Where to Click for Health-Conscious Beauty
Getting the best natural and organic beauty products onto your vanity table has never been as easy as a trip to the drugstore or your local Sephora. Shopping for natural products is as much about knowing what you want as it is about finding it! Fortunately, there are a handful of online beauty boutiques that are simplifying our quest for the safest, healthiest beauty offerings. Not only do these boutiques stock dozens of natural brands in one place, they eliminate serious legwork by weeding out products with questionable ingredients. What’s more, they provide full ingredient disclosure so you can decide for yourself which products to trust. And (here’s the feelgood part) every dollar that you spend at these natural beauty retailers is a vote toward their longevity. With our support, the future of natural beauty shopping is in wonderful hands!
Next time you shop for natural beauty, you won’t want to miss these sites:
Must-See Makeup Selection: UpureaThe mind-boggling makeup selection at Upurea is just the ticket for a natural version of an old lipstick or eye shadow that you love. Search by skin tone or type, interest, category- you name it. Zuzu Luxe, 100% Pure, Revolution Organics and Nvey Eco are standout brands sure to find a special place in your makeup bag.
Best Samples: Spirit Beauty LoungeNot only does Spirit Beauty Lounge include samples with ever order, this chic online boutique offers deluxe sample kits for every skin, hair and body type. For $10-$15, you will receive samples (1-2 uses each) of a handful of products that could become your next natural beauty staples. What better way to try before you buy?
Most Comprehensive Skincare: Saffron RougeSaffron Rouge gets a gold star for its shopping experience, start to finish. In addition to all the natural skincare brands you’ll ever need, the site provides a handy skin type selector so you’ll never have to sort through products that aren’t 100% suited to your needs. Also impressive are their organic-only standard and excellent Lowest Price Guarantee.
International Beauty Destination: BeautoriumBeautorium’s beauty selection is truly without borders: products from Germany, Switzerland, South Africa, France, New Zealand and the UK are staples of the site. No surprise, since Beautorium’s founders are veterans of the European beauty industry! While you’re browsing, join the mailing list and take advantage of their phenomenal sales.
Best Bath & Body: Skin BotanicaSkin Botanica offers a staggering selection of bath & body gems. Body wash categories alone include Dry Skin, Oily Skin, Citrus, Berry, Gourmand, Floral, Tea, Therapeutic and Marine, and that’s without mention of the dozens of creams, oils, scrubs and soaps available as well. There’s a product for every taste- and every body!
Great for the Guys: Kaia HouseLet’s not forget about the guys- Kaia House definitely hasn’t! A well-curated selection of brands tailored to men (think Logona, Korres, Vitaman) makes this the natural product site for guys. The selection of grooming products, lotions, deodorants and haircare is enough to have any guy looking his best, naturally.
Natural Haircare Haven: PharmacaPharmaca is more a natural pharmacy than a beauty boutique, but its natural beauty offerings make it a must-see! Pharmaca’s haircare selection hits high, low and everything in between. You’ll want to check out Max Green Alchemy, Desert Essence Organics, MOP and Lamas Beauty, to name a few. And why not stock up, with free shipping on orders over $50?
Best for Natural Moms: MaternitiqueMaternitique’s personal shopping service is a treasure for moms-to-be or anyone seeking a natural baby gift. Earth Mama Angel Baby, Mambino Organics and VedaPure top the site’s natural product brands and, as any mom will tell you, the addition of organic blankets, toys and maternity wear makes it a one-stop shop!
Best Place to Discover a New Brand: FuturenaturalFuturenatural’s beauty selection garnered praise from in-the-know editors at Teen Vogue, Nylon and Treehugger, to name a few. For an assortment of little-known brands, mixed with old favorites, it shouldn’t be missed. The site’s latest additions include new products from RMS Beauty, Kahina Giving Beauty and Acorelle.
Bargain Prices: Curative WomanCurative Woman guarantees its prices to be the lowest around. One look at the site’s everyday bargains and you’ll understand why. Even with a selection of top natural beauty brands like Pangea Organics, Balm Balm and Weleda, it’s nearly impossible to find a product over $40. Don’t miss the Specials page for even deeper discounts.
Jolene Hart is a freelance writer with a passion for natural beauty and holistic health. As a former beauty writer for InStyle magazine, she has covered every aspect of the beauty industry from product breakthroughs to red carpet beauty to backstage trends at fashion week. She also spent time working in fashion at InStyle and Self and reporting on celebrity news and events at People magazine and People Stylewatch. She currently contributes to online and print publications including Natural Solutions, Coco Eco, DailyCandy, Organic Beauty View and Healthy Hollywood. She will become a certified Holistic Health Counselor from NYC’s Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2010.