Drugstores, Chemists, Pharmacies (whichever your preferred name for them) are increasingly stocking ethical brands and so I thought I would put together a list of a few of my favourites
Ecotools (Prices start from £3.50)
A fabulous range of make-up brushes and beauty accessories, Ecotools are one of the brands which feature heavily in my pro kit. The brushes are produced using entirely recycled and sustainable materials; the handle from bamboo, the ferrule from recycled aluminium and the vegan-friendly bristles are synthetic Taklon. If you are after budget friendly brushes then these are definitely worth checking out and if you want to find out more about Ecotools, then check out a post (here) of mine from a while back.
Weleda (Prices start from £5.15)
I’m sure Weleda need no introduction. Although neither Boots nor Superdrug stock a particularly wide selection of Weleda products is its great to see a smattering of baby care products available in stores. I love both the Calendula and White Mallow collections and you don’t need to be a baby (or parent) to use them – I still keep a few items from both these ranges in my kit and still use them on my now school age daughter :). You can find out more about Weleda here and here.
Burt’s Bees (Prices start from £3.69)
Burt’s Bees were one of the first natural brands to appear on the shelves in drugstores around the countries. Probably most famed for their lip balms, they also do a wide range of skin, body and baby care products. Although Burt’s Bee’s aren’t the cleanest, the products are formulated using predominately natural ingredients and I do regularly have a selection of their products in my pro kit. A while ago I wrote about my love for the Radiance Body Lotion – if you are on the look out for a body lotion with a glow!
Love ’em or hate ’em wipes are a necessary part of a Make-up Artist’s kit and these are amongst of my favourites. They may not officially fall under into the category of natural or organic but they are pretty clean as far as wet wipes go – they only contain two ingredients and one of those is water! In actual fact water makes up 99.9% of the ingredients list with grapefruit seed extract (with its disinfectant, antiviral and antiseptic properties) making up the other 0.01%. I’ve found children and adults tend to react least to these when using them at work and I use them for everything from wiping down surfaces before I set up to removing lunch debris from child actors faces.
Botanics Cotton Wool (£2.25)
When it comes to organic cotton wool there aren’t many options available on the high street so when you find some in what it probably the UK’s largest drugstore chain then it’s a happy day. Produced using fairly-traded organic cotton, cotton wool pads are an essential part of my kit and if I can’t get to a health food store for my preferred brands, then these Boots own brand pads are definitely the next best thing!!
What are your favourite drugstore products?
Images: (1) Reinhold Drugs, 1955, via Digital Collections ; (2,3,4,5,6) LJS – OMUA