The multi billion dollar beauty industry knows how to target every woman’s insecurities, and make a lot of money in the process, but what about the quality of what is being produced? With renewed focus on what we eat, how we exercise, and how we prepare to age gracefully, where does the organic beauty industry fit in? Because our skin is the body’s largest organ, whatever we place onto it quickly gets absorbed into the bloodstream, for better or worse. This is where the attention to detail becomes crucial, because while everyone wants to look their personal best, the price being paid may begin with the early onset of aging signs and end with the possibility of skin cancer. These are warning labels that no beauty product comes with. Like in all cases regarding our health, the more educated you become as a consumer, the better off you will be while making your purchases. Every time we buy into a certain brand, our money speaks very loudly and very clearly for us, and it sends an instant message to the industry moguls.
What is Organic?
Let’s begin by defining what it takes in order for a beauty product to be able to be labeled as organic. Much like cascading down the food isles of Whole Foods and picking up organic food, organic beauty products need to be able to be verified to be free of man-made pesticides and fertilizers. In the United States the USDA is responsible for granting three different types of varieties of organic labels for beauty products. One of the main reasons why smaller companies who may actually be organic but don’t place the fact on the label is because of the high cost of getting a company certified as organic.
The three types of organic beauty products that can be found on the market today are labeled according to what percentage of the ingredients are actually organic:
1. 100% Organic
2. 95% Organic
3. Made with organic ingredients (meaning that at least 70% or more of the ingredients found in the product are certified as organic.
Top 8 Organic Beauty Products of 2017:
Here are my picks for the top 8 organic beauty products of 2017.
These were my favorite organic beauty products of the past.
1. SukiColor Tinted Active Moisturizer
Developed by the Massachusetts based owner in 2002, this skincare and makeup line is free of any synthetic ingredients, and is guaranteed to be composed of 90% organic ingredients. This vegan, tinted moisturizer, contains willow bark to combat inflammation and natural emollients like grape-seed oil and beeswax.
2. Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Anti-Aging Serum
Combining over 12 different typed of organic oils including but not limited to acai, safflower, and argan, this superlight weight serum absorbs naturally and quickly into the skin without leaving behind a heavy oily feeling. It delivers radical hydration backed with antioxidants to create a natural and smooth skin surface.
Is the answer to what those who want the richness of pigments without sacrificing the quality found in naturally occurring minerals in the earth. Founded in 1998, the company prides itself on delivering professional quality makeup products in an organic way. Stunning, handmade eye shadows are crafted from oils and waxes mixed with naturally occurring pigments. The products are never tested on animals, and are both gluten and talc free. See products from the Emani line on Amazon.com
4. Everyday Minerals Jojoba Base
This organic based, vegan and eco-friendly, Austin based makeup line aims to deliver. Created with wild-harvested jojoba wax, is always light on the skin and packed with the radiance of mica. See all the colors for the Everyday Minerals Jojoba Base on Amazon.com
5. Sequoia Beauty Honey Berry Enzyme Mask
What better way to end the day than with a 100 % organic mask infused with flowers and herbs. This mask is made entirely from raw honey, strawberries, and blueberries. All the ingredients are locally sourced.
This list should help you pave your way through the beauty isles armed with knowledge, knowhow and a radiantly beautiful face. It is one thing to simply look stunning, but to feel good and also know that your consumer choices are also able to empower local businesses and farmers who are producing organic products goes a long, long way towards maintaining not only our own beauty and the beauty of our environment.