Confused about buying natural beauty products? In this guide, discover some simple tips to help you choose.
Today’s guest post is written by Petra Kravos from Be Healthy Now. She is a healthy lifestyle blogger who is passionate about natural health, natural living and healthy eating. You can follow Petra on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
When you are switching from mainstream beauty to more natural beauty products, you might be overwhelmed by the number of products on the market.
You not only have a choice of hundreds of natural beauty brands but also lots of places to buy them from.
And while having lots of choice is great for green beauty fans, it isn’t always such a good thing for those who are new to green beauty. It can make it difficult for a newbie to decide what to buy and where to buy it from.
But don’t worry!
These simple tips will help you to decide more easily on your next purchase when you are switching to natural beauty products.
Set your Budget
Before you go online and start browsing all the natural skincare products out there, you need to decide on your budget.
Natural beauty products tend to be more expensive than the beauty products on the high street, so you need to be prepared for that.
If you don’t want to spend much more than you do on conventional beauty products, then you will be looking at the more affordable green beauty brands.
Here are just some of the lower prices brands on the market:
- LaidBare – good for face creams, eye creams and body products
- Faith in Nature – they do some great affordable natural shampoos
- Lavera – lots of lovely skincare and haircare products to choose from
- Urtekram – great natural shampoos but they also sell other natural beauty products
- Organii – good for natural soaps and shower gels
- Benecos – affordable natural make-up
- Natura Siberica – a variety of natural skincare products
If your budget is not that limited, then you could look at other established green beauty brands such as:
You will pay slightly more for these brands but they have some great quality beauty products that will really impress.
Where to buy natural beauty products
There are many places to buy natural beauty products from and these days you can get them from the high street as well as from online retailers.
For me, one of the best ways to shop for natural beauty products is to look online. But you could also start in High Street stores like Boots and TK Maxx.
These websites have a big selection of natural beauty products and often they do various offers which are worth making use of. But there are many others to choose from so you can easily shop around.
Check the delivery rates before placing anything in the basket though. Some online retailers offer free delivery only when you spend more than a certain amount.
Look for product certifications
To make sure the brand is truly natural/organic, look for certifications and seals such as NATRUE, EcoCert and the Soil Association logo.
ECOCERT was the very first certification body to develop standards for “natural and organic cosmetics”. It requires that a minimum of 95% of the total ingredients come from natural origin.
Products with the NATRUE seal contain only natural and organically sourced ingredients. They are not tested on animals and contain no artificial ingredients, synthetic fragrances, silicones, mineral oils and microplastics (microbeads).
While beauty products certified by The Soil Association contain only sustainably sourced organic ingredients. They have to meet strict criteria which also include environment considerations and animal welfare.
Not all the natural beauty brands will have these certifications. But when you see them, it’s reassuring and you know that you are buying something that is good quality.
Check the ingredients
Take care when choosing natural beauty productsas although a product may be called ‘natural’, in reality it might not be that natural. The percentage of natural ingredients could be very low.
Don’t fall for this trick – check the ingredients using an app such as Think Dirty which gives you all the details about the ingredients in the product.
If you are not sure what ingredients to avoid in beauty products, you can also use the Think Dirty app to analyse them.
The app will give you all the details you need so that you can then decide more easily whether to buy a product or not.
Read the reviews
To make sure you buy something that will suit your skin or hair, make sure you seek out and read online reviews. This way you are less likely to buy a product that will disappoint you.
Natural beauty products tend to be more expensive than many conventional beauty products so it’s really worth doing thorough research before you buy.
Choose a product with better than average reviews and it is more likely that you will love it.