My Favourite Natural, Organic and Cruelty-Free Beauty Products

A few years ago, I decided to commit to revamping my mindset, home and heart with more consciousness of how I can make a positive impact on this beautiful planet of ours. A part of this commitment was to make more ethical, clean and safe beauty choices. Being just one single person, I often feel my contribution is too little to make any difference. However, small changes, such as switching out a few products from your routine for natural ones, and encouraging others to do the same, can make a massive impact in the long-term.

The problem I had when incorporating more natural beauty products into my routine was that they rarely delivered the result I was looking for. Turns out, it’s extremely difficult to find natural products that are both safe and effective.  After almost two years of searching and testing, I’ve found a handful of remarkable products that not only make your skin and hair look and feel happy, but make the Earth and animals happy too!

 Lovely Day Botanicals Mellow Mallow Cleansing Gel

This product is the gentlest of all gentle cleansers. It doesn’t strip skin of natural oils, you don’t get that tight feeling after washing or an oily film, and your skin feels so clean and supple afterwards. After using this for about a week, I found that my skin doesn’t get oily throughout the day anymore. It contains PHA fruit acids for gentle exfoliation, aloe vera gel to hydrate and soothe sensitive skin and various botanical oils that moisturise and add a layer of protection.

I also love the Skin Rescue oil which contains blue tansy and primrose oil. These oils are saviours for problem skin. They have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, non-irritating and soothing properties. I love whipping it out when I have hormonal breakouts or my skin is feeling very red and dry from the winter cold.

Ruhua Voluminous Shampoo & Conditioner

The problem with most volume shampoos is they strip all the oil out of your hair and scalp in order to prevent your hair from being weighed down. This makes it feel light and bouncing, but can sometimes leave it feeling dry and brittle too. Rahua’s Voluminous Shampoo and Conditioner work so well at adding lustre and lightness to your hair while leaving it hydrated and flexible. The products are pricey, however, they go a really long way. A bottle could easily last me over six months.

The Innate Life Rose Hair Elixir

The Innate Life is a relatively young company run by a team of ladies who are passionate about holistic living and bring this philosophy to the beauty industry. Each product is completely natural and highly potent! Out of all the products I’ve tried, can’t get enough of Rose Hair Elixir the most. It’s one of the most effective natural hair oils I’ve tried. I only use a few drops and it tames my frizz and effectively adds and seals in hydration to my ends.

Gloss Moderne Clean Luxury Masque

I always appreciate brands with minimalistic and aesthetic packaged products that I can leave on my bathroom counter for easy reach, rather than having to hide them away in the cupboard. Gloss Moderne is one of those brands. Their products are also completely sulphate-free, paraben-free and vegan. The Clean Luxury Masque is a dream. It smells strongly of coconut which lingers in your hair for days after washing. Your hair is intensely hydrated after using thism and yes, it does deliver on their “Gloss” description!

MŪN AKNARI Brightening Youth Serum

One of my most cherished products is the AKNARI Brightening Youth Serum which contains rose oil and prickly pear oil. It absorbs into my skin almost instantly, so you can put on makeup right on top of it. After a few minutes of application, you’ll have a natural glow to your complexion that makes you look healthy. It doubles as an eye serum and helps reduce fine lines and keeps the area very hydrated. When using it at night, I wake up to the most radiant glow in the morning. They also have an excellent rosewater toner. It hydrates and gently exfoliates. I often spray it on my face during the day for some added hydration too.

InLight Body Oil with Arnica

I’ve always preferred body lotion over body oils due to their less greasy finishes. However, the InLight Body Oil has completely changed my mind. This product is a calming complex of plants and astringent herb extracts to relax, rejuvenate and promote suppleness and elasticity in your skin. I apply this after the shower and it absorbs instantly. It leaves my skin feeling silky, silky smooth. So silky you can’t help but rub your legs and arms against each other because it feels soo damn satisfying. No greasy finish whatsoever, too! You don’t need to apply this after every shower as the hydration lasts for at least a week!

How I Discover and Purchase My Organic Skincare Products

I discover new clean beauty products from a handful of blogs such as Organic Beauty Blogger and Living Pretty Naturally. Both blogs contain an abundance of information on organic beauty products and tips on living a toxic-free and healthy life.

Some companies also send me products to try, for example, The Innate Life, who I worked with earlier this year. Of course, I only promote products I’ve tested and truly believe in.

I also discover great clean beauty products from online organic beauty retailers. If you’re in Europe, I can highly recommend Biosplendor. They ship across Europe and have curated only the most high-quality natural beauty brands and products. Every product they carry doesn’t contain any mineral oils, parabens, toxic chemicals and PEGs. They are also are strict on offering only cruelty-free products as well. For this reason, Biosplendor is an excellent website for finding the best of the best in clean beauty.

Are you a fan of clean beauty? If so, what are your favourite products? I would love to know in the comments! 

 

Comments

  1. I switched to a 100% clean beauty routine around a year and a half ago and I’ll never go back! I’ve heard good things about MŪN but I’ve hesitated to try their products due to the high price tag. I might have to bite the bullet and pick up the AKNARI. I didn’t know it was multi-purpose which makes a really big difference in my decision-making process! Thanks for another great post!

    • I switched around that time too! I’m still not 100% but I’m getting there 🙂 The AKNARI functions as a serum/oil/moisturiser/eye cream! Really great if you want a minimal routine or too lazy to go through all the steps of a more extensive skincare routine. Xx

  2. Hey, love! Another amazing post! I always get compliments on my skin, and just think people are crazy, ‘cause my skin’s so oily, and yet dries out so easily, but I guess the natural oils keep my skin beautiful to others’ eyes. 😜 By the way, I’m unable to text you, and I’m guessing it’s ‘cause you’re in the US. 😢 I miss talking to you! 😘

  3. Such a lovely post Sarah! I haven’t jumped on the “green beauty” bandwagon yet, mainly because I still have a lot of backup products I need to use up first. I really want to start looking into more ethical beauty choices as well because I think there is really no reason anymore that beauty companies can’t be cruelty free.

    I really enjoyed reading your recommendations – Lovely Day and InLight are definitely on my wish list! Thank you for sharing!!

    • You’re welcome, Cindy! I had the same problem with having to use up all my backups! You’re going to love Lovely Day Botanicals and InLight! xx

  4. I absolutely L O V E Ruhua products! It took me a while to hop on board with the clean beauty hype, but I am now a complete convert and will continue to keep them in my routine. I’m living in Spain so I’ll definitely check out Biosplendor xo

    • I haven’t tried anything else from Ruhua yet but I love their philosophy! What other products do you recommend? xx

  5. Hi! Two weeks ago i cut my hair short but the hair dresser cut very short. I want my hair to be long and short times. What should I do. Expect you to respond soon.

  6. I’m very hesitant to change my skincare routine as I am afraid my skin may not react well. However, I really need to ask, what’s your tips and trick for dealing with breakouts and pimple scars? I find that I don’t know how to get rid of the scars from pimples effectively :/
    Btw, I had just found your instagram and immediately subscribed to you! Your pictures are gorgeous and your advices are informative. Keep up the good work xoxo

    • Hey Nelly, Thank you for your kind comment <3! Happy to have you with me 🙂

      I tend to break out when I eat a lot of sugar, or the occasional hormonal breakout a few times a year. The best thing you can do is never pop them! I also try to be extra careful when cleaning my face when I have them. I will do anything to avoid breaking the skin which helps with preventing a scar. If I manage it successfully, the pimple will heal without leaving a mark. If it does leave a mark, I find that applying tamanu oil and vitamin c works best for fading acne scars 🙂 xoxo

      • I see! I recently found out that using vitamin C has helped with red pimples thanks to you~ But tamanu oil? I’ve never heard of it 😮 Is it advisable to use oil for my oily combination skin though? And thank you for the tip! Sadly though my skin is easily scarred from breakouts 🙁 Hope to hear from you~! Xoxo

        • Tamanu oil helps fade acne scars! I would only use it at night though to avoid looking too oily in the day. I also have oily/combination skin and using oil on my face at night has helped a lot with reducing how much oil my face produces in the daytime because it’s getting so much nourishment as I sleep =) Hope this helps darling <3

  7. Hi Sarah! I really like your blog! I used to have an instagram account to follow you but it’s not for me so I switched to your amazing blog! I had a very long experience with natural hair and skin products but now I had to start again with some other shampoo and masks because the bio shampoo I was using stared to make my hair dry and fizzy and it was a bit disappointig. It’s hard for me to buy expensive (and good for sure) products but I hope to come back to 100% natural as soon as I find another shampoo that doesn’t make my hair look that ugly 🙂 i also want to thank you from the deep of my heart ’cause you’re so kind and lovely and also down to earth! Thank you from Italy! Hope to meet you one day!!! Sorry for my english!

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