Cruelty-free, organic, vegan and natural… it’s almost like looking for the perfect man ‘eh. At least sometimes it can feel that way. Armed with your checklist it’s easy to find yourself swamped with ingredients lists and unable to decide whether a product is green-washed or truly natural, vegetarian or completely vegan, cruelty-free or animal derived?
Sometimes you can feel duped by a product that isn’t natural, sometimes you can feel frustrated that vegan and natural is so darn hard to find and ultimately it sometimes leaves you feeling like having values is just hard work.
If this is you, fear not my friend, I have you sorted with a list of 10 online skincare stores that stock cruelty-free, organic, vegan and natural skincare. There’s even some raw, wild-crafted, from field to bottle finds to be discovered.
Let’s get to this…
1. LoveLula – The Worlds Natural Beauty Shop.
This natural and organic worldwide available beauty store began in 2004 with 1 women, a baby and a severe case of eczema. It was that severe case of eczema that prompted Sonia White to investigate what her skincare was really made of… and she soon discovered just how hard it was to find natural, clean, pure and raw beauty products. Fast-forward 12 years and you have LoveLula making it a whole lot easier.
2. Content – Beauty & Wellbeing.
London based and also with a brick and mortar store, Content are the place to be for results driven naturally based skincare. Founded in 2008, this is the place to visit for new discoveries that are unknown but stunningly spectacular. A bit like those holiday destinations that no-one knows about until next year *winks*…
The part I think you will love the most… Content also have a shop by ethos section. You can choose your value and be safe in the knowledge that every product you’re perusing is either one of the below…
- Certified organic
- Certified natural
- Great British beauty
- Small batch beauty (it’s super fresh!)
- Certified cruelty free
- Suitable for Vegans
- Gluten free
- Raw skincare
Best Bits: Shop by ethos sub sections, a sample service that allows you to choose 3 free samples when spending over £20 and free delivery on orders over £30.
3. My Pure – Naturally Better Beauty.
Would you believe this beautiful site was originally conceived and built from a small cabin at the bottom of a garden? Is this the new man cave (?) *winks*. My Pure give you both ends of natural beauty from an every day £4.99 bodywash to a £38 indulgent anti-ageing investment piece.
This team of skincare gurus vet all stocked products past the MYPURE purity promise. Try saying that speedily *winks*… this fab list promises pretty much everything you could ask for including;
- Sulfate free
- Silicone free
- Free from artificial fragrance and colourants.
- Free from MI (methylisothiazolinone) & MCI (methylchloroisothiazolinone) = 2 preservatives linked to sensitivity reactions.
- Propylene glycol free
- Recyclable packaging
- All used palm oil sources are sustainable
Best Bits: Price selecting slider bar, 5 free sample sachets on orders over £30 or 50p each if you don’t and this bit is so lovely, you also get to select a full size free gift when you do spend over £30.
4. Naturisimo – Healthy, Ethical, Sustainable.
Looking to treat your body like a temple from the outside and the inside? If you’re nodding along with me then Naturisimo is the virtual online store you need to visit. It has teas, supplements, herbs and protein powders alongside skincare, makeup, haircare and beauty. #YesPlease
If treating your body like a temple from the inside sounds like you’ll be losing out on yummy, take a read of this article explaining how and why chocolate is healthy and then head here to gander at the high flavanol content cacoa powder Naturisimo stock. It’s definitely on my list!
5. Sophia’s Choice – Natural Health & Beauty.
Founded by beauty blogger Charlie Hughes and named after her eldest daughter, Sophia’s choice is a haven of carefully and consciously curated beauty and wellbeing products. Guess what, they also have a brick and mortar wellbeing boutique and treatment room in Beaminster, Dorset. Now if only I lived closer… *winks*
Best Bits: Free delivery on orders over £35, dedicated vegan store and key ingredient selector – looking for jojoba in a facial oil? Sophia’s choice just made that a whole lot easier *smiles*.
6. Big Green Smile – Smart Choices for a Natural Life.
How gushy does that name make you feel inside ‘eh? Me – huge amounts of gushy. Big Green Smile are the UK’s largest online retailer of natural products. This is green, organic and natural for the whole house.
You can shop feminine hygiene… ok let’s just say it tampons and mooncups, whilst you stock up on natural, feel-good shampoo and indulge in luxury beauty oils. In fact Big Green Smile have over 4500+ products for you to choose from… p.s. I didn’t count them all *winks* that bit’s lovingly told to me in their bio.
Best Bits: There’s 2 free samples for all orders over £10, a shop by criterion section (fragrance free, vegan, vegetarian approved, eco-cert, fairtrade… and a huge amount more) and even a shop by ingredient section!
7. Flourish – Natural, Beauty, Wellbeing.
It’s so easy to be oblivious to ingredients until something physically and literally makes you pay attention. I am also very guilty of this. Soap powders are ignored until clothes make you irritated, scented candle are super enjoyable until they give you rhinitis and beauty products are collected until you develop eczema or sensitivity… or in founder of Flourish’s case, immune system attack. Yeeesh!
Make-up artist turned natural beauty specialist Jo went through this the hard way so you don’t have to.
Flourish is premium, natural, organic beauty at it’s best. There’s skincare, makeup, haircare and even bath and body to discover.
Best Bits: A custom sampling service, this is fab, don’t be restricted by pre-selected samples, choose what you want to sample and it’ll be sample sized for you – fab, fab, fab! You can also be sure to support UK based indie brands with the Flourish Best of British beauty box.
8. Lucy Rose – The Online Organic Beauty Boutique.
Lucy Rose is named after founder Sarah’s 2 daughters. With 15 years working as a beauty therapist Sarah started to wonder if she really wanted her children using the 100’s of non-organic, non-natural ingredients the beauty industry was once based upon. With the drive to protect her family, Sarah wanted to share her new finds with the world and so Lucy Rose was nurtured to life.
This is the place you want to visit for effective, environmentally conscious beauty products that are paired up with an affordable price-tag.
9. The Hive Skincare – Organic & Natural Skincare.
Up and coming, London based skincare boutique, The Hive Skincare can be found online and in person. Wether you live locally or are taking a weekend trip, this east London based natural skincare boutique gets you enjoying skincare with your eyes as well as your body. Oh yes, the best skincare chefs, know we need both *winks*.
Best Bits: Local British brands (!), a natural wellbeing café next door and free shipping on orders over £150.
10. Only Naturals – Organic Skincare & Natural Beauty.
Why have a tag line when your brand name just dots the I, crosses the T and gives you exactly what it says on the tin – oh yes. Only Naturals are a family run business based in the UK, specifically Reading, a place close to my heart as I spent 4 years studying Chemistry there, how time flies! The Only Natural family team promise to bring you the best natural and organic skincare from around the world with a commitment to always be free from…
- SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate)
- Artificial Colours
- Artificial Fragrances
- Mineral or Petroleum Based Oils
- Contaminated Talc or Lanolin
- Animal ingredients (other than milk based ingredients and beeswax)
- Animal testing
Best Bits: Free UK delivery, free gifts when you spend from £20 and search by skin condition or certification whether that’s vegan, 100% natural, organic – just take your pick.
There you have it my friends, go fourth and explore natural, organic, vegan, raw, wildcrafted, dairy free, bee free, gluten free, British made skincare *winks*…. I tell you that list could go on forever! If there’s a value you have, one of these 10 online skincare stores will made it super easy for you to live by.
I compiled this list of organic, vegan, natural skincare stores in October 2016 and I’ll be updating this regularly with new finds. If you have a favourite I’ve not yet mentioned, drop a comment below. Oh and bookmark me to be kept in the natural, organic beauty know *smiles*.
Where do you shop for organic, vegan, natural skincare? What are your skincare and beauty selecting values?
Cheryl Woodman is a scientist & award winning skincare formulator who’s more friend next door than bow tie wearing professor. As creator of Honesty For Your Skin her aim is to help you care for your skin in the best ways possible. She’s founder of the natural & fragrance free skincare brand Honesty while also hosting 1 to 1 skincare coaching to help you get your best skin yet. Find out more here.