7 Best Ethical Beauty Treasures of 2017
that note of intergalactic lashes...
Yes! I love unearthing treasure.
In particular, this second half of 2017, as I turned my eyes to my daily decisions and their ramifications, I began to properly think about the products I use in my everyday 'getting ready' routines.
To be honest, I hadn't thought a great deal about animal testing before now. I think I genuinely assumed that it had mostly been dealt with, but oh how far that is from being true.
Sorry Elle, it appears there's still work to do.
So - my 7 best ethical beauty treasures of 2017 have two criteria:
I actually love this product and it's become a part of my daily or regular routine.
The product or brand falls under ethical, sustainable, vegan, cruelty-free categories in some way.
In an order vaguely reminiscent of their use within a week or a daily routine...
7. Fresh Faced Mask
Perfect Potions Fresh Faced Mask - a mixture of natural and organic ingredients, this mask is a joy. Typically I have quite oily skin so my efforts tend to be concentrated on managing that, and this mask does a great job of clearing out pores and impurities, reducing redness, leaves my skin feeling fresh and looking brighter, cleaner and with a more even tone for days. Plus who doesn't love wearing a green mask to frighten your housemate/partner/kids with?!
6. Jojoba Oil
Now Solutions Jojoba Oil - organic and cruelty-free!! My hair colourist recommended jojoba oil for my scalp and hair when I first coloured my hair earlier this year. It's now become something I apply every or every other time after washing and drying my hair, and occasionally massage some through on other days if there's still no product in my hair. It definitely helps if my scalp gets a bit dry, it also just gives a lovely sheen to my hair (without it looking over oily) and it can help with styling before needing to turn to other products. Plus, when it gets all over my hands in the process I can't complain, as it is also a brilliant moisturiser for my skin!
5. Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub
Sukin Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub - who else in Australia has been loving the prominence of the Sukin range in a certain mainstream supermarket these last few months?! I've tried a few Sukin products but hands down so far this is my favourite. A mixture of kale (because kale... ??), spirulina, parsley, pineapple, liquorice root extract, cranberry, with jojoba beads and bamboo for some light exfoliation (exfoliation which won't flood the ocean and its critters with plastic beads, unlike most other exfoliating products... ). This product leaves my otherwise too-oily skin feeling smoother, cleaner, well moisturised and definitely more awake, and looking brighter and with a more even tone. I quite often put it on at the beginning of my shower and just remove at the end, so it half acts as a mask whenever I use it. Oh, and all Sukin products are vegan and cruelty-free. LEGENDS.
4. SOS Spot Gel
Perfect Potions SOS Spot Gel - Perfect Potions returns! Did I tell you they also make quite nice tea? Anyway. This treatment product is an absolute dream for me. As I've mentioned, my skin tends to be quite oily, and somehow, even as a 30 year old, outbreaks still happen (what even... ) and THIS tea tree and juniper berry gel is my instant go-to. I apply this to any blemish and leave it on overnight (or occasionally even a little bit of it under my makeup if things are getting dire) and it WORKS. Yes. It's not instantaneous obviously (sigh), but I have found that blemishes heal and reduce much faster than before, and they stay more isolated on my face so a full scale warzone doesn't occur. Again, this is made from a mixture of natural and organic ingredients.
3. Broad Spectrum Roll-On Sunscreen SPF50+
Natio Broad Spectrum Roll-On Sunscreen SPF50+ - Natio has been cruelty-free since 1996, and many of their products are also vegan. I've mostly used one well known brand of sunscreen my whole life, but I couldn't seem to find confirmation online that they are cruelty-free. Then I saw this sunscreen offered by Natio, and I'm already familiar with some of Natio's makeup range. So, why did this make the treasure list? Because good sunscreen is crucial if you live somewhere like Australia (or arguably most places in the world), and this sunscreen doesn't feel too heavy once applied, is still SPF50, and, as a roll-on, is the easiest sunscreen I've ever applied that still results in good coverage.
2. Loose Mineral Foundation
Esmi Loose Mineral Foundation - good coverage that is also light in appearance and feel is important, right? Plus, because I almost always wear makeup (foundation/powder included), I've increasingly come to the realisation that I don't want to be putting junk on my face. After all, if I put effort into getting more sleep, eating better, using masks, exfoliating, cleansing, toning, etc, then why wreck it with makeup that causes more problems than it's worth??! And of course, beyond that, I now have been on the hunt for more ethical products! Enter Esmi. Vegan and cruelty-free!! Plus, Australian-made which is a nice plus for all the Aussie girls reading this. I usually use this loose mineral foundation powder on top of a liquid foundation - it's SO light and gives such a healthy glow to my skin! Sometimes I'll lightly reapply it in the late afternoon, but often I don't need to, or, it's all that's needed as I freshen up before heading out. As soon as my old liquid foundation is used up, I'll be trying out one of Esmi's liquid foundations next. Nothing but love for this brand so far.
1. Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara, in Supernova
Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara, in Supernova - okay, so aside from anything else, how good is that name?? I'm a bit of a sci-fi nerd and I love anything space-related, so I'm all in for supernova stellar gaze eyes! Switching to a cruelty-free mascara was one of the first purchases I thought to make. Pacifica's whole product range is vegan and cruelty-free!! I have nothing bad to say about this mascara. It doesn't clump, it lengthens, it's does the job well, it feels nice on my lashes. This is the non-water resistant option and so it also washes off nicely at the end of the day. Looking forward to trying out a few more Pacifica products in 2018!
And on that note of intergalactic lashes, while I'll definitely be continuing my hunt for new wonderful ethical beauty products in 2018, these are my top 7 treasures discovered in 2017. If you have any suggestions of great brands or products to try, please share the love and drop a comment below!