What you put on your skin does matter
Open any given health and beauty magazine and you’re instantly bombarded by ‘buy organic skin care’, ‘buy organic food,’ and ‘why organic is better than the rest’ messages. We can all agree, though, that the fewer chemicals we apply to our skin the better, yet with the O word popping up just everywhere these days, it’s hard to cut through the chaff on the hunt for the best natural brands and ranges.
There’s no doubt about it: finding the perfect organic skin care and makeup brands can be just as hard as finding a needle in a haystack. But fret not: we’ve found the top 5 organic skin care products from New Zealand so you don’t have to: Antipodes, Trilogy, Plantae, World Organic and Living Nature.
Antipodes produces a wide range of skin care and makeup products suitable for all skin types, and always favours the use of raw natural ingredients like Manuka oil, Kowhai and avocado oil. Committed to minimising human exposure to harmful synthetic chemicals while at the same time avoiding harmful human-induced effects on the environment by producing the smallest carbon footprint possible, Antipodes creates products that are certified-organic by AsureQuality Ltd. Products that don’t quite earn the certified-organic badge of honour are still 98%-100% natural. For flawless makeup coverage, see the Antipodes Prepare, Cover and Finish ranges, including 99% natural lipsticks made with avocado oil for all-day moisture.
Trilogy is the first New Zealand-made skin care brand to achieve NATRUE Natural Cosmetics Certification, which, in a nutshell, gives you an independent guarantee that the skin care and makeup products you buy are made from 100% natural ingredients, organic, environmentally-friendly and cruelty-free. For acne-prone skin we recommend the Balancing Gel Cleanser and Face Lotion. For delicious shampoo and conditioner treats, try Trilogy’s Refresh & Shine or Smooth & Nourish hair care ranges.
Plantae was birthed out of many years of medical and scientific labs, when Carol Priest returned to New Zealand to find no natural skin care products that she felt were safe to use on her own skin. Carol’s previous experience with raw natural ingredients awakened her interest in producing plant-based skin care and cosmetic products. All of Plantae’s products are certified-organic by BioGro, and include natural ingredients like sunflower, totara, lavender and evening primrose. We recommend the Purify range for acne-prone and oily skin.
The World Organic brand (they also have two sub-brands called River Veda and The Organic Skin Co.) is best described as six generations of medicinal remedies meets Mother Nature to produce high-quality, ethically-produced, certified-organic skin care now sold all over the world. Skin care products include everything from soaps and moisturisers to men’s and SPF products, while makeup ranges promise all-day coverage, minus the chemical damage.
Founded in 1987 and claiming the ‘New Zealand’s original natural skin care company’ badge of honour, Living Nature skin care products, along with most of their cosmetics, are developed and produced in the pristine Bay of Islands. Living Nature uses 100% natural ingredients, preservatives and fragrances like Manuka honey, Manuka oil, Harakeke flax gel and kelp, and every product is certified-natural by BDIH Germany and carry the Whole Foods Premium Body Care standard. Living Nature’s products smell good enough to eat; we love the Manuka Honey & Rosehip Oil nourishing night cream.
Don’t just stop with these top 5
Whilst these are the organic products that we rate highly, there are many more top brands from New Zealand that you should investigate. These include but are not limited to: Geo Skincare, Moana Skincare and Carol Priest. So enjoy and don’t forget to comment below to let us know how you got on.