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: www.ewg.org. You can also check out Aubrey® Organics list of 10 ingredients to avoid at: Aubrey® Organics.com .
Happy and healthy organic living!
Laura Lynn Klein