Firstly buying beauty products made from natural plant based ingredients really do work and are far better for you and your skin than those full of chemicals and man made ingredients. They are absorbed into your skin rather than sitting on top thus really helping the layers to rebuild rather than just putting a temporary ‘skin’ or layer onto your skin.
Secondly no one really knows the full extent of the damage that may be caused by our skin and bodies being subjected to these chemicals. Some have been found to cause skin rashes and allergies while others are far worse and have been found to be carcinogenic in large doses.
Aside from the damage that using these products could be causing us we also have to be aware that everything we put on our bodies will end up in the environment. Every time we bathe or shower we wash off oils and creams that we have put on our bodies using other products that will also be washed into the water system.
Another reason we should think about using products that are natural not only on our bodies but also for cleaning and washing in the home is that these companies making natural products are more ethical and so these will NOT be tested on animals or use animal products that require killing or hurting animals. I for one, do not want to think that anything I use has meant that an animal has had to suffer just so that can clean my house, wash my clothes or apply products to my body.
The great news is that people are becoming far more aware and are questioning the need to test on animals or add chemicals to products. There are now so many fabulous companies making natural beauty products and products for cleaning and washing clothes, many are small UK based companies and I am happy to support these companies and buy British.
Finally companies making the natural products are usually more aware of using eco packing and recycled packing as well as green energy in their production. Having just returned from a holiday in Indonesia I was saddened to see how much plastic pollution and rubbish that was in the sea and on land.
We cannot blame the people as so often in the more remote places there is not running clean water so they have to drink from the plastic bottles. There is no official rubbish collection so the villagers are forced to bury their rubbish or burn it. They were burning plastic and the toxins that are
produced from that were just going into the atmosphere around. As we are fortunate in this country as to have clean water and efficient rubbish and recycling the least we can do is to make the effort to use it and try and keep our use of non recyclables to the minimum.
In Indonesia we visited Sumatra and were lucky enough to go on a jungle walk and see an orangutan and her young baby. These poor animals are in danger of as their forests are being destroyed and replaced by oil palm plantations. Although oil palm is a natural product the large companies are using so much that huge areas of rainforest are being destroyed to plant ever more of these trees. Many beauty products use palm oil and if it only came from existing palm oil plantations then it would not be such an issue but every day more of these forests are being destroyed and they will NEVER grow back.
It is too easy to say that “my small contribution will not make a difference” or “ just because I am using natural products will help”. Every little bit helps and David Attenborough’s “Blue Planet” has had a big influence and more and more people are re-thinking their lifestyle and making small changes, these all add up to a big change.
I have long been a big fan of Weleda’s products as they are not only effective and lovely to use but they also smell wonderful as well. Weleda buy from farmers who are pad fair prics and grow their ingredients organically or naturally in the wild. Weleda do also grow a lot of their own ingredients without the use of any chemicals in their own biodynamic gardens which I have had the pleasure of visiting on a few occasions.
Weleda manufacture the products in factories but are aware of the resources they use so they re-using condensed water, which is fed back into the water cycle. They are also constantly working to reduce their energy consumption and also using renewable energy in the most efficient ways they can.
Packaging is another area that Weleda are constantly striving to improve. They work on creating packaging that will protect the product yet is also light so that transport using less energy and also eco friendly and using recyclable and recycled ingredients or those from sustainable resources.
Another plus is that Weleda products are easily found to purchase as they are sold in Holland & Barratt, on line from Weleda and some products from amazon and in a number of shops selling natural products as well as from their advisers who live in various parts of the country .The products are a fair price and compare very favourably with other natural beauty products sold in this country.
I do have a number of other companies whose natural beauty products I like but I know I can rely on quality from Weleda and I love their ethical attitude to everything in their company from paying above fair prices to their suppliers, how they grow in their own gardens, their use of energy, their attitude to packaging and finally their lovely products do work really work.
Another wonderful company I like is MuLondon https://www.mulondon.com/ , which is a very small London based company and the moisturisers are just fabulous and all natural, ethically produced and packaged in glass jars. The rose, rosehip and rosemary moisturiser is my favourite I think although I am torn as I love them all.
Gerlinde Naturals https://www.gerlindenaturals.com/ is another small company which is creating great natural products which I love. Gerlinde makes all her products fresh to order and they are all 100% Vegan cruety free, free from glycols, alcohol,synthetic colours and fragrances, silicone, petrochemicls and animal ingredients. Her lovely Super Nourishing Face Balm has just won an award in the Natural beauty Awards.She has won a number of other awards including the Janey Lee Grace Free from award for her cleanser.
The Beauty Kitchen products https://www.beautykitchen.co.uk/ can also be found in Holland & Barratt and have a great range of products which are 100% natural . Personally I love their bath salts and body scrubs which smell gorgeous but their Abyssinian Oil Facial Moisture works a treat on my dry skin. They have a range of products made with seahorse plankton and they have teamed up with The Seahorse Trust to help save millions of endangered Seahorses . They are donating money on our behalf to help save these creatures and include a free 4 month Seahorse Adoption pack inside the #SaveStan Skincare Treasures products which is quite novel.
It is also possible to buy products that are all natural in make up from Holland and Barratt which is nice to know as make up products are harder to find that beauty and skin care ones I have found. One brand is “Beautiful Me”, another “ Pacifica and also Sukin to name just a few.
I love my natural beauty products and go out of my way to buy natural products .
I also like Dr Botanicals, Aveda, Dr Organic and Sheabynature products I am always on the look out for new companies and products to try but the ones have mentioned are ones I return to time and time again.