Since the beginning of my natural skincare journey, I’ve been on the hunt for the latest products and brands to test out. I’m a huge fan of online beauty shops such as the UK’s Cult Beauty, but I wanted to find shops whose primary focus was on selling natural and clean beauty. After some research, I’ve created a small list of the shops which stood out the most. Moreover, all five stores have rigorous criteria for brands who want to be sold on their shops. Alongside, a long list of banned ingredients. It’s safe to say these are the crème de la crème without compromising on clean.
1. Detox Market
The Detox Market is one of the most well-known shops amongst the clean beauty industry and the first natural shop I discovered. In 2010, their first pop-up shop opened in Venice Beach. Afterwards, they opened two flagship stores in Toronto; followed by two others in Los Angeles. According to the Detox Market, its mission statement is to “create an educated community of health and beauty experts”. As well as, to offer: “pure, effective, and elegant products”. They accomplish this by testing their product efficiency and checking for purity. Moreover, they curate passion by hiring those that are passionate about natural and clean beauty.
Notable Brands: Odacite, May Lindstrom, Pai Skincare, Tata Harper, KYPRIS Beauty
Content Beauty Wellbeing opened in 2008 in Marylebone, London. CBW is one of the most popular organic/natural skincare shops across the pond. In addition, CBW has one of the most extensive lists of natural brands I found from a London based natural shop. According to CBW, they consider themselves to be at the forefront of the move towards natural and organic skincare. Besides their organic beauty product categories, they also offer organic beauty treatments and provide complementary medicine with their Naturopathy Clinic.
Furthermore, their selection of natural and organic brands is carefully chosen. In order for a brand to be sold in CBW, they must meet a set of criteria with absolutely no synthetic chemicals. Additionally, their products must be high end and result driven. This criteria is set to demonstrate that going “natural” does not compromise on results nor luxury.
Notable Brands: Mother Dirt, Twelve Natural, MV Organic Skincare, Antipodes, Evolve
3. Safe & Chic
Safe & Chic describe themselves as the premier destination for clean and cruelty free beauty. As a result, S&C offers 1700 products and 100+ brands, so you won’t run out of new brands to test.
Their mantra is, “never sell a product unless it’s healthy and good enough to be part of our own daily skincare needs”. S&C test safety and effectiveness, through Think Dirty, Good Guide and EWG Skin Deep. Moreover, their products are free of parabens and toxic chemicals. Furthermore, they don’t test on animals and are environmentally safe.
S&C aim to provide a solution to one of the biggest problems in the US cosmetic industry, unregulated ingredients. According to S&C, most personal care products are not EPA approved. Since 1938, no laws have been passed to even attempt to regulate. Moreover, there’s about 1, 300 products banned in Europe; whilst, only 30 toxic chemicals are banned in the United States. As a result, their aim is to make it convenient for customers who want to feel beautiful and stay healthy by using safer beauty products via their accessible online shop.
Notable Brands: Osmia, Vapour, Grown Alchemist, Dr. Alkaitis Organics, Lili Lolo
Follain’s brand list is just as impressive as their founder, clean beauty enthusiast, Tara Foley. After switching to a healthier lifestyle, she realised she never considered what she was applying to her skin. Later, she launched her blog NaturalChemyst. Due to the positive responses, she recognised the amount of viewers who wanted to comprehend what they’re putting on their skin. As well as, where to find these non toxic options.
After two years of blogging, Tara left the corporate life to spend four months on a lavender farm in France. According to Brit + Co, the lavender farm was an “on the ground education”, which helped further her career in the natural beauty industry.
Afterwards, she enrolled into an MBA program which offered a national retail business plan competition. Two months after her graduation, she opened her first Follain flagship store. If that doesn’t motivate you to follow your dreams, I’m not sure what will!
Due to Tara’s clean lifestyle, in order for a brand to be Follain approved, the product presented must be safe and effective without compromising on luxury.
Notable Brands: Indie Lee, Osea, Hervibore Botanicals, French Girl Organics, Juice Beauty
5. Glow Recipe
When I first switched to natural skincare, I was a bit gutted to give up on my love for Korean skincare. Until, I discovered the holy grail natural Korean shop, the Glow Recipe. GR’s goal was to create the haven for Korean natural and harsh-free beauty products. As well as, making it accessible for women around the world. Founders, Sarah Lee and Christine Chang, have an impressive 20+ years of international beauty industry experience. These global trotters divide their time between major cities, from New York to Paris.
As self-proclaimed skincare fanatics, their promise is to provide only the best and innovative products. As well as, the low down on the latest skincare trends, tips and tricks.
Notable Brands: Glow Recipe Skincare, Blithe, Whamisa, Make P:rem, J-One
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