Natural and Organic Skincare
Some of our readers were curious about good organic skin products so we did our due diligence and tried and tested many great brands. Below, you will find some of our favorites.
Butter London makes a line of “3-free” polishes which are free from formaldehyde, toluene, and Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)—three ingredients found in most nail lacquers. They mix great colors including this great sparkly purple in honor of the upcoming royal wedding, a sparkly purple, “No More Waity, Katie.”
No More Waity, Katie, $14
Tea with a Queen, $14
I just heard about this small, Brooklyn-based company that is only a year old and got so excited about what they do. Everything owner and founder Adina makes is completely natural and is made up of ingredients that you can find at the supermarket (or rather, the organic green market). It’s the way it should be, made once a week in small batches, using glass jars and supporting local, sustainable farms.
Just to prove how home-made these products are, here’s a recipe Sprout gave us for their Sugar Body Scrub that you can make at home:
1 cup organic demerara sugar (or any other coarse sugar will work)
1-2 teaspoons organic unrefined coconut oil
2 teaspoons organic shredded coconut
Mix shredded coconut and sugar in a small bowl, stir until blended. Heat coconut oil in a small pot just until melted. Pour coconut oil over sugar and shredded coconut, you’ll notice it liquefies some of the sugar. With a fork or spoon, stir oil into the sugar mixture. It will start to spread. Continue until the sugar is all one consistency. To use: Apply a small amount to areas you want to exfoliate and moisturize.
This line of all-natural, organic makeup comes wrapped in bright red boxes, with sleek, refillable makeup cases inside. I love the fact that your makeup compact stays with you forever, and that you can refill with your cream blush, lip tint or eye shadow whenever you run out of your color of choice. We sell this on goop.
At home, we’ve recently made the change to organic hand sanitizer, which we always have in the car for the trip back from school and from play dates. It’s a British company, but they have good distribution in the United States.
An all-around good soap for the shower, Dr. Bronner’s has been around since the 70’s and is organic and Fair Trade. The claim is that the Pure Castile Liquid soaps can be used even as shampoo, and as toothpaste (!) but I stop at body soap for the shower. The lavender is great for a relaxing end of day bath.
My friend Julia got a Tammy Fender facial at her Skin Care Center and she has been raving about their products ever since. Tammy’s extensive line is not only about healing the skin, but also about relaxation and inner healing. All of her all-natural products have both a physical and emotional aspect.
Patyka is a French brand that has two product lines—Absolis (body washes, facial cleansers and creams), and Biokaliftin (anti-wrinkle serums and the like)—that are pretty intense. Just look at their website; each and every product has an extensive list of all of the natural active ingredients and the wonders they do for your skin. And to top it off, the packaging is gorgeous.
These oils and creams are made from natural ingredients that are sustainably sourced. Their Body Scrub is made with a combination of ingredients made especially to energize you after a long, stressful day. They also have an all-new line of creams and serums harvested from the Amazonian rainforest. We sell Ila on goop.
Tracy Anderson told me about this stuff, which is the new miracle cream. Developed by a Hollywood makeup artist, Bethany Karlyn, this cream makes the skin glow and brings out muscle tone—making it a great one for parties and public appearances.
Olivella is a huge line of olive oil-based products including creams, cleansers, shower gels, and soaps. The products are all allergen and scent-free and because they’re olive oil based, they’re full of vitamins A & E which are great for the skin. The cleansing wipes are especially handy for a quick wash at the beginning or end of the day.
Olivella Daily Facial Cleansing Wipes, $7
Lots of companies send face oil samples my way, and this one is one of the few that passes the test. Made of natural essentials and plant oils, it’s for the face and body, smells great, makes skin soft and yields a nice glow. The UK website has great tutorials on how exactly to apply it in the morning and then at night.
Aromessence Iris Rejuvenating serum, $79
Our friends at Organic Avenue introduced us to Colombian-born Tata Harper’s line of completely natural and organic products. Her products seem to be the biggest hit these days in the beauty world and it’s no wonder, she sounds like a genius! She develops products at her farm in Vermont where she produces her lotions, oils, essences and moisturizers in small batches. We sell Tata Harper on goop.
Madara is another line of eco and organic products developed by a woman who, unable to find exactly what she wanted, made it herself. Now her line includes shampoos, moisturizers, bath soaps, cellulite reducers, facial moisturizers and even a line for organic baby care.
Henriette Holst has kept things simple with her line of natural body washes and moisturizers. They’re based on two key ingredients—neroli and jasmine—which have a wonderful scent.
Body wash, $34
Beans are a great food. Gluten-free, full of protein, cheap and super-healthy, all they need is a good recipe to make them into a hearty meal. Here, a few bean-based dishes we’ve cooked up lately plus some helpful tips.