The organic movement has not only hit the supermarkets – it’s hit the beauty industry too. The market for natural, organic skincare has become somewhat saturated, with many brands keen to jump on the cultural bandwagon. The issue with this is that many brands are more concerned with the ‘organic’ label than the actual efficiency of the product.
Guidelines within the industry are of little help here and as yet there are no legal regulations in place. Technically any product is able to call itself organic if 1% of its ingredients are certified as organically produced.
General guidelines include no pesticides, no parabens, ethically harvested crops and environmentally friendly packaging – however these aren’t enforceable in any real way.
If you are looking to go organic, you are advised to read labels carefully and if possible, check for certification from the Soil Association – a membership charity that campaigns for planet-friendly organic food and farming.
To get you started, why not try some of the following ranges:
- Pai Skincare (from £7) – Vegan-friendly lotions and potions that meet the highest organic standards.
- Neal’s Yard (from £3) – In most of this range, 70% of the content is organic. If it isn’t, it’s because the brand refuses to compromise on effectiveness.
- Botanics Organic (from £3.33) – The exact percentage of organic ingredients is clearly displayed and prices are reasonable.
- Sophyto (from £13) – Another vegan-friendly brand that contains no artificial colours, scents or parabens.
Want to find out more about keeping skin healthy? Take a look at our Dermatology page.