To coincide with our Clean Decoded campaign, we discuss clean beauty and reveal some of our favourite products.
Georgia Day, Head of Editorial & Content on Effective Formulations
I hadn’t thought much about the concept of clean beauty until recently, but now it’s definitely near the top of my checklist when it comes to considering new additions to my beauty routine. While I’m not a total convert to clean (yet), I do find myself more and more drawn to formulas that are just as potent as I’m used to, but that manage to deliver results while still being kind to the planet, and without including unnecessary chemical extras.
Top of the list when it comes to all-time favourite products would have to be Tan-Luxe’s Wonder Oil. This summer I can’t get enough of the glow it gives me, but the best bonus of all is, as I discovered, that it’s free from alcohols and parabens and instead contains nourishing, natural ingredients. Talking of the best of the best, IGK’s Expensive Amla Oil Hi-Shine Topcoat is pretty hard to beat if you’re looking for hair that has a certain salon-swish quality. As with all of their products, it’s vegan, and is created without using mineral oil or petroleum. When it comes to skincare, two clean contenders spring to mind.
Clark’s Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask is without doubt my number one go-to for inflammation flare-ups that occur as a result of overloading my skin or too much stress; the formula containing healing jasmine absolute oil is not only free from parabens, phlathates and sulphates but is cruelty-free. Last on my list of clean must-haves is the new and exclusive Malin + Goetz Brightening Enzyme Mask. Since being given a preview jar by the brand founders a couple of months ago, I’m now addicted to the skin-smoothing, radiance-boosting properties of this pure, simple but truly efficacious product.
Hayley Grove, Senior Copy & Editorial Writer on Conscious Living
I am a long-time fan of clean beauty and its sustainable message; ten years ago it was hard to find natural yet efficacious products, I’m so happy that has changed. Desirable and hard-working clean products have become accessible, meaning that caring for the planet can go hand in hand with great results (and look good in my bathroom too).
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Oskia and their modern approach to skincare using a combination of nutrients (think minerals, omegas and vitamins) and bio-actives like enzymes, peptides and plant extracts. My skin often reacts to acids by going red and blotchy, but I long for the glow boosting effects of exfoliation. The light, fruity Renaissance Cleansing Gel is the answer – pineapple and pumpkin enzymes get to work eating away dead skin cells, but crucially not aggravating my overly sensitive acid mantle. I use it every day and I finally have that glow.
Speaking of glow, I’m delighted that Oskia has just released a self-tan – Adaptive Tanning Mist. It was notoriously difficult to find self-tan within clean beauty, but this is 100% natural. I’ve been misting it from face to toes on a Sunday evening, and starting the week with a perfectly even tan and smooth, hydrated skin. It’s so good that I think I’ll have to stay tanned all winter.
The new go-to in my beach bag this summer is Coola Tropical Coconut Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 – this antioxidant infused sunscreen with its invisible, non-sticky texture mists on super-fast. Plus the formula is 70% organic, made with locally sourced ingredients and housed in a recyclable bottle.
I couldn’t write this piece without mentioning the incredible Tata Harper. For a long-term clean beauty fan like me, Tata is a superstar. One of the first to create desirable, luxurious product with clean credentials, her amazing brand blazed the trail that’s full of great beauty today. New release – Resurfacing Serum proves she’s still at the top of her game, with a blend of naturals that manage to be light-as-air while both nourishing and brightening skin.
Felicity Padbury, Copy & Editorial Manager on Natural Ingredients
I grew up watching my mum (a nutrionist and fantastic cook) use all manner of home-grown produce from her garden to feed her family. Because of this, I appreciate the benefits of feeding our skin from the inside out and favour products comprising high-quality, organic, food-grade ingredients. While this may evoke images of muddling strange smelling concoctions at the kitchen table, I love the fact that there are so many high-end, luxury brands creating small-batch, free-from formulas that deliver noticeable results.
I was told that eating carrots would help me see in the dark and Odacité’s Wild Carrot Facial Serum proves there’s some truth in this. This wild carrot seed oil is hand pressed in a small French village using the same traditional extraction method that was used over 200 years ago – the result is a natural beauty elixir that gives skin an enviable, glowing complexion.
Founded by husband and wife dream team Alex and Julia in their Seattle kitchen, Herbivore is vegan and all products have an emphasis on organic, high-quality and food-grade ingredients. Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Crème is the perfect moisturiser – it plumps, smooths and leaves my skin with a slightly dewy finish. I love layering it underneath foundation.
There’s nothing quite like waking up to a bright summer’s day, and Tan-Luxe Sleep Oil (mixed into moisturiser the night before) has been giving me the most naturally radiant glow come morning. And, the best bit, it’s formulated with hardworking botanicals and free from parabens, mineral oils and chemicals.
I have quite sluggish skin and so am always on the lookout for exfoliating treatments that will help speed up my cell renewal. I love Ren’s Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic because it’s gentle enough to use every day and instantly brightens up my complexion. Willow bark extract is the main ingredient – it’s a natural source of salicylic acid and so ideal for oily skin like mine.