - it doesn’t smell of biscuits!

10. Eye Of Horus Goddess Mascara, £17 and Liquid Define, £13 

Normally natural mascaras and liners have a tendency to smudge, leaving you looking like you have two black eyes by the end of a working day. However with Eye Of Horus, we were pleasantly surprised. These plant-based cosmetics containing carnauba wax, beeswax, rice bran wax, candelilla wax and organic maringa oil, have been uniquely formulated in the style of the ancient Egyptians, and boast all-day staying power. The liner goes on smoothly, providing the perfect smudge-free, Egyptian flick, and the mascara, once dry, stayed in place all day. No black eye in sight.

Words by Alicia Tomlinson

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