It’s no surprise that the all-natural beauty market has exploded. Over the years, people have become more aware of what’s inside their products and have begun to make better decisions about what they allow on their skin. As a result, hundreds of new companies have formed to meet this new demand for safe, natural beauty products. Along with this growth also came a flood of natural beauty claims—creating a sort of Wild West of marketing jargon, promises, and misinformation. To help provide a little more transparency (and because we’re obsessed with these products), we scoured the internet and compiled this sortable list of the world’s top truly organic skin care lines.
First, let’s be clear about what the terms actually mean. Organic refers to something that was produced without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), sewage, ionizing radiation, as well as antibiotics and growth hormones. Natural means something that originally “existed in” or was “derived from” nature. Additionally, if something is “certified organic” or “certified natural,” then you’ll need to look at how that specific certifying agency defines those terms.
We’ve updated our list for 2021! You’ll find a few more awesome brands this year! At a minimum, all organic skin care lines on this 2021 top list must have a strong history of happy customers (as indicated by product reviews), contain organic ingredients, and be free from most (if not all) of these ingredients: Parabens, Phthalates, Sulfates, PEG compounds, Petrochemicals & Mineral Oils, Ethoxylated Ingredients, as well as Synthetic Fragrances & Dyes. With that settled, now you’re free to indulge in this ultimate list of 2021’s most delicious concoctions.
what makes a good organic skin care line?
For those with sensitive skin or skin conditions, a truly great organic line needs to offer more than just natural ingredients and great reviews. In addition to our selection criteria, we’ve also tagged and organized each brand by six additional features to help you easily discover the organic skin care line that will best meet your beauty needs: 100% Organic Ingredients, GMO Free, Cruelty Free, Gluten Free, Vegan, and Certified Organic. Here’s a breakdown of the requirements for each beauty tag:
100% Organic Ingredients
We give this badge to lines that offer a complete skin care regimen (i.e. cleanser + toner + serum + moisturizer) which contains only 100% pure organic ingredients.
A badge for companies that do not use any genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their line of products; verified by a company statement or certification.
Denotes a company that does not test on animals: Indicated by either an official PETA Leaping Bunny certification, other third party certification, or vow from the company.
Indicates that the brand has either earned a gluten-free certification or stated that their products are gluten-free based on quality control and pure ingredients.
Denotes a skin care line that contains no animal products or may offer a few non-vegan products with full transparency as to which products do not meet vegan quality standards.
A skin care company, manufacturer, or skin care line that has received an official organic certification by a recognizable authority such as the USDA, ECOCERT, ACO, and others.