Harmful chemicals and additives are often included in off-the-shelf beauty products, and that’s why it’s so important to read the label and ingredient list before purchasing something. Whether you’re on the hunt for natural, organic or cruelty-free skincare and body care, here are our top 10 shops and brands to look out for!
#1 Pure Tincture
This online store stocks a niche range of natural and organic skin, body and hair care products. Highlights include popular labels like Aussie skincare brand Botani, pure mineral makeup line Alima Pure and eco-friendly brand Pai, a cult favourite amongst those with sensitive and allergy-prone skin. All the products are personally road-tested by their team of women with different skin types – mature, dry, eczema, oily and normal – before they pass the test and are made available. Still not convinced? The shop accepts exchanges if you have an allergic reaction while using any of their products! Local delivery is free for orders above $50, too.
Psst… Check out Pure Tincture’s two centrally-located studios, where you can indulge in facials suitable for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin issues like rosacea, dermatitis, acne and eczema.
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#2 Basic Theory
This home and lifestyle brand focuses on clean and simple products – as reflected by the mod packaging and classic black labels. Look forward to a curated list of cruelty-free, vegan and natural skincare products, alongside a couple of divine-smelling body polishes and one linen spray made with essential oils.
#3 Alexiares & Ani
Manufactured in Australia and California, these natural products are formulated without harsh sulphates, parabens and synthetic fragrances. We love how the online shop provides a detailed explanation of each product, including the full list of ingredients and the skin types it’s most suitable for. Try The Siren Hydrating Cleansing Gel ($49), a gentle foaming, soap-free cleanser that cleanses deep into pores without stripping moisture from the skin.
#4 Estelle & Thild
Founded in Stockholm in 2007, this skincare and makeup brand uses pure bio-active ingredients in its certified-organic formulas. If you’re not a fan of heavy foundation, the Biohydrate All in One Tinted Moisturizer ($63) is a good pick for evening out the skin tone and adding a healthy glow.
#5 Handmade Heroes
Keen on beauty brands that are all-natural, preservative-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free and vegan? If so, this local label offers affordable natural products, from face masks to dry shampoos to body scrubs. If we had to choose a favourite, it’d be the Butt Kickin’ Deep Detoxing Coffee Scrub ($21.90) – it smells absolutely divine and leaves your skin silky smooth after rinsing!
#6 ANIA Skincare
Formulated with natural ingredients from Africa, ANIA’s skincare products are clean, simple and effective. We’re dying to try the highly raved-about Rhassoul Clay Mask ($48), which contains organic Rhassoul clay to detoxify, as well as Moroccan rosewater and Argan oil to soothe and hydrate. The Argan Oil ($59) – pure and organic, too – is another must-try for top-to-toe nourishing!
This online retailers stocks Olive Skincare, a New Zealand brand that produces skin, hair and body care products made with olive oil, which is known to be rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Our favourite pick of the range? The Olive Leaf Rosehip Oil ($34), a multi-purpose, organic-certified blend that promotes collagen renewal and minimises moisture loss. What’s more, there’s free shipping to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand!
#8 Luxe Botanics
Featuring a selection of hydrating, brightening and clarifying organic skincare products, this nature-inspired label uses naturally grown botanicals like marula nut oil from Kenya and camu camu berry extract from Brazil. Target blemishes, excess oil and enlarged pores with the Kigelia Clarifying Serum ($80), an ideal option for those with combination, oily or sensitive skin.
#9 The Gentle Label
Formulated and manufactured in the UK to strict standards, The Gentle Label’s products feature safe, sustainable and all-natural ingredients. The organic healing balm ($22) is a multi-purpose soothing formula with pawpaw (derived from papaya) and calendula extracts.
#10 WANT Skincare
Shop a collection of natural skin and body care products, handmade with pure botanical oils and minerals, and formulated without synthetic ingredients, preservatives or water. For all-natural brightening and softening action, we recommend the Beet this Honey Cleanser ($29). This non-foaming cleanser is made with over 60 percent organic raw honey. There’s also free shipping for orders above $30!
Psst… For vegan and cruelty-free haircare products, check out Peter Lamas, which has just landed our shores! Known for including exotic extracts, powerful botanicals and potent herbs in its line of natural and organic beauty products, this brand is also free of harmful chemicals including parabens, phthalates and sodium lauryl sulfate! Available at Watsons.