A lot of people wonder how I incorporate organic, non-toxic skincare regime. They tell me they can’t seem to find good brands that they trust. I’ve been following a lot of the ‘indie’ brands mentioned below for a long time and that in itself has made it easy for me to find what I’m looking for.
Every now and then I’ll come across an organic, cruelty-free brand so I’ll Google it and usually it’s a brand from the U.S or Canada. Most often than not, it usually is available somewhere in the UK, but there have been a few cases lately where I fail to find any retailers that carry the product and sometimes the brand at all. And I absolutely understand that it’s best to buy local, but I still do lust after these brands. So, I’m thinking when I’m in Canada I will go and seek them out! But for now here are my favourite “indie” skincare brands to look into (if you don’t know where to start).
I stumbled over Agent Nateur on Instagram and I could relate to Jenna’s story and the need for such a holistic product. Aluminium is just something I don’t need in my life so I would rather a natural alternative. I have also done extensive research on the reviews and almost every single one sings praise about the No. 3 deodorant stick. It’s formulated with only natural, food-grade ingredients. It does use honey and beeswax so this one is vegetarian-friendly but not vegan. At the moment it’s not available in the UK, but if you get in touch via email, you can request an international order.
If I had to buy from only one product forever it would be from Olivine. I adore their whole range, but their Love + Salt Beach hair and body mist is my current love affair. It uses minimal ingredients (Purified Water, Epsom Salts, Pink Himalayan Salt, Organic French Sea Salt, Dendritic Salt, Fractionated Coconut Oil, and Fragrance), much less than the ordinary body and hair spritzers. Their entire range is vegan-friendly, which is a bonus. And they use glass bottles for all their products, not plastic. I love to recycle the bottle and fill my own beach hair spritzer in after this one has finished!
I’m been itching to try out these babies ever since spotting them on Instagram. I’ve just placed an order on a few “flavours” I would like to try, so hopefully, I will get to do a full review soon. It usually takes me a while before I write reviews because I need to test the products for a good whole month first. Some of their exfoliators use milk and honey powder so they are not all vegan but very much vegetarian-friendly as all their ingredients are 100% organic. And I admire that a percentage of their profits go to the Children’s Hunger Fund – these are the causes and brands that I love to support.
I was told of this brand by a friend from Canada, and I fell in love with it straight away. It is on my list of purchases but I have a lot of product to keep me going for now and I like to be minimal about skincare, so I’m sad to say it’ll be a while before I get to sample it! But it doesn’t mean I can’t tell you guys about it. Besides having the sweetest name, Little Barn Apothecary is 100% vegan, they use none of the following in their products: synthetic ingredients, parabens, sodium laurel sulphate, alcohol, artificial colourants/dyes, unnatural preservatives, fillers, animal testing, mineral oils, petroleum.
What they do use are raw botanical ingredients, recycled bottles, plant-based food grade, cold-pressed oils and minimal packaging – seriously, a skincare brand after my own heart.
As far as I know, I haven’t come across a website where they sell this in the UK, so if you do happen to find one, do let me know and I’ll note it down.
Okay, the one product I dream about from Woodlot, well, besides their gorgeous coconut candles, are the Palo Santo incense sticks – I’m a simple dreamer. It’s been a while since I’ve burned incense, but I worry about inhaling too much of the artificial fragrances that most use.
However, these sticks have a natural aroma, derived from the sacred wood of a tree that grows on the coast of South America. The sticks have to be harvested sustainably and there are a lot of places online that do this unethically or lie about what they sell. I know that Woodlot is a fully organic, toxic-free brand and the ones they sell are genuine and wild crafted. If you are wondering what it smells like, it boasts sweet notes of pine, mint and lemon and it is said to help relieve headaches and stresses because of its purifying cleansing nature.
Give me Soul Sunday’s Dusty Rogue cheek powder and you can take away all my make-up. I seriously think blush is all you need and this blush will colour you healthy. You know that old day method of pinching your cheeks to get a rosy glow, well this will give you a similar look. It’s very subtle, scented with a touch of rose.
Aptly named for an environmentally-aware brand, STWWUM is motivation to have in your bathroom because the brand message is always in front of you. Although you have to use their products with water, naturally, the principal remains within their products that they do not use toxic ingredients that harm our infrastructure or our health. Their products are vegan, aside from the Lemon Honey Soap. It really is a company I’m happy to support, especially over any drug-store brand.
French Girl Organics is so Indie, their products are mainly sold on Etsy. Again, as with the rest of the brands on this list, they only use pure botanical ingredients and are 100% vegan-friendly. Their Jasmine body oil is out of this world, I love the scent of Jasmine so this is a winner in my eyes. But I’m keen to try the Bronzing oil, maybe this will be a summer purchase! For us in the UK, it’s difficult to get, even from an independent retailer, but If you are in the US, west coast, you might just be able to pick this up from a good small ethical-minded shop, and I know Amazon US and Nasty Gal stock it.
Okay, so I know this brand may be out of peoples’ budgets, it’s kinda out of mine too. But I wanted to include it in this list because the ingredients, care and love that goes into the making of these products is immense, and I know because I follow May’s interviews and blog, and it truly is a labour of love. With product names like ‘The Honey Mud’ and ‘The Blue Cacoon’, you know this is not your average skincare range. Made from sustainably sourced organic ingredients such as raw honey, Macadamia oil, Blue Tansy oil and rose, to name a few, you are guaranteed pure bliss.
If you thought you couldn’t afford this range, I sought out a UK retailer who does a sample box!
A few others I Love:
- Skin and Tonic London
- S.W Basics – I’ll have a post coming soon, entirely on this brand.
- Herbivore Botanicals
- Grown Alchemist
- Flynn and King