Surprise! Drugstores are stocking more organic and natural beauty and skin care products than ever. This is great news, especially for budget conscious individuals or those who just plain refuse to pay outrageous prices for skin care and beauty products made without synthetic ingredients (see Natural Skin Care Products: Reading the Label).
Here are 10 beauty and skin care products that are not tested on animals and do not contain methyl or ethylparabens, propylene glycol, or artificial fragrance or color. Some are made with certified organic ingredients and/or to EU standards, which are more strict about regulating natural cosmetics and skin care products.
1. Avalon Organics CoQ10 Wrinkle Defense Creme
The active ingredients in this crème are CoQ10 and 5.0% Octyl Methoxycinnamate, a sunscreen that provides SPF 6. CoQ10 is an antioxidant that is found at the cellular level. As we age the amount of CoQ10 in our skin cells diminishes, which contributes to wrinkles. 1.75 fl oz (50 ml) for $22
2. Better Botanicals Coriander Cleanser
Known for their innovative use of Ayurvedic herbal medicine combined with modern skincare technology, this cleanser is made with certified organic aloe vera and herbal infusions of juniper berries and coriander, as well as essential oils. For normal to oily skin, 3.5 fl oz (104 ml) for $13.
3. Common Sense Tropical Castile Bodywash
Castile soap is an olive oil based soap, which originated in Spain. It is gentle on skin with a mild natural fragrance. The Castile bodywash also contains essential oils of rose and sweet orange, as well as cucumber seed, mango, grapefruit, and molasses extracts. 8.5 fl oz for $7
4. Desert Essence Pore Clarifying Face Mask
This face mask is made with two types of clay, bentonite and kaolin, as well as tea tree oil, sea kelp, and witch hazel distillate, which is known for soothing the skin. It also contains a small amount of retinyl palmitate (Vitmain A). 2 oz (66 g) for $13
5. Australian Organics Evening Primrose Body Lotion
This non-greasy body lotion is made in Australia and contains extracts of lime, birch, and chamomile as well as sesame and evening primrose oils and essential oils of pachouli and sweet orange. Also contains capric/caprylic triglyceride, an emollient derived from coconut that is easily absorbed by the skin.
6. Badger Mango Passionfruit Body Butter
This is a luxurious body butter that melts on your skin and is made from virgin coconut, jojoba, Wild African shea butter, and organic cocoa butter along with several fragrant essential oils and beeswax. 1.7 oz (48 g) for $12.50
7. Desert Essence Organic Jojoba Oil
100% organic jojoba oil is an excellent makeup remover and moisturizer for your skin, very gentle and with very little fragrance. Learn more about jojoba oil here.
On the Go
8. Desert Essence Green Tea Facial Cleansing Pads
For beauty on the go, try these cleansing pads made with green and white tea extracts. Keep a stash at the office for those times when you have to work late and need a quick pick me up, or don't have time to go home between work and a social obligation. Package of 50 for $7
9. Desert Essence Aroma Essence Towelettes
Made with organic tea tree oil, lavender and orange oil, this is another handy product to keep at the office or in your purse. Gentle enough to use on you face as well as hands. Contains no detergents. Package of 25 for $10
10. Desert Essence Sunscreen Towelettes, SPF 30
These sunscreen towelettes containing the active ingredients Homosalate 7.5%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, and Oxybenzone 6% in addition to jojoba oil, are the perfect portable sunscreen, small enough to throw in a backpack, handbag, or even in your pocket. Please note, this product does contain a tiny amount of fragrance (listed as the last ingredient) but it's a nifty product and well, is there such a thing as sunscreen made from natural ingredients?