Organic beauty products are very much coveted these days. The growing number of ingredient-conscious consumers has contributed to the demand for this new breed of skincare. However, it's very much talked about but there's still a lot of things that remain vague. For example, what's the difference between 'natural' and 'organic'? Keep reading to know more about organic skincare and some brands that we recommend for you to check out.
What does organic really mean?
By agricultural definition, the word 'organic' means naturally occurring. With food supply, it basically means farming foods without the use of synthetic fertilizers or chemicals. The same goes for organic skincare products. They must contain ingredients that are organically produced. The catch is the organic certification varies per country. The USDA organic seal is given to beauty products with over 95% organic ingredients. Sadly, most countries still do not have official standards when it comes to regulating organic products. So, our best bet is to examine the ingredient list.
What does the label 'natural' mean?
This is where things get really confusing because natural is such an ambiguous label. Water is natural, so if you have a body lotion that's made up of mostly water then it can be presented as 'made with mostly natural ingredients' but we're guessing it won't be as effective for moisturising your skin. So instead of looking for the word 'natural' in the labels, it's better to discern plant-based ingredients that are good for your skin type.
Can vegan skincare be considered organic?
In a nutshell, vegan skincare means cruelty-free but it doesn't mean that it's organic. It's just a guarantee that no animals were hurt in making or testing the product. Which means there are no animal-based ingredients such as emu oil or horse oil are present. But it may contain synthetic ingredients or ingredients that are not organically derived. Again, this is a case by case basis.
Now that it's been made clear, what are the organic beauty brands you can recommend?
If you want to try organic beauty products, you may explore these brands that have been certified as such.
CANVAS: This Australian beauty brand offers skincare and aromatherapy products that contain a minimum of 90% organic ingredients. Over 20 essential oils, carrier oils and body oils have been approved by the Australian Certified Organic (ACO).
Rose Otto Facial Hydro Gel Mask, 98% organic ingredients, SGD132.20 (90ml)
KORA Organics: Founded by Miranda Kerr, this beauty brand has a solid cult-following and fans swear that the products are effective. It's one of the brands that's certified by the COSMOS-standard and ECOCERT.
RMS Beauty: They are known for their pure and organic beauty oil and raw coconut cream, which have garnered praise from skincare junkies. Their skincare products are certified by the USDA, which means their products contain over 95% organic ingredients.
It’s official. This Spring, almost every major beauty brand in Sephora wants you to embrace one key beauty look: a glowing complexion. Whether it’s in the form of hydrating skincare or highlighting make-up, these beauty brands want to give your skin a major glow that will put the sunrays to shame. Below, our guide on exciting Singapore launches from one of our all-time favourite beauty shopping meccas.
Cover FX Glitter Drops
Cover FX Glitter Drops in Aurora, SGD68
The brand’s latest drop — a.k.a. Glitter Drops — is made of magical unicorn blood. We’re kidding. But if you’re looking for an over-the-top dash of glitter on your face, décolleté, body or hair, grab yourself all three shades of the Glitter Drops.
If you’re looking for something more subtle yet still packs a shimmering punch, the Shimmer Veil, available in six shades, is said to be crease-proof.
Herbivore Botanicals Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment
Power-packed with vitamin-rich antioxidants and exfoliating fruit enzymes, this overnight moisturising treatment not only keeps your skin nourished, it also clarifies your skin tone and texture for a fresh face glow the morning after. Plus, you don’t even need to rinse off because of its matte finish. The brand recommends applying Moon Fruit “mid-day to get a fresh face by date night”.
Natasha Denona All Over Glow Face & Body Shimmer In Powder
Forget glitter. Renowned make-up artist, Natasha Denona’s eponymous makeup brand infuses pearls and crystals to help you “find the light”. This All Over Face & Body Shimmer in Powder, available in three neutral shades, feels creamy upon application but delivers a hydrated, streak-free finish.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to nab an eyeshadow palette from the brand. They’re so pigmented you don’t even need an eye primer for major impact.
Boscia Luminizing Pink Mask
This peel-off pink-coloured mask is both a novelty and a skin-detoxifying ace. Rich in antioxidant, this Luminizing Pink Mask is formulated with Charcoal Powder, Calcium Montmorillonite Clay and Vitamin C to draw out impurities and absorb excess oil for a brighter complexion.
Too Faced Chocolate Gold Metallic/Matte Eye Shadow Palette
One velvety swipe is all you need for that incandescent glow moment with this one. Infused with pure gold and natural cocoa powder, the Chocolate Gold Eye Shadow Palette features 16 brand new shades — foiled shadows and creamy mattes! — and smells like divine chocolates.
We’re also copping these from Too Faced this season: the Chocolate Gold Long Wear Glided Bronzer, Diamond Light Highlighter, and the Melted Gold Liquified Gold Lip Gloss.
This Works Evening Detox Spray-On Exfoliant
City skin, you need this. The Evening Detox Spray-On Exfoliant, formulated with Salicylic Acid, works overnight to transform congested, polluted, dull skin into illuminated radiance. Spray away every night after cleansing skin.
Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick
Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick, SGD66
Get ready for megawatt high shine at the flash of light with Hourglass’ first highlighter stick. Available in five shades (Gold, Champagne, Pink, Rose Gold and Bronze), the Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick boasts of a soft-focus technology and a formula that adjusts to your body temperature to blend seamlessly into skin. It also contains Vitamin E for some moisturising benefits.
Caolion Pore Tightening Day & Night Glowing Duo
Tighten your pores in the day, then soothe and lift your skin at night! This two-piece pore care duo features a Pore Tightening Bounce Cream to hydrate and control sebum throughout the day, and a leave-on Pore Tightening Memory Sleeping Mask — designed with a unique shape memory technology — to perk and nourish skin overnight for a reborn, fresh complexion every day.
Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pot
Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pot in Fire Dancer, SGD32
This is your secret to a super eye-catching look, literally! The Chrome Paint Shadow Pot serves up mirror-effect metallic glam with its cream texture. For this, your fingers are your tools – no need for a brush applicator. The brand says “the warmth of your fingers makes the formula melt into skin without a need for a primer”.
Pixi Rose Flash Balm
The Rose Flash Balm is a moisturiser, mask and primer in one. Crafted to refine, soothe and hydrate, this rose-scented instant skin booster nourishes skin to reveal a lit-from-within glow. To use as a mask, simply apply a thick layer and leave on for five minutes two to three times a week.
BECCA Liptuitive Glow Gloss
Here’s what you need to conclude your dazzling beauty look: the BECCA Liptuitive Glow Gloss. This coconut-scented lip gloss reacts to the natural chemistry of your lips to enhance its natural colour with an unparalleled sheen. It also contains Avocado oil, Vitamin E and Shea Butter that nourish your lips to pucker-perfection.
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