Beauty Without Borders

HerbHandsEvery country has its own beauty culture…we’ve traveled the globe to find unique ingredients, philosophies and practices that inspire us to embrace the best of beauty worldwide. Here are a few of our favorite global beauty lines.

Biodynamic farming produces pure and potent plants.
The biodynamic farming movement was founded in Germany on the concept that plants and herbs grow best and maintain the highest level of potency when farms are regarded as complete, self-sustaining organisms. Healthy soil, natural composting, chemical-free fertilizing and pest control are the basis for biodynamic farming. Nature’s rhythms, the phases of the moon, sun and planets, guide planting and harvesting cycles.

Weleda was started by the father of biodynamic farming, Dr. Rudolf Steiner, who believed that mind, body, spirit and earth are connected. Today, Weleda’s 50-acre medicinal plant garden in Germany and other biodynamic farms throughout Europe and in South America and New Zealand grow potent organic botanicals in sync with nature. (Try their Skin Food, an ultra-hydrating body cream with organic rosemary, calendula and chamomile.)

Dr. Hauschka, an early leader in the biodynamic farming movement in Germany, grows more than 150 medicinal plants at its biodynamic farm in the Swabian Mountains and is committed to keeping us and the earth healthy. Dr. Hauschka has expanded its programs to the highlands of Ethiopia where Damask roses are grown on sustainable biodynamic farms. (Try their Rose Nurturing Body Oil, featuring Damask roses and natural jojoba oil to calm dry, irritated skin.)

Jurlique found unspoiled, healthy soil for its biodynamic farm in the hills of South Australia. They use ancient alchemy techniques to distill, seep and ash botanicals, ensuring that all essential oils and vital nutrients are captured and translated to their potent skin care. (Try their Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum, packed with 15 botanical extracts to firm, smooth and moisturize skin.)

Healing waters calm.
In the mountains of France, Avene taps mineral waters that have spent 40 years underground—making them rich in trace minerals and silicates, perfectly balanced for treating sensitive skin. (Try their Thermal Spring Water Spray to soothe redness and itching.)

And in southwest France, Klorane creates their award-winning products with local cornflower plant-infused water. (Try their Floral Water Make-Up Remover, which tones, soothes skin and reduces inflammation.)

Indigenous botanicals heal.
Native African plants like baobab, argan, marula and shea butter are regarded as some of the most skin-nourishing botanicals on the planet. Many companies work with small cooperatives to better the standard of living of native Africans who harvest these ingredients. Shea Terra sources its nourishing shea butter from a women’s coop in northern Uganda and pure anti-aging argan oil from a women’s coop in Morocco. Pressing seeds from ancient African baobab trees, Shea Terra creates its superfruit Baobab Oil that’s rich in omega fatty acids and antioxidants. (Try their Nilotik Shea ButterMoroccan Argan Oil and African Baobab Oil).

Alaffia relies on ancient recipes to create its purifying and detoxifying Ossa Dudu black soaps made with West African palm kernel oil and shea butter. (Try their Authentic Black Soap)

Nubian Heritage crafts its Anago black soaps from palm ash, plantain peels, tamarind extract, organic oats and shea butter. (Try their African Black Soap Body Wash)

Marula Pure sustainably harvests and cold presses nuts from wild marula trees to create its pure, non-greasy facial oil that’s proven to improve skin elasticity. (Try: Marula Facial Oil)

In France, Pre de Provences artisans craft body care products using traditional methods perfected generations ago. Locally sourced lavender is blended with natural shea butter and triple milled to create long-lasting and fresh fragranced soaps and creams. (Try their Lavender Bar Soap )

An environmental focus restores balance in nature.
In Hungary, Eminence maintains its originality by creating skin care products based on recipes created by the founder’s grandmother. And for every item sold, a tree is planted in a developing country. Eminence also uses biodynamically grown ingredients, and packages them in post-consumer recycled materials. (Try their Bearberry Eye Repair Cream to hydrate, firm and protect the delicate eye area.)

And in Africa, Klorane’s Great Green Wall Project is planting more than 10,000 trees a year to help repair the damaged ecosystem in the Sahara-Sahel region.