Monday marks the first day of Organic Beauty Month here in the UK. The Soil Association has deemed September Organic Month, which was created to raise awareness of environmentally sustainable management of the land and our natural environment, and to highlight the benefits of organic beauty with their dedicated Organic Beauty Week, from 19th to 25th of September.
Organic Beauty Week helps raise awareness for a better way to approach what we choose to buy. Currently there are so many organic brands, which you can buy organic skincare, cosmetics, and beauty tools. I wanted to tell you about a couple of my favourite organic beauty brands – EcoTools and Antipodes.
EcoTools was founded on the passion for both beauty and the environment and the brand is a leader in eco-conscious beauty products, most notably known for its incredibly soft cosmetic brushes. EcoTools makeup brushes are 100% cruelty free, and are packaged with reusable cosmetic cases that are printed on 100& tree-free paper made from 80% bamboo and 20% cotton fibre.
One of my favourite sets from EcoTools is their Starter Kit (£12.99) which is the ultimate introductory makeup brush set, whether you are new to beauty or a pro, enabling you to create any of your favourite makeup looks, and is also a favourite with beauty editors. You receive five essential brushes, including a Concealer Brush to hide any imperfections, a Blush Brush, an Eye Shading Brush, an Angled Eyeliner Brush to add definition to the eyes and lastly a Lash & Brow Groomer to tame lashes and brows.
The set also comes with a sweet and colourful cosmetics pouch which you can either keep your brushes in, a few makeup essentials for on the go, or you could even use it as a purse. I adore the natural wooden handles of the EcoTools brushes, and the bristles are so, so soft and don’t drag on the skin or irritate it.
Antipodes is another organic brand, which has a range of skincare, which I have previously written about on The Kats Paws, and to celebrate Organic Beauty Week, they kindly sent me two of their most popular, hero products – the Joyful Hand & Body Cream (£28.99) and the Saviour Skin Balm (£28.99).
Antipodes was inspired by the natural beauty of their homeland New Zealand, and they care for their own country by all of their ingredients being sustainably cultivated, local production and recyclable packaging. Antipodes carefully select bioactive extracts from sustainably cultivated native plants to create skincare products that are scientifically and clinically shown to help promote youthful skin. Even their packaging features fully recyclable bottles and aluminium tubes, and 100% biodegradable card from sustainable forests.
Their Joyful cream is a nutrient rich moisturiser, with a delightful scent of hibiscus flower and summer berries, it is both sweet and musky and is not overpowering in the least, and so will not alter the scent of your perfume. Joyful’s ingredients include wild blackcurrant berry, hibiscus flower and avocado oil, which is know for its nourishing and moisturising properties, as well as being great for dry, tired and stressed skin as it injects a boost of vitamins and nutrients.
Joyful is perfect for all skin types, and can be used on particularly dry areas such as elbows and knees and although the texture is quite thick, it spreads really nicely and doesn’t leave a greasy residue once it has worked its way into the skin, and a little goes a long way! It leaves my skin feeling nourished for most of the day, and unless you have really dry skin, then you wouldn’t really need to reapply until bedtime.
The Saviour Skin Balm is one of those incredible multi-use products, which helps to tend to grazes, rescue dry, cracked skin, save chapped lips, care for skin troubles, protects the skin after shaving, is suitable for babies, erases blemishes, relieves sore muscles, hydrates the skin during flying, eases sunburn and treats the feet! I enjoy the Saviour Skin Balm because it is a scent-free option for those who dislike overly fragrant essential oils that are sometimes included in balm formulas.
Saviour is packed full of nature’s richest oils blended with the power-packed antibacterial and antifungal healing properties of totara and Australian tea tree, while antioxidant-rich Echinacea and Vinanza Grape optimise cell and skin repair. The formula is antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial which makes it perfect for all-round use. It has a slightly tingling effect upon application, which could be the tea-tree oil.
The tin itself is really pretty and traditional, and is a great size so you will get a LOT of use out of it, and is just perfect for keeping on hand to help mend a variety of skincare problems. It can be used on all skin types, for people of all ages, so is a real medical cupboard staple, especially with winter around the corner, it is so easy to apply, and is very quick at showing results on problematic areas.
*This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own