Get an Ethical Glow with This Summer’s Top 5 Beauty Products
Hop in the shower, hop out again. Cleanse, tone, moisturise. Grab your makeup kit, put your war paint on. But wait. Have you stopped to think about what you’re actually using putting on your face and body? What do these lotions and potions contain? How were these products made and what’s their long-term impact?
We’ve been busy researching and discovering some new ethical beauty brands to keep you looking fabulous without harming the environment. These brands are cruelty-free, sustainably made and continually working to reduce their footprint. Keep an eye on our social media and the Health and Beauty section for them!
This is a fantastic cosmetic and beauty brand. It’s free from harmful toxins, synthetic chemical preservatives, artificial colours and fragrances. 100% Pure use completely natural ingredients, so put some plants on your face!
Our top pick:
Fruit Pigmented Mermaid Palette / Fruit Pigmented Punk Princess Palette
We love these eyeshadow palettes – they’re pigmented by fruit, vegetables, seeds and flowers. You can use these palettes across your face. Dip into the colours made from ingredients such as strawberries and blueberries to create a range of naturally sweet looks.
Neal’s Yard Remedies
Cruelty-free, ethical, fair-trade and organic – is there anything Neal’s Yard doesn’t do? Their products made in an eco-factory in Dorset, UK with recyclable packaging. If that wasn’t good enough, bring back your blue bottles and jars back to their stores and save 10p!
Our top picks:
Rejuvenating Frankincense Facial wash
This facial wash cleanses without drying out your skin. It firms, brightens and refreshes, and is suitable for all skin types. Simply massage a small amount into damp skin, rinse with cool water and pat dry.
Organic eye make-up remover
The skin around the eye area is extremely thin and delicate, so look after it with organic ingredients. This oil free cleanser removes even the toughest makeup! Containing damask rose, antioxidant-rich white tea and soothing aloe vera, this will condition your eyelashes while hydrating and protecting your skin. Shake well before use. Apply to a cotton pad, hold it lightly over closed eyes and then gently wipe away.
Witch Hazel Water
This traditional natural remedy has been used through the years, distilled from fresh leaves and young twigs. Perfect for oil and combination skin types, it refines pores, minimizes the appearance of blemishes and balances excess oils. Use twice a week, applying to skin with cotton wool after cleansing and before moisturising.
Vitamin E & Avocado Night Cream
This best-selling night cream is full of avocado, almond and wheatgerm oils to deeply moisturise your skin. Suitable for all skin types, apply at night to wake up to soft skin.
Dr Bronner’s Organic and Fairtrade Soap
Dr Bronner’s is an amazing company with near-perfect ethics! They’ve been around since early 1900’s and are renowned for their amazing soaps. They advocate charity work, have an equitable supply chain and have created or partnered with Fairtrade and organic projects across the world.
Dr Bronner’s also use regenerative agriculture and are moving towards zero-waste production. Their products come in post-consumer recycled plastic bottles and their soaps use organic ingredients! There’s a huge range of scents, so pick your favourites.
Our top picks:
Organic castile liquid soap
These are pure-castile liquid soaps, which are all-natural and chemical free. It’s bio-degradable and can be used to clean anything from dishes to laundry to you! Use as a face wash, hand soap or shampoo, floor cleaner, kitchen countertop cleaner – the possibilities are endless.
Organic Bar Soap
Why buy multiple products for cleansing when you could just use the one? These soap bars can be used on your face, body and hair.
Pitrok Crystal Deodorant
It’s not quite BuyMeOnce, but definitely buy it less! This natural deodorant is paraben and aluminium free. You rub the Pitrok deodorant onto wet skin, or dampen the rock first to apply, and it keeps you fresh all day.
Our top pick:
100g Natural Deodorant Stick
It deposits a thin layer of pure mineral salts on your skin which kills bacteria without blocking your pores. Reviews have stated that one purchase can last them years at a time.
Sunscreens can be toxic to you and the environment, with certain chemicals contributing to the death of coral reefs. Luckily, there’s been a rising demand for safe, non-toxic sunscreen that’s good for the sea and your skin.
Our top pick:
Badger Balm SPF 25
One of the most popular and highly rated natural sunscreens out there, this balm only contains five ingredients and three of them are certified as organic: non-nano uncoated zinc oxide, organic sunflower oil, organic beeswax, vitamin E and organic seabuckthorn.
It’s water and sweat resistant for 40 minutes of swimming or activity and it’s biodegradable, making it safe for the environment. It’s also cruelty-free and fragrance-free.