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.
[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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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!
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.