As a bonafide cosmetics junkie, I
own hoard a plethora of products and there is a clear division within that stash of organic versus chemical. It has to be one of the major issues that divides the beauty world. Are you addicted to scientifically sourced wonder creams or do you prefer to go eco with plant-based formulas? Well, I would love to say that I have a distinct loyalty to just one of them but the truth is that I struggle on a weekly basis to make up my mind which team I want to be on.
Let's take a look at some of my favourite not-so-natural brands:
And the brands I love that fly the flag for natural ingredients:
Obviously natural remedies and solutions to beauty related problems have been used since records began. However the whole organic trend has peaked in the noughties (ughhh...I hate that term) and shows no sign of dying down any time soon. There is a valid reason for this. We like to feel that the products we put on our skin are as natural and pure as they possibly can be. Surely slapping on truck-loads of sulphates, mineral oils and other parabens can't be the secret to flawless beauty? Why suffocate your skin in simulated ingredients?
Well the answer to this has to be that scientifically based products often give swifter results and initially appear to make a considerable difference. I have often been wowed by silicon based hair products that, in the short term, make my hair look amazingly shiny and feel silky soft. However, if you consistently use a product containing silicon, it actually has a negative effect on your hair. It can build up and make your tresses dull, lank and lifeless. So 9 times out of 10, these types of products give short term fixes to a problem that is probably related to diet and lifestyle. Will I stop using them?...probably not. Sometimes I'm a quick-fix kinda gal!
Now I would love to renounce all the nasty chemical-based products that fill my cupboards BUT I love my vibrant lipsticks, my shampoos that foam to a gorgeously lush lather and wonder creams and masks that clearly refine my pores and leave my skin feeling better than ever.
That said, some of the most effective products I own are clearly members of team natural. I adore my Korres Lip Butters, Origins is by far my favourite skincare brand and has been for the last year. I also swear by Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser which I have used for around 5 or 6 years now. There IS something to be said for holding out for results that are garnered by nature. The fact that a girl was shocked when I told her I was 29 last weekend made my
day month! On asking how old she though I was, she said "Well, I assumed you were about 21 or 22! I never realised you were THAT old". Hmmm, now I have written that down, I'm so sure I can take that as a compliment! ha ha.
The products that require those nasty chemicals to make them incredible are bright lipsticks, fake tan and foundation. I am yet to find an organic version of each product that works as well as my favourite non-organic ones. It's clear to me that sometimes you need chemicals to give products that extra oomph in colour or super staying power. Until I discover amazing natural alternatives to these beauty wonders, I will have to keep slathering on the chemicals.
But tell me, when you consider your whole make-up and skincare collections, which team holds more HG products for you...Natural ones or Synthetic ones?
Do you ever feel like you should be investigating more natural ways to look your best?