If we dared to peek inside the makeup bags, skincare bottles and bathroom cabinets of women around the world, no doubt we would find products that are not produced in a sustainable way, are cased in non recyclable packaging, or worse, that contain ingredients which are harmful to human health.
As accountability and transparency increases within the cosmetics industry, with it comes a whole raft of greener beauty products, which should somehow weave themselves into your morning routine.
1. RMS Uncover up
RMS Uncover upis one of the best concealers on the market (and that includes the mainstream market). It is light, dewy and stays put all day. Because it is made from nourishing, organic ingredients, it also acts as an under eye cream. If you prefer to avoid heavy foundations, you can also use it as a makeup substitute for lighter coverage. Created by a veteran makeup artist, including to supermodels like Gisele Bundchen (who also happens to have her own natural skincare line) it is a true beauty staple.
2. Ere Perez Natural Almond Oil Mascara
Ere Perez Natural Almond Oil Mascara keeps peepers bright and open without the harsh chemicals and irritants often found in other brands. It has won a multitude of awards, is tear free, nourishing for lashes and doesn’t smear or flake. To be fair, it doesn’t provide the ‘fake lash look’ other companies promise, but you know it is a safer, more natural choice.
3. Butter London Nail Polish
Butter London Nail Polish is a truly non toxic varnish. With a stunning selection of colours, with cute names like ‘The Artful Dodger’ and ‘Blowing Raspberries’, it is devoid of harmful chemicals like formaldehyde and DBP. A lot of women are now opting for non toxic manicures during pregnancy, but Butter London is a wonderful alternative brand for everyday wear.
4. Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil is one of the true multitasking products. It can be used as a makeup remover, soap alternative, hair mask and face and body moisturiser. You can keep it in the bathroom or the kitchen because you can also eat it, add it to your smoothies or juices or cook with it as a healthier alternative to other oils. Coconut oil carries with it antibacterial properties, so it is great to use on the face to keep pimples at bay and leave you with thoroughly clean and nourished skin.
5. KORA Organics Soothing Day and Night Cream
KORA Organics Soothing Day and Night Cream is soothing partly because it smells of lavender, which is a highly calming scent, but also because it is full of certified organic oils like olive, evening primrose and pomegranate. Created by Australian Supermodel Miranda Kerr, it is particularly good for sensitive skin and leaves you feeling rehydrated and fresh. It is part of Miranda Kerr’s Organic skincare range, which she also personally uses.