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Top 10 Natural Beauty Products
Why Go Natural?
Skin complaints and allergies are on the rise and many people are searching for an alternative to toxin laden beauty products.
If you are anything like me you would like to use natural products without comprimising on the quality of the products, or sacrifing any elements of your beauty regime.
Many people assume that natural products are going to be really expensive, and for some it is your concern for the environment that causes you to search for an alternative.
So this module brings you a review of my Top 10 Natural Beauty Products - tried and tested. And the products chosen here are all affordable.
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10) Chapmans Aromatics
I came across this small, family run business because the lady who owns it came to my Pilates class, and I immediately liked the cheerful products and individualized approach. I have chosen their lip balms as my number 10 natural beauty product because they are so reasonably priced, just Â£1.75 each! And they contain lots of natural goodies such as cocoa butter, sweet almond oil and vitamin E. Plus they come in a range of scrummy scents including chocolate, coconut and mandarin. They use essential oils for the fragrance and there is a natural option (ie no fragrance) for those with sensitive skin.
They also make gorgeous soaps (pictured below).
Click here to visit their website: Chapmans Aromatics
Chapmans Aromatics Handmade Soaps
(image courtesy of Chapmans Aromatics)
9) Crystal Rock Deoderant
I wanted to put a natural deoderant on the list as some studies have linked traditional deoderants to breast cancer. I have tried a couple of different natural deoderants with varying degrees of success (I teach Zumba classes so I need a deoderant that is really effective). I like the crystal rock ones because they are completely natural, just using minerals on the skin to fight the odour causing bacteria. My mum swears by this product. For me I tend to perspire a little more heavily and usually switch back to an ordinary deoderant when I am doing my fitness classes, however for everyday use this product is a great natural alternative. You need to try it to find out whether it works for you. (TIP - Weleda also do some excellent spray on deoderants if you prefer liquid versions, my favourite is the citrus one!).
8) Weleda Natural Toothpaste
I am going to recommend two choices here. Weleda do some excellent natural toothpastes costing around Â£4.50 each. I like the plant gel toothpaste best. If you can afford to spend a little more, another company that has very good reviews for it's natural toothpastes is Miessence (based in the States). They are a little pricier at $9.60 (Â£5.94) and they contain bicarbonate of soda, which reviewers have said leaves the mouth feeling really clean. Both these toothpastes avoid sodium laureyl sulphate and flouride which some people think are harmful.
7) Bare Minerals Make Up
Bare Minerals make up uses naturally derived minerals to work with your skin which also includes UVA/UVB protection. They do a full range of beautiful make up products at varying prices. If you are wanting to build up your natural make up bag and you are on a budget I suggest buying the items over time. My friend purchased the starter kit priced Â£49, and it has lasted her for nearly two years. It includes a foundation, a powder, face colour (like bronzer/blusher) brushes and a primer.
6) Neals Yard Geranium and Orange Body Collection
I love Neal's yard products, although some of them can be a little more expensive, so I tend to have them occasionally as a treat. I first got to experience their products when a friend of mine gave me one of their facial mists as a gift. I was a bit skeptical about something that you sprayed onto your face but when I tried it it was heavenly. Really refreshing and gentle on the skin. And it left the skin feeling good too! That product has since been discontinued but I like ALL of their products that I have tried so far.
The Geranium and Orange Body kit is a nice way to start if you are new to Neal's Yard products and the refreshing scent is gorgeous.
5) Acorelle Fragrances
Acorelle fragrances are EcoCert certified organic perfume products. This is actually quite a breakthrough in the fragrance world, as truly organic mainstream perfume has not been available up until now!
I decided to look into natural alternatives for perfume and frangrance when I received a bottle of perfume as a gift and read the ingredients list. It just sounded nasty. It read like a chemistry experiment, and even though the fragrance was pleasant, I felt loathe to put it on my skin, wondering what harm those chemicals could do, especially when we often spray perfumes so close to our scalps and glands. Acorelle offer a selection of lovely fragrances and my favourite is the almond one. They have many varieties and smells so take a look and read the descriptions to decide which one will suit you best.
Remember that perfume smells different on different peoples' skin. Acorelle offer fragrance samples so do make use of them if you are unsure whether a fragrance will suit you!
4) JASON Natural Haircare Range
JASON actually do a wide range of affordable natural beauty products and I like the hair care products because they cater for all hair types. It's good to find a natural company who are also able to offer a bigger selection, therby being able to offer you a natural alternative no matter what type of hair you have. Any woman knows this is important as no one type of conditioner or shampoo will be right for everyone, it depends on your hair type. I have chosen to featuret the JASON anti-dandruff shampoo here, as I know this is a common problem for people, and one which I have experienced myself. The benefit of using JASON natural shampoo is that it does not contain the SLS and SLES (which you can read about below). These ingredients are in most mainstream shampoos, including the anti-dandruff ones, and evidence has shown that over time, it can actually make the problem worse!
3) Dominique's Divinity Dewdrops
This product is actually hand-made by a colleague of mine. She puts so much expert care and knowledge, not to mention love, into blending this product to get it just right. It's safe to say that this is the luxury product on my list as it costs in at $68 for 1 ounce (Â£42), however you only need the smallest of drops and you should see how young she looks! This unique formula rejuvenates, regenerates and regulates skin.
to find out more about Divinity Dewdrops.
2) Bentley Organic Moisturizing Bodywash
I have fallen seriously in love with this company and it's products! I first came across the bodywash in my local shop, and as it was so reasonably priced, I decided to give it a try. The one I use is the soothing lavender bodywash. When I first used it in the bath it felt a lot like soap on my skin and so I was expecting it to be drying. But it isn't, it leaves my skin really soft! When I went on to their website I was fascinated to find out that the company grew from their orignal company, which supplied ingredients to all the other companies who make natural and organic products. It is a family run business and the thing that stuck in my head was when the son said 'I realised that there is a better way to clean our bodies...' without using all the nasty chemicals. Their ethos is to provide natural, organic products at low prices.
1) Bentley Organic Conditioner
Which brings us to my number 1 natural beauty product! I absolutely love this product. It can be used as a normal conditioner or a leave in conditioner (yes the ingredients are that gentle!). When I first purchased this product I felt skeptical as I have had less that satisfactory experiences with other natural hair care products in the past. The second time I used the product I used a hot towel wrap on my hair, with the conditioner underneath (also under a plastic bag) and then left the conditioner on overnight, planning to rinse it off in the morning. However when I woke up in the morning my hair, which is curly, was all soft and shiny with perfect curls, so I just left it in. And I have loved the product ever since. And the best part is the price!
Some Nasty Chemicals To Avoid
What To Watch Out For!
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Many beauty and cosmetic products in the marketplace today use the word 'Natural' when in reality they are anything but! Some products may say 'contains natural ingredients', sounds good right? But most of the products only contain a trace of the natural ingredient, usually between 0.1 and 0.5%! Shocked? I was! And this is hidden in amongst all the chemical ingredients that can be so harsh on our bodies. If you read the ingredients list on many traditional cosmetics it will read like a chemistry experiment. This is a warning bell!
Most truly natural products will list the ingredients so that you understand exactly what they are.
Here are a couple of 'nasties' to watch out for:
Sodium Laureyl Sulphate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) - this is a common ingredient found in many cosmetics and beauty products such as bodywash, shampoos and toothpaste. It is often used as a stabiliser and to make products froth and foam however some research suggests that is is very harmful to us. The jury is still out on this however many people, including myself like to avoid it. It can often have a very drying affect on the skin and therefore is important to avoid if you have dry and sensitive skin or a skin condition like eczema.
Parabens - Parabens are usually used as preservatives in cosmetics. Parabens have been shown to be carcinogenic and so my personal opinion is that they are best avoided. Organic, natural companies will use other, much safer preservatives such as ascorbic acid (vitamin C).
Phthalates - Phthalates are used to make products more flexible, and often as a stabiliser and emulysifier. These are being phased out in many products in the United States due to concerns over health including claims that they could adversly affect fetal development.
Incindentally Bently Organics have some short videos about SLS and Parabens on their website (see links list below).
Finding Good Suppliers
I tend to opt for companies that use the word 'organic' as well as 'natural'. This just means that the majority of the ingredients used need to be organic of from organic sources.
All the companies I have listed here are reputable and if you find a new company that you are unsure of visit their website and read what they have to say about their products and their ethos as a starting point. You will get a feel for if they are a truly 'organic and natural' company or not. It's also worth doing a google search on the product or company and reading any reviews you find in user forums and the like.
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