When it comes to choosing organic and natural skin care products, it can be a bit of a minefield. Read this article to find out where you can find brands that you can trust.
Look in any pharmacy, supermarket, department store or beauty shop and you will see products that claim to be “natural”, “organic”, “pure”, “herbal”, “eco-friendly” among other terms.
The reality is that there is no legal standards set for natural or organic personal care products. This means that companies can make claims which, quite frankly, are often misleading. This is called “greenwashing”, where a company puts a green spin on their products to make us believe they are something more than they are.
How do you, as a consumer, know whether an organic and natural skin care brand can be trusted? Check to see whether the product has been certified as being organic. Read the product label very carefully (you may have to take a magnifying glass!). Ingredients come in order of concentration and often synthetic and toxic chemicals and preservatives come before naturally derived and organic ingredients.
Listed below are some places where you can buy organic and natural skin care products that have the Penang Spirit seal of approval.
Justlife are very particular about the personal care products they sell in their shops. They promote brands such as as Living Nature, Florame, Weleda, Dr Alkaitis and local company, Indochine Natural. You can find a range of soaps, bath and shower gels, face and body lotions and creams, deodorants and sun protection. Justlife also have a range of toiletries suitable for babies and children such as shower gels, baby rubs, shampoos, creams and lotions. Location: 1C Jalan Sungai Kelian (Opposite the Cove), 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Penang. Tel: 04-890-0589. Website.
Organic Oasis is a Malaysian company selling skin care, cosmetics, personal care, baby care, household and pet products all under one roof. The products are Australian made, organically certified and 100% natural.
Brands include Sanctum, Simplicite and Baby Organics. They also have a range of certified organic flora make-up called Zuii Organic. The make-up is not tested on animals and contains no petrochemicals, parabens, or GM ingredients.
Location: 3A-1-23 Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong, 10470 Penang. Tel: 016-401-7596. Website.
Since 2006 Pangea Organics have been offering a complete range of certified organic body, skin and lip care. Pangea internationally source their ingredients from organic farmers through fair trade practices whenever they can. They craft in small batches so they can use as natural and organic ingredients as possible.
Pangea are a company with integrity with no questionable ingredients, working towards a more sustainable future. The founder, Joshua Onysko, has been called a green pioneer. The company has won awards for best product performance, environmental and social responsibility and innovative packaging.
Location: Shop at LG-17, Queensbay Mall, 100 Persiaran Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang. Concession at 2nd Floor, Gurney Plaza, Persiaran Gurney, 10250, Penang. Website.
Skin Lab offer a small range of key brands that are certified organic such as Antipodes, Aubrey Organics, Geo Skincare, Nature’s Lab, Nvey Eco, Stem Organics and Trilogy.
Location: 1F-65, Queensbay Mall,100 Persiaran Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang. Website.
When the average woman is exposed to hundreds of chemicals everyday through the use of beauty and personal care products, a high percentage of which is absorbed through the skin, it makes sense to use organic and natural skin care products. This is especially true when it comes to baby skin care.