We get it – shopping for beauty products can be stressful. First you have to battle the mall crowds, then you have to navigate endless counters, sift through shelves stacked to the brim with lotions and potions that promise to be better than the rest, and determine which one actually is. Not to mention the endless list of toxic ingredients and harmful chemicals to avoid. But don’t panic, because thanks to these online beauty stores, buying natural, clean beauty products couldn’t be easier. And, what’s even better, is that all it takes is the click of a finger. Happy shopping.
Founded by two Emirati friends who wanted to show the world that living a conscious lifestyle and choosing clean, green products can be fun, Glow Getters stocks innovative, responsible brands that will give you back your glow – naturally. Scouring the world for the latest in indie and cult products, with a focus on ethically sourced, purposeful ingredients, this store will take you on a journey across the globe while providing your beauty routine with the best the clean beauty world has to offer.
Start over in New Zealand with Kiwi brand Sansceuticals, which offers premium hair products loaded with nourishing botanicals and extracts, then head on over to Australia, where plant-to-bottle clean cosmeceutical brand Biologi uses cutting-edge technology with 100 percent pure, living plant nutrition to create serums and oils that will totally transform your skin. Or, if you’re after targeted treatments that use only pure, natural ingredients and absolutely no parabens, sulfates, silicones, stabilizers, fragrances, or preservatives, then Danish brand NUORI is where it’s at. We also love the #youdoyou section, which features tips and articles across beauty, fitness, and lifestyle.
Despite only just launching, Hoiisa is already our new go-to for all things clean beauty. Bringing the best of sustainable and natural products straight to your door, it champions local brands such as Shirley Conlon Organics, niche haircare, organic mum and baby buys, and skin saviors sans nasties. “I’ve always been an avid advocate for living a healthy lifestyle and wanted to launch a wellness business after my first trip to California,” says Founder Mouna Azirar. “I wanted to focus on a better beauty world in the Middle East by creating something pioneering that would educate the region on sustainable beauty and clean living. It’s always been a passion to connect green-based products to clean-conscious consumers.”
“I didn’t feel like there was anything quite like Hoiisa’s vision in the Middle East. It fuses natural beauty with high-tech, high-performance products, and – as an ethical platform – works with brands associated with fairtrade and local charities,” explains Partner Hershey Gargash. “It’s great for conscious consumers looking to practice an ethical, sustainable, green, and clean lifestyle.” So, stock up on the best the clean beauty world has to offer while learning a thing or two with Hoiisa’s educational ‘Insider Scoop’ blog posts.
Not only does Net-a-Porter boast a plethora of the world’s top beauty brands and exclusive launches, it’s also home to some of the best clean beauty buys in the business. There’s literally everything you could possibly want for a clean beauty routine, from toxic-free haircare and superfood-packed skincare to organic body boosters, nasty-free makeup, and even super supplements to help with skin, hair, and immunity.
What’s even better is that NAP recently launched its ‘Net Sustain’ platform – a special curation of clean and natural beauty products that meet key criteria regarding sustainability. With over 481 products in the category so far, you’ll find everything from Tata Harper cleansers and One Ocean Beauty serums to reusable makeup remover pads, UMA anti-aging body oils, natural deodorant, and so much more. If you find a better clean edit, we’ll eat our (vegan and fair-trade) hats.
After an all-natural deodorant, a vegan foundation, or even an organic toothpaste? Then look no further than iHerb. In a nutshell, it’s the Amazon of natural products and stocks everything and anything you need to lead a clean, toxin-free lifestyle – from laundry detergents and pet food to nut butters and herbal teas.
But, of course, it’s iHerb’s beauty stash that we’re stocking up on, and there’s a lot to choose from. Some of our favorite finds include e.l.f’s mineral-infused primer, Physicians Formula organic tinted moisturizer with nourishing oils, Sea-El’s kelp-packed eye cream, and Weleda’s cult-favorite ultra-nourishing ‘Skin Food’ cream. Be prepared to end up with a basket full of much more than you bargained for.
Are you looking for a clean nail polish free from all the usual toxic ingredients, a natural fragrance for your body or home, or an organic face scrub bursting with botanicals? Then you need to bookmark Balmessence, stat. The first online clean beauty platform to launch in the UAE four years ago, it’s become something of an institution – stocking the finest in luxury, premium natural and clean beauty brands, many of which are exclusive to the site.
Some of our favorites include probiotic skincare brand Esse, which – whilst being totally organic, vegan, and cruelty-free – harnesses the skin-perfecting powers of live probiotic microbes to naturally reduce signs of aging. There’s also Farmhouse Fresh, which uses only natural ingredients grown on farms across North America to create tasty treats for your skin. Four words: ‘Sundae Best Chocolate Face Mask’.
For super-luxurious haircare that proves organic and natural can be chic, it has to be Tabitha James Kraan. Not only do her products smell incredible, but they’re packed full of vitamins and essential oils to transform tresses in a flash.
Since its launch in 2013, homegrown website Beautiful Brands has been our go-to for all things natural beauty. Founder Anna Van Rosenveldt identified a gap in the market when she struggled to find one place that catered to all her clean beauty needs whilst supporting eco-sustainability. The result? A site that only stocks brands that use safe, healthy ingredients, are sustainable and have ethical sourcing, and create products that don’t only do good but leave you looking and feeling good too.
These brands include Rahua (a 100 percent natural and vegan hair and body line that supports Amazonian tribes), Urban Veda (nasty-free skin and body products based on Ayurvedic principles), Grown Alchemist (one of Australia’s leading botanical beauty brands), and The Organic Pharmacy (where medical-grade natural ingredients meet homeopathic medicine). What’s more, your goodies will arrive in recycled packaging from the warehouse to help the environment.
Green Beauty Box
If you’re after up-and-coming cult but clean beauty buys, head to Green Beauty Box. This online beauty boutique prides itself on only stocking cult organic beauty brands from around the world, each of which is rigorously reviewed, researched, and tested by the GBB team before it makes it onto its pages.
Here, the products are not only made from natural ingredients, but sustainable, ethical practices are also a must. Green Beauty Box also won’t stock anything unless its team has seen a full ingredients list (which you can see online too). To help you understand which ones are banned and why, they’ve compiled a clever ‘Green Beauty Team Toxic Ingredient Glossary’ so you know what to avoid and rule out of your beauty routine.
Dubai-based website Aspire Beauty Co is home to a carefully curated offering of high-end, nasty-free beauty buys ranging from organic fake tans to vegan lipsticks, clean shampoos to organic anti-aging serums, and everything in between. Here, you can find leading brands, such as Davines and The Organic Pharmacy, and cult offerings like Project Lip and Salt by Hendrix.
“As a full-time working mom of two, I personally have very little time, like many others, to actually go to the mall and investigate the ingredients on the label,” explains founder Claire Gittus, a beauty therapist with 25 years of experience in the UK and the Middle East. “We wanted to create a solution to make the lives of busy moms, professionals, and all-round beauty lovers a little easier.” And she did just that.
A curation of natural, clean, but effective beauty products that replace gunk and toxins with powerful natural ingredients, there’s literally everything you could possibly want on Miss Palettable to turn your beauty routine green.
We’re talking organic eyeshadow palettes and mascaras from Antonym, ayurvedic body oils and hand creams, all-natural hair masks made with onion (yes, really) from Mi Rebotica, and By Noussou serums and face masks made with potent extracts and botanicals. Not to mention the ayurvedic candles, natural essential oils, and wild-crafted bath oils to supe up your soak. Better start clearing some space on your bathroom shelves…