Last year, a survey found that 53% of women over the age of 35 believe that buying ‘green’ beauty is important to them, while 73% of millennial women actively seek out cleaner, all-natural products.
We’re lucky enough to have a handful of eco-friendly beauty brands that were founded right here in Wales, meaning that shopping local with these guys will earn you extra ethical smug-points to boot.
Charlotte Simoes is the Penarth-based businesswoman behind Miss Patisserie, a vegan skincare brand who create products that look good enough to eat. From sumptuous, cupcake-shaped bath melts to environmentally-friendly coffee scrubs and body souffles, these dreamy treats are far too pretty to be hidden away in the bathroom cabinet. Pick them up online or in store, and keep them within easy reach for the next time you’re in need of some TLC.
I’ve written about Amaryllis Salon in Canton before – it’s where I’ve been getting my hair done ever since I moved back to Cardiff. It was founded by two friends, Tiffany and Rebecca, who decided to exclusively style with products by Davines, an Italian haircare brand with an impressive commitment to sustainability. As well as the choice of haircare, the Amaryllis team also offer clients a mean selection of Pukka organic herbal teas and vegan Pipes beers; keep waste and water usage to a minimum; and regularly hold charity fundraising days for a variety of eco-friendly causes.
Sophie and Hannah Pycroft are the Barry-based sisters behind Spectrum Collections, the make-up brush brand with a cult-like following on social media. Spectrum had humble beginnings; being run from the sisters’ garage at home, but thanks to bloggers and influencers going crazy for the brushes on Instagram, the brand is now estimated to be worth a cool £8m. All Spectrum products are vegan certified and cruelty-free; I particularly love how the sisters often share info and advice on their own social media feeds about how to be more eco-friendly day-to-day. Two girls after my own heart!
Last night I made my own set of lip balms using one of @naissancetrading's easy DIY kits. Naissance are a Welsh, ethical beauty company specialising in natural #organic products – the kits they sell are such a good idea for Christmas presents! *Sorry for saying the C word so early – I'm not ready either! 🙃🙃🙃
Naissance was founded in the Brecon Beacons mountains in 2005 when it began sourcing essential oils and natural raw ingredients from around the world. These days, the company say their mission is to inspire a “greener and cleaner marketplace” and to “ensure that people are aware of the importance of organic and natural products for the overall health of the planet.”
I discovered these guys when they invited me to try out their DIY beauty craft kits that let you create your own bath bombs, beard oils, lip balms and body scrubs from scratch. So far, I have given a few of their other products a try and have been impressed by both the quality, and also how the pricing stacks up against similar brands like Neals Yard Remedies. With the Naissance rosehip facial serum coming in at £6.49, versus Neals Yard’s rehydrating rose facial oil at £26, I think I might be making some more sneaky brand swaps over the next few months…
Luna Organic Beauty Boutique
Luna Organic is Cardiff’s first eco-friendly beauty salon. They aim to combine their ethical principles with luxurious organic products to create a “holistic haven”, offering waxing, facials, and massages, whilst also championing ethical beauty. The founder, Sam, is a passionate holistic therapist who has even developed her own raw, cold-pressed and eco-certified organic Argan Oil product, which is sourced directly from farmers and cooperatives in Morocco. You can find the Luna Boutique on Merthyr Road in Whitchurch, Cardiff.
Know any ethical Welsh beauty brands I missed? Let me know in the comments below 🙂