Eco Beauty All The Way!
ANIMAL testing is the ugly side of the beauty industry and non-organic products have far-reaching effects on the environment. But we can do our part to help. How? By only purchasing products that are cruelty-free, all natural or, better yet, vegan. Your skin will no doubt love the natural ingredients and your mind will be at ease knowing you did your part to look after the earth. Here are out picks of safer, wearable, natural and eco friendly beauty buys out there.
- Natural Teeth Whitening Powder: R475, Charwhite
COFFEES, teas and red wine among other things can stain teeth leaving them dull in colour Charwhite is a natural tooth whitening powder which is non-toxic, vegan, GMO-free and cruelty free. It’s a great addition to any toiletry bag and the easiest way to remove all the effects of our lifestyles on our teeth.
- Detoxifying Bath Salts: R475, Siam Botanicals
SIAM Botanicals uses natural, cold-pressed oils, herb flowers and fruit extracts, working as much as possible with local suppliers to source responsibly. Its products are cruelty free (never tested on animals) and its packaging is simple and environmentally friendly, with recycled brown paper used for the product tags and gift boxes hand-woven from local reeds and grasses.
- Vegan Shampoo And Conditioner:R320 (Each), INOAR
RESPECT for individuals, animals and the environment are the three pillars guiding all product development at INOAR, a Brazilian brand specialised in hair care. For this reason, all products undergo tests, but never on animals. Instead of animal, INOAR only uses vegetable-based ingredients in their formulations. This is why INOAR has been included in PETA’s list of cruelty free companies.
- Damascus Rose Tinted Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF25: R390, Badger
BADGER’S sheer mineral tint blends with, and compliments most skin tones, while providing broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays. The sunscreen is rich in essential oils of Damascus Rose, Chamomile, and Lavender to soothe, refresh and revitalize delicate skin. It’s also hypoallergenic and great for wearing alone or as a primer under make-up. Cruelty-free and safe for coral reefs and other marine ecosystems, skin is truly nourished as well as protected from the sun.
- Kalahari Melon Shower Gel: R70, Africa Organics
AFRICA Organics presents a 100% natural range of hair and body care products. With years of experience in formulating to natural and organic standards, their formulators produced a entirely natural range that is affordable without compromising on quality. In the interests of healthier humans inhabiting a healthier earth, Africa Organics are committed to not using animal products, parabens, petrochemicals, PEG ingredients, propylene glycol or any other ingredients red-flagged by leading international certification authorities.
- Baobab Oil: R130, EcoProducts
BAOBAB Oil comes from the seeds of the Baobab tree and is a source of Omega 3, 6 & 9. The oil is organic, cold pressed and absolutely pure. It moisturises, softens, encourages regeneration of cells, improves elasticity of the skin and improves scaring and stretch marks. Baobab oil also helps relieve the dry skin associated with eczema, sun spots, skin cancer and scaly skin.
- Probiotic Serum: Rxxx, ESSE
ESSE’s Probiotic Serum is the first product in skincare that is genuinely alive: it contains one billion live probiotic microbes per millilitre and there isn’t another brand in the world that can match this claim. The serum is 100% natural with more than 90% certified organic ingredients and it doesn’t contain any chemical residues. Furthermore, ESSE is committed to the organic movement, supporting fair trade and sourcing locally wherever possible.
- French Pink Clay Konjac Sponge: R210, Infinity Skincare.
THE Konjac Sponge is 100% natural. Made from vegetable roots which gently exfoliates, the Konjac sponge is completely colouring and additive free, biodegradable, naturally sustainable and environmentally safe. Konjac products carry the Vegan Society trademark and are endorsed as cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny.
- Milky Bath Bubble Bar: R54.50, LUSH
LUSH believes in making effective products from fresh, organic fruit and vegetables and the finest essential oils. They invent their own products and fragrances, making them fresh by hand using little or no preservatives or packaging. They believe in buying ingredients only from companies that do not commission tests on animals. Yay LUSH!
- Body Wash And Body Lotion: R104.95 (Each), Pure Beginnings
THE daily Body Wash is formulated to gently clean the body while not robbing the skin of its natural moisture. The Body Lotion is nourished with Vitamin E which is an excellent moisturiser and assists in preventing premature ageing of the skin. Both are made from the finest natural and certified organic ingredients and are endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty, the South African educational organisation promoting the rights of animals.
- Lavender Shea Butter: 125, SOiL
GIVE your skin and hair some tender loving care, with organic shea butter. Shea butter is one of Africa’s treasured health and beauty secrets, with the power to replenish tired skin and keep the complexion soft and youthful. It also adds softness and shine to dull, brittle hair. Use this blend from head to toe and soak up the organic goodness.
12. HD Palette In Royal: R300, By HEAN Cosmetics, Glamore
HEAN Cosmetics are hypoallergenic, so even sensitive skins can reap the benefits and many of their products are fragrance free. Imported from the European Union, where it is prohibited to test cosmetics on animals, HEAN is completely cruelty free.
13. Age Defying Serum: R256, Aloe Unique
WITH all the products, procedures, and advice that claim to prevent skin from aging, it can be difficult to separate reality from hype. Aloe Unique is the only skin care range to combine rejuvenating vitamins with the age-defying properties of Aloe Ferox. The combination of ancient harvesting methods & cutting edge phyto-chemistry has resulted in a high-grade, bio-compatible, modern and luxurious beauty care range.
14. Marble Dreams Artisan Soap: R50, Apostrophy Bath And Body
APOSTROPHE Bath And Body’s soaps are handmade using a cold process method, where your soap’s journey starts as a blend of high quality oils that go through a natural saponifaction process before being carefully hand cut, shaped and loved before being left to cure for 4 weeks. Their oils are 100% plant based and have been chosen for their healing and nourishing properties. These factors combined result in a unique Vegan soap that is moisturising, gentle & has plenty of bubbly lather!