11 best organic skincare products that do the job without the chemicals
Give your daily routine an organic-over with the help of these certified beauty heroes
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The definition of organic may still be a mystery to some, but its fad status has certainly changed over recent years.
Primarily, the key to organic ingredients is how they’re farmed. Producing them without agricultural chemicals is the biggest sell in the organisphere. Ingredients don’t get jaded by cutting corners with nasty pesticides so their potency is kept impactful. Pure and simple. And for a product to be classified organic, at least 75 per cent of what’s inside it must be certified as such.
Interestingly however, organic doesn’t mean good point blank. As we become more aware and conscious of the footprint our mitts make, one would think it would be wise to go entirely organic for both one’s face and the fields. The irony is that the organic 75 per cent could be mixed with 25 per cent of whatever the manufacturers want it to be and still be labelled as so.
So while the sell is the whopping organic sticker gleaming at you to twist your impulse purchase muscle, without closer inspection you could be walking away with a bunch of irritants that do the good stuff a huge disservice.
Cynicism sincerely aside, of course not every brand falls into this category, and there are some gorgeous treats to highlight. So if you fancy getting to grips with some organic goodies, with bolstered beauty brains, look no further.
Whamisa real kelp mask: £10.50, Whamisa
An amazing 32 natural and organic ingredients can be found in this unassuming powerhouse from Korean wonder Whamisa. The mask itself is 100 per cent kelp, which is antioxidant rich and helps hydrate the skin too.
It comes in two parts, always nice for comfort, and are suitably sopping in yellow essence. Made up of fermented sea kelp, bamboo, aloe and fruit extracts; this mask is a long lasting hydrator for the new age. There are no fillers and no nasties.
It gives a bouncy texture to the skin after whipping it off, with the effects lasting long into the day. It has an intriguing smell, so maybe don’t swan around with this on in sensitive sniffing company. But It’s a genius take on the generic sheet mask with results the brand can be proud of too.
If you’re up for trying something new with a heap of benefits, from the consistent skincare innovation isle of K-Beauty, snap this up.
Soleil Toujours organic set + protect micro mist SPF 30: £34, Cult Beauty
SPF is non-negotiable if you take your skincare even the tiniest bit seriously. The downfall is usually the white-cast which makes you look like that scene in Mrs. Doubtfire when Robin Williams dumps his face in the cake. Say hello to Soleil Toujours.
This is a delicious multitasker if we’ve ever seen one. Regardless of the 30SPF tag, this mist has a whole host of other nifty benefits. There’s hyaluronic acid and glycerin to help attract moisture to the skin, vitamin C as a warrior against environmental aggressors and it sets your slap to boot. It’s also free from traditional sun savers oxybenzone and octinoxate which have been found to irritate the skin.
What we loved about this is the compact nature of the product and super easy application. It absorbs almost immediately and leaves no residue. We used our beloved harder hitting sunscreen in the morning as usual and carried this in our bag to top up throughout the day. A terrific addition to anyone’s regime.
De Mamiel pure calm cleansing dew: £55, Space NK
The brainchild of facial acupuncturist Annee de Mamiel; this cleansing oil is a calming antidote to stressed skin. It’s a symphony of scents and is great for lifting off makeup and muck.
It has 14 organic herbs and good fatty acids to soothe stressed, sallow faces. Prickly pear is present to hydrate as well. The brand prides itself on the ingredients coming from high quality growers, even paying attention to the soil in which they’re extracted to make sure they all harmoniously find themselves to your face at their happiest.
Two pumps will do you; work it into the skin gently and massage to your heart’s content. Add a little water and emulsify. We preferred to wipe off with a facial cloth for a gentle exfoliation. We’d also recommend this as a second cleanse. Use your cleanser to lift off as usual then follow up with this one to soak up all the lovely ingredients.
We know this is terrible to fawn over, but the packaging is also glorious. Housed in a decadent baby blue box; inside the dark miron glass bottle will keep it from light pollution extending it’s lifespan.
If you’d like a little spa esque experience at home, this is a unique and descendent option.
Goop replenishing night cream: £125, Cult Beauty
Gwyneth Paltrow really has made it with Goop hasn’t she? We doubt there’s anyone who hasn’t stumbled across her humble newsletter-turned-wellness-empire at some point. It’s green, it’s clean and the skincare is made in conjunction with masters Juice Beauty.
This is a joyously active night cream with a beautifully unique texture. It feels slightly whipped but thick at the same time. Sandalwood nut oil is key for elasticity while linseed extract hydrates parched skin. It sinks into the skin very nicely enveloping it in a sweet, comforting, lemony veil.
Skin by morning is super soft and decidedly dewy. It’s also brighter and less flat with consistent use. So if you can’t get Demi Moore and Elle Macpherson to pop over for a brew like Gwynnie can, this is the next best thing.
Irene Forte almond face scrub: £69, Irene Forte
After being a wellness director of a boutique hotel group; Irene Forte branched out with her own skincare range utilising everything she’d learned and subsequently taught.
The line has its own organic farm in Sicily comprised of 2000 olive trees and a 2600 square metre vegetable garden, branding itself as the Mediterranean diet for your skin. It’s almost too good to resist just reading about it.
What we loved about this scrub is that it packs enough of a punch to still be described as an exfoliant, but it’s rich and creamy enough for it to not be aggressive like most. There’s a faint scent to it, not so surprisingly of almonds. Olive oil and avocado oil balance out the exfoliation from the tiny kernels in the mix. A big wallop of aloe vera also helps in the nourishing department.
This is a great one to reach for if you want a weekly deep cleanse with a lovely moisturising undertone.
Kypris beauty elixir 1000 roses: £265, Naturismo
This is so OTT but we just don’t care. Named after the Cypriot goddess, Kypris is 100 per cent natural and gold certified by the Green Business Association. Founded by Chase Polan, you can really tell she has poured herself into the line, making it a standout in a crowded arena.
This is our favourite. With the oil of 1000 distilled roses and the antioxidant whopper that is kaneka CoQ10, this potent formula is the perfect antidote to sun damage and is ideal for dry skin, giving a glowing and healthy looking visage. It smells a little bit like tea. A familiar but at the same time strangely exotic scent.
There’s no sticky residue and it offers a genuinely immediate, noticeable difference. Skin looks vibrant and lush.
Yes it’s expensive, but you could technically ditch a couple of other skincare steps and just use this on its own if you’re not after excessive hydration. This also works wonderfully mixed with Kypris’ antioxidant dew if you really want to get into the goddess vibes.
Africology aloe ferox serum: £30, Africology
Africology is going from strength to strength at the moment. Having cult followers the world over shouting about must-have products from their extensive range.
This serum has a gorgeous blend of ingredients that get to work on dull complexions. It’s a collagen stimulant blended with healing honey and a vitamin C ester – nice, as it's more easily absorbed. Proteins and amino acids also aid in the lifting and firming department.
Pop this on for a swift cooling effect on the skin. There’s a peppermint scent, from the natural oils, which should be avoided if you’re particularly sensitive. A great anti-ageing serum overall. Make sure to follow with a suitable moisturiser as this serum firmly concentrates on neatening up texture and lifting rather than hydrating.
Herbivore pink cloud: £42, Space NK
The vegan vanity machine that is Herbivore has a delicious range with something to suit everyone. This lightweight moisturiser is a great accompaniment for dew seekers on the go.
After two years in the making, this rose water cream was unveiled to excited beauty buyers – it has a hint of kukui oil to give a real glow to hungry faces.
It’s great for most skin types but particularly if you’re oily or clogged as it doesn't contain any comedogenic ingredients which can congest skin. There’s also a natural salicylic acid to get into those pores and dig out any hiding dirt. Equally, the rose water is calming with the white tea adding an antioxidant boost.
As always, Herbivore’s aesthetic is an Instagram fans dream. Always a plus.
22|11 Cosmetics moisturiser mousse phyto-peptide + pomegranate CO2 extract: £66, Oxygen Boutique
From biochemist Tigran Geoletsyan is the organic Beast from the East, as 22|11's products fly in from Russia. This mousse is rich in bioactives, giving a taut and renewed feel to the skin.
Pomegranate CO2 has one of the highest levels of antioxidants while phyto-peptides smooth out skin and give collagen a boost. There are no parabens or silicones so while it might be a small package... you know how the phrase goes.
This one of the richer, more active moisturisers on the list so get this if you’re after a cutting edge skincare cocktail. Continued use saw an effect on fine lines and a more even complexion. Follow up with a suitable face oil on this one if you feel a tad tight after use.
Korres natural almond oil and vitamin C anti-spot hand cream: £9, Look Fantastic
Another Greek goddess on the list is this pretty bargainous, for what it does, hand cream from Korres.
Vitamins C and E minimise spots and uneven skin tone and there’s also sun protection filters to prevent any further damage occurring. Almond oil and pro vitamin B5 leave hands smooth too.
We loved that this had a non oily texture. There’s nothing worse than putting hand cream on then something banal like opening a bag of crisps becoming some sort of masquerade. Summer is also coming folks, so keep those paws protected for under a tenner.
Lisa Franklin mens refining scrub: £38, Lisa Franklin
Chelsea-based facialist Lisa Franklin has specialised in helping people out of their skin problems after getting to grips with her own. The line steers towards an anti-pollution focus with an interesting mix of ingredients.
This scrub is how a scrub should be. It’s more like a thick cleanser. You don’t even really feel the product exfoliating in the generic sense which is a massive thumbs up from us. It’s a pleasure to use.
Mushroom extract gives pores a tighten while micro particles of diamond and rose quartz buff away any unwanted bits. There’s natural salicylic acid working in the background as a nice antibacterial.
Use twice weekly to reap the benefits and leave on for a few minutes if you need an extra exfoliating boost. And let’s be real, there’s nothing exclusively for men about this. It’s sustainable, cruelty-free and great for your face. We're pretty sure there’s no one on the planet that would not be into all of those qualities, so don’t shy away ladies.
The verdict: Organic skincare
Whamisa gets a win for its dedication to the organic craft and innovative of its products. De Mamiel’s decadence is a joy to use with worthy results. You can’t go wrong with Korres either, to really protect your hands.