Whenever you mention organic most people immediately think of food. Truth is that you can lead a very 'organic lifestyle' these days from food and clothes to beauty essentials. With September being Organic month, we've had a look at some of the many products out there which are produced according to organic principles. First up: bath and beauty.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body and whatever you put on it can be absorbed - much like you are what you eat. As people have become more interested in using more naturally sustainable products in their lives we've seen a growing number of organic skincare and beauty products hit the market - and they're not too badly priced either! However, unlike food, there are no legal standards to follow for organic beauty products so if you're really after living an organic lifestyle you should check each product before you buy it. Look out for brands that follow the COSMetics Organic Standard, or Cosmos-standard and will be labelled with one or more of the following:
Here are our four picks from the bunch that lets you introduce a bit more 'naturalness' into your bath and beauty regime:
Organic Surge Peach Passion Shower gel (£3.99/250ml)
An everyday essential - who doesn't shower - the Organic Surge peach passion shower gel is packed with organic peach extract and almond essential oil that will calm and condition your skin.
The scent itself makes you want to eat this shower gel. Blended without the use of parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate and synthetic fragrances, it also contains Vitamin E so leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft and ready for the day. And if you are prone to irritated skin, the gel is clinically certified for sensitive skin so it is perfect for all skin types.
Available in Wholefoods, John Lewis, Ocado, Fresh & Wild and Waitrose.
OCS Aqua Boost Shampoo and Conditioner (£10.95)
A favourite of celebrities, OCS's haircare and styling products are the ultimate choice for your tresses. Using Soil Association and ECOCERT certified organic ingredients (and carrying the Bunny Logo) the products use gentle, nourishing and natural ingredients like sunflower oil (a natural UV inhibitor), fennel seed, comfrey and wheat for conditioning and bergamot fruit oil for antiseptic properties.
We've been testing the Aqua Boost shampoo and conditioner on our over-treated, over-coloured locks for a few weeks now, and our hair is definitely feeling softer and looks more shiny! And the fact that it smelled like a sweet shop makes the experience even... well sweeter.
For stockist details call 01590 613 490 or visit the OCS website.
Aubrey Organics Collagen & Almond Enriching Moisturising Lotion (£11.72/237ml)
When you're nice and clean, don't forget to treat your body to some added protection against the harsh environment - especially important during winter - with a good body lotion. You can be certain you're in safe hands by going with this one from Aubrey Organics. The brand was set up by US ecologist Aubrey Hampton and was the first brand in the world to receive organic accreditation.
Made with collagen and elastin, proteins found in your skin, plus rich moisturising almond oil, this replenishing body lotion promises to smooth and hydrate, leaving your skin soft, youthful and delicately fragrant.
Available online at www.aubreyorganicsuk.co.uk
Mádara Deep Moisture Cream (£24)
Add a bit of luxury to your daily organic skincare regime with Mádara's moisturising cream. Part of a range of eco-friendly skincare products that is certified by ECOCERT, the Deep Moisture Cream promises to hydrate, firm and nourish the skin. It contains Baltic algae, oats, plantain, rosehip, sea bucktorn as well as rose water, avocado, cocoa and jojoba.
But ladies be aware: the sleek design and fresh fragrance makes it a favourite with men too, so don't be surprised if you find you're running out quickly!
Available in Wholefoods or online www.madara.co.uk
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