Is your skin easily irritated by new beauty products? Or maybe you just don't like the thought of slapping on chemical-rich products? We've rounded up the best natural and organic beauty buys that you won't be able to live without
Going back to nature as far as beauty is concerned has always had a slight stigma attached to it, but in the last year there has been a huge increase in the amount of brands offering or opting for natural and organic ingredients altogether.
Not only are these new generation of beauty products backed up with scientific data to rival traditional products, they are also providing toxin and chemical-free beauty buys that will do wonders for your beauty regime.
Admittedly, all this goodness can come at a price, but your skin will thank you for it in the long run, especially if it’s sensitive and prone to irritation. With your bank balance in mind, we’ve rounded up our favourite natural and organic beauty buys that give you a lot of bang for your buck!
Has your skin ever felt dry and sore after you’ve scrubbed off your make up with a wipe? Well no more! This facewash rinses away make-up with ease and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and moisturised. The Organic Surge facewash has organic rose geranium in it which makes your skin feel smooth and balanced. You’ll feel like you’ve had a facial at a spa, but in reality you can pick this up for a fiver and it’ll only take 5 minutes to do once the kids have gone to bed. Plus it smells absolutely delicious!
The best way to use this facewash is at the end of the day – just squeeze some into damp hands and lather up before massaging all over your damp face and neck.
Available from: organicsurge.com
This Organic Rose Otto Skin Toner is packed full of goodness including rose petal, witch hazel and aloe vera – we don’t know about you, but that definitely sounds like something we want to put on our skin. The natural ingredients will firm and tone your skin and hydrate it, leaving you with a lovely glow.
The best way to use it is by dabbing some onto cotton wool and gently wiping it across your face. You’ll feel fresh-faced and younger in no time.
Sprinkle some of these bath salts into your tub and soak for 20 minutes. You’ll notice the difference straight away as they will have softened your skin yet retained the moisture. These salts are a natural exfoliators so they’ll also get rid of dead skin cells, leaving your body supple and soft.
Plus they are the ultimate natural beauty steal at only £1.68 for a big bag – now all you need is some peace and quiet for that soak!
This Burt’s Bees Radiance Day Lotion is fit for a queen, literally! In the moisturiser is royal jelly which is fed to the queen bee and is the reason she lives 50 times longer and is twice as big than a worker bee. The royal jelly in this lotion will leave your skin looking younger and more radiant. Well if it’s fit for a queen, it’s definitely good enough for us!
Plus it’s SPF 15 so it’s all you need to protect your face in the sun – make sure you apply it every day as the UV rays damage your skin even when the sun isn’t shining.
Available from: burtsbees.co.uk
If NIVEA’s Pure & Natural range is good enough for the Kate Middleton then it’s good enough for us! While The Duchess of Cambridge has been papped buying the face cream, but our firm favourite is the body lotion.
The price might make you want to overindulge with this moisturiser, but use sparingly as a little goes a long way and the formula is super rich and nourishing. This is definitely one for the summer months when skin can take a battering.
Available from: boots.com
Lips are known to thin as we age, so if plump lips are a sign of youthfulness, then this is the ultimate product to help you shed some years. When you apply DuWop’s Lip Venom you feel a tingly sensation and before long you’ll realise your lips are looking fuller than ever – and it’s all a natural process!
This lip gloss if perfect for the day and night as it has a slight shimmer that lasts for ages. It just goes to prove, there’s no need for expensive and toxic fillers when you can get gorgeously plump lips with this natural product.
Available from: simplebeauty.co.uk
Although this nail polish is a little more expensive than one you might normally go for, it comes in a big pot and it’s lovely and thick so you only need one coat for full coverage.
It’s really easy for nails to become brittle and weak with all the chemicals in nail polish, plus the toxic remover to get the varnish off. But, Filthy Gorgeous Nail Polish is produced without Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP to make sure it’s good for your nails.
Available from: debenhams.com
This Jason Citrus Body Wash smells delicious and the sparkling lemon extract and zesty orange peel oil will leave your skin feel silky smooth and energised ready for the day. Free from petrolatum, sodium lauryl and parabens that are often found in other body washes, this citrus wash sounds like the perfect product to use on our skin first thing in the morning.
If at £9.49, you think it seems like a lot to fork out for a body wash, then think again. You get 887ml in this bottle and considering most smaller body washes cost £2 or £3 and you only get around 200ml, it does end up being cost effective in the long run.
Available from: jasonnaturalcare.co.uk
Every mum to be’s biggest worry is about the health of their baby, however, another big concern is about the effect that pregnancy will have on their own body. Stretch marks are often part and parcel of pregnancy but keeping your skin hydrated will help keep them to a minimum.
The good news is, you don’t have to fork out for more expensive brands when you can get this great Stretch Mark Oil from Mum To Be Organics. Made using rose hip, organic vanilla and grapefruit this completely natural oil smells lovely and will leave your skin silky smooth. It’s mixed with sunflower oil so helps the skin retain its elasticity and tone – ideal for when you’re expecting and even when you’re not!
Available from: amazon.co.uk
This product was developed by an Australian mum when her daughter wanted to start waxing but had really sensitive skin. This natural gel hair removal will allow you to wax and doesn’t need to be heated as it melts with your body temperature. Made using vinegar, honey and date extract it really is one of the most natural ways to get rid of unwanted hair without using chemicals.
Plus at just £10.20 for a 170g pot it’s much cheaper than heading down to the salon for a wax!
Available from: boots.com
Everyone wants to look younger and often in trying to do so, by layering on thick foundations, we end up not caring for our skin in the way we should. The great thing about mineral make up is how light it is – it’s almost as if you’re not wearing any at all.
This Mineral Blush from Bare Skin Minerals is the perfect handbag buy as it’s great to add a bit of colour quickly in the day, but it’s also a gorgeous blusher for those nights out when you’re dressing up – it’ll last ages and your skin won’t have that clogged up feeling.
Since 1921 Weleda has been creating some of the best natural beauty products from balms and body lotions to hair care and deodorants. Our hero product is the Citrus Refreshing Body Oil. Why? Because the formula is brimming with essential oils and nourishing ingredients to feed your skin.
Whether you want a body moisturiser or a massage oil, this product is perfect for injecting skin with some much-needed hydration without leaving a greasy film.
If you’re intrigued but not quite ready to part with your tenner, try the mini version for just £2.95 – it’s great for carrying around in your handbag or for travelling too.
If you’re anything like us then if you have nail varnish on, it’ll be chipping at the edges and not applied that neatly! However, by chipping off nail varnish and not removing it properly, we’re actually damaging our nails and weakening them at the same time.
This White Chocolate Gentle and Nourishing Nail Polish Remover is not only natural but it’s packed full with Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E and the white chocolate smell is so nice – and that is something we never thought we’d say about nail varnish remover!
Available from: ciate.co.uk
With a nice fruity smell, this moisturiser is the perfect every day cream. It’s SPF 15 and protects you from UVA and UVB rays which both increase risk of cancer, plus it’ll leave your skin feeling silky smooth in no time.
The cream is enriched with pomegranate and green tea (now we know where that nice smell comes from) which not only reduce the signs of ageing but also protect your skin naturally from the sun. Plus, the avocado and aloe will help leave the skin feeling silky soft. The consistency of the cream is a lot thicker and richer than your usual moisturiser so you won’t have to use as much and it’ll last for ages.
Available from: chelseahealthstore.com
This Loose Powder from Corn Silk is a bargain at only £5.95 and it comes in a generous sized pot that’ll last a good while. It’s one of the best loose powders out there and the natural ingredients, including walnuts, leave your pores feeling free to breathe, plus it applies really easily.
This loose powder is great if you want a bit of coverage but don’t fancy a whole face of make up. Just dab on a bit of concealer and then apply the powder over the top – add a bit of mascara and you’re ready to go.
Available from: amazon.co.uk
If you’ve got a few special events coming up and feel like a bit of a
pampering session then this face mask is the perfect product to invest
in. At £19.95 it isn’t the cheapest of buys but it is worth the money – plus it would cost you more than that for one treatment at a salon!
uses botanical ingredients including willow bark and mulit-fruit that
work on getting rid of fine lines and increasing plumpness to create a
youthful look. The natural and organic ingredients mean it’s great for
all types of skin, especially people who struggle with sensitive or
irritable skin – this won’t anger it at all.
Available from: biggreensmile.com
If you’re still on the fence about organic beauty buys, swapping your usual shampoo for an organic or natural version will highlight just how worth it it is. A lot of shampoos on the market today are too harsh and abrasive on our scalp and strip away all of the natural oils, which in turn gives us a dry, itchy scalp. Organic shampoos are much gentler and work together with our natural oils to cleanse and maintain healthy hair.
This Organic Shampoo from Bentley is a bargain at just £3.85 as is made with tea tree, lemon and mint. It leaves your hair feeling light yet glossy and the delicious smell lasts for ages.
Available from: oneclickpharmacy.co.uk
A golden glow is shaping up to be the new must-have accessory for summer making you not only look healthier but also, if applied carefully, slimmer too. Luckily the self-tan gurus at St Tropez have created a whole new range using natural ingredients.
This is a huge step forward for the natural beauty world and for sunless-tan lovers worldwide. The formula itself is just like the classic St Tropez gradual tan and it has a lovely scent. The hefty price tag does make this product more of a luxury than an everyday essential though.