19.04.17

How To Make The Switch To Natural Beauty

Looking to make the switch to natural and organic beauty products but not sure how?

Start with the basics

At some point in research you may feel overwhelmed (and scared) by all the information you find on non-toxic beauty. You may feel the urge to chuck everything your currently use in the bin and start from scratch.

Resist that urge.

Trying to completely overhaul your entire beauty routine at once will be expensive and there’s a good chance your skin may completely freak out.

Instead, start with a few products to switch out from your regular routine and go from there.

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A few points to start you off

-Do your research. Read reviews on sites and beauty blogs, ask people you know have tried it, read the ingredients list then Google what they are and what they do for your skin.

-Buy products within your budget. There’s no point buying an expensive organic bodywash if you can’t afford to keep repurchasing it every few months.

-Invest in products you will actually use. It’s easy to get caught up with your new natural beauty routine and want all the shiny new products you come across. Make a list of what you need and stick to it.

-Do not buy something because the packaging is pretty. We’ve all been there!

-Be wary of greenwashing. So many popular brands call themselves natural when they are definitely not. Refer back to the first point.

-Don’t buy too many products. If you’re time poor and like a minimal fuss routine, buying a 6 step face care system won’t work for you. Likewise if you love your daily pampering sessions limiting yourself to just the basics might feel like a form of torture.

-Finally the easiest (and cheapest) way to incorporate more natural products into your daily routine is wait until a product is nearing the end then replace it with a natural or organic product you have researched first.

I started with 5 things

Body wash, shampoo, conditioner, hand cream and lip balm.

These are the products I use almost daily and once I had these down pat, I found it much easier to move onto makeup and products I don’t use as often.

Bodywash

For every day use Dr Bronners is hands down my favourite bodywash ever. It’s reasonably priced because you can buy in bulk and a little goes a long way. It’s non-drying, smells nice and cleans well.

For something a little more luxurious I like the Mukti Botanique Wash, for special occasions or when you need a little pampering.

Shampoo

I have long and very thick hair, so trust me when I say I don’t settle for shit products when it comes to my hair. I have tried A LOT of natural shampoos and they are not all created equal.

There are about half a dozen shampoos I like but the two I keep coming back to are Acure Moroccan Hydrating Shampoo and the Madara Colour and Shine Shampoo.

They both clean my hair with only a 20c piece sized dollops. I like the smell and they don’t make my hair feel “squeaky” clean and they don’t weight it down with residue. If I had to pick only one though, Acure would be it.

Conditioner

Again, the long, thick hair situation needs the good stuff so most of the time I skip the conditioner and go straight to a heavy treatment cream.

I love the O&M Seven Day Miracle Moisture Mask, it smells like a tropical holiday and leaves my hair so soft. It is expensive but a little goes a long way. If you have fine hair then this would be great for a once a week mask. I’ve been using this for about two years and it’s my go to.

I started using the Sans Ceuticals Nourishing Hair Hydratant Ultra about a month ago. It’s very thick and I accidentally used too much the first time and it weighed my hair down so go easy and follow the instructions. As suggested on the site I tried it as a frizz treatment when my hair was dry and it worked a treat! A tiny pea sized amount worked into your hands then used on your roots tames flyaways.

Lip Balm and Hand Cream

These are two beauty products I am obsessed with. My lips and hands are always dry so these are used approximately 3-5 times a day. I’ve also tried too many to count, and most are a waste of money, in my humble opinion.

These are my holy grail products.

Aesop Ressurection Aromatique Hand Balm. First it smells so freaking good! It’s also lightweight and absorbs straight away so you can resume work without leaving grease marks on your keyboard. Aesop have physical stores and are available in Myer and David Jones so you can try it out in person first.

The Beauty Chef Beauty Fix Balm. It just works. Non greasy, super hydrating and a tub will last you at least six months.

There are a lot more natural and organic beauty products I like but in the interest of steering you down the right path, these are my tried and tested mainstays.

Nearly all are available at Nourished Life which is my favourite online store for most of my skincare and makeup. I’ve been shopping there for close to two years. They have a huge range of products at varying price points and founder Irene is incredibly strict about what she let’s thought her doors. The detailed customer product reviews are also very helpful.


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Kira Simpson

Founder + Director of The Green Hub, an urban green living advocate and coffee obsessive. She believes there is no one size fits all green lifestyle and we can all live more sustainably in a way that fits in with each of our unique lifestyles.