Plant-based cosmetics products

Using nature’s products for your body, it sounds so self-evident. Because what is better than that and helps the fauna (think of animal testing for well-known cosmetic brands), and yet some people think it is “goat wool socks” – like and reach for the well-known non-vegetable products that are so advertised.

Why plant-based?

For some it is a matter of principle and for others it simply benefits from it. Sometimes the products are more expensive, but not always. The goat-wool-socks image may be shed by now, because it is no longer relevant. The health food stores also have several brands and per brand you have several lines, just like the regular brands. Being able to choose is no longer a reason not to do it, so it’s time to delve into plant-based cosmetic products.

What can the garden offer?

A quick summary of some products that the garden can offer with the greatest of ease.

  • Cucumber – contains a high vitamin C content and it regulates the moisture balance more than perfectly.
  • Lavender – The oil extract has a calming effect on the skin.
  • Ginseng – A strong anti-aging agent and it wonderfully freshens the skin.
  • Licorice – Helps to even out the skin.
  • Honeysuckle – Also an anti-aging agent.
  • Bamboo – Already known to many as a means of making hair stronger.
  • Aloe vera – This is quite well known as a wonderful way to make/keep your skin soft and supple.
  • Lily – Good for cell renewal of your skin and also helps to fade scars.
  • Rose – Also good for cell renewal, apart from the wonderful scent.

Quality mark

If it is or becomes a hype, there are always people who take advantage of it and want to market products under that banner that are not as natural as they claim. There are quality marks on the market that indicate whether a product meets the standard (raw materials) set for an organic product. Unfortunately, there are still different quality marks and sometimes you can’t even see the forest for the trees. There is still no national or even international quality mark. Some examples: NSF certification takes place if a product consists of 70% organic products. EcoGuarantee is a label that stands for a strict inspection and is periodically revised to prevent fraud. OASIS is yet another organization. This contains various cosmetic brands that make the difference between real organic products and excesses visible.

Is plant-based always natural?

No, this is not necessary. Sometimes strong natural plants are recreated in the laboratory and used in the product. This may have to do with a cost aspect, but also with the rarity of a plant. If a plant is rare, you should act if it contains strong active substances. This must be stated on the product.

Some brands

The list is growing, but there are some brands that have been working with plant-based products for years and have now built a name for themselves.

  • Yves Rocher, can be ordered online and through our own shops
  • Dr. Hauschka, available in the better health food stores anyway
  • The Body Shop, known to everyone for its cozy shops
  • Sisley, available at the better cosmetics stores
  • Garnier, available at most drugstores


For some it is a conscious choice and for others they really need it for their skin. There is no point in making judgments about whether or not to use this type of cosmetics, people must realize that they are good products and that they save a lot of animals. Just a little more publicity about the how and why wouldn’t hurt. Hopefully this article will contribute to that.