There’s enough dirt and germs in the world to keep us washing our hands and bodies for a long, long time. But what if your favorite beauty brands are actually just adding to the problem rather than making it better? Chemical ingredients in most popular beauty products can be extremely harmful to your health and the health of the planet. Are you making yourself dirtier while trying to get clean? It doesn’t have to be that way. Check out these seven truly clean and pure beauty brands free from chemical nasties. Get clean. For real.
1. Acure Beauty
Budget-friendly, effective, and free from chemicals? That’s Acure. The line includes clean hair and skincare that’s totally free from parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, petrolatum, formaldehyde, animal ingredients and testing. Not only are Acure products truly clean, but the brand has a commitment to organizations working toward sustainability and a kinder planet. How about a clean conscious to go with that gorgeously clean hair?
When you’re truly inspired by nature, it makes it difficult to produce products that threaten it. This is the ethos behind California beauty brand Osea. Inspired by the sunny Malibu coast it calls home, Osea is on a mission to create the cleanest skincare made with the highest quality ingredients. Its formulas incorporate seaweed and organic ingredients. But there’s a little bit of magic thrown in for good measure, too. You won’t find synthetic ingredients here. Or animal-based ones, either. All Ose products are vegan and gluten-free. With a commitment to the natural world, sustainability guides Osea. The company works to reduce its impact throughout its supply chain. The result: gorgeous, effective, and painstakingly brilliant skincare for all skin types giving you a glow that really matters.
3. Kypris Beauty
For Kypris, luxury is all around us, all the time. The natural world is teeming with examples that are good for you and gentle on everything around you. The company believes feeling beautiful is a birthright, a spiritual experience of love, appreciation, care, and pleasure. And it hones these powers from the vast, incredible botanical world. Only the cleanest ingredients make it into Kypris’s skincare products and the results are purely indulgent but environmentally responsible all at once. You can have the creamiest, dreamiest eye cream, the richest facial oils that burst with the aroma of a thousand roses, and all without a synthetic in sight.
4. Laurel Skin
A holistic approach to skincare is experiencing a renaissance. And Laurel Skin is leading the way. Founded by Laurel Shaffer out of a mission to create products that harnessed the efficacy of authentic, vibrant plant medicine. Shaffer works to source the highest quality ingredients, never anything artificial. Focused on a ritualistic range made up of flower and herb-based products, Laurel’s skincare helps the true you shine. It’s slow beauty for fast lives. Each decadent drop connects you to the land in the purest ways possible. No chemicals, no nasties, just pure, clean skincare meant to transform your body, mind, and spirit.
If your beauty brand is loaded with harmful chemicals, can you truly call it self care? Not if you’re Shel Pink, founder of SpaRitual. Drawing inspiration from spa culture and self-care, Pink founded SpaRitual in 2014. The brand wants you to not only enjoy the benefits of truly clean beauty products, but slow down in the process. Like our ancestors enjoyed spa traditions inspired by (and often done in) nature, SpaRitual’s return to slow beauty starts by stripping out the chemicals and artificial ingredients. The rest is up to you.
6. Herbivore Botanicals
Not only are Herbivore’s ingredients exceptionally clean, but they’re highly therapeutic, too. This is because founders Julia Wills and Alexander Kummerow know that what we put on our skin becomes part of our skin and everything it holds together. There’s no room for harsh chemicals or fillers; there’s only room for clean, pure, and functional products. All you’ll find in Herbivore’s products are natural and plant-based ingredients, cold-pressed oils, steam distilled therapeutic-grade essential oils, GMO-free soy wax, recyclable and reusable packaging, and a number of fully certified organic ingredients. When it comes to skin, everyone’s an herbivore.
7. Tata Harper Skincare
Tata Harper doesn’t believe you have to choose health or results. With botanical-based products focused on delivering performance, every Tata Harper product is made without compromise. Free from artificial ingredients, Tata Harper sources its 300 organic botanicals from 68 countries. With a no-compromise attitude, Tata Harper would rather be out of stock on a product than sub with a lesser quality ingredient. This commitment extends to creating products that are good for your skin, for your planet, and for the people who source them. That should make you feel beautiful where it really counts: your heart.
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Jill Ettinger is an LA-based writer and editor focused on vegan and cruelty-free living.