mak­ing the switch to eco prod­ucts

With many of us re­duc­ing or re­mov­ing nasty chem­i­cals from our lives, Me­gan Bed­ford looks at how we can make the switch in beauty prod­ucts.

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Body IF YOU LOVE: A LONG LAST­ING ANTI-PERSPIRANT TRY: Soft & Gen­tle 0% Alu­minium An­tiPer­spi­rant Roll On 50ml, $8. Dr. Hauschka Rose De­odor­ant, $35.

Con­ven­tional an­tiper­spi­rants are chock full of alu­minium salts, which do a dab job of stop­ping up your sweat ducts and stem­ming any un­der­arm per­spi­ra­tion. Con­ster­na­tion over the (hotly-de­bated) health ef­fects of said alu­minum means, for many, avoid­ing the in­gre­di­ent is a bet­ter-safe-than sor­ryap­proach. Most non-toxic deodor­ants are de­signed to mask a nat­u­ral odour with a blend of plant ex­tracts and es­sen­tial oils, but some now of­fer anti-perspirant qual­i­ties by util­is­ing the likes of bam­boo pow­der and horse­tail plant.

IF YOU LOVE: A GOLDEN FAUX GLOW TRY: Eco Tan In­vis­i­ble Tan, $40.

While we vo­cif­er­ously sup­port the proof that a fake tan is far safer than a real one, most fake tan­ning prod­ucts are a cock­tail of chem­i­cals that are ar­ti­fi­cially de­rived. With the ex­panse of skin treated by body prod­ucts be­ing much larger than the face, it’s worth con­sid­er­ing one made from nat­u­ral or­ganic in­gre­di­ents, par­tic­u­larly when it’s as good as this one and goes on colour­less so won’t stain cloth­ing or linen.

Skin IF YOU LOVE: A HEAVY DUTY MAKE-UP REMOVER TRY: Tril­ogy Rose­hip Trans­for­ma­tion Cleans­ing Oil, $35.

The most ef­fec­tive way to re­move make-up used to be a foam­ing gel or bi-phase make-up remover ap­plied to a cot­ton pad, but it al­ways re­quired an el­e­ment of el­bow grease to get the job done. In re­cent years, oil cleansers have of­fered an ef­fec­tive al­ter­na­tive that won’t strip away the skin’s pro­tec­tive layer in the process, whether you’re wear­ing make-up or not. The kind-to-skin cleanser works on all skin types (yes, even oily ones!) and rinses away eas­ily. This one is made of pure plant oils and us­ing it is akin to re­ceiv­ing a mini fa­cial.


TRY: Evolu Bal­anc­ing Day Cream, $55. A sim­ple, straight­for­ward mois­turiser that keeps hy­dra­tion lev­els sta­ble with­out over­load­ing the skin with any­thing too heavy. A good year-rounder, from a com­pany that cer­tainly isn’t new-to-nat­u­ral – they’ve just en­tered their 21st year, and are still up­dat­ing and in­no­vat­ing to en­sure for­mu­las are bang up to date. →


Touted by a wide num­ber of celebri­ties (Vic­to­ria Beck­ham, Ju­lia Roberts, Adele and many more) and beauty ex­perts – it’s even been com­pared to a cost-ef­fec­tive swap for famed lux­ury La Mer cream – there’s ab­so­lutely no doubt about the ef­fec­tive­ness of this all-nat­u­ral cream. A win­ner in win­ter, it’s de­signed to treat rough, dry patches all over the body, but those in the know use it as a dense face cream, ap­ply­ing to de­hy­drated com­plex­ions be­fore bed and rev­el­ling in a healthy glow come morn­ing. It’s also good af­ter resur­fac­ing salon skin treat­ments, such as peels.

IF YOU LOVE: A SOOTH­ING LIP BALM TRY: Lano­lips Tinted Balm, $18.

Most lip balms are made with petroleum jelly, which works well in main­tain­ing the nat­u­ral barrier that ex­ists on your lips, but is a by-prod­uct of petrol refin­ing, so def­i­nitely not eco-friendly, even if gen­er­ally con­sid­ered safe. Other prod­ucts se­lect beeswax in­stead, but then add the likes of pep­per­mint, cam­phor or le­mon, which can ac­tu­ally dry out and ir­ri­tate your lips. Our favourite al­ter­na­tive is Aus­tralian brand Lano­lips – it uses med­i­cal grade lano­lin, which mim­ics skin lipids, mak­ing it per­fectly com­pat­i­ble with your pout.

IF YOU LOVE: A HIGH-TECH SKINFORTIFYING SERUM TRY: Plan­tae Rose­hip Fruit and Seed Serum, $70.

The only New Zealand or­ganic skin­care line with ev­ery prod­uct cer­ti­fied, Plan­tae is well worth check­ing out if you’re keen on all-nat­u­ral prod­ucts. The Nel­son-based brand has ad­mirable and far-reach­ing ethics, but it’s the po­tency of this serum, with con­cen­trated plant ex­tracts full of vi­ta­mins A, B C and E, plus stud­ies to prove its stim­u­la­tion of skin’s col­la­gen and elastin, that rounds out our ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the line.

Make-up IF YOU LOVE: AN ALL ROUNDER MAS­CARA TRY: Inika Long Lash Ve­gan Mas­cara, $52. Liv­ing Na­ture Thick­en­ing Jet Black Mas­cara, $41.

His­tor­i­cally, nat­u­ral mas­caras haven’t made a con­vinc­ing case for a cleaner switch, due to be­ing ei­ther too gummy or too wet, with lit­tle stay­ing power. Tra­di­tional mas­caras rely on mi­nus­cule plas­ti­cised frag­ments, syn­thetic pig­ments and preser­va­tives, while nat­u­ral ones use waxes and pure min­eral pig­ments. You won’t get 24-hour wear from these nat­u­ral op­tions, but they are ex­cel­lent al­ter­na­tives to more tra­di­tional for­mu­las, and they’re also great for those with sen­si­tive eyes. One thing to be wary of is that eye make-up is no­to­ri­ous for har­bour­ing bac­te­ria, and with fewer preser­va­tives it’s wise to stick to sug­gested shelf-life guides: typ­i­cally around three months.

IF YOU LOVE: CREAMY, PIG­MENT-PACKED LIP­STICK TRY: Eye of Horus Bio God­dess Lip­stick, $37.

One area we’re now well catered for when it comes to nat­u­ral beauty prod­ucts is lip­stick. A num­ber of big­ger brands have clean op­tions (Na­tio, Burt’s Bees), and there are also the niche no­ta­bles (Bare Min­er­als, RMS, Il­lia). We’re a bit bi­ased to­wards our lovely lo­cals, in­clud­ing Liv­ing Na­ture, An­tipodes and Karen Mur­rell. All cre­ate creamy, com­fort­able colours. But our cur­rent crush is on Eye of Horus, an Aus­tralian brand known for its ex­cel­lent nat­u­ral eye op­tions, which has ex­tended into the lip cat­e­gory, with re­cy­cled (and re­cy­clable!) pa­per tubes too.

Cot­ton buds are one of the most reached for tools in pro­fes­sional make-up artists’ kits.

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