EcoBabe Ireland: the style savvy, eco-chic blog

{March 26, 2008}   Organic make-up

The organic trend is quickly moving into the Colour Cosmetics & Make-up market. While this still remains quite niche (less than 1% of all make up launched in 2007 was organic), use of this claim has doubled in the past year (Mintel Global New Product Database).

Organic and natural make-up is bang on trend for 2008 & some really exciting new brands have emerged which are glamming up cosmetics au natural. There is also increasing crossover between mineral and organic make up too.

Most cosmetics on the market are loaded with toxins, artifical fragrances and preservatives. When you consider the average woman eats 5 pounds (450g) of lipstick throughout her life, using a natural and organic lip stick is key.

 Some of our favourite brands are listed below:

Dr Hauschka 
Dr Hauschka
Created over 40 years ago Dr Hauschka is one of the original natural skincare brands. The products are BDIH certified and free from synthetic chemical fragrances, colours and preservatives. We love the Translucent Make-up (liquid foundation in Colour 01) for pale Irish skin gives good coverage and blends in nicely for a very natural look.

Another German brand, Logona utilisee the highest quality natural raw materials such as premium waxes, veggie oils, floral distillates and herbal extracts in their formulations. We’re big fans of their Maroon 08 Lipstick, for kiss me quick, ruby red lips!

Nvey Eco
Nvey Eco
Nvey Eco a new brand from down under, explodes the myth that going green reduces performance. The products are slickly packaged and come in a variety of colours for every skin type! Nvey Eco is available in Gloss Beauty (Dublin 8), Carter Beauty (Dun Laoghaire) & for further nationwide stockists visit Irish Distribution company House Of Wellness.

Organic Glam
Organic Glam
Created by cult-organic brand The Organic Pharmacy, OG (Organic Glam) is a divine range of make-up that uses mineral colours, herbal extracts and antioxidants to enhance the skin even more. We love love love their liquid eyeliner, which glides on smoothly making us look like a young Audrey Hepburn!

As more and more organic cosmetic launches are expected in 2008, ethical considerations will be more prominent & segmentation by age is helping to refine the trend.
New brands to watch out for are:
Mode Cosmetics (US) – new face and eye products with natural, organic ingredients.
Devita International (US) – 100% vegan make up in for women aged between 40 and 70 years old.
Von Natur (US) vegan-friendly, non-talc-based mineral make-up range.


After fruitless Health Store searches for a decent Sudsy Shampoo and Creamy Conditioner…we’ve finally found the mac-daddy of Natural/Organic hair products – say hello to Aubrey Organics!

Aubrey Organics is an American brand & we got our yummy products by ordering on the internet from the UK, but boy was it worth it!

Where other natural/organic hair products fail is that they’re just formulated really really badly, lack of foam or suds, barely there moisturisation, little or no aroma and they come in small containers that are just too small!

Well Aubrey products are different, they smell great, but even better they work fantastically!

We tried out the Green Tea Shampoo for Oily Hair & the GPB Glycogen Protein Conditioner.

Both products come in 325ml containers which is great, as it means you don’t have to shop for Shampoo every week (take note producers of inadequate 100ml bottles).

The Green Tea Shampoo is heavenly, it smells divine, really foams up and last for ages! Using this in the morning just puts you in a good mood!

The GPB Conditioner is just fab! really thick and nourishing & it brilliantly conditions hair so that it looks and feels glossy, healthy & super shiny! Smells gorgeous too.

What more could you ask for!

We haven’t found anyone in Ireland that stocks these fantastic Shampoos & Conditioners, but hopefully someone will soon (hint hint).

There are a lot of new brand Shampoos & Conditioners in Health Stores which quite frankly are just disappointing to use.

So here is our very own list of Baddies vs Goodies

Druide (Canadian brand) – poor sudsing, no aroma, left hair prone to tangling & squeaky!
Dr Hauschka (German brand) – poor sudsing, no aroma, bottles too small.
Urtekram – no aroma & watery consistency.
Lavera (German brand) – no aroma, the Shampoos are okay, but the Conditioners are a no-no in terms of moisturisation and feelgood factor.
Natura Organics – weak on all fronts, no aroma, no suds, no decent conditioning!

Faith In Nature (UK brand) – nice large bottles, good shampoos’s but conditioners are a bit watery.
Weleda (German brand) – nice sudsing and creamy conditioning.
Avalon Organics – good solid performing shampoos and conditioners with nice herbal aromas.
John Masters Organics (US brand) – a higher-end brand but yummy aromas & good textures.
Headonism – yum yum yummy!

We’re off now to wash our hair again with Aubrey Organics, the range is just so darn nice!

NAdur roundy logo

Oooh, just when we think we’ve seen all their yummy products! Our fave Irish beauty brand Nadur Organics, just comes along again & launches a divine new product to tease and tantalise us!

We’ve been slathering on their gorgeous new “Radiant Face Rescue Serum” like there’s no tomorrow!

This latest addition to the Nadur range is a little skin-boost in a bottle, chock full of Chilean Rosehip, Jojoba, Sweet Almond Oil & other super-nourishing oils for the ultimate in skin nuitrition. And it smells gorgeous too, not at all overpowering but more subtle & elegant, with skin-loving oils of Indonesian Ylang Ylang, Sicilian Mandarin and Italian Bergamot.

We’ve been following the instructions and applying a few drops at night before we go to bed, and lo and behold in the morning our skin has looked alive, bright, radiant and revitalised!

Serums are the hottest products on the planet right now and Nadur Organics is one of the nicest we’ve tried to date, simply because their serum contains concentrated precious oils that offer skin a plethora of minerals, vitamins, free-radical combating properties & other organic goodies to help your skin recover.

It costs €27.99 and can be bought online from and via Stockists nationwide also.

Quite a bargain really, as we’ve seen some organic brands charge up to €80 for Serums. Plus the packaging is just soooooo damn pretty!

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