My Follow up to: My Quest for Chemical Free, Organic Skin Care

Recently I wrote about my quest to live a more sustainable and organic lifestyle. Part of this quest has been to discover organic and chemical free skin care. If you would like to know more about how I qualify this please read my previous blog.

When I started my quest for organic and chemical free skin care I started the search at my local grocery store which happens to be Whole Foods. I went and spoke to their helpful staff and gave them my ideal profile for a skin care line, again chemical free and organic. By the way, I did this on a number of different occasions at different Whole Foods stores, with different staff in and around my city.

Almost every time I was immediately directed to two skin care lines: Aubrey® Organics and Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. As I ran out of personal products like, make-up, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap etc., I started replacing them with products from each line.

I started with Aubrey® Organics Rosa Mosqueta® Rose Hip Moisturizing Cream. I also decided to try their Aloe Essence™ hair care line. All of their products work well; you just need to find out which one is appropriate for your skin type and body chemistry. When using the shampoo I found that I needed to sometimes wash my hair two times for it to become real clean. I however have long hair and you may not need to do this. The Aubrey® Organics line is the most affordable of the product lines I tried at about $15 for their face cream and $8.50 for their shampoo. Additionally their sunscreens are great for summer and they don’t have all of the chemicals. Their Titania Full Spectrum Sunblock SPF 25 is what I used for my fair sensitive skin and it works wonders!

I then moved on to Dr. Hauschka’s Skin Care line and began using their Translucent Make-up, loose Face Powder, Cleansing Milk and Eye Contour Day Cream. I loved all of the products I tried. They work and feel amazing on the skin. The only thing about the line is that it has a high price point. The Cleansing Milk runs about $30 for one bottle. The Eye Contour Day Cream runs about $38. You can see this is not a cheap line. I also tried their Sunscreen Cream SPF 20 which worked great on my sensitive skin.

The third line that I tried is Jurlique. This is an incredible line as well. I did not find this at Whole Foods. I found it through other means of research. It however is pricey like Dr. Hauschka. In fact Jurlique was started by one of Dr. Hauschka’s protégés. All of the herbs are grown organically and biodynamically on the Jurlique herb farm in South Australia. I tried their Day Care Face Cream at about $34 and the Herbal Recovery Gel which is absolutely amazing. It sells for about $67. It is expensive but probably worth it. It even smells like fresh herbs and essential oils.

Depending on your budget and your skin type, I would recommend all of these products. They all work. It just comes down to personal preference.

Another recommendation for healthy skin: drink at least eight glasses of water per day. Doing this will actually help diminish the fine lines around your face and tighten your skin. I have also tried using organic olive oil on my face and virgin coconut oil. Both are great for keeping the skin supple and soft.

If you would like to learn more about what untested chemicals are in conventional personal and household products, check out the Environmental Working Group’s website at: You can also check out Aubrey® Organics list of 10 ingredients to avoid at: Aubrey® .

Happy and healthy organic living!

Kind regards,

Laura Lynn Klein

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  • Susan  September 16, 2005 at 2:27 am

    I don’t think so it is possible to care your skin without using chemicals.

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  • Cyndi  October 9, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    I think getting away from synthetic chemicals is not only good for us but for our environment too. I’ve tried the brands you mentioned but also like a few I’ve found on, especially the Soleo Organics sunscreen.

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    I agree with the premise of this article regarding organic and chemical-free skin care products, but since it is over two years old I thought I would mention that there are many more great companies that are producing some great products than just the ones mentioned above. My favorite line is Healing Anthropology and I love the sunscreen mentioned above as well. I too shop and trust the line they sell.

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  • pauline  September 12, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    I started using the Made from Earth Vitamin Enhanced MOISTURZIER when Made from Earth first came on the market years ago. There are two specific reasons why I continue to use it.

    I am sensitive to cosmetic product smells and perfumes – I can only use chemical and fragrence free – it certainly does not make my eyes water – and its ability to be absorbed by the skin without leaving a residue, or greasy feeling. Some skin products have left my face dried out even though labeled as “moisturizers”. The Made from Earth Moisturizer has this wonderful ‘cool’ feeling to it.

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  • Dr Hauschka  October 6, 2009 at 1:34 am

    I love the organic range provided by Dr Hauschka products. It really does my skin wonders! :)

  • Joanne O'Donnell  October 11, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Good afternoon,

    As the owner and formulator of Be Natural Organics I would like to send you samples of my botanically active skin care line to try and review. I have just received preliminary ratings for my products through “Compact for Safe Cosmetics “, a US health agency dedicated to protecting the safety of consumers. I am excited to say that all my products came in on the lowest rating scale, meaning the products are extremely safe.

    Our products are luxurious while highly effective. Our ability to preserve bio-active properties with the use of active botanical enzymes and other natural actives has earned us a reputation as one of the most effective, (toxin free) skin care lines among educated consumers and skin care professionals. Be Natural Organics is being sold in Dermatology clinics, naturopathic offices and day spas.

    Unfortunately, we are all dealing with chemical body burden. Over 90% of skin care products today contain a multitude of harmful toxins.

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  • Allison Miller  October 14, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I used to have puffy dry skin under my eyes…very sensitive. I’ve used other under eye creams and end up irritating my eyes, since most contain alchohol and other chemicals. What solved my problems was the Made from Earth Olive Night Creme. I tried over night and the next morning felt refreshed. My under eye area was soft, moisturized and HYDRATED. I use it once or twice a week.

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  • Organic Skin Care  October 21, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    With the number of organic and natural skin care options available today, it is difficult to know exactly what to look for. As a natural and organic skin care manufacturer, we are dismayed a the number of products that are not as natural and organic as one would hope. Certainly, one must read the ingredient list on every product to determine if a) the product is full of healthy, vital ingredients, or b) the product consists of the same old chemicals with one or two fashionable herbs thrown in. At the very least, one should check the Skin Deep website for hazard scores of all cosmetics products, as you have mentioned above. At Alchemilla, we create our organic skin care products with as many natural ingredients as possible, using herbs we grow organically on our own herb farm in Oregon. That way, we can be sure that we are incorporating only the purest natural ingredients into our already wonderful formulations. Oh and by the way, our brand receives a 0-2 hazard score on the Environmental Working Group’s “Skin Deep” index.

  • jenn  November 13, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Neither of the brands that were recommended to you are actually organic or chemical free. Both contain some organic indredients but both also contain isolates that are considered chemicals. Aubrey’s product formulations are stuck in the stone ages of the “natural and organic” movement. He doesn’t properly disclose his ingredients either.

    If you want real organic skin care you should try the “Grateful Body” line of skin care which is a small company out of Berkley California. The products are amazing for skin problems like rosacea, acne, and eczema and for people with any chemical sensitivities. All their products are vegan and made from only organic and sustainably wild crafted botanicals. It’s also more affordable than Dr. H which is made all the way in Germany. Because there are no fillers it also lasts a really long time because a little goes a long way. Check it out.

    Or you could make your own which is fun and thrifty. Check out the book “Earthly Bodies and Heavenly Hair” by Dina Falconi or “The Family Herbal” by Rosemary Gladstar.

    Most Natural Food Stores haven’t really caught on to what Chemical Free and Organic really mean in Body Care. Recently the USDA National Organics Program put out a statement that they would finally be cracking down on all the cheater companies that are using the term “Organic” in there brand names and on their packaging. Organic is for bodycare as it is for food. All the ingredients in the product (no less than 95%) must be organically grown botanical material. There can be no chemical manipulation of these ingredients. The only chemical process that is allowed for a bodycare product to be organic is sapponification, the process of turning vegetable oils into soap. So when a label says “Cocomide Propyl Betain (made from coconuts)” that company is trying to green wash you. This is a chemical compound that could be recreated from any number of oils including petroleum.

    Okay, I’ll get off my soap box.
    Good luck in your quest!

  • Teri Dourmashkin  November 25, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Physician’s formula now makes an organic line of make-up called, “Organic Wear.” I believe it was launched about a year ago. Since then they have really expanded the line. They can be found in most drug stores and of course are reasonably priced. I just purchased two of their eye liners today and they are both gorgeous. Two great shades are “Black Woods,” and “Black Olive.”

    As the owner of La Vie Celeste Skin Care, Inc., I am very careful about what ingredients I put into my products. While not certified organic, I do use only ingredients that are safe and non-toxic. Our anti-aging skin care line is predominately fragrance free and is quite suitable for even the most sensitive skin types. I am a signer of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, and believe that we should all scrutinize product labels when buying make-up and skin care products.

  • Julie Berquist  January 19, 2010 at 9:12 am

    These days you really have to be in control of your own health. I can’t tell you how much money I’ve spent on organic skin care products only to find that they contain toxic chemicals. That’s why I founded to educate others on how serious these chemicals are that we immerse ourselves in everyday. I offer only the cleanest , purest products and have done extensive research to make sure of that! To find out what chemical ingredients do your health go to

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  • Pamela  April 28, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I just discovered a new organic skincare line called Organoderm, their products are free of harmful chemicals and synthetic ingredients. I especially love the organic cleanser even though it has no added fragrance it still has a refreshing clean smell and leaves my skin soft and squeaky clean feeling. I love, love, love it.

  • Natasha  July 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    It saddens me to think that people still don’t know how to go about finding truly natural and organic products. Just because the words ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ are in a product label does not mean that this is so. Ever hear of ‘greenwashing’? That’s exactly what this is! It’s unbelievable that many still don’t understand this.

    Unless the product is certified by a third party, like the USDA, or ACO, then you are not getting a truly organic product. Look for the organic certification for the purest of products. Otherwise, you might as well go and buy a bottle of $1 shampoo, instead of wasting you money on these ‘fake’ organic products.

  • Elise  July 10, 2010 at 11:19 am

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