Looking for really good beauty products that are made from natural ingredients, vegan and cruelty free? This list is here to help!
We don't want to see animals harmed for our beauty regimes, nor do we want to damage the health of the planet or ourselves with beauty products containing harmful ingredients. With growing awareness of the amount of toxic chemicals in conventional skincare and cosmetics, there is an explosion of products which claim to be natural and organic. Most of these are what they claim, but be wary of misleading product titles which use the words "natural" or "organic" in their titles, without having the ingredient list to back it up. The brands we have listed below are made from genuinely natural and a high proportion (wherever possible) of organic ingredients, do not test on animals, or contain animal derivatives, or sell into countries where animal testing is mandatory.
And why is it so important to use organic skincare and cosmetics? Because the skin is our largest organ, it absorbs whatever we place on it and swiftly moves that through to the rest of the cell systems within the body. So if you apply a moisturiser made from pesticide-applied or artificially fertilised sunflower oil, for example, your skin will rapidly absorb those tiny particles of artificial fertiliser and pesticides which are still held within the cells of the oil. After decades of research showing carcinogenic links to artificial fertilisers and pesticides, it's just a no-brainer to avoid using these products on our skin. Additionally, organic botanical ingredients are more like "food" for the skin, so they can nourish and help the skin to repair and replenish.
These brands are those we've tried, tested and loved. Because we are mother and daughter, there is obviously a considerable age range between us - so a product has to work for both of us before we will recommend it here. We are increasingly seeking out cosmetics and skincare that are not packaged in plastic, wherever possible, so we are keen to encourage producers to consider providing refillable containers, or at least easily recyclable ones.
This list is constantly growing too, so keep checking back for more beautiful, cruelty-free + eco products. Do you have a favourite brand you think we should add to this list? Please feel free to let us know!
These are products which we use ourselves and are happy to recommend.
They are botanically based,
(meaning not mineral oil based)
and are packaged in glass bottles.
Edible Beauty Core Four
The current favourite for both of us, this range of skincare is made from edible, botanical ingredients, and the scent is divine. The 4 step system (cleanser, toner, serum & moisturiser) is actually super quick and easy to use, and we have found our skin becoming visibly brighter. Made in Australia, and packaged in glass bottles, this skincare feels luxurious to use and looks beautiful on the bathroom shelf.
Opuntia Regenesis Prickly Pear Seed Oil
Who would have thought such an unsuspecting fruit could form the basis of such a brilliant face oil?
Just a few drops of this smooth oil feels amazing on skin that is dry or unsettled. We love using this at night as an extra nourishing boost while we sleep.
Made in Australia from organic prickly pear seed oil and organic extra virgin olive oil, this is a product that is worth its weight in gold.
Passiflora Treatment Oil
I discovered this miraculous botanical treatment oil when I had badly scalded my hand in a cooking accident, and I was looking for a nourishing treatment to help the skin heal without scarring. (My doctor was sceptical that such a product would work, but was so impressed with the results that she wanted to know all the product details to refer to other patients - because my skin healed with no scar at all.) Used to treat scars, eczema & psoriasis , we keep a bottle in the medicine cabinet for bites, sunburn & so on. Highly recommended!
ZERO WASTE BEAUTY TIP: use leftover coffee grounds to make an invigorating and luxurious facial exfoliator. Simply mix coffee grounds with a little water and apply.
Some of our favourites, which are moisturising and easy to apply,
with rich pigmented colour. All natural, all vegan.
Style Icon Organic Lipstick by Adorn
A good range of colours (we especially love Grace as it goes with pretty much all outfits) and a luscious, creamy texture make Adorn's lipsticks a classic staple in any eco fashionista's handbag.
Made in Australia from 80% certified organic ingredients (like cocoa butter and vanilla) these lipsticks also last well without requiring many touch-ups.
The colours are gentle and classy, and the lipstick feels good when applied: very nourishing and doesn't leave a tacky film. Definitely a tick from us.
Between the gorgeous packaging and the luxurious product, it's hard not to fall for the charms of Axiology lipstick.
Wearing Axiology feels more like a deeply nourishing skin moisturiser on your lips, and yet it performs like a high end lipstick. Have a read of the ingredients list and you can see why it feels so good: organic avocado oil, organic grape seed oil, sweet orange oil, elderberry extract and so - makes it sound like a recipe for a luscious salad dressing!
Packaged in a hand-made recycled paper box, and in a tube of metal (good to see as it is recyclable) this is a standout beauty product. Natural, vegan, luxurious and performance driven. Made in USA.
Fra Lippo Lippie
The cutest little packaging belies the fact that this is a serious little player in the natural lipstick market!
But let's just talk about the packaging for a moment, because it is rather glamorous. Plastic free, Fra Lippo Lippie is a burst of colour hiding behind a flamingo-etched mirror, which forms the lid on the metal tin. The mirror lid slides open, so the colour can be applied by finger or brush, and of course it's super handy to have a mirror for touch-ups on the run. To top it off, the tin comes in a sweet little fabric pouch.
The lipstick is pleasant to apply, and the colours are gorgeous. I am using "A Whole Lotta Rosa" which is a fresh summery pink.
We love lip balms which are made from natural, vegan ingredients,
are smooth and don't feel like a film,
and don't contain petroleum derivatives.
(Did you know that the most popular brand of Pawpaw balm
is made from petroleum-based oil?)
We enjoy and recommend all of these lip balms below...
Links below to jump to the product makers:-
Mineral eye shadows vary tremendously in quality
and ingredients. Cheaper ones can often have fillers such as talc,
which is a known irritant (and according to some studies, may be
carcinogenic) so it's best to read labels thoroughly and spend
just a little more to know your eye shadow is good quality.
And if you are after a good quality mascara that is natural,
and not made from beetles, beeswax or animal by-products,
we have listed our favourites here too.
Hands down our favourite natural mascara, the entire range is vegan and made in Australia. For a luscious effect, apply their primer first, then a top coat of black or brown mascara on top. Ideal for contact lens wearers, or those with sensitive eyes, this is a high quality product that we return to again and again.
Eye of Horus Mascara
Another favourite is Eye of Horus, which is very easy to apply thanks to the curved brush and creates great cover. Clumps? What clumps? The double sided brush has a short side for application, and a longer side for combing through - with great results.
Not all of the mascaras from this brand are vegan (some have beeswax) but this particular one, Bio Lash Lifting Mascara, is vegan and contains nourishing plant oils.
Sugar Venom Mascara
Made in Canada, this mascara is also very impressive. Vegan, paraben & palm oil free, and arriving in sweet little cardboard box, it's a good everyday mascara which goes on evenly. Doesn't create quite the same volume as Eye of Horus or Adorn, but sometimes that's a good thing depending on the look of the day, and how natural you want your lashes to look.
When we first switched over to natural deodorants,
most of the ones we tried didn't last throughout the day.
So it took a bit of trial and error with different brands
to find ones that worked, smelt good, and didn't irritate
the skin after shaving.
These are some of our favourites,
and we tend to switch them up a bit
to keep sharing the love between brands.