This is a post I have been meaning to write for ages. Beauty products have always felt like a little bit of a luxury but at a recent lunch hosted by Human and Kind the owners were discussing the products and how every ethical element was considered along their supply chain. The name speaks for itself but I find it so refreshing to know that in buying a product, it is having a valuable impact on a community. These are some of my favourites companies with a clear conscience and the incredible natural beauty products they are creating:
Whilst their shower gels are absolutely incredible and the foamiest I've ever used, their ingredients are also fairly traded ensuring sustainability both for them and for their suppliers welfare. Their packaging is always 100% recyclable and the amount used it limited to the minimum required per product. You can read more about it >here<
Hero products for me include the miracle make up remover -which is the softest thing I have ever used on my face and also saves you buying cotton wool as it's gentle enough to use around the eye area and also the Shower Mousse in Grapefruit Delight. So fresh and SO foamy!
The Body Shop story started with Anita Roddick's belief in something revolutionary; that business could be a force for good way back in 1976. To produce their natural beauty products they empower over 20,000 economically vulnerable people in 23 countries around the world, transforming marginalised communities, preserving traditional crops and promoting sustainable farming. They have also been fundamental in bringing about the change in Animal testing laws.
As a result of launching their AGAINST ANIMAL TESTING CAMPAIGN in 1989 the UK banned it in 1998. They went on to present over 4 million signatures to the European Union who banned animal testing of finished cosmetic products in 2004. In 2009 they received a Lifetime achievement award from the RSPCA, and they continue to campaign against animal testing which sadly is still happening, unnecessarily. Hero products for me are their body butters which are so creamy and also their scrubs. What's so reassuring is they will continue to campaign and by enjoying their products you are supporting their work.
When it comes to organic skincare and organic beauty products Eminence is a luxury salon range that has an incredible ethos. Since their inception in 1958, they have been using sustainable farming and green practices to create natural, organic and Biodynamic products. They farm manually to reduce CO2 emission and their farms are powered by wind and solar energy. They have a Forests for the Future program which plants a tree for every retail product sold. To date they have planted over six million trees ( >more info here< ) in developing countries throughout the world including Burundi, Uganda, Ghana and Tanzania. In Africa, agroforestry provides families with the education and tools to create their own tree nurseries. The profits allow them to support their basic needs, while also benefitting the environment and fighting deforestation.
Personally, whilst I know there are cheaper alternatives to all of the above, the brand ethos matters so much and if you are thinking of a Christmas gift or gift-to-self all of these are contributing greatly to causes and communities around the world!
Happy pampering !
Lots of love,