Local Organic Beauty Products That Actually Work
Ready to jump on the organic beauty bandwagon? Then you might want to check some Filipino made organic beauty products that actually work.
Faith, Hope, and Hope is a Filipino organic skin care company that specializes in the production of vegan skin food. It traces its roots from the province of Nueva Vizcaya. It aspires to develop skin products that use locally produced raw materials. The company is dedicated to the owner’s late father that paved the way to the name: Faith, Hope, and Love.
Cucumber Hydrating Face Mist
Ingredients: aloe vera leaf juice, cucumber hydrosol, sea buckthorn oil, jojoba oil, witch hazel, rosemary, neem oil, allantoin, arbutin, and vitamins A, C, and E.
I’m not an expert organic beauty blogger but one thing I learned from my organic beauty journey is that cucumbers aren’t just for the eye bags. Your face will love them too. I bought my Faith, Hope, and Love Cucumber Hydrating Face Mist three years ago. I remember I couldn’t stop talking about it to my friends for weeks. I bought the face mist because I felt refreshed by the idea of spraying cucumber juice all over my face as though cleansing my soul.
Achieving your glass skin look
The cucumber face mist is highly recommended to my girls out there who are looking for tips to get a natural glass skin look. If you’re on a budget, you don’t need to go crazy looking for Korean skincare beauty routines or buy K-Beauty products from beauty shops to achieve that “glass skin” face. It gives your face a natural dewy finish without the stickiness. I remember I would go out to buy groceries or go shopping feeling confident that I don’t look like trash with this face mist on my face. According to their website, it is a kind of face mist that minimizes pores, fine lines and helps skin recover from active breakouts. I cannot attest to this claim since luckily I didn’t have acne or breakouts when I started using this product.
Face mists as setting spray
The product can also be used as a setting spray before or after you put on your makeup. I tried this one as a setting spray but I prefer using it as a face mist alone for that fresh and hydrated look. Without any doubt, it is indeed a holy grail of freshness. For me, the FHL Cucumber Mist is better than Human Nature’s Hydrating Face Mist.
The FHL Cucumber Hydrating Mist is available in two sizes: 50ml at 60php and 100ml at 300php.
moisturized and refreshed face
affordable face mist
smells good; the scent is not overpowering
not for you if you love a matte look
if you are allergic to cucumber, aloe vera or other ingredients mentioned above though the products contain no harmful chemicals
Human Nature is a member of the Natural Products Association (NPA), the authority on the natural products industry in the United States upholding the strictest criteria of natural claims worldwide. The company uses 100% natural ingredients and all products are cruelty-free. It claims to be Pro-Philippines because it hopes to produce a lot of products that can be grown in the Philippines. Human Nature aims to create a demand for natural products and provide programs that will help farmers since most ingredients in producing beauty products such as coconut, aloe, sugarcane, etc can be grown in the country.
Purifying Facial Scrub
Ingredients: aqua (water), stearic acid (vegetable-derived), decyl glucoside (coconut-derived), glyceryl stearate (vegetable-derived), sodium lactate (sugarcane-derived), sodium gluconate (sugarcane-derived), Bambusa arundinacea (bamboo) stem extract, Fragaria vesca (strawberry) seed, levulinic acid (rice/corn-derived), coco-glucoside (coconut-derived), glyceryl oleate (coconut-derived), xanthan gum, fragrance (all-natural), phytic acid (rice-derived), p-anisic acid (anise seed-derived), iron oxides
I know how to make my own facial scrub – I would just mix sugar and honey to scrub away my skin impurities. There are natural beauty products DIY online, thanks to Pinterest and other organic beauty blogs. I also tried making a lemon and egg white face mask to remove whiteheads but it was gross and messy. Making my own facial scrub was a lot of work so I bought Human Nature’s Purifying Facial Scrub.
With a healthy diet and good skincare routine, no need to check articles online on how to look good even without makeup. It’s not just about looking good but actually having healthy skin. The facial scrub contains strawberry seeds that are beneficial to the skin. The seeds are naturally acidic. Such level of natural acidity helps tighten pores and remove dead skin cells without skin irritation and redness.
Natural exfoliating ingredients
It is a locally made effective skincare product that features 100% natural ingredients. The scrub smells good and looks yummy because of the strawberry seeds. But as compared to SkinFood facial scrubs, for me, SkinFood smells better. One of the things I love about this exfoliant product is that it leaves your face fresh and smooth. I haven’t experienced any breakouts since I started using the facial scrub.
Actually, I’m very cautious when it comes to buying facial scrubs because I had a bad skin reaction after using St. Ives Apricot Scrub. Good thing I didn’t have to go to the dermatologist to treat acne breakouts professionally. Then I happened to read articles related to the St. Ives Apricot Scrub Lawsuit. Two women filed a lawsuit against St. Ives claiming the product caused irritation and inflammation.
Luckily, the Purifying Facial Scrub works for me. It’s recommended to exfoliate your skin once or twice a week. I like to scrub my face after a long day of wearing makeup for my skin to breathe and prevent breakouts.
The Human Nature Purifying Scrub is available in one size only: 50g at 99.75php.
no overwhelming smell
the strawberry seeds and bamboo granules don’t feel harsh on the skin
lightens face after washing
may not work for everybody especially those who have sensitive skin
Lavender Mint Scented Cleansing Bar
Photo credit: Human Nature Website
Ingredients: sodium cocoate (saponified coconut oil), aqua (water), decyl glucoside (vegetable-derived), glycerin (vegetable-derived), Mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf essential oil, Mentha arvensis (corn mint) leaf essential oil, Lavandula angustifolia (lavander) stem essential oil, sodium lactate (sugarcane-derived)
My mom is a dedicated user of Human Nature Lavender Mint Cleansing Bar. She has a dust allergy which causes foot itchiness, similar to eczema. I let her try Tokyo Love Medicated Soap and she loved it. She only used the Japanese brand soap for a week and the itchiness of her foot was gone. Tokyo Love Soap is quite expensive so I bought her Human Nature’s cleansing soaps. She achieved good results two to three weeks after using the product. It’s way cheaper than Tokyo Love Soap or other anti-eczema soaps with almost the same results.
The cleansing bar makes your skin really smooth. It also smells good, the lavender and mint combination is relaxing to the senses though it’s much mintier. I’m not sure if it’s good for acne but I can say it’s an effective natural treatment to eczema or other forms of skin rashes or dryness.
Human Nature Lavender Mint Cleansing Bar is sold at 84.75php.
refreshing scent (minty)
gentle on the skin
may not be suitable for all types of skin
Zivine Organics is popular for its grapeseed and castor oil. The famous grapeseed oil distributor is a growing Davao based company that aims to help men grow hair and women to have longer lashes. This Filipino organic brand doesn’t only sell essential oils. It also provides other organic beauty products to its clients such as papaya sunblock creams, hair grower shampoo, facial and body scrubs, and more.
You’ve probably heard of Zivine Organics’ Grapeseed Oil from organic beauty blogs if you’re a Filipina who is into essential oils. I’ve read a lot of overwhelming reviews online about grapeseed oil. I’ve decided to buy a sunblock cream, toner, and face cream to be fair to other Zivine Organics products.
Hydrating and alcohol-free
The Zivine Organics Sugarcane Toner is one of the best hydrating toners I’ve ever tried. It doesn’t make my skin dry like other cleansing products in the market. It’s an alcohol-free toner so my skin feels safe. There are many reasons why alcohol toners are bad for you. Traditionally, we need alcohol for other ingredients to penetrate our skin or make skin creams lighter. I guess it depends on a person’s preference although I can say using beauty products with natural ingredients is the best way to make you feel less guilty about your skin.
I like Jeffree Star’s skincare routine but all the alcohol-free products he uses cost more than my life so I stick with local organic brands. It’s a habit for most cosmetic companies to use alcohol products but let’s not forget the Koreans. We all have to agree that Koreans make good products that are actually alcohol-free.
Also, how often can you find a toner or cleanser that’s made from sugarcane? Sugarcane keeps the skin hydrated so my face also feels moisturized right after using it. It doesn’t cause irritation on my slightly inflamed skin on the side of my nose. I have no breakouts so far or any bad reaction from using the product. However, I don’t speak for everybody because we all have different skin types and sensitivity. According to research, sugarcane makes your skin healthy and prevents aging. I hope I’ll reap the benefits and look immortal in the next ten years. It gives you glow but doesn’t make your skin oily. So yes, I’m in love with this toner for how many months now!
According to its Facebook Page, the toner is specially formulated to whiten dark areas of the skin. I cannot support nor deny its claim because luckily my pimple marks aren’t that bad.
The Zivine Organics Sugarcane Toner (100ml) is sold at 300php.
no overwhelming smell
May cause irritation since we have different skin types
Tea Tree Cream
I normally use Zivine Organics’ Grapeseed Oil after cleansing my face then apply tea cream. The tea tree face cream gives my face a smooth feel. Also, it helps to whiten the skin. I love how it easily dries after application and how it brightens my face.
Natural acne treatment
The tea tree cream is ideal for acne treatment without spending much. Using tea tree creams and oils is the best way to treat acne and acne scars naturally. Tea tree has antimicrobial properties and helps reduce inflammation. It also prevents redness and irritation which is good for acne prone skin especially if you are currently suffering from acne breakouts. I don’t have an acne prone skin but the cream really works for me. It illuminates my skin and doesn’t make it oily. I can also use it even when I’m outdoors because it provides sun protection against UV rays, thus it’s also an anti-aging cream.
Zivine Organics’ Tea Tree Cream (30g) is sold at 400php.
Offers sun protection
Not sticky at all
Good whitening cream
Some people may not like the smell of tea tree
I get it, some organic beauty products aren’t really effective. Some of them aren’t even 100% natural. And because natural and organic beauty is a huge category in the beauty industry, every brand would want to join the organic bandwagon. They want to call themselves “organic” and “natural” even though they only use a small percentage of organic ingredients, which for me, is a type of false advertisement.
The fastest way to know if the product is good or not is to check trusted online reviews (or lawsuits) or try the product yourself. The smartest way is to check the first five ingredients on the product label. If you can’t identify them, be resourceful and use the internet to help you find ways on how to tell if the product is really “natural” or if it’s just greenwashing you.
Bye, nasty chemicals!
I’m a wannabe blogger who loves the 90s and Dr. Martens, an annoying mother and a jealous fan of A.M. Homes.