Organic Skincare, it’s trendy

Ten years ago, people weren’t concerned with what products they put on their face. As long as the product prevented wrinkles, hydrated the skin, and/or kept the acne at bay, it was smothered onto the face with no questions asked.

At least, that’s what I’m told. I wasn’t quite old enough to be using skincare products ten years ago. I would have been 11, and at that time I still had skin that looked like a fresh canvas and hadn’t yet known the horrors of acne and extremely dry, sensitive skin.

There are now hundreds of products on the skincare market. They each make their own promises to give you that hollywood glow, minimize pores, or lift and brighten the skin. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a product for it. But how often do you read the ingredients on the cosmetic products you buy? You’d be surprised by how many items on the list you actually can’t pronounce and have no idea what it is.

In comes the organic skincare trend.

More and more brands are now popping up claiming to be ‘organic’, ‘natural’, and ‘green’. These companies use wholesome ingredients, less ingredients, and claim to not use any harsh chemicals or ingredients in their products. Although many make this claim, there are a lot of brands that just use it as buzz words to gain public interest.

For examples, a company can claim they’re natural and green just because they don’t test their products on animals. Although this is great, and no companies should use animals for product testing, it does not make them actually organic. That status is only based on what ingredients you use. It all depends on what the product is actually made out of.

If you’re in the market for organic skincare, you may find it difficult to get your hands on it. That’s only because it’s not as commonly found in your malls and drugstores. You’re more likely to find organic skincare at a local store. In Winnipeg, this is places like The Forks Market, Modern Supply Co., and farmers markets around the city.

Herbivore Botanicals is a brand you can find at Modern Supply Co. (252 Kennedy St.). It’s a natural and organic skincare brand that’s also cruelty free, non-toxic, and has some great products.

The brand also promotes its use of recyclable and reusable packaging and ethically sources ingredients.

From a consumer perspective, the packaging is minimal, clean and the price point isn’t too outrageous. It’s not your standard inexpensive drugstore brand, so be prepared to dish-out a decent amount of cash but it won’t break the bank.

img_4625The products I’ve tried from the range is the Pink Clay Mask, Sea Mist Hair Spray, and the Phoenix facial oil. The mask is my favourite. It’s a loose powder that you mix with water to create a paste. It’s great for dry skin as it acts as a gentle exfoliator and contains reship oil, which is rich in essential fatty acids that repair the skin. It costs around $28 for 2 oz of product. I’ve found that since you create the paste yourself, there’s no product waste so it lasts a long time and is worth the money.

The girls at Modern Supply Co. are great at recommending products in the line based on your skin type.

If you’re interested in any other organic skincare and makeup brands, here’s a great post that outlines some great options.

Once you’ve been exposed to the organic and natural skincare trend, you’ll notice the claims are everywhere and more brands are emerging with products. I haven’t completely converted to using only organic products, but I’ve traded in a few items to test out and try. I predict that the more consumers are aware of the harmful chemicals and ingredients used in products, the more people will demand that companies improve and make changes. I don’t think this trend is going anywhere, it’s only going to gain more hype.

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