All About Organic: The Skincare Lowdown | Clozette

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?

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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, an organic skincare product

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. 

Next, check out this month's most exciting beauty launches



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

Natasha Denona All Over Glow Face & Body Shimmer In Powder in Light, SGD56

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.

Can't get enough? You might be interested in these exciting launches this month too!



It's that time of the month again where we round up some of this month's exciting beauty launches so you'll know which to add to cart in the following weeks!

Benefit BADgal Bang! Volumising Mascara


Not a major fan of falsies but want gorgeous lashes? Benefit Cosmetics releases 36-hour full-blast volume with their new BADgal Bang! Volumising Mascara. Streamlined with 300 bristles to easily coat every lash for full-blast volume and made with aero-particles from spacesuit technology, you're definitely set for gravity-defying lashes.

Kat Von D Everlasting Glimmer Veil 


Love adding shine and glam to your kisses but can't find a lipstick that does the trick? Kat Von D's got your back with the Everlasting Glimmer Veil. It features a glimmer-not-gritty formula that delivers a smooth, comfortable texture on your lips and follows the cult-fave Everlasting Liquid Lipstick's formula, improved with a new, revolutionary liquid-crystal finish. 

Melvita New Argan Pur Concentrate Range 

Amplifying the goodness of Argan Oil, this new range from Melvita seeks to renew and lift facial contours in the most natural and organic manner. The Youthful Serum and Oil is really effective in smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines effectively and the Youthful Fluid lifts facial contour and is perfect for the daytime use. They're your perfect duo in achieving that naturally sculpted look. 

LANEIGE Two Tone Correcting Bar and Two-Tone Contouring Bar


The Two-Tone line just levelled up to help you with your correcting and contouring game. The Two-Tone Correcting Bar and Two-Tone Contouring Bar have unique colour combinations that can be applied to different parts of the face. The multi-functioning sticks work as a primer, colour corrector, and contour that gives a radiant and glowing finish without feeling too heavy on the skin. 

MAC x Patrick Starrr Collection

Filipino pride, beauty guru, and makeup artist Patrick Starrr's collab with MAC hits the counters this month and we can't wait to see the 12-piece limited edition collection. The line includes lipsticks, lip pencils, lip glasses, eye palettes, and his very own PatrickStarrr Loose Set Powder! 

KANEBO SS18 Makeup: Defining Pure Grace 

Kanebo brings a new philosophy to the table for welcoming SS18. Going for inner allure — having a soft and tender glow from within, with clear lines around eyes and lips —  the brand goes for mastering light and shadows to enhance facial features, inspiring the flourishing of the beauty in each individual with their new makeup range. 

KANEBO SS18 Skincare: Make Your Life a Masterpiece 

Kanebo Chrono Beauty focuses on changes in skin and mind, providing the optimal care just when you need it. With this, the brand will release a specialised product series in 2018 that helps to deal with universal skin concerns. We're excited about the new range of eye serum, powder wash, and wipe-off serum that will enhance your inner allure.

LUNASOL Sweet Purification SS18 Makeup

LUNASOL presents Purifying Makeup this Spring as inspired by the world of macarons. From the modern, beautiful colours, expect pretty peepers filled with sheer eyeshadow, gorgeous and flowery lips, and shiny and plump cheeks. With its macaron-inspired fresh colours and a soft glowing finish, the products capture lustre in a matte texture to bring out the sweet, chic elegance of a lady. 

Shu Uemura Limited Edition Pink Petal 55 Foundation Brush


Are you more of a brush than a sponge person when it comes to applying your foundation? Maybe this Shu Uemura brush is for you. Its diamond-like shape allows for a comfortable grip and is designed to work with the different angles of the face. The hand-crafted material with 189,000 soft and flexible fibres allows for a streak-free and easy application, even with your #eyesclosed. 

L'Occitane Le Cherry Blossom EDT 


Nothing says Spring more than cherry blossoms. So why not take in the breathtaking scene of sakuras in full bloom with L'Occitane's latest fragrance? Green notes with spring’s most radiant flower is a delicate, alluring scent.

Urban Decay Distortion Eyeshadow Palette

UD welcomes the 2nd month of 2018 with their shade-morphing Distortion Eyeshadow Palette. This new makeup playmate invites you to layer the shadows on the top row over any of the other shades — and watch them instantly transform into shifty, multidimensional hues. The palette comes with 10 shades (nine are new!) and five transformer hues that make for a multitude of possibilities.

Shu Uemura POREfinist² Sakura Refreshing Cleansing Oil

A new addition to your future Shu faves, this new cleansing oil washes off stubborn makeup easily and quickly with the smallest oil molecules and the most lightweight texture. The result? Expect refreshed poreless-looking skin, thanks to the new Japanese sakura duo complex that targets the root of pore concerns. The sakura duo complex that consists of a sakura petal extract and a sakura sake extract that together helps to enhance cell turnover, reduce accumulation of impurities, and provide anti-oxidant properties that maintain the cleanliness of skin and pores. 

3INA All-New Chubby Lipsticks

Ten new shades of these lovely lippies from 3INA are coming. The cruelty-free and paraben-free brand from Europe adds new hues to their cream-to-matte Chubbies line. Ready to swipe 'em on?

Make Up For Ever Artist Hydrabloom 

Pucker up and be stage-ready with another lipstick line from MUFE. Introducing the Artist Hydrabloom. It's a universal colour reviver lip balm that promises to hydrate, smoothen, and give lips an instant made-to-measure flush of colour. Besides a flush of MLBB colour, you can also use it as a lip mask at night for some intense hydration or a topper for your favourite matte lipstick.