As 2016 came to a close, I found myself reflecting on the importance of clean and organic beauty. The bottom line is that it’s crucial to be aware and informed of the ingredients that are penetrating the skin. Just like we all care so much about what we put into our bodies, like buying organic apples and hormone-free whatever, we need to pay the same close attention to our beauty products – everything from skincare, haircare, makeup and even for the hardcore, perfume. Now I am the first to admit that I love a Tom Ford lipstick, and live for Chanel No. 5, but for the most part I choose organic, and especially when it comes to my skincare. After all, the skin takes up a lot more real estate than my lips!
How many of you actually know what all those toxic ingredients mean? Whether you are pregnant, young, old, sick, healthy, you should look at 2017 as a fresh start — a chance to revamp your beauty routine once and for all. I am inspired by my girlfriend who has very sensitive skin, and she finds organic and natural beauty products make her break out and give her allergic reactions. For her, I will continue to look for natural products that work for even the most sensitive of complexions. But in the meantime, I want to share with you my favorite natural products that I took with me to Switzerland that I am the most excited to use in my new home – for the best skin possible. Hey, first impressions are everything.
How do I determine products I claim are the best? There are three important pieces of criteria.
ONE. The products must deliver the promised results without any negative side effects. Remember that MAC Eye Gloss that you love so much, yet always seemed to make your eyes itchy and red? Now you see my point. The best beauty products do what it says it will do without compromise.
TWO. It’s something that I would buy again and again and again. While there are A LOT of sunscreens out there, do you have one you always seem to splurge on? The best beauty products inspire loyalty.
THREE. It has to be something that you use to the very last drop. There are very few in fact, and really think about it, that we all use until the very end.
Now that you know how I pick, let us get into the products, shall we? Below are my absolute favorite organic, all-natural and non-toxic products that comply with my not-so-scientific-yet-get-the-mother-effing-job-done criteria.
Odacite Wild Carrot Glow Serum
RMS Magic Mixer and Magic Luminizer (Newness)
Tata Harper Redefining Body Balm
Maya Chia Illuminating Facial Serum, The Highlight of the Day
Hurraw! Black Cherry Tinted Lip Balm (the 21 other flavors are pretty great too)
Kjaer Weis Lipstick(s) in Believe and Honor
Pursoma Intensive Bath Potions (Hot Tub is my favsies)
Tata Harper Aromatic Irritability Treatment
Pai Chamomile and Rosehip Day Cream
Agent Nateur No. Deodorant (and OMG they just launched a men’s version)
Tata Harper Illuminating Eye Cream
Plume Lash and Brow Growth Serum
French Girl Lumiere Shimmer Oil – Moonlight
Images, Grace Elizabeth shot by Camilla Akrans for Vogue Germany January 2017.