10 Best Natural Skin & Hair Care Products of 2009

10 Best Natural Skin & Hair Care Products of 2009

10 Best Natural Skin & Hair Care Products

Even though Epic Beau­ty Guide launched less than one week ago, I have sur­pris­ing­ly been receiv­ing quite a few emails regard­ing nat­u­ral skin care prod­ucts. So I decid­ed to wran­gle up my Top 10 Favorite Nat­u­ral Skin & Hair Care Prod­ucts — and nooo, I’m not paid or spon­sored by any of them.

Enjoy and Hap­py Hol­i­days!

1. 100% Pure. With such a deli­cious med­ley of fruit enzyme scrubs, lotions with mouth-water­ing scents like “Dark Choco­late Mocha” and “Hon­ey Almond,” and lus­cious body wash­es with equal­ly yum­my fla­vors, who could resist? Most impor­tant, their line is incred­i­bly clean and free of sneaky, unfriend­ly ingre­di­ents. A few of their prod­ucts (I believe it is just their body wash­es) con­tain less than 0.1% potas­si­um sor­bate, a food-grade salt preser­v­a­tive that pre­vents fer­men­ta­tion. This is an accept­able preser­v­a­tive, as it presents no car­cino­genic risk and is water sol­uble, so it is not stored in our bod­ies. Plus, their cus­tomer ser­vice is a dream and their own­er, Susie Wang, comes across very gen­uine and car­ing (and appar­ent­ly she’s going to start a nat­u­ral cloth­ing line soon — that’s going to be awe­some!). Oh oh, P.S. their facial mois­tur­iz­ers (love their Aqua Boost Hydrate Serum) will leave you with baby soft skin. 100% Pure is 100% Amaz­ing (cheesy, but so true).

2. Talu­lah. I am fair­ly new to this brand, but I’m already in love with their home­spun view on beau­ty and the tru­ly 100% nat­u­ral ingre­di­ents that go with it. Their founder/CEO, Nicole, is an estheti­cian and herbal­ist who for­mu­lates every pro­duct in the Talu­lah line. Every­thing from their lux­u­ri­ous cleansers to their nour­ish­ing facial masks have pure plant ingre­di­ents and home­o­pathics that ben­e­fit a vari­ety of skin types and relieve numer­ous com­plaints. One of their pop­u­lar prod­ucts is the Vanil­la Bean Reju­ve­nat­ing Cleanser, made with organ­ic sug­ar and jas­mine rice for beau­ti­ful­ly pol­ished, blem­ish-free skin. And the pam­per­ing doesn’t stop there — after cleans­ing, indul­ge your skin with their nutri­ent-rich Oma Face Serums and, for some seri­ous repair, try a 30-day inten­sive with their sub­lime White Flow­er Per­fect­ing Nec­tar. Yum!

3. Evan Healy. “The skin breathes” is their tagline and the under­tone to this entire line. The result­ing for­mu­la­tions are light, yet supreme­ly nour­ish­ing and effec­tive. Dur­ing one win­ter, I had ungod­ly dry skin and per­sisent red dry patch­es on my cheeks and chin (awe­some, I know), and Evan’s Rose Cleans­ing Milk was my sav­ior, swift­ly replac­ing my irri­tat­ed skin cells with fresh, hap­py new ones in a mat­ter of days. Their Rose­hip Treat­ment Facial Serum is anoth­er beau­ty, made entire­ly of pure organ­ic seed and essen­tial oils to repair and soothe del­i­cate, dry skin.

4. Suki Pure. This is one line I have been watch­ing since its incep­tion, and the company’s own­er, Suki (go fig­ure), is clear­ly a pas­sion­ate indi­vid­u­al with a good help­ing of integri­ty. Her skin care prod­ucts are con­sis­tent­ly held to high stan­dards and as a result, they have received many pos­i­tive reviews and awards. One of their most cus­tomer-acclaimed prod­ucts is the Exfo­li­ate Foam­ing Cleanser, a deli­cious dai­ly skin treat made with lemon­grass, rice, and organ­ic sug­ar attrib­ut­ed to clear­ing blem­ish­es and keep­ing the skin soft and youth­ful. Their creams, ton­ers, and treat­ments are sim­i­lar­ly for­mu­lat­ed with pure, all nat­u­ral, organ­ic ingre­di­ents with­out a hint of junk, fillers, or preser­v­a­tives. And they work. Hooray!

5. Sophy­to. This expert­ly for­mu­lat­ed line hails from the UK, and its organ­ic stan­dards and unique offer­ings make it quite the win­ner. I love that their entire line is pH bal­anced, ensur­ing your skin is going to stay soft and clean after wash­ing, instead of tight and in imme­di­ate need of some mois­tur­iza­tion. Their Polyphe­nol Skin Drops are cer­tain­ly a unique treat, and can be used in place of water for rins­ing off your cleanser if you have chlo­ri­nat­ed (a major skin irri­tant) water. Over­all, a great line to try.

6. Liv­ing Nature. An amaz­ing, com­plete line from New Zealand — and if you’re a guy in need of a qual­i­ty, nat­u­ral shav­ing cream and after­shave, look no fur­ther! Their ingre­di­ents are impres­sive, their line is exten­sive, and they have some­thing superb and effec­tive for every­one. I can’t wait to try their Bal­anc­ing Sham­poo, made with Manuka hon­ey, mead­ow­foam, coconut oil, and vit­a­m­in E (but at $20 for just 6.7 ounces, the price is a wee bit steep­er than I’m used to with oth­er nat­u­ral, organ­ic lines).

7. John Mas­ters Organ­ics. If you’re like me and enjoy treat­ing your hair to the same nat­u­ral, Nature-lov­ing elixirs you put on your skin, then give this line a try. Their Herbal Cider Hair Clar­i­fier and alco­hol-free Sweet Orange & Silk Pro­tein Styling Gel are absolute all-stars, while the rest of his hair­care line shi­nes just as bright. Cru­el­ty-free, organ­ic, and made with top notch ingre­di­ents that make your hair look and feel won­der­ful — could you real­ly ask for any­thing more?

8. Intel­li­gent Nutri­ents. Oh my, what a beau­ti­ful, well-craft­ed line this is. While their pric­ing is pret­ty steep, one can’t deny the qual­i­ty, puri­ty, and effec­tive­ness this hair and skin care line pro­vides. And because each pro­duct is for­mu­lat­ed with com­plete­ly nat­u­ral (and tech­ni­cal­ly edi­ble) ingre­di­ents, you can use many of them in mul­ti­ple ways — Organ­ic Fin­ish­ing Gloss for your hair only? Nay! You can use it as a mas­sage oil or after­shave as well. And a lit­tle piece of triv­ia for you: IN’s founder and pas­sion­ate herbal­ist is Horst Rechel­bacher, founder of Aveda, one of the orig­i­nal nat­u­ral pro­duct lines many of us came to love (Aveda was sold to Estee Laud­er in 1997 and is, unfor­tu­nate­ly, being turned into the usu­al main­stream chem­i­cal-filled crap).

9. Real Puri­ty. Okay, so their web­site is the exact oppo­site of good or pret­ty (God, how I would love to redo their site — awe­some com­pa­nies need awe­some web­sites, and that kin­da thing gets me all antsy), their prod­ucts are as nat­u­ral, sim­ple, and love­ly as it gets. Vir­ginia Jenk­ins, RP’s own­er, is rich­ly involved in her prod­ucts’ for­mu­la­tion and even for­mu­lat­ed one of the first nat­u­ral mas­caras on the mar­ket. Their Sen­si­tive Hair Spray is a dream come true, pro­vid­ing glo­ri­ous, shine-enhanc­ing nutri­ents (all com­plete­ly alco­hol-free!) to your mane — it’s not your typ­i­cal icky sticky hair spray. I love how afford­able their prod­ucts are, and you can give every­thing a shot by buy­ing sam­ples for only a few bucks. I am excit­ed to try their Misty Facial Spray (a min­er­al rich arte­sian water mist for the skin) and a few of their cos­met­ics for my upcom­ing cos­met­ics reviews videos and posts. This should be great!

10. Sun­coat. This kin­da makes me gig­gle because I reg­u­lar­ly mis­pro­nounce and mis­spell it Sungoat, but truth­ful­ly, that is part of the grand appeal to me. This line is all sug­ar, spice, and every­thig nice — quite lit­er­al­ly! Their nat­u­ral hair care prod­ucts are sug­ar-based and sen­sa­tion­al, pro­vid­ing supe­ri­or hold, shine, and man­age­abil­i­ty to your hair. They are an unde­ni­ably won­der­ful alter­na­tive to the usu­al chem­i­cals.

13 Comments

  1. I have used all of the prod­ucts that you have men­tioned on your top 10 but if I may add one more to your list, please?

    It is for curly spi­ral hair 3a/3c/4a type which is dry and frizzy the pro­duct is from a British com­pa­ny called Ani­ta Grant (anitagrant.com) and the pro­duct is the Rhas­soul Deep Condish.

    It is the only deep con­di­tion­er I use, month­ly, for my spi­ral curls. It looks like choco­late and has real choco­late in it and leaves my hair super soft and curls bounce with delight.

    Hap­py New Year and I’m so very hap­py that you have launched such a won­der­ful site! 

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  2. Thank you for shar­ing, Med­da! Her prod­ucts look won­der­ful. I found a list of ingre­di­ents off her site and am very impressed. I’ll have to try it myself now. 😉 

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  3. great list, thank you so much. i want to alert you about a brand called ter­ressen­tials, in case you are unaware of it! this brand is amaz­ing and i love it SO much. their hair­care is espe­cial­ly inno­v­a­tive… i rec­om­mend read­ing this inter­est­ing sec­tion of their site: http://www.terressentials.com/hairhelp.html my scalp has nev­er felt bet­ter, my hair feels and looks like it did when i was 5 years old. you wouldn’t believe all the goop that comes out after wash­ing with the min­er­al clay for a cou­ple of weeks. can’t say enough good things about their anoint­ing oils, either. http://www.terressentials.com/

    thanks again,

    alyce

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    • Beau­ti­ful ingredients…I’ll have to try some­thing of theirs. Thanks, Alyce! 

      Best,
      Stephanie 

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  4. You did for­get one great nat­u­ral com­pa­ny: GREEN BEAVER

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    • Thanks, Paul. I had heard of Green Beaver once before on some blog, but it nev­er crossed my mind — usu­al­ly I only rec­om­mend prod­ucts I’ve tried. 🙂 They have great ingre­di­ents though, I’m glad to see it’s pret­ty much all nat­u­ral and not a bunch of green­wash­ing!

      ~Stephanie x

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  5. Thanky­ou for shar­ing all of the­se love­ly brands, must check them out soon. But what about Aubrey Organ­ics? I love their prod­ucts.

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    • You are very wel­come! Aubrey Organ­ics has some great stuff! I use 2 of their sham­poos. 🙂

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  6. 100% Pure, hunh? I’ve heard of them, but nev­er took the time to devi­ate from my usu­al nat­u­ral hair care provider (Curls) to check them out. How­ev­er, after read­ing about all the­se amaz­ing brands, I’ll think I’ll take your advice on a cou­ple. Thanks, Beau­ty Guide. 

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  7. Thanks for all the great advice! I total­ly feel you on the web­site thing- I obvi­ous­ly care what’s in prod­ucts but I do have to admit the appear­ance of their web­site also means a lot to me. I’m look­ing for­ward to try those brands. 

    My cur­rent favorite Nat­u­ral brands are Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soaps (amaz­ing! makes your body tin­gle) and Car­ol Alt’s Raw Essen­tials line (made from all good for you ingre­di­ents and inex­pen­sive!)

    xo

    Joce­lyn

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  8. hey steph, i m from india and i hvnt even heard the names of the brands u sug­gest­ed i dont get them here so i use sham­poo of herbal essences and i have heard many good and bad about it and i use ori­flame con­di­tion­er and neu­tro­ge­na skin­care prod­ucts. Just want­ed to know your opin­ion so if i should change or not, thank you : ) 

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  9. Thanks for shar­ing, although the­se are all way too expen­sive for me, so I think I’m going to stick to no make-up and mak­ing my own beau­ty treat­ments with the stuff I have at home. 

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