Are your high end skincare products doing damage to your wallet and your conscience? Are you looking to take care of your skin without neglecting the planet and your love of animals? Look no further! I've gone out and tested the basics for you and, trust me, they're as good for your skin as they are for your peace of mind (and your back pocket!).
I've almost always exclusively used more of the high-end labels when it comes to skincare. I tried Estee Lauder products, Clinique, Elizabeth Arden and, most recently Clarins for all of my skincare needs. But after noticing the dent in my bank account these brands were causing and, after realising that a lot of them aren't very animal or environmentally friendly, I decided I wanted to search further afield for better skincare products that took care of my face and my love for the environment and my furry friends.
After popping into Priceline (a large pharmacy/cosmetics department store in Australia – similar to Sephora), I made for the environmentally friendly aisle and I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting these products to be as expensive as my old high-end creams but these were a much easier-on-the-wallet price. When I first went in I only bought a cleanser as I’d just run out of my Clarins one. I chose the A’kin Rose & Geranium Creamy Cleanser & Toner expecting it to take only a third of my makeup off and leave me smelling like a hippie’s backyard. But boy, was I in for a way better outcome. My skin was perfectly clean, yet didn’t feel tight and the scent was beautifully subtle. Next I decided to try a day cream and went with Sukin’s Rose Hip Hydrating Day Cream which not only made my skin feel soft and smooth but also stretched all the way down my neck and over my decolletage – something my old moisturisers never achieved. I discovered very quickly that a little goes a very long way with these organic products, especially when I then went and bought a night cream, People For Plants Pomegranate, Burdock & Shea Night Cream. The cream smells deliciously fresh and doesn't sit on top of my skin like the majority of those heavy, expensive night creams tend to do.
Now that I had realized the amazing benefits of home-grown, organic, animal and environmentally friendly skincare, I decided it was time to extend this to my hair. I’m not generally the type of person who will spend bucketloads on hair products. I couldn’t live without dry shampoo and serum for my ends (which tend to get dry) but I don’t have drawers and drawers full of styling creams and gels. So shampoo and conditioner was something that I (shock, horror) bought at the supermarket. But after trying to decipher the ingredients list on my Pantene and being unable to pronounce most of the words I headed back out to try and find something a little nicer. Introducing Natural Instinct. Their Natural Shampoo and Conditioner leaves my hair feeling soft and smelling divine and knowing that the company is planet friendly and cruelty free makes the experience that much more enjoyable.
So go on, try some of the organic brands, they might smell a little different (way more natural) and they might have a different texture or consistency than some of the high-end labels (that’s because they have none of those chemically created nasties in them!) but they are good for you, your furry friends and the environment.
Make sure to check back here for more Organic Beauty posts as I find even more fabulous buys that don’t cost the earth or hurt it!