Travel back in time no more than 10 years, and you'd be hard pressed to find a natural beauty product that didn't come with a figurative whiff of patchouli. Now however, eco options are as elegantly formulated as anything science could think up in a lab. And we're fully on board. The best thing about going back to nature with our beauty products? No fears of suspicious sounding ingredients turning out to be toxic. Plus, organic options allow you to shrink your eco-footprint without sacrificing style or effectiveness
Ahead, our 11 favorite natural skincare options, at every price point.
Forget for a minute that this cleanser smells like you’ve been spending the last days of summer in a strawberry field, its super gentle formula manages to cleanse every trace of makeup—including eyeliner—without stripping skin.
Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser
You can moisturize all you want, but if you don’t exfoliate a couple times a week, you’ll do nothing more than hydrate skin’s topmost layer of dead cells. Enter: Bodyography’s microdermabrasion-mimicking scrub, which sloughs skin using Dead Sea minerals and a blend of botanicals, prepping your complexion for the actives to follow.
Bodyography Skin Microdermabrasion Scrub
Ten minutes with this peel a few times a week sets skin on a path to a more even tone, thanks to an infusion of vitamin-C-packed grapefruit, which targets rogue spots of pigment and fades them within a month.
Yes to Grapefruit Pore Perfection Brightening Peel
All-natural AHAs and BHAs in this cult favorite resurface skin, fighting acne without drying and leaving skin instantly softer and better for having met it.
Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Resurfacing Mask
Unlike most witch hazel formulas, Thayers’ doesn’t have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, and its teetotalling ways make all the difference, calming redness and irritation without drying out skin. Plus its rose scent is one of the most gorgeous things you’ll smell all day.
Thayers Witch Hazel Rose Petal
Everyone ages in three basic ways: sagging, wrinkling, and hyperpigmentation. Daily use of a super-antioxidant C serum like this one from all-natural brand 100% Pure, however, ticks back the clock on the trio.
100% Pure Vitamin C Serum
If the idea of a face oil terrifies you with visions of breakouts and greasiness, we get it! But know that a solid face oil won’t actually make your face oily. Tata Harper’s blend of botanicals and pure oils including argan and camellia seed absorb instantly, leaving skin soft and perfectly hydrated.
Tata Harper Beautifying Face Oil
One hundred percent organic, this super-hydrating moisturizer uses plant stem cells and resveratrol to prompt fibroblasts to stop slacking off and get back to churning out new collagen.
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer
Packed with caffeine, yerba mate (a.k.a. the cleanse-approved alternative to coffee) in this eco-luxe cream reduces under-eye puff by boosting circulation while certified-organic oils of cedar, bergamot, lavender and sage deliver age-fighting actives to lids.
Puristry Yerba Mate Eye Cream
Your derm will warn you that UVA and UVB light is to blame for 80% of skin aging--and most of that is incidental exposure while driving, walking around, or just sitting at your desk pretending to work. Alba’s all-natural sunscreen shields skin by bouncing off rays before they can do damage while also hydrating skin as well as any face cream.
Alba Botanica Very Emollient Facial Sunscreen SPF 30
Forget mascara, if I had to name a desert-island beauty item, super-moisturizing EOS balm would be it. Aside from being super moisturizing, there’s something about the experience of smoothing it on that’s just as satisfying every time I do it. I’d probably still love it if it were a little bit toxic—that’s how much of a favorite it is—but surprise, surprise, despite its space-pod appearance, the balm features 100% natural ingredients.
EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm
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