The Importance Of Natural Beauty | Clozette
There are tons of beauty and skincare products in the market that promise us a lot. And there's nothing wrong with being meticulous when it comes to the beauty products we use. Keeping our health in check should be a top priority and straying away from chemical-based products that can do more harm than good is something we should always consider.

Thankfully, there are brands who are dedicated to using only natural ingredients of top-notch quality to ensure that our beauty and skincare needs are met without resorting to chemicals. But besides harvesting ingredients straight from Mother Nature and transforming them into beauty products such as soaps, shampoos, serums etc., there's more to natural beauty than we might think! So to give us the 411 on the importance of "going natural", we sat down with Camille Meloto, co-founder and creative director of Human Nature.

Keep scrolling to find out more about natural beauty must-haves, natural ingredients that's unexpectedly great for beauty and skincare, and what to expect next from Human Nature!
What was your life like before Human Nature? Did you envision pursuing a career in the beauty industry when you were in your teenage years?

I’ve always loved makeup. I didn’t exactly envision myself as a person working with makeup and cosmetics because from the time I was [in] college, makeup artistry wasn’t an “acceptable” profession. I knew I had to make a living since my family wasn’t well off. I chose to get a degree in Early Childhood Education [instead] since I was pretty good with kids.

[When I graduated,] my parents gave me a chance to go to America for vacation. There I tried out being a freelance makeup [artist] for weddings. It was also in America that my sister and I thought of the idea to start Human Nature... and the rest is history.
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One of the most interesting things about Human Nature is one of its taglines: "Beauty With Compassion." What do you exactly mean by this and why is this the vision you wanted to aim for? 

[As stated in the Human Nature website, we're] about loving the Philippines and loving the environment. We're also for loving our families by providing safe, effective, and genuinely natural and affordable products that feel as good on your skin as they do in your heart. My sister and I take our responsibility of being nature's stewards very seriously and we [at Human Nature] carefully deliberate the impact of all our business decisions on the environment. 

Faith also drives us as a company. It led us to build Human Nature and [it encourages] us to build a global company that will uplift everyone, especially the poor.


One of Human Nature's projects in Maguindanao in collaboration with Gawad Kalinga


For as long as we could remember, a lot of products claim to be "natural". How does Human Nature exactly define "natural" and why is it important to consider this factor when looking for a specific beauty product? 

All our natural ingredients are safe, pure, and biodegradable [because] they come from renewable sources and are processed in a way that's kind to the environment. We [define 'natural' in accordance to the] standards set by the US Natural Product Association

The Natural Product Association is the largest and oldest nonprofit organization in the US dedicated to the promotion of natural manufacturing and protecting of consumers' health and environmental safety. Over 30 Human Nature products carry the Natural Seal from the NPA which are given to products that pass the following strict standards:

- The product is made with at least 95% natural ingredients, excluding water
- Ingredients come or are made from a renewable resource found in nature, and processed without harm to the environment
- None of the ingredients pose human health risks as shown by peer-reviewed third-party scientific literature
- The product is not tested on animals
- The product must list all ingredients on the label
- Not containing ingredients that are included in the Red List of Campaign for Safe Cosmetics like petrolatum, phthalates, SLS/SLES, parabens, silicones, DEET, triclosan, glycols, talc, and PEGs.

All our products go through safety assessments by industry experts and thorough clinical studies evaluated by independent third party labs. Additional checks are conducted for breakthrough products such as hypoallergenic evaluation, SPF testing, and efficacy testing to ensure you get genuinely natural and safe products.

Nature possesses the most potent ingredients to clean and nourish our hair and skin without the harmful chemicals. Our skin, being made from organic substances as well, will also respond best to natural ingredients instead of synthetic ones. That's why natural products are the best things you can use to care for your body.


Which natural ingredient serves a lot of purpose in terms of beauty and skincare?

Lavender and tea tree oil! I’m super accident prone so I need to always have our Rescue Balm which contains lavender and tea tree oil. It heals my scrapes and cuts super fast! Plus, when an angry pimple pops up, I would also put this as an SOS because of its antibacterial properties.

 

Let’s say you’re going on a trip, which 3 Human Nature products will you bring and why? 

[I'll bring the] Deodorizing Foot Spray because it leaves a minty feeling on the feet for a long time which is very energizing especially when I go on lengthy walks when I travel. And by spraying it on your feet and legs, the peppermint relaxes and soothes tired and sore leg muscles.

My skin gets very dry in climates that have little to no humidity. This is why I will also bring the Overnight Elixir. I’d use it both in the morning and at night to hydrate my stressed out skin to keep it looking healthy.

[Last but not the least, I'll also bring the] Mineral Loose Powder in Hazelnut just because it’s my can’t-live-without item whether here in Manila or when traveling. This is the perfect color match for my skin and whether I use it on top of moisturiser, BB/CC cream, or a foundation, it lasts on my face well. I don’t need to constantly touch up so I travel worry-free!




Last but not the least, what can we expect from Human Nature in the future?

We're focusing on doing more research on Philippine indigenous plants and herbs to discover their age old miraculous properties. Researching and discovering is one thing but we’d also be focusing on backing it up with scientific studies to make sure we’re delivering on the best and most effective nature and the Philippines has to offer. In doing this, we’d also be putting attention on opening up more local farming communities to create sustainable partnerships with.

So expect more products from Human Nature! We’re continuously raising the bar in terms of our formulations and packaging to be able give Filipinos the natural product standards that they deserve!

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Find out more about natural beauty with Human Nature here!

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(cover photo from iheartlesha)


The subject of using eye cream is a fickle thing. It’s been constantly debated about – whether or not it’s really needed – since it first came out in the market. But over here at Clozette, we advocate its use as we can see remarkable differences every time we dab a little bit on our eye area.

If you’re thinking that you don’t have to worry about using eye cream until you’re at least 30, well, we have news for you. You don’t use eye cream once the tiny crow’s feet are already there; you use it to prevent them. Because in the world of anti-aging, it’s best to “start young to stay young.”

Still hesitant to spend a little moolah on eye cream? Then keep reading below for the 5 reasons why you should already start using it; plus, our favourite eye products that you ought to try out!

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It will keep early signs of wrinkles at bay

We don’t want to sound like a broken record, but when it comes to anti-aging, prevention really is key. Which is why you’re in luck because you don’t have to spend a ton of cash to get amazing results! The L’Oreal Revitalift Laser X3 Eye Cream is a 3-in-1 product that diminishes lines, reduces eye puffiness, and tightens up the eye area.

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Give yourself a mini facial

Eye creams contain potent ingredients, allowing it to penetrate deeper into your skin to give you that hydrated, glowing, and youthful look. So if you’re looking to give your eye area a luxurious treatment every day, look no further than the Benefit Firm It Up! Eye Serum. A tiny dab of this lightweight cream will instantly brighten and smooth out your undereye area!


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Concealer will apply easily & smoothly

One of the best ways to avoid concealer from creasing is to apply eye cream underneath it. Why? It hydrates the area to avoid that dry and cakey look, and it smoothes over any lines you might have; making it the perfect canvas. 

One of the best products that'll do all that for you is the Tony Moly Panda’s Dream So Cool Eye Stick. Housed in a cute and travel-friendly container, this multi-tasking eye stick will cool your delicate eye area to reduce puffiness, as well as hydrate and minimise the appearance of fine lines! You won't have to worry about your base products creasing once you put this underneath it!


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Look more refreshed and awake

Since eye creams revitalise your eye area, you will instantly look refreshed and awake! So even if you’ve only had a few hours of sleep, dabbing a little bit of it can make the world of a difference. Our product of choice? None other than the Pixi 24k Eye Elixir! This easy-to-use eye serum is infused with collagen to massage away dullness and tone the skin.


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Wave ‘bye-bye’ to eye bags

Sadly, dark circles have a tendency to be genetic. But the silver lining is that eye bags, on the other hand, aren’t. Which is why eye cream, specifically the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream, is the ultimate must-have if you find yourself constantly suffering from puffy eyes as this coffee and ginseng-infused product rapidly refreshes tired eyes and restores its radiance to give you that 'awake' look.

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Which of these eye creams are you excited to try out? Share your picks with us in the comment section below!

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There's something about 2016 that spurred a lot of outrageously fantastic trends that continuously please our aesthetics. From everything galaxy to rainbows galore, who would've thought that our childhood fantasies of playing princess and unicorns would unfold right before our eyes?

But as much as we want to embrace every single one of these trends that our 6-year-old self would probably try out with no hesitation, some of these trends are easier to look at than to try out.

So if you're one of us who's contented with letting the brave ones take on the beauty industry's amazingly bold trends, sit back and relax as we recap the beauty looks we love to feast our eyes on but may never try.

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Unicorn hair

(photo from Instagram/@stevievincenthairartistry)

We absolutely love the creativity that comes with the idea of unicorn hair. But we have to admit that it can be a little high maintenance and some of us just don't have that kind of luxury. Bleaching and dyeing your hair with this amount of colour takes a lot bravery and effort that not all of us can keep up with. Still, we have to admit that every time we see someone who has the confidence and the patience to pull off this trend, our inner-unicorn princess loving self can't help but turn green with envy. 
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Glitter roots

If we decide to opt out of the unicorn hair trend because it's high maintenance, this trend is supposed to be the "low maintenance" version of it. We all know how expensive hair dye touch ups can be and this glimmering alternative that aims to cover up your roots is undeniably pretty. But still, it can be a whole lot messy and a little too hard to wash off. So we're loving the glam, but we'll leave it to the glitterbugs. 


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Gold lips

(photo from Instagram/@bs_fom_cosmetics)

Ever since Kylie Jenner made metal mattes a major beauty trend, it was everywhere! From brands coming up with their own metal matte line to DIY hacks that aims to achieve this specific lippie finish, we can't help but be in awe of the glamorous vibe it gives off. But gold is not exactly the most wearable colour. 

Plus, high-end or not, liquid lipsticks need constant looking after to avoid flaking after hours of wear. So a gold lip may be great for taking photos but we can't afford gold flecks all over our teeth as we party all night. We'll probably brush up on our liquid lippie skills first and maybe someday we'll try this out-- emphasis on the MAYBE.


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Galaxy face
A Snapchat-filter that came to life, it's no wonder why this beauty trend became such a huge thing! With pastels and stars in mind, we can't help but scroll endlessly on the IG tag dedicated to this hipster-inspired trend. But as pretty as this look might be, not everyone has the time and effort to achieve this painting-like finish. So again, thanks, but we'll just keep on looking!


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Rainbow brows
Some of us still can't get shaping and filling in right and now you're telling us that we have to blend in various colours in the mix too? It's one thing to get your brows on fleek, but it's a whole new business to have it in rainbow colours. Just like the other trends that made this list, this beauty look may be #goals, but it's not for everyone. So we'll keep on practicing with our brow pomades for now and we'll let the experts live on the rainbow dream. 

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Did we miss your favourite "look-but-not-try" beauty trend? Share them with us in the comments below!
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