UPDATED on June 27 2020
Since a decade I am passionated about organic cosmetics. The bio-beauty world can be at first sight overwhelming, trying to understand INCI, chemical names, toxicity... I did so many researches and tests in the past years and have now a collection of incredible effective, safe & affordable organic products made with the most natural formulas.
I simply share here my very favorite choices with the idea that it could maybe useful for someone!
Whenever you are curious about my experience and how I use those products, keep reading below...
DISCLAIMER: I am not a dermatologist, neither a professional esthetician. Please consult your doctor in case of severe skin or hair damage.
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Ecco Verde www.ecco-verde.ch (no additional costs & import fees for Switzerland)
iHerb www.iherb.com (no additional costs & import fees for Switzerland)
Clochee, PURE - Calming Face Mist CHF 9.00
Shampoo & Conditioner
Andalou Naturals, Brightening
The Brightening collection by the Australian brand Andalou Naturals utilises some powerful natural ingredients - Turmeric, Purple Carrot rich in Beta Carotene, and probiotics - to promote the growth of healthy flora on the skin. Having since child an olive skin characterised by high face pigementation, I am extremily satisfied about its illuminating power to promote skin radiance. After removing my make-up, I apply the toner with a cotton pad, than the serum followed by the cream. I use this collection since two years and I highly recommend it for dull and combination skin types that are concerned with dull skin and the appearance of pigmentation.
Biopark cosmetics, Powders
Amla powder is obtained from the dried and ground fruit of the Amla tree. It is also often called "Indian gooseberry" and has been used since centuries as an Ayuverda remedy. Amla is rich in vitamin C and acts as a powerful antioxidant, which prevents premature graying of hair, hair loss and dandruff. Amla powder has astringent properties and is also suitable for the care of normal, oily and combination skin. The light brown color powder has a quite strong herbal acidic smell, my husband doesn't like it at all! So I always add some drops of essential oils in order to cover the "horse smell" effect. Amla extract is widely used as a natural ingredient for shampoos, hair oils and natural colors. Since it is rich in tannins, it can be used to fix colors. I use it mostly as a weekly hair mask and makes my hair much stronger and full filled. Amla powder has been a real discovery for my hair health. I mix the powder with water, or with olive or coconut oil and leave to rest for 15 minutes. Then I apply into my hair and fix it with a tinfoil. After a minimum of 30 minutes (normally I keep it for 2-3 hours), I rinse with plenty of clean water. For a mask with water another wash with a shampoo is not necessary, while for a mask with oil a further wash is necessary.
As a face mask, I mix the powder with water to make a paste and let it sit for 15 minutes. I apply the paste on clean skin, let it dry over 10 minutes, then wash with clean water and continue the treatment with a tonic and a moisturizer.
Brahmi powder: This Ayurvedic powder is prepared with shredded leaves and branches of the Brahmi plant, according to a traditional recipe. Brahmi is a very popular Ayurvedic medicinal plant, it grows all over the world in humid environments, such as at the edges of lakes and is used in cosmetics mainly for hair care. Its strong antioxidant properties are very positive for hair and scalp: Brahmi promotes the growth of healthy, thick and thick hair, acts against split ends, as it forms a natural protective layer on the hair fiber. Since I make weekly hair mask, my hair are thicker and stronger. On a regular use it helps nourish my hair roots and prevent loss, has a calming and refreshing effect on the scalp, moisturizes it and prevents dryness which can cause dandruff and itching. I mix the powder with hot water and form a soft paste. I apply it to damp hair, initially massaging the scalp and then spreading over the lengths. After minimum 30 minutes under a tinfoil (I normally keep it for 2-3 hours) I rinse it with water and a natural shampoo.
I discovered the Polish brand Clochee thanks to the Biobox.ch subscription which I started in June 2020. The Calming Face Mist formula, based on lavender hydrolate, flax extract and soothing panthenol, immediately refreshes and tones, restoring the proper pH to the skin and preparing it for further care. Beside my very favorite ingredients there are the chamomille and the Aloe. This Toner contains both: the Aloe gel ensures proper hydration and the chamomile extract restores comfort to the skin. I like the delicate aroma which makes the daily care look like a SPA ritual. The Overnight Regeneration Cream/Mask was a real discovery: I was astonished by the result after applying for only one night the Regeneration Cream/Mask! The formula is based on nourishing oils and shea butter which provides a great level of hydration, supports skin regeneration processes and stimulates its natural renewal system, maintaining skin firmness, tension and elasticity. When I apply it, I have the feeling of a very thick and extremely rich cream, however that doesn't lead to a sensation of heaviness. The selected active ingredients - the Tomato, Cranberry seed and Sunflower oil, the Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit and Licorice extract, the Glycyrrhizinic acid - create a perfect combination for demanding skin, providing intense protection against the harmful effects of free radicals, supporting the anti-age effect and smoothing the skin, strengthening the skin's natural protective barrier and blood vessels, reducing wrinkles and skin redness. I can say: it's one of my very, very favorite overnight cream!
Clochee, PURE - Calming Face Mist CHF 9.00
Domus Olea Toscana, haircare
Crema-Olio Capelli di Seta: I jumped into this product while searching for an anti-frizz, illuminating, parfumed hair product. It's an hair oil cream with an impalpable consistency ideal for disclipping, moisturizing and nourishing all hair types. In fact olive leaf and phytokeratin have a disciplining, nourishing and illuminating effect, which seals the tips and therefore has a strong anti-frizz effect. It makes the hair soft, shiny and silky, without greasing it. After drying or every day, I work the cream on dry hands until it turns into oil, than spread it over the lengths to the ends. It protects the hair and gives shine and silkiness, it's exactely what I was searching for! I love the delicate parfume, a post-hair-dresser like.
Olio Anti-Age per Viso Corpo e Capelli: This rich blend of oils seducted me with its delicate apricot notes. It is ideal for dry and brittle hair, as well as for dry, dull, sensitive and tone-less skin. In fact, thanks to the high content of vitamins and antioxidants, the product is suitable for daily face and also body care. The nourishing formula ensures softness and a pleasant sensation on the skin and can also be used to prevent stretch marks. This oil is also ideal for massages. I personnaly use it just for hair. As hair mask, I apply it to damp hair and scalp after shampooing. I wrap the hair in cling film and leave on for 30-60 minutes, then wash thoroughly with a mild shampoo so that the oil is not completely removed (that's the hardest part). As post-shamppo, I apply a small amount of oil on split ends and allow to air dry.
Domus Olea Toscana, Olio Anti-Age per Viso Corpo e Capelli 3.4 fl oz (100 ml) CHF 27.65
Heritage Store, Rose Water
I like to experience the delicate floral scent of real roses any time of the year. I personally use it as a hydrating toner that gently helps cleanse, freshen, and restore a healthy glow, removes debris and residue, combats dryness and helps diminish appearance of fine lines and refine pores. In this purpose, I apply it in the morning before the serum or in the night after removing my make-up, alternating it with the Andalou Toner or the PURE Toner. It can be also used it as a perfume, body splash, add it to hair rinse or bath water, combine it with therapeutic oils to make a unique formula. I like the Rose Water by the American brand Heritage Store as the water has been vortexed and magnetized to raise the energy to a higher vibration, the rosa damascena (hydrogenated rose) is pure flower oil and it's a product certified by periodic laboratory tests to be free of pesticide residues.
The Shampoo Nutriente (Nourishing Shampoo) is a soft, creamy detergent with PH 5.5-7, an ideal treatment to cleanse hair after using vegetable dyes. Thanks to the presence of polyunsaturated oils, marshmallow, aloe, argan and hemp extracts, it makes the hair shiny and full-bodied. It is ideal for nourishing dry and/or treated hair. I use it after a powder hairmask (Amla, Brahmi or neutral Henné) or after the Phitofilos brown powder. It facilitates the rinsing of powders and, at the same time, helps to fix the color and its hold.
After the Shampoo, the Balsamo Ristrutturante (Conditioner) is the best choice for softening dry, treated and split ends hair. It contains proteins and rice oil and its application after the vegetable dyes allows to keep the hair soft and fix the color. I like the feeling of a creamy but soft conditioner!
I Cristalli vegetali ai semi di lino (Linseed Plant Crystals) are the natural alternative to silicones to protect, regulate and smoothen hair. With a mixure of vegetable oils such as linseed oil, jojoba oil, soy protein, sunflower and mimosa wax, it regulates, smoothes and softens frizzy, damaged, treated and split ends hair, revitalizes the stem, giving light and compactness. I love this product, as it has 100% of natural origin, a creamy texture, and with a great gentle perfume is very pleasant to apply and smell. When I use the product, my hair are more disciplined, luminous and soft.
I shake it and apply it on tips and lengths to polish and soften.
It can be used before drying to protect against the heat of the hair dryer and straightener.
REN Skincare, Radiance
Micro Polish Cleanser is a 2in1 gentle face scrub developed as a lightening and smoothing for all skin types. It's rich in natural bioactive substances that give the skin new radiance, deeply cleanses, removes dead cells, counteracts hyperpigmentation and scars and improves the appearance of fine lines. I use it since several months and I observed a smoother, fresher and brighter skin since then, a real new radiance effect. I apply it on damp face skin and massage with circular movements, then rinse thoroughly with warm water, pat dry face and apply a serum. It's a perfect product that I use daily after a make-up remover, in order to double clean the skin and be sure to remove every residual from the day. If necessary, it's also a make-up remover.
REN Clean Skincare Radiance Perfection Serum: I use this serum alternating it with the Andalou Naturals Enlighten Serum. It's a luminosity boosting multi-active serum for all type of skin, designed to energise the skin tone, tackle the dullness, brighten and smooth tired skin. After its use, my skin tone looks brigther, the skin feels hydrated and energised. I apply it morning and evening onto freshly cleansed skin and massage until absorbed, then I apply the mosturize cream.