Organic products have never been as widely available as they are today. With growing concerns about sustainability and the health of the environment, many producers are flying the organic, green flag across their wares, be it food, apparel, and increasingly, the cosmetics we use.
Skeptics may pooh-pooh organic skincare products as green marketing, an excuse to trap millennials into purchasing overpriced serums that perform just as well as their non-organic counterparts all for the bragging rights, but having an all-natural skincare regimen has benefits that surpass mere conscious consumerism.
Organic products tend to contain gentler formulas that are more accommodating to sensitive complexions, and they are typically made in small batches, with more care and attention on the brand’s part to what goes into the final vial or tube.
Before you hop online and begin loading your digital baskets with organic cosmetics from countries like the US, UK and Australia, it’s worth noting that our small city has quite a growing all-natural beauty frontier of its own. We’ve rounded up a list of our favourite local organic skincare brands to get you started.
Sigi Skin may just have three products, but don’t let that detract you from this new kid on the organic skincare block. The trio is designed to address the philosophy that looking good with makeup on warrants good skin first, so each of Sigi Skin’s products addresses one aspect of complexion prep. There is a low pH cleanser with kale extract to ensure your face is silky smooth at the start of the day, a potent eye serum with five types of ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid, and a moisturising sunscreen fortified with superfoods like avocado and acai to complete the package. Applying makeup will never be the same after you’ve slathered Sigi Skin’s goodies on your grateful visage.
Pera Skincare is the world’s first Peranakan-inspired skincare brand. Pera Skincare employs cutting-edge science with the traditional beauty recipes from the Straits people to create its wares, making the brand a cosmetic combination of past and present. Their hero product is the brightening Bedak Sejuk Fusion mask, a two-step formula based on fermented rice water sourced from making bedak sejuk, a classic Peranakan cooling powder product made from rice and pandan leaves.
“We want to leverage science to redefine green beauty,” claims the folks behind Forest Rhapsody skincare, and a look at the products they offer justifies that mission statement fully. The Singaporean label has formulated a bunch of products centred around active ingredients that help improve the complexion, with these ingredients being all organic, of course. Take, for instance, their best-selling Dew Drops Enzymatic Cleansing Gel, crafted with gentle plant-based enzymes to exfoliate the skin when you wash, as well as plant oils to hydrate. The cleansing gel can also double up as a makeup remover, giving the product added convenience.
The Balm Kitchen was designed with one mother’s quest to remedy her child’s eczema with all-natural products and soon burgeoned into a fully-fledged cosmetic line that caters to sensitive skin in our tropical climate. The brand also spotlights organic Asian ingredients in its product range, so expect to find the likes of ginseng, goji berries and more popping up on its ingredients list.
Frank Skincare has become especially renowned for its face oils, given how each comes chock full with organic goodness to keep your skin looking its best. They’ve got a face oil for every need, be it caring for skin issues during pregnancy, treating hyperpigmentation, sorting out acne, or just general hydration. Most of their products come in recycled or recyclable packaging, giving the brand that extra eco-friendly gold star.