Methyl, propylene glycol, ethyl paraben, sodium laurel sulfate, triethanolamine, imidazolidinyl and titanium. No, I didn’t just cough a furball. Nor have I been possessed by an evil spirit and have begun muttering random words and sounds.
Nope, rather these are just some of the common ingredients found in our skin care products. I repeat, just some. I was going to write an entire list, but I got bored. Sorry.
So instead you have just a handful of weird-sounding, unreadable ingredients that only people with a science degree under their belts can understand. Or those guys from Big Bang Theory (except Penny).
In comparison, this is the ingredients list for an organic skin care product:
- Certified Organic Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice
- Certified Organic Macadamia (Macadamia Ternifolia) Oil
- Certified Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii)
- Certified Organic Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil
- Cetearyl Glucoside (Vegetarian)
- Certified Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobromo Cacoa)
- Certified Organic Olive (Olea Europaea) Oil
- Glycerin (Vegetarian)
- Grapefruit Seed (Citrus Grandis) Extract
- Certified Organic Essential Oils of Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia), Geranium (Geranium Maculatum) & Rose (Rosa Centifolia).
Okay, sure. There’s a lot in there. But you can actually understand what it is. Cool, right?
That ingredients list is from one of our favorite organic skin care range, Mukti (pronounced mooktee). The product is their Cleansing Lotion, if you’re interested. And if you’re not, well tough luck, because there are more awesome organic skin care products coming up right now.
1. Stark Skincare Green Tea Detox Clay Mask
This product is one of my all-time favorites. Developed by Canadian brand Stark Skincare, the product is a facial mask specifically developed to eliminate congestion and blemishes. It also works to exfoliate the skin and ‘reveal a bright, clear complexion!’
I personally believe the magic is in the combination of green tea (a known antioxidant and acne-fighter) and clay. It’s available at just $30.00 Canadian.
2. Mukti Aloe Vera Moisturiser
At a cool $35.50 AUD, this moisturizing gel is lightweight but extremely hydrating. Perfect for combination skin or for anyone that suffers from acne, the gel is supposed to balance your skin’s sebaceous activity (the stuff responsible for zits). It’s also great for soothing your skin after it’s been burned by the sun or the wind.
3. Baobab Regenerative Body Cream
Do you suffer from annoying lumps and bumps at the top of your arms? If so, then this product might very well be your clear skin savior. Incorporating vitamin A, as well as omega 3, 6, 7 and 9, vitamin E and baobab lipids, this cream is fantastic at smoothing and softening the skin.
Its formal function (at least stated by the Sans [ceuticals] website is to ‘hydrate, refine and regenerate’. Best for upper arms, hands and feet, although it can be used over your entire body.
4. Hurraw! Night Treatment Lip Balm
How are your lips feeling? Boost the softness of your lips with this awesome Moon Balm night cream. Loaded with avocado oil, rosehip seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil (I don’t know what that is either, but it sure sounds nice) and argan oil, this lip balm has a decadently creamy texture and is said to stay put all night long so you wake up with lush, soothed lips.
At a low $4.29, why wouldn’t you pick this little beauty gem up?
5. Yes to Cucumbers Gentle Milk Cleansers
And now a product for the sensitive souls out there. Using a mix of cucumber, soy proteins and green tea, this cleanser has been specifically designed to leave your skin feeling dewy fresh. It’s calming, refreshing and perfect for sensitive skin. Oh, and did we mention it won the Allure 2012 Best of Beauty Award? Priced at $8.99.
6. Planet Eve Super 5 Eye Firming Gel
Winner of the beautyheaven 2012 Glosscars award, this powerful eye gel will help decrease the appearance of tired and puffy eyes. Not only is it great for those ‘eh’ days when you’d rather stay in bed, but it’s also actively anti-ageing and has been shown to revitalize the eye area. You can pick it up for $55.00 AUD.
7. Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant +
If you’re looking for an antioxidant boost, the Trilogy Rosehip Oil is where you’re going to get it. It’s been shown to (in a legitimate clinical study) reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, improve skin tone and boost elasticity. Use in the morning and/or night as part of your regular skin care routine. Just $29.95.
8. Sunday Riley Cashmere SPF 30
No good skincare routine is complete without the right sunscreen. But if you’re concerned about feeling greasy or oily, the Sunday Riley sunscreen is a good way to protect your skin and feel decadent at the same time. It is weightless and shields the skin from pollution and sun. While it’s not cheap, a little goes a long way. $125.00
9. Chocolate Sun Cocoa Illume Lite
And for those of you that can bear to be without a tan, this sunless tanning gel will help you feel like the bronzed goddess you know you are underneath that pasty, white skin. Made with aloe based gel as well as a range of herbs and botanicals it is lightweight, sweet-smelling and good for your skin.
It’s custom made for the face so is guaranteed to look natural and even. This particular product is suitable for fair to medium skin tones, but Chocolate Sun do make another product for darker skin tones too.
10. Vapour Organic Clarity Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil
Terrible at removing your makeup? Transform makeup removal from a chore into a delight with this calming makeup removing oil.
Designed for models and actresses who have to frequently wear (and remove) heavy-duty makeup, it ensures your skin is clean, clear and balanced. It also protects the skin and acts as an anti-ageing product. This product can be used on both your skin and also for eye makeup removal. Get it now for just $32.00
11. Dr. Alkaitis Organic Soothing Gel
If your skin is chucking an almighty tantrum, it might benefit from a dash of Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Soothing Gel.
Specifically developed for sensitive skin and skin that is acting up (think acne, rosacea and eczema), it promises to leave your skin feeling refreshed and soft. It contains antibacterial elements to help treat any skin conditions. You can use it underneath your regular moisturiser, or if you have oily skin, as your daily moisturiser.
And best of all, this product is completely edible. That’s right … you can actually eat it. So lather away, ladies! Get it now for $60.00
12. Acure Organics Line Eraser: Argan Oil + Starflower
Looking for a way to knock out any fine lines, wrinkles or scars? If so, then the multipurpose Acure Organics Line Eraser is your next best friend. It boosts the healing power of your skin and can help relieve skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
It’s also good for applying to wounds and burns. For maximum comfort, apply just before you go to bed. $19.99
13. Truth Art Beauty
And now for something a little different, but a lot of fun. Why not try making your own beauty products? Don’t worry you don’t need that before mentioned science degree, nor do you need a lab where you can mix up products. In fact, all you need is a computer and an Internet connection.
How? Well, Truth Art Beauty in a New York based skincare company that allows you to tailor-make your own eye balm, moisturizer, body salve, body buff and bath tea. Their philosophy is based on the idea that skincare, like food, should be as pure and natural as possible. For this reason, they ensure that their products are of the highest quality and are completely natural.
And all you have to do is choose the ingredients you want included in your product (i.e. you can choose rosehip for its anti-ageing qualities or tamanu to reduce puffiness). Truth Art Beauty then blend the ingredients for you and send over your unique, customized product. And they’re so sure that you’re going to love it that they offer a money back guarantee. Pretty cool, right?
All of their products also come with an expiration date, in line with their underlying philosophy that skincare, like food, should be used fresh. Yep, this company definitely takes up my ‘crush of the week’ slot.
And there you have it; awesome, amazing, incredible and organic skincare products that we just know you’re going to love!
So why don’t you give them a try and let us know how you go? We’d love to hear your experiences! Or, if you have a skincare brand or product that isn’t on this list, feel free to share it with us.
Thanks for reading!
Cover photo: www.hurrawbalm.com