Being environmentally and ethically conscious when it comes to beauty often conjures thoughts of prohibitively expensive products or “at home beauty hacks” leaving you with a collection of mason jars filled with good intentions. Don’t worry, these aren’t your only options!
It’s frustrating that the majority of easily accessible cosmetic and beauty brands on the market not only take a toll on the environment, our bodies, and are connected with widespread animal cruelty, but seem to be purely focused on contributing to the profits of major corporations.
Fortunately, there are a number of amazing companies who are providing small production, big impact, ethical and socially conscious products changing the market and offering not only effective but preferable beauty alternatives. Switching to natural, ethical, green brands will, in the long term, be better not only for your complexion but can contribute to positive societal change.
We understand it can take some time to research, experiment and shop around for the perfect products to suit your needs so we’ve done a lot of the leg-work for you! We have compiled a list of our favorite beauty brands and their top products that tick all the boxes when it comes to effective, safe, ethical and environmentally friendly products.
Annmarie Skincare are the overachievers in the ethical beauty space serving up organic, cruelty free, honest labeling, non-gmo and community development support from the sale of their products. Wow!
We love their natural foundations, free from dangerous micro particles, which suit any skin type: oily, combination dry, or problem and you can even try out all eight colours in their sample kit to find your perfect match.
100% Australian owned Sydney brand Inika is just over 10 years old and making great strides in the natural beauty space. Responding to the revolution of conscious consumers switching to natural alternatives in the home, Inika saw a need for green products in the beauty market also. All of their organic vegan ingredients are ethically sourced, natural and derived from botanicals or mineral and are 100% cruelty free.
Check out their PLANT DERIVED mascara! Incredible.
Australian owned Kora Organics was founded by Miranda Kerr in 2009 and is a certified organic and natural skin care company. KORA Organics products are all certified organic and don’t contain any sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrances, synthetic colors, T. E. A., D. E. A., clycols, silicones, PEGS, ethoxylate, formaldehyde or formaldehyde derivatives. Every product is deemed cruelty free, not tested on animals and free of any added herbicides or pesticides.
Used by Miranda herself, especially for travel, this Noni Glow Face Oil contains Certified Organic Noni Extract, to nourish and brighten your skin.
Vanessa Megan products were born from Vanessa’s best friend’s phrase: "You should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn't eat''. Formulating natural face products in her kitchen, chemical free, and trialling them on herself, Vanessa developed her natural and organic products which are packaged in 100% recyclable materials. The products are cruelty free, made in Australia, and produce a low carbon footprint.
We love that their exfoliator contains prebiotic component yogurtene to balance the skin with the benefits of yogurt and prebiotic activity of Inulin, which aid in reducing the growth of pathogenic bacteria in favor of friendly microorganisms naturally present on the epidermis.
5. Ere Perez
Australian owned company, priding themselves on producing healthy, natural makeup, Ere Perez produces nourishing and effective cosmetic alternatives using oils, plant extracts and minerals blended with antioxidants.
We love their “multitasking products” especially this New Carrot Colour Pot in the Hello shade, that contains carrots among the many other beneficial ingredients in the nourishing mix.
Created by Naturopath and Nutritionist Anna Mitsios, Edible Beauty produces therapeutic, luxurious and safe skincare that was developed out of Anna’s love of natural ingredients and through seeking a way to improve the management of her Type 1 diabetes. Mitsios selects the highest grade pure, botanical and wildcrafted ingredients for her products, which are also safe enough to eat. In fact, her products contain zero ingredients that could not also enter your mouth.
To experience the ultimate luxury beauty routine, try out their Sleeping Beauty Purifying Mousse. With rave reviews, their delicate pink purifying sleep mask balances oil production and brightens the skin while you sleep!
Dr. Bronner’s is not only a socially conscious brand, working on fair trade projects and creating socially responsible workplaces for everyone along their production line, but have got simple yet high quality products down to a tee. The 4th and 5th generations of the Bronner family currently run the 60-year-old company, producing soaps, oral care, shaving creams, lip balms and more. Their organic castile soaps are so multipurpose you can even use their standard range of soaps for shampoo.
Check out their their Organic Hair Rinse which can be used in conjunction with any of their soaps!
Mukti Organics is just a teenager in the market but is one of Australia's first skincare companies to gain certified organic accreditation. Their range contains a blend of bioactive, native Australian extracts that address a particular skin type or condition. They strive for the perfect mix of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.
Check out their Botanique Deodorant. The combination of botanical ingredients and pure essential oils neutralize body odor and eliminate bacteria, allowing the underarm skin to release toxins without absorbing harmful chemicals.
We’d love to know your favorite natural and ethical beauty brands and products that make up your beauty routine. Tell us in the comments below!