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6 Natural Bath and Body Care Winners of 2020 Clean Beauty Awards

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6 Natural Bath and Body Care Winners of 2020 Clean Beauty Awards

Your body deserves the best of the best. Every year, there is a slew of new nontoxic bath and body products that hit the market and push the boundaries of just how incredible our skin can feel and look …all while leaving out harmful chemicals in the formulations.  However, given the ever-expanding options in the clean beauty sector, it is becoming more and more challenging to determine which products truly deliver on their promises. And so, this is where CertClean’s Clean Beauty Awards comes in. 

After a rigorous judging process by an external panel of green beauty advocates, the verdicts are in and the best performing products have finally been determined in the clean beauty industry for 2020.  Here are the top 6 bath and body products, deemed by a panel of green beauty advocates, in CertClean’s 5th Clean Beauty Awards for 2020!

Best Body Wash:

1. Moyaa Shea Products Ltd – Organic Soap Lavender
2. Ginger Michelle Apothecary – Symphony Jun kombucha Soap
3. Eco Tan – Coconut Mint Body Wash

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Best Body Care:

1. Biossance – Squalane + 100% Squalane Oil
2. Moyaa Shea Products Ltd – Fair Trade Organic Raw Shea Butter
3. Aequora – Australian Botanical Intensely Moisturising Hand Cream

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Time to nurture every inch of your body and indulge in a light, gorgeous, and luxurious robe … aka your skin! To find natural and organic face care products that you will continue to turn to again and again, see here for the best face care products that money can buy.

Also, consider learning more about the ethos of EcoTan, their professional, tanning, skincare and body care range is Certified Organic by the Organic food Chain Australia, they are accredited Toxic Free by Safe Cosmetics Australia, and are accredited by Choose Cruitely Free, and for those who are vegan – their tanning, skincare and body care range is vegan – see the interview with CEO of Eco by Sonya Driver here

Not to mention, Moyaa Shea Products, whose products are certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny, is striving to transform the lives of people in Uganda by ending the cycle of dependency for the Shea farmers and their families. Learn more about the CEO, Debbie van Grieken’s incredible story and how she is cultivating change and making the world a better place!

That’s not all, if you’re looking for products that are award-winning, eco-luxe, vegan, and cruelty-free, Australia-based Aequora’s got you covered! The founder, Lisa Egglestone works hard behind the scenes to ensure the products will “restore the pH balance to your skin, whilst also enhancing your skin’s natural beauty!” See more in the interview here!

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CertClean
Host of the Clean Beauty Awards

CertClean is North America’s leading certification for safer beauty and personal care products. Learn more about the certification here!

Every year, CertClean hosts the Clean Beauty Awards, where the best in clean beauty is determined by an esteemed panel of judges worldwide!

Founder Spotlight: An Interview with Chey Birch from Black Chicken Remedies

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This year, Australia’s Black Chicken Remedies has secured 5 spots as Finalists in CertClean’s Clean Beauty Awards, and 2 of them are winners!

If you are in the market for a new deodorant, dry shampoo, hair treatment, or face serum, look no further! Black Chicken Remedies’ products are amongst the top performing clean beauty products in the industry!

Black Chicken Remedies is Australia’s leading creator of 100% natural beauty products for the face, body, hair and mind. All products are made using only Australian natural and certified organic ingredients. The range is exported to the USA, UK, Asia, the Middle East and New Zealand. In Australia it’s stocked at health stores nationally and available online at www.blackchicken.com Black Chicken Remedies is 100% Australian owned by CEO and founder Chey Birch.

After hearing Chey’s story behind each award-winning product, and why she decided to start Black Chicken Remedies you’ll love her as much as we do.

What inspired you to start your business?

Originally, I was seeking natural alternatives to solve my own health issues. My desires were to use organic and natural ingredients so as not to overload my system with toxins and chemicals found in everyday mass brands professing miracles and cures. I wanted people to have products for their body, face and mind on hand that worked, that weren’t going to cause toxic build up and be the cause of many allergies and health related issues e.g. endocrine disruptors leading to bigger health issues. It all started with a little bowl with a black chicken painted on the bottom – this is how I made my first body oil. I don’t make skincare with the intention to look, smell or feel good; it’s created to make a difference on a physical, mental and emotional level. After all, that’s what a true remedy does.

Please tell us more about all of your products! Why do you think it was so well-loved by Clean Beauty Awards’ judging panel?

Axilla Deodorant Paste

Axilla 100% Natural Deodorant Paste is one of our most loved products and has won numerous awards in Australia.  It contains only natural and certified organic ingredients and is free from harmful aluminium salts or sweat blockers. Our customers love that it is invisible upon allocation and doesn’t mark clothes, many customers have tried other brands but come back to us.  Axilla has cult following with men, women and teenagers, who are much more aware and critical of ingredients in products. The fact it rids smelly odours and there is no body harming has made this a massive hit worldwide and created Axilla fans!  We have literally thousands of reviews from around the world.

Axilla Deodorant Paste – Barrier Booster

Based on the success of Axilla 100% Natural Deodorant Paste, we created Axilla Barrier Booster for our sensitive skinned customers who needed some extra loving care!  It’s the same deodorant paste made with natural and certified organic ingredients but without bi-carb. It’s formulated to soothe and strengthen sensitive skin. It’s rich in lipids and fatty acids, (essential for healthy cells) that actually strengthens the sensitive armpit skin.  This product is a winner for those who are overlooked.  We love to hear success stories from people who have tried and tried many brands but discover that Axilla Barrier Booster actually works and smells good!

Nocturnalist Night Serum

When I created Nocturnalist I knew the skin’s cell production was at its highest and most receptive to absorbing and delivering vital nutrients while sleeping.  Every ingredient was researched  to serve a remedial purpose; prickly pear, rich in amino acids to encourage collagen production and elasticity to brighten and tighten the pores, lemon with vitamin C for anti-ageing, frankincense to promote circulation and reduce the appearance of sun and age spots.  The serum is rich with natural and organic ingredients, feels like silk and absorbs in a flash, leaving zero residue. The skin instantly looks brighter and feels soft and smooth.  It reduces the appearance of fine lines, brown spots and uneven patches too.  What’s even better is that it’s vegan and for all skin types!  Our reviews come from around the world – I think one of my favourites was the woman who said her forehead wrinkles had gone since she started using Nocturnalist! When your husband notices you know you are onto a good thing!

Natural Dry Shampoo

Like all Black Chicken Remedies products, we only use natural and organic ingredients needed to enrich and solve the problem at hand.  Many of our users rave about being able to travel with our Natural Dry Shampoo and freshen up when they land before their next big appointment, many just love the convenience and know they are enriching their scalp.  We use Bamboo to add lift and add volume and the silica helps improve damaged hair and soothe irritated scalps. The Rosemary and Clary Sage essential oils nourish the scalp and hair follicles, and help stimulate hair growth and prevent premature greying.  . We also do a full size and a travel size which is in high demand – there is just so much to love and our customer reviews tell us that!  The fact we don’t use environmentall unfriendly packaging is a win for many of our customers! No dangerous chemicals found in the spray products.

In your journey of creating natural products, what were some roadblocks or issues that you were faced with?

I was told I couldn’t make highly effective 100% natural products without using harmful preservatives or chemicals or water as a filler. But I was determined to. Our range only consists of powders, pastes, balms and oils for this reason. No matter how much demand for the products there is – There is absolutely no change to any formula – the only difference is the quantity made. We scale our production according to demand and it has quadrupled! We have a process of strict testing on each batch to ensure consistency. It’s the very same process – just on a larger scale

As a formulator, you must have some special love for some ingredients. What are your favourites?

From a healing perspective there are some amazing essential oils that I like to use, for example Myrrh essential oil is great for wet areas of the body for example in your mouth it can detox the mouth by stopping infection and encouraging tissue repair. It has the ability to expel mucus, so it is also a huge help in calming the respiratory system. Also Sandalwood essential oil has so many benefits from helping with scaring to being a great remedy for stress, depression and fear plus it smells amazing too! I also love Organic Sesame Seed oil for its antibacterial, antifungal and anti- inflammatory properties. It helps pull toxins from your pores.

We absolutely love the ethos of your company. Can you tell us more? 

Black Chicken Remedies is certified by PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies Program – and would never test on animals – it goes against our ethos All Black Chicken Remedies products use only natural and organic ingredients. We hide nothing; every product lists the ingredients, no parabens, no toxins, no fillers, no preservatives. We source organic ingredients for their specific benefit e.g. for Nocturnalist we use Prickly Pear as it’s anti- ageing, encourages collagen production and elasticity. Our essential oils are the highest quality and not watered down. We use Organic Cypress as it will stimulate circulation, firm the skin and aids in toxin removal.

Our website lists the ingredients next to each product we create, and we say why we are using those ingredients. Total transparency!

Our Nasalettes use only the highest quality essential oil, each used for their specific healing benefit. When essential oils are inhaled tiny nerves send an immediate impulse to your brain to directly delivery the nurturing components of the essential oil. The aromatic molecules travel to the lungs where they pass into the bloodstream. We have created Nasalettes to deal with lethargy, anxiety, fatigue, frustration, congestion, irritation and calm!

All our packaging is recyclable, and all our products help the earth in that they cause no harm or stress to it. Should some of our product be washed down the drain, it’s not going to wreak havoc on the environment because it all came from nature in the first place. We believe in natural beauty care for all the family, we have created the Natural Beauty Guide so consumers can read up for themselves what they are putting on their bodies, whilst give them solutions and state where we stand in this equation. Black Chicken Remedies is committed to making a difference, we will not ever compromise on our product ingredients if they aren’t 100% natural.

What are Black Chicken Remedies’ key focus and brand attributes?

The intention of Black Chicken Remedies is to continue to innovate and make natural, remedial products specifically designed to complement your body’s own healing intelligence and reduce toxic load on your body. The intention is and will always be, to create products that are 100% natural, contain certified organic ingredients, are free of chemicals, fillers, perfumes and dyes, putting less pressure on the body, and adding vitality so you can do more, feel more, live more.

What is the meaning behind your brand name?

The first remedy I formulated was in a little bowl with a black chicken painted on it. My gut feeling was that this name was perfect for my skincare brand because it held the story of how it all began, so I went with it.  Some marketing experts I consulted at the time told me this was a bad decision and it would put people off buying my products – but I went with my gut and I’m so glad I did.

What are some of the challenges you have faced along the way?

So many challenges from making a few products for friends to making thousands to then making 20,000 of a product, is very challenging from managing production, warehousing and even sourcing ingredients. For example we use Milk Thistle oil in our eye serum it’s a powerful antioxidant but it was out of stock in Australia so we had to track it down to a farm in Europe and get it sent directly to us so we could meet demand for that product. Lucky we now have a demand that means we can source direct from farms as you can’t buy one litre you need to buy 25-50 Litres at a time!

What is your vision from here?

My vision is to continue to encourage people to question what they are putting on their bodies, to go natural, preservative free. We created ‘Your Guide to Natural Beauty which highlights what hidden nasties are in beauty products and what they do to us. We want consumers to start asking questions!

The skin is the largest organ of the body and what we put onto it is absorbed directly into it. Therefore we need to start paying attention to our skincare routine so we don’t allow the nasties to absorb into our bodies.

Toxins in skincare products don’t just affect us they can also have serious environmental effects. Lobby groups, such as the US based health and environment group ‘Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ continue to push for manufacturers to phase out the use of chemicals linked to cancer and other serious health and environmental concerns.

We are committed to growing our range, listening to our customers problems and helping them find solutions.

Thank you Chey for sharing your powerful story behind Black Chicken Remedies. Thank you for creating top quality products that take the skincare and hair care regime to the next level!

See Black Chicken Remedies’ website, and follow them on Instagram or Facebook

Learn more about the finalists and winners below!

Nocturnalist Night Serum

2020 FaceSerum Finalist

Price: $99.00 AUD

Dry Shampoo

2020 HairWash 1st Place Winner

Price: $24.95 AUD

HairOM – Restorative Hair and Scalp Treatment

2020 HairTreatment 1st Place Winner

Price: $39.95 AUD

AXILLA Deodorant Paste Original

2020 OdourCare Finalist

Price: $18.50 AUD

AXILLA – Deodorant Paste – Barrier Booster –

2020 OdourCare Finalist

Price: $19.50 AUD

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The 2019-2020 Clean Beauty Awards: All the Winners

The 2019-2020 Clean Beauty Awards: All the Winners

CertClean’s Clean Beauty Awards: The Winners of 2020

The votes are in. This year’s best performing products in 21 categories: Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup and so much more!

This year, 371 products entered the 5th Clean Beauty Awards to strive to achieve the ultimate stamp of approval — the winning badge! The external judging panel of green beauty advocates have lathered, soaked, sprayed products on themselves for months and they have now spoken!

Clean Beauty Awards 2020 2nd place

Let’s give a round of applause to these incredible brands and judges for moving the dial towards clean beauty! After a rigorous judging process of over 120 judges testing these products, the verdicts are in and the best performing products have finally been determined in the clean beauty industry.

You may want to clear your bathroom shelf and make up bag for these 63 game changers. See all the winners in every coveted category:

Best Face Cream:

1. Iremia Skincare Inc. – Soothing Lotion
2. Iremia Skincare Inc. – Protective Cream
3. Ao Skincare (Distil Skincare LLC) – Raw Nourish AM Treatment

Best Face Oil:

1. Ellie Bianca – Citrus Skin Oil
2. Helena Lane – Skincare Pomegranate & Lemon Nourishing Face Oil
3. Eco Tan – Glory Oil

Best Face Serum:

1. Caldera + Lab – The Good
2. Immersion Botanica – Rosehip Facial Serum for Dry/Damaged Skin
3. Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm – Sensitive Skin’ Face Serum

Best Toner & Mist:

1. Vanessa Megan – Group 11 Active Mist
2. AROMATICA – Tea Tree Balancing Toner
3. isoi – PHA First Toner

Best Face Wash:

1. aiona alive skin care – aiona alive e-citrus exfoliating cleanser
2. Biossance – Squalane + Tea Tree Cleansing Gel
3. Eco Tan – Super Citrus Cleanser

Best Body Care:

1. Biossance – Squalane + 100% Squalane Oil
2. Moyaa Shea Products Ltd – Fair Trade Organic Raw Shea Butter
3. Aequora – Australian Botanical Intensely Moisturising Hand Cream

Best Body Wash:

1. Moyaa Shea Products Ltd – Organic Soap Lavender
2. Ginger Michelle Apothecary – Symphony Jun kombucha Soap
3. Eco Tan – Coconut Mint Body Wash

Best Odour Care:

1. EverKind – EverKind Organic Deodorant – Ultra Stick
2. Cleo&Coco – Aluminum Free All Natural Charcoal Deodorant
3. SoulDeo Naturals – Vanilla & Coconut Natural Deodorant

Best Eye Care:

1. Eco Tan – Eye Compost
2. Biossance – Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream
3. SanRe Organic Skinfood – Eye Candy

Best Lip Care:

1. #LipGlam – #LipGlam – The multi award winning beauty balm.
2. Dr.Lipp – Dr.Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Dry Skin, Luscious Lips & Glossy
3. Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm – Nomad’ Lip Balm

Best Hair Wash:

1. Black Chicken Remedies – Dry Shampoo
2. Birch Babe Naturals – Shampoo Bar
3. AROMATICA B5+Biotin Fortifying Shampoo

Best Hair Treatment:

1. Black Chicken Remedies – HairOM – Restorative Hair and Scalp Treatment
2. Jordan Seban Hair – Le Baume
3. Supernova – LUCY Anti Frizz Leave in Conditioner

Best Sun Care:

1. AROMATICA – Aloe Mineral Sunscreen SPF50/PA++++
2. 3rd Rock Sunblock – 3rd Rock Sunblock Sunscreen Lotion
3. Kaelen Harwell – Sun Salvation

Best Beard Care:

1. Leaf People Skin Care – Sandalwood and Cypress Face and Beard Oil
2. Bellus – Beard oil concentrate
3. Always Bearded Lifestyle – Beard Conditioning Cream: Bergamot + Ylang Ylang with Distilled Pine Scotch

Best Eyeliner:

1. MarieNatie Cosmetics – All Natural Eyeliner

Best Lip Gloss:

1. MarieNatie Cosmetics – LoveMarie Lip Gloss

Best Nail Polish:

1. SunCoat Products Inc. – Top Coat Nail Polish

Best Perfume:

1. Aromantik – Tropique Narcotique Natural Perfume Oil
2. Wild Coast Perfumery – Natural eau de perfume
3. Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm – Bloom’ Perfume Balm

Best Mascara:

1. Elate Cosmetics – Elate Essential Mascara
2. Elevé Cosmetics – Lash After Party
3. PHB Ethical Beauty – Mesmerise Mascara

Best Lipstick:

1. Kester Black – First Date Liquid Lipstick
2. YULIP – Wednesday Fever
3. SaltyGirl Beauty – SaltyGirl Beauty Lipstick

Best Eye Colour:

1. MisMacK Clean Cosmetics – ART Shadows
2. Elevé Cosmetics – Crop Top and Flip Flops Eyeshadow Palette
3. 100% Pure – Fruit Pigmented® Rose Gold Palette

Note that the number of top products per category is dependent on the number of entries.

Congratulations to all these amazing winners and the incredible panel of judges who worked hard to determine the best in clean beauty! If you’re curious to see last year’s winners, see the full list here!

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CertClean
Host of the Clean Beauty Awards

CertClean is North America’s leading certification for safer beauty and personal care products. Learn more about the certification here!

Every year, CertClean hosts the Clean Beauty Awards, where the best in clean beauty is determined by an esteemed panel of judges worldwide!

The 5 best natural eyeshadow of 2020

Clean Beauty Awards 2020 EyeColour Finalist

The 5 best natural eyeshadow of 2020 for beautiful eyes

Imagine this scenario: Your natural mascara gave your lashes length and volume, your natural eyeliner defined your eyes as symmetrically as possible, and your eyeshadows blended magically. But in a mirror check a few hours later, you see your once beautifully blended eyeshadows have now faded and creased.

How to prevent this from happening again? Try these best nontoxic eyeshadows as per green beauty lovers who spent months determining the game-changing eyeshadows of 2020.

Top eyeshadow products of 2020 below!

100% Pure – Fruit Pigmented® Rose Gold Palette
Adorn Cosmetics – Loose Mineral Eye Shadows
Elevé Cosmetics – Eyeshadow Palette
MisMacK Clean Cosmetics – ART Shadows
MG Naturals – Mineral Eye Shadow – Aubergine Glow

100% Pure - Fruit Pigmented Rose Gold Palette - Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Finalist
Adorn Cosmetics - Loose Mineral Eye Shadows - Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Finalist
Elevé Cosmetics - Eyeshadow Palette - Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Finalist
MG Naturals_- Mineral Eye Shadow - Aubergine Glow - Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Finalist

Now your makeup masterpiece will stay a masterpiece throughout your shenanigans! See the best natural skincare products here.

The 8 best natural lipsticks of 2020

Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Lip Stick Finalist

The 8 best natural lipsticks of 2020 for luscious, beautiful lips!

Whether it is a long day at work or a fun evening out, we all need a lipstick that won’t require constant re-applications or mirror checks! For those looking for a natural/organic/nontoxic lipstick option, see what an external panel of green beauty advocates say are the absolute “clean” lipsticks to buy for the year:

Top lipstick products of 2020 below!

Zuii Organic – Certified Organic Lux Lipstick: Audrey
SaltyGirl Beauty – SaltyGirl Beauty Lipstick
Odylique – Mineral Lipstick – #19 Peach Melba
YULIP – Wednesday Fever
CADŌ COSMETICS – ANNA
MisMacK Clean Cosmetics – Moisture Locking Lipstick
Kester Black – First Date Liquid Lipstick
MG Naturals – Organic Glow Lipstick the Red Collection – Bombshell

Zuii Organic - Certified Organic Lux Lipstick_ Audrey - Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Finalist
SaltyGirl Beauty - SaltyGirl Beauty Lipstick - Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Finalist
Odylique - Mineral Lipstick - #19 Peach Melba - Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Finalist (1)
YULIP - Wednesday Fever - Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Finalist
CADO COSMETICS - ANNA - Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Finalist
MisMacK Clean Cosmetics - Moisture Locking Lipstick - Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Finalist (1)
Kester Black_- First Date Liquid Lipstick - Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Finalist
MG Naturals_- Mineral Eye Shadow - Aubergine Glow - Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Finalist

These are the top performing nontoxic lipsticks in 2020 as per the judging panel of the 5th Clean Beauty Awards – time to indulge! Complete your makeup bag with natural mascara, and eyeshadow.

The 5 best nontoxic mascaras for perfect lashes in 2020

Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Mascara Finalist

The 5 best nontoxic mascaras for perfect lashes in 2020

All natural and organic mascaras promises that their mascaras will volumize, curl and lengthen, but which ones actually deliver results as promise? Who better to trust for advice than the experts who love scouring through natural and organic beauty products for the best performing products in the market!

Here is the guide to the best performing mascaras in the clean beauty market today – carefully ranked by CertClean’s 5th Clean Beauty Awards judging panel.

Top mascaras of 2020 below!

Zorah Biocosmetiques- length & care
Elevé Cosmetics – Lash After Party
Elate Cosmetics – Elate Essential Mascara
PHB Ethical Beauty – Mesmerise Mascara
Adorn Cosmetics – Hello Lashes Organic Mascara

Zorah Biocosmetics - length & care - Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Finalist
Eleve Cosmetics - Lash After Party - Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Finalist
Elate Cosmetics - Elate Essential Mascara - Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Finalist
PHB Ethical Beauty - Mesmerise Mascara - Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Finalist
Adorn Cosmetics - Hello Lashes Organic Mascara - Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Finalist

With your mascara covered, see what experts say about the best natural lipsticks, and eyeshadows.

Best Natural Perfumes for Women in 2020

Best natural perfumes for women in 2020 for a flawless fragrance

Whether you have sensitive skin or simply wish to avoid harsh or harmful chemicals, get to know 9 green beauty lovers’ favourite fragrances below – they range from 100% natural and or organic to using only “clean” ingredients to ones that are progressively natural, organic or clean compared to the conventional fragrances in the market today — yet, they all have one thing in common: they are ALL breaking boundaries by providing ingredient transparency by listing out each ingredient they use in their formulations.

Top perfume products of 2020 below!

Vanessa Megan – Monarch Natural Perfume
Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm – Bloom’ Perfume Balm
Aromantik – Tropique Narcotique Natural Perfume Oil
Wild Coast Perfumery – Natural eau de perfume
Cocoon Apothecary – Persephone

Vanessa Megan - Monarch Natural Perfume - Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Finalist
Okanagan Lavender and Herb Farm - Bloom Perfume Balm - Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Finalist
Aromantik - Tropique Narcotique Natural Perfume Oil - Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Finalist
Wild Coast Perfumery - Natural eau de perfume - Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Finalist
Cocoon Apothecary - Persephone - Clean Beauty Awards 2020 Finalist

If you’re looking to green your whole beauty routine, see the top natural and organic products that your skin will love – all determined by green beauty lovers.

The best natural and organic makeup products for 2020

Clean Beauty Awards Finalist 2020 Badge

The best natural and organic makeup products for 2020

Finalists revealed! The 5th Clean Beauty Awards has announced the top performing clean cosmetics for the year!

Natural and organic cosmetics has continued to explode year over year. Everyone is chatting about “clean beauty” as shoppers are more aware of the harmful effects of certain chemicals often found in beauty products.

One of the biggest hesitations around natural makeup is around quality – does using natural ingredients compromise quality, does avoiding harmful chemicals compromise product performance? Wonder no more – there’s been a plethora of indie makeup brands with highly effective products formulated with organic, natural and or safer ingredients.

Check out all the posts below to discover the best natural makeup products in the industry today — as touted by green beauty advocates around the world (the judging panel of CertClean’s Clean Beauty Awards – these are the finalists!)

Introducing the Best of the Best in Clean Beauty’s makeup and cosmetics sector.

Don’t be shy, click away- you know you want to!

The 8 best natural lipsticks of 2020 for luscious, beautiful lips!

Best natural perfumes for women in 2020 for a flawless fragrance

The 5 best natural eyeshadow of 2020 for beautiful eyes

5 nontoxic mascaras for perfect lashes in 2020

If you’re looking to “clean” your whole beauty routine, see the top natural and organic products that your skin will love and hair will love.

The Best Soaps to Use Against Covid-19

The Best Soaps to use against COVID-19

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Emma Rohmann, Founder of Green At Home, Gives Her Expertise on The Best Soaps to Use Against COVID-19

If, like so many people, you’re spending hours scouring all corners of the internet for hand sanitizer and antibacterial soap, I’m about to give you some more free time. Because the truth is, these shouldn’t be your go-to when trying to ward off SARS-CoV-2 (the official name of the virus responsible for the covid-19 disease).

To understand why, let’s start with a basic science lesson… I’ll keep it simple, promise.

The Good News: the Coronavirus is Easily Destroyed

To be clear, not all viruses are made the same way. When talking about how they can be destroyed, there are two distinctions that matter: enveloped and non-enveloped. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is enveloped, and this is a good thing.

The envelope is a double layer of lipids – which are fatty molecules made up of a hydrophilic (water-loving) “head” on the outside of the layer, and hydrophobic (water-hating or fat-loving) “tails” that point inwards, sandwiched between the heads.

This layer is very sensitive to things like alcohol and soap, which each work effectively but differently to destroy the coronavirus.


Why Soap Works to kill the Coronavirus

Soap is made up of molecules with free-floating hydrophobic tails and hydrophilic heads. When put in water and in the presence of the coronavirus, the tails try to avoid the water molecules and wedge themselves between the fatty layer of the virus. Once the protective outer layer is broken, the pieces of the virus spill out into the soapy water, and the soap molecules surround and trap them – along with dirt – to be washed away.

Antibacterial Soap Not Required

It might be tempting to look for the most powerful antibacterial products on the shelf – though you’ll be hard pressed now to find any. But you don’t need anything other than plain soap to destroy the coronavirus. The key is to wash your hands for a full 20 seconds, rubbing all surfaces of your skin, to effectively remove any virus cells and then rinse them down the drain.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s Provincial Health Officer, said it this way: “Wash your hands like you’ve been chopping jalapenos and you need to change your contacts.”

Antibacterial soaps have not been shown to be more effective than regular soap and water, and often contain other ingredients that can be irritating to the skin (like or hormone disrupting (like triclosan). So even the health agencies like Health Canada and the FDA only recommend regular soap.

Hand Sanitizer as a Back-Up

As for hand sanitizer, it’s a good alternative for when you don’t have access to soap and water. The alcohol must be in high enough concentrations (at least 60%) to destabilize the lipid outer layer of the virus, but the virus has to be soaking in the alcohol for it to work. This also doesn’t remove the virus cells from the skin like soap does. 

Soap works faster, and requires less to be effective, but hand sanitizer is still better than nothing.

Favourite Soaps from PurPicks

Since you’re washing your hands a million times a day (you are, right?!), it’s a great time to find your new favourite soap. Here are some of the top rated soaps on PurPicks right now:

EarthlyEssentials – Olive Castile Soap Rated 4.68 out of 5 (22 Reviews)
“I use this in the kitchen. It smells so good and works well. Love that it’s all natural ingredients.” – Kelly

Birch Babe – Shampoo And Body Bar Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on (7 Reviews)
“such a great sudsy bar, I travel with it too, love the case. This bar has lasted me over 3 months. the smell is amazing.” – Debbie

JustBirch – Artisan All Natural Soap Rated 5.00 out of 5 based (3 Reviews)
“Great stuff! I love that it’s organic and comes from a company that’s committed to helping our natural environment.”

Alaska Glacial Mud – Bergamot & Lemongrass & Mandarin & Lavender Glacial Mineral Soap Bar 4.60 out of 5 (5 Reviews)
“From camping to sauna to shower to kitchen, this soap cuts through it all with grace and divine essential oils! I use it for washing grimy kid paws, shampoo hair for myself and baby, shaving my legs and washing my face!” – Lauren

Thank you for reading and stay safe! 

Emma Rohmann

Emma Rohmann
Green At Home

Emma Rohmann is an environmental engineer, mom of 2, and founder of Green at Home. She helps families reduce toxins at home without overwhelm, a lifestyle overhaul, or spending a fortune. Emma is a David Suzuki Foundation Queen of Green Coach, holds a certificate in Environmental Health from the University of Arizona,  and is a regular guest lecturer at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Learn more at www.greenathome.ca.

Founder Spotlight: An Interview with Julie Levin from Leaf People

#Founderspotlight - Leaf People - Julie Levin

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#Founderspotlight - Leaf People - Julie Levin

This year, Colorado’s Leaf People has secured 2 spots as Finalists in CertClean’s Clean Beauty Awards!

If you are in the market for a new face wash or face and beard oil, look no further! Leaf People’s Stem Cell & Peptide Radiance Face Cream, and Sandalwood & Cypress Face & Beard Oil are amongst the top performing clean beauty products in the industry!

Leaf People is plant based skincare for modern life. Founded by medical herbalist Julie Levin in 2003, the brand was inspired by Julie’s deep connection to the environment.

From growing up in rural Alaska and learning how to use plants for wilderness survival, learning cross-cultural herbal traditions during her extensive travels abroad, and integrating Buddhist medicine-making processes into the production of skincare, Leaf People is a culmination of Julie’s life experiences. After hearing Julie’s story behind why she decided to start Leaf People you’ll love her as much as we do.

What inspired you to start your business or to formulate your Radiance Face Cream?

One of Leaf People’s finalists, the Radiance Face Cream, is one of my most complex creations thus far. It marries an incredibly broad range of ingredients and knowledge into one light, nourishing and luscious product. My motivation to formulate this was the pure excitement from the challenge to make something better than I have made so far. Compounding the plant extracts, stem cells, peptides, essential oils etc. in just the right way and balancing the correct quantities was the ultimate mingling of art and science. It was very fun!

Please tell us more about your Radiance Face Cream! Why do you think it was so well-loved by Clean Beauty Awards’ judging panel?

Our Radiance Face Cream was also nominated for best in show, Indie Beauty 2019. It’s our new showcase face cream. The formula itself is incredibly balanced so that it effortlessly floats through the skin providing beautiful nourishing and skin smoothing properties. The focal oil comes from the wild in Namibia and not from a commercial farm, so its potency and nutrient profile is exquisite. Aside from the plant extracts that calm skin, yet boost radiance (another difficult effect to pull off), it has the added cell rejuvenating properties of apple stem cells, the firming effects of peptides and the extra juicy hydration burst of plant sourced hyaluronic acid. It really is the best of all worlds harmoniously colliding in one cream. It’s perfect for all skin types, age 30 years and above.

In your journey of creating natural products, what were some roadblocks or issues that you were faced with?

To start, green washing in the supply chain is huge, not to mention the industry in general. It was 20 years ago and it still is today, although how it’s done has changed a little. I have to be a watchdog constantly because there is no room to take your eye off the ball for a second. This is part of my motivation to utilize wild plants that I can ethically pick myself and I also take the time to develop real connections to the organic farmers and my other suppliers. You have to know where your ingredients are coming from and build trust with those sources, there is no other way.

Secondly, I would say educating our consumers. There is a multitude of layers regarding the quality of manufacturing, sourcing, packaging and so on, and in every step of the process, you can make good, holistic decisions or you can cut corners. Since most people do not see behind the curtain of manufacturing, it becomes our role to help them understand why we choose one thing over another.

At Leaf People, we are very clear about our mission to make the highest quality skin care as environmentally friendly as possible without breaking anyone’s bank. And being a sole owner, formally trained herbalist and a fully self-funded business, I am able to make the best decisions to fit our company’s mission and produce skin care that meets our vision without compromising for a bottom line, bank or investors.

As a formulator, you must have some special love for some ingredients. What are your favourites?

I love nutrient rich nettles to brighten and calm skin, perfect for redness prone complexions. Chrysanthemum is another favorite for taking out the heat, providing key nourishing factors and brightening skin tone. Kalahari melon seed oil from Namibia is chock full of fat soluble vitamins and essential fatty acid while remaining feather-light and fast absorbing, perfect for all skin types. Swiss apple stem cells truly brighten and enliven the skin, they are little pockets of power to invigorate cells.

We absolutely love the ethos of your company. Can you tell us more? 

My goal is to walk my talk, not preach. I am a trained herbalist, I’ve studied herbal medicine all over the world, from formal schools to staying with indigenous plant medicine masters in the forest for lengths of time. My priority is the products and their benefit to people not on our bottom line. I see myself as a messenger of the plants, a conduit to the botanical kingdom so their message can be heard and my main job is to respect them and that process. Perfectionism does not begin to describe my formulating process, all formulas have gone through painstaking revisions. It took me 2 years to finalize my first face cream and with diligence, I nailed it perfectly and achieved my desired shelf life without any harsh preservatives. Although as time passes, my formulating becomes faster but it’s always a process that includes meditation on the idea, making several versions, using and thinking about those for a while, seeing what the plants want, continuing on. It really is the blend of art, science and spirituality and you have to lay down your own ego and preconceived ideas and dive into those three areas unabashedly. It’s an enormous challenge everyday!

Thank you Julie for sharing your powerful story behind Leaf People. Your dedication for creating top quality products that are kind to the earth and kind to people is absolutely inspiring!

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Learn more about the finalists below!

stem cell & peptide radiance face cream

2020 FaceCream Finalist

Price: $35-$70

men’s complete face + beard oil

2020 BeardCare 1st Place Winner

Price: $32.00

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