With September officially named as Organic Month by the Soil Association, brands with solid environmental standards are getting the chance to showcase their wonderful wares. Being in an exciting and enticing nascent, the cosmetics industry has a entire week devoted to it, with Organic Beauty Week running from 8th to 14th September. To celebrate, we round up cult classics and must-have new additions that will bring eco-chic to your bathroom.
A bestseller for 10 years, this beautiful balm is the ultimate multi-tasker. With antioxidant rosehip, strengthening patchouli and anti-inflammatory borage as well as a divine geranium scent, it works as a cleanser, lip treatment, nail nourisher and heel balm amongst other things. And I’ve even been known to use the tiniest amount to tame flyaway locks. For the anniversary, this iconic pot has been illustrated with pretty leaves and petals by British artist Alice Shields, allowing the star ingredients to take centre stage.
As a brand dedicated to tackling the effects of urban living on our skin – from dehydrating central heating to wrinkle-inducing pollution – Orico ensure their products not only boost radiance and softness, but are packed with organic ingredients that will do the job effectively but gently. For an instant moisture hit to the face, my favourite spritz is this coconut water and seed infused toner that is exceptionally hydrating but also brightening, detoxifying and plumping thanks to orange flower water, plus mango and papaya extracts. The tropical blend ensures that the scent will transport your mood to cocktails in the Caribbean too.
Created by former architect Sue Stowell, this beautiful Brit band is packed with ingredients grown in her organic New Forest garden and across the UK. With a cult following for their skincare already, the just-launched body range was created to satisfy customer’ cravings for the same blissful blends working below the neck, including Glowing Body Oil. The rosehip, almond and Barnbary fig infusion sinks in fast and leaves skin lightly scented with jasmine and feeling satin soft rather that sticky. Part of the ‘butterfly collection’, for every bottle sold, £1 will be donated to the Butterfly Conservation society too.
Rose is currently one of the hottest ingredients in skincare as formulators return to tried-and-trusted botanicals that pack an anti-ageing punch. With essential oils of luxurious Bulgarian damask rose otto, Tunisian neroli and Roman chamomile, this cleanser is creamy enough to take care of make-up and daily grime easily, but still keeps skin feeling soft, supple and looking luminous without leaving behind any residue.
More on-trend rose comes from Dr. Hauschka who have created a ‘light’ version of their award-winning, biodynamic and organic Rose Day Cream – the moisturiser found in the beauty arsenal of most make-up artists, models and editors. Beloved though it is, a more lightweight formula is ideal for balmier days or those with super-sensitive skin. It still features the heavenly aroma and all the calming and caring extracts of rose water and wax, avocado, sesame and almond that devotees rely on to calm and nourish, but simply in a sheerer format. And who doesn’t like options?
OK, this might swing a pretty hefty price tag at £190, but given that it tackles almost every complexion bugbear you could mention in a formula that brings together the best of the organic, botanical and hi-tech worlds with research from Imperial College London, and you can start to see why. The focus is on gene expression – how nutrition, stress, toxins and the environment effect how our genes signal to each other and ultimately, how quickly or slowly we age. The serum is fine enough to sink deep into the skin, releasing antioxidants, stem cells extracts, algae, vitamins and herbs to lift, firm, plump, hydrate and counteract pigmentation with notable results in two weeks. Your face will never want for more.
Once you’ve dipped a finger into this sleek pot of creamy goodness, you’ll wonder how you survived without it. Rich, soothing and smoothing for face, body and hands, it creates a protective barrier on the skin, locking in moisture and protecting against environmental damage thanks to an ample amount of beeswax. Contrary to feeling like a coating though, it leaves behind a silky, non-greasy finish. The soft elderflower and meadowsweet aroma has a comforting, fruity-sugary scent too – just enough like alphabet sweets to make me want to find an old-fashioned confectionary store, fast. Now, if they can just make a mini version for my handbag…