Written by Ayesha Khan
Based on the virtues of age-old ingredients and minimally invasive to the environment, these eco-friendly brands draw from nature while protecting the planet.
Skincare - Origins
Founded in 1990 by Estée Lauder’s son, William, this brand was using words such as ‘sustainable’, ‘green’, and ‘organic’ long before they became fashionable. By 2007, the brand used 100% USDA-certified organic ingredients, and from its very conception, care for the environment was at the core of its brand’s identity. Origins’ latest superstar, the Mega-Mushroom collection, was developed by long-time partner Dr Andrew Weil, and is said to have unparalleled anti-inflammatory properties. Proceeds of ‘Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins™ products’ go directly to the Weil Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting integrative medicine, education and research.
Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum 30ml US$52
Anti-Ageing - Neal’s Yard Remedies
London’s Covent Garden apothecary was founded in 1981 and now thrives on the belief that organic ingredients, fair trade, and ethics in farming are just as important as protecting the environment and the animals that rely on it. The brand’s ‘eco’ factory is a worldwide example of green, carbon-neutral building design, while its product-testing process never involves animals. The brand’s most iconic product – lovingly referred to as its ‘super hero’ – is the multi-award winning Frankincense Intense anti-ageing cream. Created from plant stem cells and the age-old aromatic resin, this product has been clinically proven to reverse the signs of ageing in just 60 days.
Frankincense Intense Cream US$90
Make-up - Korres
This Greek brand was founded in 1996 by George Korres, a pharmacology student at the University of Athens who had a homeopathic epiphany while working at Greeces first homeopathic pharmacy. The aim of the brand is to use the finest organic ingredients and environmentally friendly products to create skincare with clinically proven effectiveness. Today the brand runs a Nobel Prize-winning lab that is minimally invasive to the environment, and the pharmacy where Korres trained still stands, and serves as a training school for Korres employees. The brand’s comprehensive make-up line features bestsellers such as a Greek yoghurt nourishing lip cooler (US$19), a black volcanic mineral mascara (US$20), and a wrinkle-smoothing quercetin and oak anti-ageing primer (US$33).