We get it – shopping for beauty products can be stressful. First you have to battle the mall crowds, then you have to navigate endless counters, sift through shelves stacked to the brim with lotions and potions that promise to be better than the rest, and determine which one actually is. Not to mention the endless list of toxic ingredients and harmful chemicals to avoid. But don’t panic, because thanks to these online beauty stores, buying natural, clean beauty products couldn’t be easier. And, what’s even better, is that all it takes is the click of a finger. Happy shopping.
Since its launch in 2013, homegrown website Beautiful Brands has been our go-to for all things natural beauty. As vegan cafés and healthy eateries popped up throughout the region, Founder Anna Van Rosenveldt identified a gap in the market when she struggled to find one place that catered to all her clean beauty needs whilst supporting eco-sustainability. The result? A site that only stocks brands that use safe, healthy ingredients, are sustainable and have ethical sourcing, and create products that don’t only do good but leave you looking and feeling good too.
These brands include Rahua (a 100 percent natural and vegan hair and body line that supports Amazonian tribes), Urban Veda (nasty-free skin and body products based on Ayurvedic principles), Grown Alchemist (one of Australia’s leading botanical beauty brands), and The Organic Pharmacy (where medical-grade natural ingredients meet homeopathic medicine). What’s more, your goodies will arrive in recycled packaging from the warehouse to help the environment.
Not only does Net-a-Porter boast a plethora of the world’s top beauty brands and exclusive launches, it’s also home to some of the best clean beauty buys in the business. There’s literally everything you could possibly want for a clean beauty routine, from toxic-free haircare and superfood-packed skincare to organic body boosters, nasty-free makeup, and even super supplements to help with skin, hair, and immunity. In fact, enter the words “clean beauty” in the search box and over 300 items come up!
What’s even better is that NAP recently launched its ‘Clean Beauty Kit’ – a special curation of 16 clean and natural beauty products that takes the stress out of choosing what to buy. Inside each bag, you’ll find 13 full-size products and three minis, including botanical infused hair serums from Sisley, all-natural brow boosters from Lashfood, an all-over healing balm from Doctor Rogers, and 3Lab’s age-defying serum. If you find a better clean kit, we’ll eat our (vegan and fair-trade) hats.
Net-a-Porter ‘Clean Beauty Kit’
After an all-natural deodorant, a vegan foundation, or even an organic toothpaste? Then look no further than iHerb. In a nutshell, it’s the Amazon of natural products, and stocks everything and anything you need to lead a clean, toxin-free lifestyle – from laundry detergents and pet food to nut butters and herbal teas.
But, of course, it’s iHerb’s beauty stash that we’re stocking up on, and there’s a lot to choose from. Some of our favorite finds include e.l.f’s mineral-infused primer, Azélique’s vegan tinted moisturizer with nourishing oils, Sea-El’s kelp-packed eye cream, and Weleda’s ultra-nourishing ‘Skin Food’ cream. Be prepared to end up with a basket full of much more than you bargained for.
Green Beauty Box
If you’re after up and coming cult but clean beauty buys, then you need to bookmark Green Beauty Box – ASAP. This online beauty boutique prides itself on only stocking cult organic beauty brands from around the world, each of which is rigorously reviewed, researched, and tested by the GBB team before it makes it onto its pages.
Here, the products are not only made from natural ingredients, but sustainable, ethical practices are also a must. Green Beauty Box also won’t stock anything unless its team has seen a full ingredients list (which you can see online too). To help you understand which ones are banned and why, they’ve compiled a clever ‘Green Beauty Team Toxic Ingredient Glossary’ so you know what to avoid and rule out of your beauty routine.
Despite only launching a few weeks ago, Aspire Beauty Co is our new go-to for all things clean beauty. The Dubai-based website is home to a carefully curated offering of high-end, nasty-free beauty buys ranging from organic fake tans to vegan lipsticks, clean shampoos to organic anti-aging serums, and everything in between. Here, you can find leading brands, such as Coola and The Organic Pharmacy, and cult offerings like Project Lip and Salt by Hendrix.
“As a full-time working mom of two, I personally have very little time, like many others, to actually go to the mall and investigate the ingredients on the label. We wanted to create a solution to make the lives of busy moms, professionals, and all-round beauty lovers a little easier,” explains Aspire’s founder, Claire Gittus, a beauty therapist with 25 years of experience in the UK and the Middle East.
Be sure to sign up for a ‘Fresh Start Kit’. Each box (made from upcycled and biodegradable materials, of course) contains five tester or travel-sized products so you can try before you buy and discover some great new clean beauty brands while you’re at it.