12 December 2015

Where To Buy: Natural, Eco-Friendly Beauty & Household Products

People who are new to the natural beauty/living scene often enquire as to where to find such products and it can be a little over-whelming in such a new territory. There are actually lots of online stores which sell a variety of natural and green products, but I am going to simplify it for you today, so you can shop safely, at ease, and save money in the process.

I usually stick to just a few places when shopping for natural beauty products; this saves on postage, gains me loyalty points (where applicable), keeps things simple and allows for better overall savings when using discount codes.
My first port of call is Ethical Superstore. This online shop stocks a large variety of not only natural beauty products, but also everyday, natural household goods, groceries and homewares. I shop here for most of my laundry and cleaning products and often pick up a few grocery items which may be difficult to source elsewhere. If I'm in need of any beauty items, I'll check out what's available and pick up what I need, along with the rest of my order. This store is also great for bulk-buying, saving you money in the long-term. Ethical Superstore runs a reward points scheme where you earn 5 points for every £1 you spend. You can also earn 10 points per product review submitted. 1 point is worth ½ pence, so for every £100 you spend, you'll earn 500 points worth £2.50 in reward vouchers. The reward vouchers are emailed to you every three months and are valid for the following three months. There is no minimum spend to use the vouchers. They also have regular product promotions, often offering 20% off site-wide. I also love that you can search by product ethics and tags, i.e. vegan-friendly, Fair Trade or organic products. Standard UK delivery costs £3.95 per order and is free on orders over £50. Recycled packaging is used where possible and items are always securely packaged.
My next stop is Naturisimo. This online shop stocks a wide range of cruelty-free, natural beauty brands, as well as natural healthcare products and teas. They offer a very generous free worldwide delivery service and regularly have discount codes available, including 10% off your first order. I try to time my orders to coincide with a discount code, saving me some cash. I love that Naturisimo offer a large range of samples available to purchase alongside your order - you can choose 5 samples per order. They will also sometimes provide a free sample with your order. Naturisimo also release a "discovery box" every so often, giving you the chance to sample a variety of products, often relating to a particular theme, for great value. New brands and products are added to the site regularly. Orders are well-packaged and boxes can be recycled.
Apart from a small selection such as cleaning products in supermarkets, beauty products in Waitrose and a beauty brand's own store (i.e. Neal's Yard Remedies), currently my only option when shopping in-store for natural beauty and household/grocery items is a local shop called Naturalife. Whether you need some eco-friendly cleaning supplies, a bag of organic oats, a stock-up of your favourite natural shampoo, or some Booja Booja truffles, this store has it! I really love spending time in these types of stores which seem to be few and far between. It's lovely to be able to visibly browse and often sample products before purchasing. This particular health food shop has a lovely selection of single Pukka teabags to take a way for free, and they are happy to order in items for you that they may not currently stock. I also love that there is a good range of locally produced items available to purchase.

Holland and Barrett are also a good option for some items - particularly healthcare products - but I don't tend to shop there very often. I've also used website Neulook, which stock a good range of otherwise hard-to-find products from American and other countries' brands, but the prices are a little more expensive than other websites. Visiting TK Maxx in-store can also be a great idea, as their stock is always changing and they often have a few natural beauty items to pick up.

If a particular brand is not stocked on my favourite websites or in-store, I will purchase directly from the brand's website. I may also purchase directly from a brand's website if they are running a good promotion.

Other online natural beauty stores I am aware of (but have not personally used yet), which sell a variety of brands, are as follows:
http://www.lucyrose.biz/
https://www.lovelula.com/
http://www.onlynaturals.co.uk/
http://www.sophiaschoice.co.uk/
http://www.vanessaschoice.co.uk/
http://abeautifulworld.co.uk/
http://www.beingcontent.com/
http://www.happyorganic.org/
http://www.mypure.co.uk/
http://www.natureshealthbox.co.uk/
http://www.totallyorganic.co.uk/
http://thequietstore.co.uk/
http://www.flourishbeauty.co.uk/
http://www.soorganic.com/
http://www.ecobeautyshop.com/
http://hattieandhugh.com/
http://www.loveorganicscompany.co.uk/
http://www.planetorganic.com/
http://uk.iherb.com/

I hope you have found this guide useful. If you'd like any more info. regarding the stores I use, please comment below.

5 comments:

  1. Ah thanks so much for sharing this post Em, it was very helpful and I liked that you included info about offers and postage costs too. I got started into natural products from buying in a health shop when I was on holiday. Beforehand I didn’t know much about shopping for related products online/or other. However I started shopping on Holland&Barrett for herbal tea and the other day realised they stocked beauty so I purchased a few items. I know you talk about TKMaxx sometimes too, will have to pop in and have a look. I will definitely be bookmarking this page for further reference, there are a few websites that look amazing! :-) xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

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    1. You're welcome, Helen! I'm glad to hear you've been trying out some natural products - there's such a huge and exciting world of natural beauty! I love TK Maxx, as they often stock non-UK brands such as Deep Steep, which can be difficult to get hold of otherwise. And if there's no luck in the beauty section, I love checking out the homewares and food/drink section! I hope you enjoy browsing some of the aforementioned websites. xxx

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  2. Hi Emma,
    Thanks so much for including us on your list! When you next need something new please do consider us, we have some wonderful brands, including some from the US which are exclusive to us such as Habit Cosmetics 5-Free Nail Varnish and the wonderful Zum products from Indigo Wild, which I think you would love!
    As a thank you here is a discount code which you and your readers can use for a 10% discount on orders of over £20: THANKYOU10.
    Have a lovely Christmas!
    x Harriet
    www.hattieandhugh.com

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    1. You're welcome, Harriet! That's really kind of you, thank you! I've been eyeing up Zum products for a while, so I'm sure I'll be trying them soon. :) Merry Christmas! xxx

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    2. Great! I am a bit obsessed with the Zum products, they smell so amazing! Do email me if you need any advice for your skin type etc. enquiries@hattieandhugh.com :) x

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