There are so many chemicals and other icky ingredients added to our beauty products, so it’s refreshing to know that there are many quality brands available who try to keep it as natural and/or organic as they can.
Here are some products that are either 100% Organic or Natural, or they make an effort to pack their products full of as much natural goodness as possible. You don’t need to grab all of them, but you’d benefit from owning just one or two. They’re that good!
Burt’s Bees has to be one of my favorite body product brands. Admittedly, it’s not 100% natural – but they come pretty close. They use a wide range of organic ingredients ranging from Beeswax to Clary Sage to Chamomile, Aloe to Pomegranate, Honey and Willow Bark, essentials oils and product lines for all of the family to enjoy, including baby. They smell great. Feel great and the peppy packaging is pleasing to the eye.
As far a price goes, Burt’s Bees are completely affordable. For a scrumptious flavored moisturizing lip balm (Vanilla, Grapefruit, Mango Butter Acai Berry and more), you’re looking at spending around $4. Body lotions fall into the $10 bracket and gift sets start from $5 for baby right up to about $55.
Using a wide range of certified organic and ethically sourced ingredients, which includes Wild Orchid, Myrrh, Green Tea, Hibiscus and Argan Oil. So, great for you and great for the environment! They have a few vegan friendly products too.
A bar of African Black Soap will cost you $5; body lotion around $10 and a hair masque is priced at around $13.
Three things to note about Shea Moisture:
- Their main ingredient in most of their products is Shea Butter (as the name suggests).
- They cater for all of the family
- They’re a black owned business
Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is my all time favorite organic body product (followed closely by Tea Tree oil and Olive Oil). It smells absolutely incredible! It’s does wonders for your hair and for your skin. It has healing properties and it’s also one of the best oils to cook with! Usually the kind you see on the shelf is refined coconut oil. This means that it has been refined, bleached and treated to reduce potential bacteria in the coconut meat. It does not have the lush coconut aroma and it can prove to be a little too greasy when using on the skin. Plus, if it’s been stripped of most of its goodness, why would you want to use it anyway?
Virgin Coconut oil is unrefined. It’s organic and is processed completely chemical free. However, it’s not cheap but it is usually reasonably priced. You’d be hard pressed to find a decent tub of Virgin Coconut oil for less than $10. Not saying that it can’t be done. But it’s worth the extra few dollars. You don’t need to slab it on when using on the body. A tub will last you a decent length of time.
Jane Carter Solution
Finding the right hair products can be tricky. My hair is particularly thick, and finding products that do not dry my hair out completely or leave it feeling heavy and greasy can be a struggle. Just as we feed our bodies, we should feed our hair and that means even when we find a product that we like, it’s healthy to switch it up once in a while and try something new. I mean, you wouldn’t feed your body the same meal day in, day out for years, would you?
A black owned business; Jane Carter Solution products cater for all types of hair. With products like, Jojoba Oil, Lavender Oil, Tea Tree and Peppermint, Jane Carter products are packed with the best that nature has to offer they are also vegan and eco friendly.
Their Moisturizing Nourishing Shampoo is a mere $8. A 6oz tub of Jane Carter Solution’s Twist & Lock will set you back $22, and it doesn’t cause any build up so it’s well worth it!
Just like the Virgin Coconut Oil, this is a great all rounder. The cheapest of the bunch, you can purchase a bottle of olive oil for just a few dollars. You can use it in your hair and on your skin. It also makes a great carrier oil to blend your potent essential oils.
Run out of shaving cream? No worries. If you’ve got a bottle of olive oil to hand, you can use it as a safe substitute. You can also use to remove your make up or add it to your bath for super soft skin.
The Natural Market
The Natural Market is a homemade, organic company who offer 100% natural products. Using an array of natural oils and butters, cater to even the most ardent purists when it comes to going organic.
“Buying organic when possible is always the best choice because it is healthiest for your body.Our skin is the largest organ in our body and absorbs more than 80% of what we put on it. So if you’re putting toxins on it, you’re making yourself toxic. When someone chooses to buy organic they are making the decision to live an overall healthier lifestyle however the first step is to care for your body on the inside as well as out. Its makes no sense to use organic bath and beauty products when you have not adopted the lifestyle of clean eating and healthy exercise.
Right now the organic is consider a fad because people believe that everyone is doing it. However I believe that it is a overall rise in the consciousness of humanity. Now more than ever, we have more GMO produced ingredients in our foods and products in support of yielding higher profits. People now know that it is important to take of yourself as well as the earth. More than likely, when companies like ours package organic products we are doing so in a organic manner, meaning the entire process from the beginning to the end is as sustainable possible which in return is better for the earth as well as your body.” – Victoria, TNM Founder
Check out TNM’s website here.
(Photo Credits: Wikipedia, BlackGirlLongHair)
-Ayara Pommells (@YahYahNah)