From super high-profile brands to cottage industries, natural beauty brands have really made their mark in the beauty and skin care space. Given that skin absorbs what goes on it, it’s crucial to know the best natural skin care out there. For that reason, in this article, we’re rounding up the best natural skin care brands!
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Main Takeaways: With all the incredible, natural skin care brands out there now, we can all stop slathering on those chemical-laden skin care products! Whether you shop for your skin care at the drugstore or the department store, you can easily create an affordable, all-natural skin care regime!
Good to Know: Many natural skin care brands like Fleur & Bee, use no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, silicones, GMOs, artificial fragrances, gluten, dyes or any other irritants.
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1. Fleur & Bee
Of course, we can’t talk about the best natural skin care brands without mentioning our own! From our So Clean! Natural Facial Cleanser to our Crème de la Cream natural moisturizer, Fleur & Bee products are formulated with natural, effective ingredients. While you’ll find lots of wonderful ingredients like aloe vera, green tea, pink grapefruit seed oil, lavender, among many others, you will definitely not find any parabens, sulfates, phthalates, silicones, GMOs, artificial fragrances, gluten, dyes or any other irritants. Not only that, but as a Leaping Bunny™ certified company, we don’t use any animal ingredients or any animal byproducts.
Being one of the leading natural skin care brands doesn’t mean we have to hold back on products in any way. We carry a full line of natural skin care including our Nectar of the C natural vitamin C serum (great for making skin glow!), Rose and Shine toner, and our Prince Charcoal natural detox mask which naturally draws out impurities with kaolin clay and bentonite clay.
Additionally, we donate 1% of our profits to Days for Girls, which helps distribute menstrual hygiene products to girls in need.
And since we believe being one of the skin care world’s natural beauty brands extends to packaging, our products are crafted with sustainably sourced ingredients and are made with 100% renewable wind energy. Our packaging is up to 90% recyclable and this year our goal is to be a completely carbon neutral company!
2. Honest Beauty from The Honest Company
In addition to her great skin products, she has a wildly successful make-up line that includes a dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested mascara and lash primer duo that reportedly sells one unit every two minutes! According to the company’s website, it’s “Made without parabens, paraffins, synthetic fragrances, silicones and mineral oil.”
3. Burt’s Bees
A true pillar of the natural movement, this iconic company has been around since 1984 and is still going strong. All their products are over 95% natural origin although they strive for 100%. Started when the now-famous Burt found a stray bee hive (yes, apparently that’s a thing in Maine, where the company started), it is now one of the premier natural brands on the planet. A Leaping Bunny™ certified company, they are committed to no animal testing, and responsibly sourcing recyclable packaging.
Although they have many successful products, they’re probably best known for their beeswax lip balm which, in 2019, reportedly sold 32.2 million units. Made with hydrating vitamin E, it will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021.
4. Tata Harper
They say that necessity is the mother of invention so it should come as no surprise that Tata Harper started her eponymous line when she couldn’t find effective natural beauty products (and found that many companies were calling themselves “natural” when in fact, they were full of “unpronounceables.”). The Columbian-born Harper decided to take action and start her own line which has become wildly successful.
Raising her family on a farm in Vermont, Harper uses natural ingredients from the farm wherever possible and has a “farm-to-doorstep” philosophy. According to the company’s website, all products are made with “100% non-synthetic, nontoxic ingredients that are found in nature.” They also follow through with packaging as well, using recycled materials and even soy ink for printing. The line has been ECOCERT and PETA certified.
It was a trip to Japan and the discovery of an ancient text about beauty that influenced Tatcha founder Victoria Tsai to create this line. At the foundation of all Tatcha products are green tea, rice, and algae supplemented by a variety of fascinating natural ingredients; ingredients like gold, pearl, silk, licorice, peonies, Japanese indigo, and camellia oil, among others. The company’s “fewer, better ingredients” policy means they “look to natural ingredients and what is known to be good for the body to understand what is good for the skin.”
Aside from their commitment to natural skin care, we love this company for its commitment to girls’ education through their “Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures” initiative.
Dedicated to “Clean, skin-centric beauty,” Ilia beauty has an everything in moderation philosophy as stated on their website: “We learned early on that not every natural ingredient is good for the skin, nor is every synthetic bad. Clean beauty is where those two collide—with conscious, carefully-selected ingredients, and no compromises.”
Their “Minis” collection of four best-selling products (lip tint, mascara, eye tint, and lip mask) is a great intro to the line.
7. Mahalo Skin Care
Come for the packaging, stay for the quality. Using ingredients like avocado, geranium, macadamia, and Hawaiian jasmine, this line feels like what you would get if a gorgeous scented candle were made into skin care. Plus, its signature bamboo packaging looks great on a counter or in a beach bag!
If you can only purchase one product (while wonderful, it’s not cheap, with most products hovering in the $100 range), their Vacation Glow oil is a good place to start. Pulling double duty both as a hair and a body oil, it contains ingredients like argan oil, tamanu oil, tuberose, and ylang ylang.
Even without knowing anything about nail polish, anyone who’s ever smelled the potent chemical smell of a nail salon has to realize just how full of chemicals nail polish is.
JINSoon nail polish from legendary New York nail art artist, Jin Soon Choi, rates a 9/10-free, meaning they are devoid of toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, toluene, DPB, camphor, and formaldehyde resin. Even some of the most revered brands only rate a 5- or 7-free rating.
We hope this inspires you to have a look at the products you’re using and re-evaluate what you’re putting on your skin. Today’s natural beauty brands are accessible, effective, and affordable, so consider making the switch today if you haven’t already!