Ditch Those Chemicals: Organic Skincare Brands You Should Be Buying Instead

Shaili posted on 04 June

If you pick up any beauty product you’re currently using, you’ll see a list of chemicals used to make them. While most of them are used by us daily, a lot of us suffer from breakouts and have sensitive skin. Instead of running from pillar to post and using more chemicals to fix them up, you could just opt for a more natural, organic route for blemish-free, happy, healthy skin. Here are seven brands you can check out today.

Ras Luxury Oils

This beauty and wellness brand, set up by a mother-daughter duo, sells products made from plant-based ingredients and is cruelty-free and free of synthetic fragrances and parabens. The brand uses cold-pressed virgin oils and organic essential oils for their therapeutic skincare range. The wellness brand offers face oils, face mists, body oils, body polishes, pure essential oils, pure plant oils, and miniatures, among others.

Price Range: Face Elixir (INR 2,350 – INR 2,850), Face & Body Mist (INR 890), Pure Plant Oil (INR 1,450 – INR 2,450), Pure Essential Oil (INR 400 – INR 1,100), Body Polish (INR 1,100 – INR 1,250), Miniatures (INR 1,100 – INR 2,200)

Zahara Skincare

This brand, started by Zahara Nedou, makes skincare products based on age-old, tried and tested Kashmiri and Arab family beauty regimes. The brand sells products that contain no chemicals and are natural {organically grown and harvested}. Zahara’s raw materials are either grown in family farms or are procured from certified organic farmers in Kashmir and the Middle East. Take a look at their Facebook page, where you can place your order.

Focus: Skincare and wellness products sourced organically from Kashmir and the Middle East

Price Range: Oils (INR 650 – INR 750), Shine Bright Like A Diamond (INR 1,650), Organic Mulberry Cocoons (INR 3,200), Scrub (INR 600), Java Juice (INR 1,800), After Glow (INR 2,200), Soul Mate Face Pack (INR 1,650)

The Skin Pantry

When Colette Austin, patissier extraordinaire, decided to eliminate chemicals from her life, she started The Skin Pantry {she did not have too many choices that were chemical-free and so, decided to experiment in her kitchen}. She whipped up a marvelous spread of ‘skin food’ mousses, oils, butters, face packs and more held in glass jars with wooden spatulas for application. The brand’s philosophy is based on the belief that ‘you shouldn’t put on your skin what you wouldn’t put in your mouth’. What intrigued us was that a lot of care and love has gone into crafting her products, it’s chemical-free, made for the Indian skin and yes, they sound gobsmackingly delicious! You can check them out on Facebook.

Price Range: Face Moisturisers (INR 1,600 – INR 1,792), Clay Masks (INR 1,152), Non-Soap Face Washes (INR 1,280 – INR 1,536), Men’s Range of After Shave & Moisturiser (INR 1,408)

Skin Yoga

Started by three sisters, this skincare brand makes natural, chemical-free products, sourcing ingredients from their place of origin. Ingredients like coffee, oats, sandalwood, saffron and green tea make for some snazzy and delicious smelling skincare products. Take a look at their page here.

Price Range: Face wash and mask (INR 1,395 – INR 2,450), Face and Body Scrub (INR 1,175 – INR 2,475), Foot Scrubs (INR 695 – INR 1,695)

Ayca

This natural skincare brand uses age-old recipes, concocted by our ancestors, on natural, chemical-free ingredients and essential oils to make naturally nourishing bases. Their aim is to offer a holistic approach to refresh, replenish and revitalize. For more deets, check out their page.

Price: Hydrating Gels (INR 725 – INR 950), Scrubs & Masks (INR 725 – INR 975), Night Care (INR 1,275 – INR 1,650), Body Oil (INR 850), Body Butter (INR 1,075), Body Lotion (INR 1,275)

Naturma

Co-founded in 2016 by Rakesh Patni (entrepreneur & investor) and Shivani Shah (yoga and educational therapist), this young skincare brand was created from an inspiration – that skincare products should not have any chemicals in them, just pure natural ingredients, no compromises. Their products cater to the following sections – skin, bath, hair, baby and men’s products. For more details, click here.

Price: Flavoured Aloe Vera Gels (INR 255 – INR 295), Blueberry Body Lotion (INR 735), Misty Morning Face Cream (INR 695), Body Butter (INR 740), Cold Pressed Oils (INR 350 – INR 495)

Juicy Chemistry

Juicy Chemistry is a tried and tested brand that provides you with epic results from the moment you apply them. We absolutely love their oatmeal cleanser and anti-dandruff shampoo. While the cleanser provides us with a healthy glow, the shampoo enables a squeaky clean scalp after just a wash. With over 70 variants, ranging from serums, day creams, body butters, scrubs, foot creams, toners, anti-aging cream, lip butters and scrubs, shampoo bars and gourmet soaps, the brand offers complete facial care, body care, hand & feet care, and hair care products.

Price: Oatmeal cleanser (INR 300 upwards), organic soap bars (INR 400), shampoos (INR 337 upwards)

Neemli Naturals

Neemli's range is vegan, organic and cruelty-free! We love their Home Spa combos, the Witch Hazel and Vetiver toner, and the Hyluronic and Vitamin C serum! They've got a cool range for men, too - A matcha-aloe aftershave moisturiser, and a gritty Matcha-Avocado bathing bar.

Price Range: Matcha Aloe Aftershave Moisturiser (INR 825), Witch Hazel and Vetiver Toner (INR 625)

Vaunt

Vaunt promises cruelty-free, vegan and locally made skincare! They also aim towards creating products that are all hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. They've got a line that's specifically for a nighttime skincare routine - complete with a hydrator, facial oils and a delicious-smelling face mist. We love the Vitamin C water, too!

Price range: Tamanu + Cranberry Seed Face Oil (INR 599), Watermelon + Seaweed Face Mist (INR 575)

Alanna

Another all-vegan brand, Alanna was started by Rashi Behal Mehra after she quit a cushy corporate job. One of the few brands in India that offers shampoo bars, with Amla, Reetha, Shikakai and Hibiscus. They've also got lip scrubs and balms in Lemon and Chocolate flavours. Their Night Miracle serum is our top pick!

Price range: Night Miracle Serum (INR 938), Shampoo Bar (INR 550)

Ilana Organics

A brand that was recently catapulted into viral fame by beauty bloggers, this brand is all-organic, and has great combos that'll help you test a skincare regime end to end - toners, masks, et al. Their clarifying charcoal mask is their most popular product, and they suggest trying their Witch Hazel + Camellia Toner and Argan + Tea Tree Serum alongside it for optimum results. A unique product they've got is their sun protection oil, crafted with raspberry and carrot seed.

Price range: Clarify - Serum + Toner + Mask (INR 2, 250), Nourishing Sun Protection (INR 649)