We try to maintain healthy lifestyles, but when it comes to skincare, we may be straying away from that philosophy. Many beauty products contain toxins, synthetics and other ingredients that could be doing more harm than good. Thankfully, there are some great brands out there that are mindful of what gets used in specific formulations, while still delivering great results. It’s mostly about what these brands don’t use, however, including parabens, harsh chemicals and fillers. Check out our favorites below.
Tata Harper prides itself on using 100 percent natural and nontoxic ingredients 100 percent of the time. The Vermont-based company manufactures small batches in its lab, which is located on the famous Julius Kingdom Harper family farm. The newly-launched Nourishing Oil Cleanser and Purifying Cleanser are personal favorites of ours, and great for first-timers. “If you’re making the switch into natural products, start with the basics,” recommends founder Tata Harper. “It can take skin some time to detoxify, so it’s good to keep the transition smooth.”
British certified organic skincare line Orico was designed to meet the everyday demands of those living in urban cities. The line uses naturally rich ingredients like mukul, tamanu oil, baobab and kigelia, which rejuvenate and protect skin. City-dweller or not, Orico’s Streetwise Trio Set ($84) is the brand’s must-try.
Since 1967, Dr. Hauschka has offered a complete line of holistic skincare that balances skin for long-lasting, radiant beauty. The plant and mineral-based formulations are complemented by cosmetics featured in the line. Dr. Hauschka products can be found at Whole Foods Markets nationwide and online.
Model Miranda Kerr made her way into the world of beauty by creating KORA Organics, a line that reflects her passion for a healthy, organic lifestyle. The brand’s mission is to provide quality certified organic products to transform skin beautifully. We love the brand’s Revitalizing Body Pack ($162), which offers a full body treatment with products like an exfoliating cream and rosehip body oil.
For almost 30 years, Jurlique has developed and used its own organic farm in the hills of South Australia to produce the purest and most effective skincare. Using sustainable farming techniques, the line offers a range of products for every skin concern for targeted results. Its latest innovation is the Natural Nutri-Define collection ($98 to $120 each), a powerful anti-aging line made with five key ingredients to address aging; rosemary, mulberry, peppermint, glycogen and horseradish.
From a beekeeper’s backyard in Maine, Burt’s Bees has been delivering earth-friendly, natural health and beauty products for 30 years. The brand’s products are free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum and SLS, and the company does not test on animals. The latest is the Brightening line ($10 to $20 each), which is clinically proven to brighten and even out skin tone in four weeks.
Every product in the Tammy Fender line reflects a passion for the ancient tradition of holistic medicine, and is designed to promote physical and emotional wellness. Products are handmade and sold online. Did we mention the brand also has a spa in Palm Beach?
Votre Vu handcrafts small batches of plant-based ingredients to deliver exceptional and luxurious products in a lab outside of Paris. Its Attentive Base Face Regimen Set ($98.70) is a simple all-in-one formulation designed for sensitive skin.
Yes To was founded in 2006, and is a global leader in natural skin and haircare with affordable products made from award-winning natural formulations. Products are famously made with fruits and veggies, and are free of parabens, petroleum and SLS. The latest from the brand is the new Coconut Collection — and yes, it smells and feels amazing.
Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of the top-rated Joanna Vargas Salon, also makes some of the best natural products out there. Our favorite is the Daily Serum ($85), which contains oat grass juice and vitamins found in leafy greens for naturally glowy skin. “My all-natural, organic Daily Serum is packed with vital greens and is inspired by my love of green juicing,” says Vargas.