Health and wellness have been the most talked about topics when it comes to adopting a holistic well-balanced lifestyle. The society, in general, has become more aware of the food they consume as well as the stuff they put onto the skin. When it comes to fitness, there are various workout options to suit your fitness levels. Similarly, people are also becoming extra cautious and meticulous when it comes to choosing the right products for their beauty regimes.
Over the years, numerous beauty brands and skincare have labelled themselves as organic, plant-based or cruelty-free. But in a commercial world of fast moving consumer goods, how would you measure the efficacy of its organic qualities? Is organic really organic?
By organic, it means that these products are free from any sort of chemicals and toxins. The term is often used by how the ingredients are cultivated and farmed — grown without synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, genetically modified organisms, growth hormones and antibiotics. When the brands or products have fulfiled the lists of requirements (a high percentage of organic ingredients must be used), they are then certified organic or 100% organic by ECOCERT.
Furthermore, many tend to get confused between organic and all-natural. Natural simply means ingredients that are either plant-based, minerals or animal by-product. These naturally derived products are not the same as organic ones. Best way to check? — look through the ingredients and know your chemicals. Common ingredients to avoid: parabens, synthetic fragrance and colours, sodium lauryl sulfate, propylene glycol, and formaldehyde.
You don’t have to worry about having these harmful substances in any of these organic skincare brands. Today, there are many trusted brands that are making their way into our shores, giving us plenty of options to choose from. All of them started with a simple philosophy — to allow consumers to have healthier skincare options. Here are six for you to get it started with peace of mind.
Launched in 2009, Kora Organics has recently made their way to Malaysia in July 2018. The company is founded by supermodel Miranda Kerr, who simply wants to offer healthier skincare options to consumers. Certified organic and natural products are used, along with a team of researchers and consultants in microbiology, aromatherapy and organic chemistry that help oversee the creation of products.
Kora Organics is available at Sephora.
Even though they currently use highly effective synthetic active ingredients with organic and naturally derived ones, Organique by Olinda Spring is preferred, recognised, allowed by Organic Certification bodies including EcoCert, Australian Certified Organic, Cosmosis & ISO 22716. 100% natural Olinda Spring Water is used alongside native Australian ingredients such as organic macadamia nuts, lily extract, quandong nuts, and desert limes to create its organic potions.
The brand focuses on improving people’s life, both the consumers and those who are working, by supporting organic farming, sustainable wild-harvesting, and fair trade programs. While not everything under Neal’s Yard Remedies is 100% organic, they still do not contain any silicones, mineral oils, parabens, GMOS, phthalates, glycols, nanoparticles, DEA, or BHT. Highlights from the brand: Argan Oil which is 100% organic and Wild Rose Beauty Balm is 99% organic.
Pernilla Rönnberg wanted a healthier skincare line for her daughters, Estelle and Thild. She founded the company (named after her sweethearts) and it became one of the first eco-certified, organic Swedish brands in the world. The brand features formulas that use a unique combination of active ingredients, such as organic apricot kernel oil, almond oil, and pure aloe leaf juice.
Dr. Buds Organics goes back to nature to create four skin and hair products to combat common issues of acne, eczema, dandruff and hair loss. They employ natural ingredients that were used back in the days when chemicals were not yet invented. The brand is certified by ECOCERT, one of the world’s largest and most recognised organic certification bodies.
An expert when it comes to organic beauty care, Melvita is born in Ardèche, a unique region in France that is still protected and unpolluted up to this day. They offer the purest of nature, from the ingredients to even its eco-friendly packaging — everything is natural, free from any nasties. Certain key ingredients include certified-organic Damask rose and argan oil.