4 Beauty Buys For Spring
Recently I've decided to slowly develop a more nourishing beauty routine to take care of my skin and hair. I've always very much been a soap and water kind of girl, supplemented by a honey face mask twice a week and moisturising my body with coconut oil after showers. But with my thirtieth birthday and motherhood approaching, I'm excited to pamper myself a little more.
What's great is that there are an increasing number of fantastic sounding ethical cosmetics options available. What's not so great is that things can get a little confusing! I learned a lot while investigating the options over the past few weeks, which I shared in this simple guide to buying ethical beauty products.
I also thought I'd share where my research led, with a roundup of what I've bought this spring, guided by the desire to find products that will nourish my body while being kind to other people and the planet.
Nurturing Rose Conditioner, Neal's Yard
Up until three weeks ago it had been a couple of years since I'd had conditioner at home (to avoid plastic bottles), and I was getting frustrated. My hair was increasingly dry and knotted. After complaining to my lovely mum, she sent me a bottle of this Neal's Yard Nurturing Rose conditioner (which I'd been coveting but not seen in France). My hair already feels so much better and smells beautiful too!
Waste: This bottle is made from 100% recycled plastic and is fully recyclable, in tune with the company's commitment to working towards a circular economy. You can read more about their packaging here.
Sustainability: Neal's Yard has been CarbonNeutral® certified for 10 years and is super committed to sustainable practices, from sourcing through to production at their eco-factory and distribution.
Cruelty: This product is certified by Cruelty Free International and is suitable for vegans.
Ingredients: All the ingredients are clearly labelled on the bottle and 89% of them are certified organic.
Ethical sourcing: Neal's Yard suppliers are paid fair trade premiums.
Arnica Massage Oil, Weleda
Over the past few weeks I've been feeling achy as my pregnant body is stretching and changing. After some research (and not everyone recommends using arnica during pregnancy), I decided to try this Weleda arnica massage oil.
I occasionally rub a few drops on my stomach, hips, lower back and legs before going to sleep and find it really soothing. It smells great and leaves my skin feeling soft too.
Waste: This bottle is made in glass (with a plastic cap). Weleda is honest about the challenges of packaging and strives to use the best options available.
Sustainability: Sustainability is central to Weleda, with over 78% of ingredients coming from organic or biodynamic farming and controlled wild collection. The company is also committed to sustainable manufacturing practices.
Cruelty: This product is suitable for vegans and the company has never tested on animals.
Ingredients: The massage oil is made from natural, plant-based ingredients and you can find a full ingredients glossary on the website.
Ethical sourcing: Weleda is partnered with a Fair Trade certifier and all suppliers are certified by the scheme.
Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, Pai
I was intrigued to try a face oil and decided it would be my first foray into the world of skincare cosmetics. I chose this Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil by Pai, which I found on the French online clean beauty store Oh My Cream. I've been using it for just under a week and my skin feels wonderfully soft and hydrated. And I'm loving the ritual of applying it at night (and in the morning, too).
Waste: This bottle is made in glass (with a plastic cap).
Sustainability: The oil is certified organic by the Soil Association, with 99% of the ingredients produced organically.
Cruelty: Suitable for vegans and certified by Leaping Bunny and the Vegan Society.
Ingredients: Just four, natural ingredients are used to make this oil.
Wild With Desire Lipstick, RMS Beauty
I wear red lipstick almost every day. Along with BB cream, it's pretty much all the makeup I use. For the past 18 months or so it's been a Chanel lipstick that I bought for my wedding. When it was all finished I was excited to choose a new, more ethical one.
Despite being hesitant to buy lipstick online, I decided on this Wild With Desire lipstick in 'Jezebel' by RMS Beauty (also via Oh My Cream). And I'm super happy with it: the texture is rich and nourishing, the colour is perfect and it seems to last well throughout the day.
Waste: The lipstick is packaged in an aluminium tube, but I'm a bit disappointed to see it has plastic inside. Still, the website says 'packaging for RMS Beauty products is minimal, and all of it is biodegradable, recyclable or reusable'.
Sustainability: Almost all the ingredients are certified organic.
Cruelty: This lipstick is suitable for vegetarians, but not vegans (as it contains beeswax).
Ingredients: RMS Beauty uses 'raw, food grade and organic ingredients in their natural state'. All are clearly labelled on the packaging and you can read a lot more information about them here.