We’ve been championing organic beauty since we first opened our doors in 1981, but while its seen a rise in popularity in recent years, there are still no legal guidelines for what defines an organic products in the beauty industry. This makes it all the more important to know what to look out for when considering shopping organic beauty products. So what does ‘organic’ mean to us?
'Organic’ refers to farming methods that work with nature and not against it, and ‘organic beauty’ is the formulation of cosmetic and skincare products using organically farmed ingredients. This is something we are very transparent about, and we’ll always back up our claims with the highest standard of certification, so if in doubt, just look out for the logo.
Putting organic food, textiles or cosmetics in your shopping basket is one of the simplest ways to act against climate change. With around a third of global greenhouse gas emissions coming from agriculture, how we farm will play a key role in the future health of our planet, and the wellbeing of people across the world.
Organic farming methods offer the best available model for addressing climate-friendly food production. By maintaining healthy soil through crop rotation, green manure and diversification, and avoiding the use of nitrogen-based fertilisers, organic farming converts atmospheric carbon dioxide to soil carbon while making the earth more nutritious for crops and more resilient to drought, flood and erosion. Working with nature to benefit wildlife and pollinators also has an important role in supporting biodiversity which is vital for food security.
A simple swap from a conventional product to an organic one allows us to help protect the planet for the future, support the highest animal welfare standards or select cosmetics free from synthetic fragrances and non-biodegradable ingredients. Just be careful to look out for cosmetics that are certified as organic, because organic claims on beauty products are not regulated by the same stringent legislation as food.
The Soil Association is the UK’s gold-standard organic certification body for food, farming, beauty and wellbeing, and we’ve been working with them since 1991. In 2002, the Organic Health & Beauty Standard was created, and we were the first brand to certify products with the Soil Association under this new standard. In 2018, the COSMOS Standard was created - this standard is specifically for cosmetics and ensures responsible sourcing, promotes organic agriculture, and respects biodiversity, human health, and the environment.
Our organic beauty products are also proof that organic ingredients can have a positive impact on our skin, too. Our organic vegetable oils contain benefit-packed vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to nourish and condition the skin and our Soil Association-approved actives have been tested in clinical and consumer trials with amazing results. In short, our organic skincare is proof organic works, and we’ve been lucky enough to win a few awards for it too.
Here are just some of the award-winning organic beauty favourites that our customers keep coming back to time and time again.
Wild Rose Beauty Balm
Our award-winning multipurpose balm has been a beauty editor favourite since 2004. With radiance-enhancing organic wild rosehip seed oil and a rich blend of organic plant oils to hydrate and moisturise, this one-pot wonder leaves skin soft, supple and glowing, naturally.
- Gold in Best Cleanser Balm – Beauty Bible Awards 2022
- Best Multi-Use Balm – The Harper's Bazaar Best Of Beauty Awards 2022
- Best Cleanser –Marie Claire Sustainability Awards 2021
Customer review – “A must have. Having sensitive skin, this is my go-to, cleanser, moisturiser, face mask. Highly recommended A*” - Tiffany R
Wild Rose Body Polish
Our certified organic Wild Rose Body Polish gently exfoliates and nourishes for visibly radiant skin from the very first use. With crushed organic wild rosehip seeds to smooth and refine and sodium hyaluronate to intensely moisturise the skin, this delicately fragranced body polish will leave skin feeling soft and renewed.
- Best Body Smoother - Woman & Home Beauty Awards 2021
Customer Review – “Really liking this body polish, it smooths skin without being too rough and leaves you smelling lovely” - Em
Frankincense Intense™ Age-Defying Overnight Mask
Our clinically proven and certified organic age-defying overnight mask with bacillus ferment visibly firms and recontours while evening skin tone. Glycogen and hyaluronic acid boost hydration to instantly smooth and plump and botanical adaptogens, ashwaghanda extract, centella asiatica (gotu kola) oil and turmeric root extract support the skin for a more rested and radiant complexion.
- Best New Mask – CEW Awards 2023
- Best Firming Mask – Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards 2022
Customer Review - “This mask was incredible! I love the way it makes my skin feel and it's so convenient to be able to wear it all night long! Soft and supple and I could feel it tightening my skin for a more youthful look!” – Charlene M
Frankincense Intense™ Hydrating Essence
A feather-light essence to visibly smooth, condition and boost hydration for 24 hours. Helping to prepare skin for the products that follow, it contains a moisture-boosting blend of hyaluronic acid, purified pomegranate extract and organic argan oil for a brighter and more refined complexion.
- Soil Association Certified Products - Natural Health Beauty Awards 2022
- Best Toner/Essence - 2021 Marie Claire Skincare Awards
- Best Essence - 2021 Marie Claire Sustainable Awards
Customer review – “This works so well with the Rejuvenating Frankincense Hydrating Cream or the Frankincense Intense™ Age-Defying Cream. It's amazing how it really gets in the skin and makes a huge difference. It's a staple of mine now!” - Nikilette W
Mother’s Bath Oil
With uplifting, organic bergamot and ylang ylang essential oils, this gently aromatic bath oil is a nurturing treat for new mums, leaving skin feeling nourished and cared for.
- Best Bath Product - Gold 2021 Green Parent Natural Awards
Customer review – “Lovely gift. New mums deserve a little treat for themselves, and this is just the thing.” – Maureen
Bee Lovely Bath & Shower Gel
Gentle enough for the whole family, this uplifting, moisture-rich gel is made with fair trade organic honey from Mexico and sun-ripened Italian and Mexican oranges. What’s more, each bottle helps to create a home for 100s of bees.
- Sustainable Award – Women & Home Beauty Awards 2020
Customer review – “I love this product. It has a beautiful, refreshing scent and is wonderfully soothing and therapeutic, especially under the shower.” – Barbara M