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Slow beauty is part of the slow living movement. The aim is to reduce fast-paced consumerism and consumption and take on a more minimalist approach. This was first really brought to light when the ‘fast fashion industry came under scrutiny. Many large clothing brands produced large quantities of cheap to manufacture clothing to encourage us to continually buy new clothes and look out for the latest trend. This led to many people only wearing clothes once, or in some cases not even wearing them at all. So, it won’t come to too much of a surprise that nearly 8 million items of clothing were ending up in landfills each year.

Fast Fashion

The same could be said for beauty. With more and more beauty brands now coming to market it means that competition is high. Brands will continually look to develop and release new products in order to keep our attention and encourage us to buy and stock up on new products. Like many of us, I can imagine that we all have products tucked away in the bathroom, half-used and unfinished. We saw something when browsing online or in the shops that caught our eye and that we wanted to try before finishing what we had left. A lot of this mentality comes from thinking that the products we use are no good or ineffective if they do not work straight away. When in actual fact, it can take weeks or even months before we start seeing any results or changes to our skin.

Slow beauty, therefore, takes the essence of slow fashion to create high-end beauty products that choose quality over quantity. This means that products are often multifunctional and are usually produced in a way that has little to no impact on our environment.

The ingredients are carefully selected to be efficient and highly effective leading to a less is more approach to beauty and skincare. Formulated without fillers these organic and natural products help provide the best possible results to leave skin vibrant and blemish-free. Although these products can sometimes be more expensive than some of their mass-produced counterparts. The high quality of the ingredients and the need to use fewer products means you save money in the long run.

Out TOP 5 Slow Beauty Products.

1. Green People Wonder Balm

This multipurpose product can be used as a cleansing balm, nourishing lip balm or cuticle rub. It can also be used to soothe areas of dry skin.

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Green People Age Defy + (plus) Ultimate Wonder Balm | Vegan and Cruelty Free Age Renew and Anti-ageing moisturiser | Ethical Green Anti Ageing Cream

2. Evolve Organic Beauty Hyaluronic Serum

This amazing serum adds hydration to all skin types. The 100% natural and gentle formula can also be applied to the delicate eye area and helps to plump up fine lines and wrinkles.

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3. Dr. Hauschka Facial Toner

A balancing facial toner that can also be used as a refreshing facial spray over makeup.

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4. D’Alchemy Intensive Skin Repair Oil

The highly potent formula deeply nourishes and regenerates the skin and helps to prevent premature ageing. It can be applied directly to the skin or you can mix a couple of drops with your moisturiser.

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D'Alchemy Intensive Repair Oil | Dry, mature, combination & sensitive skin | Reduces the visibility of wrinkles & deeply hydrates | Natural Organic

5. UpCircle Face Mask

Formulated with the Finley ground powder of olive stones which are a natural by-product of the olive oil industry. The olive powder has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

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UpCircle Face Mask | Gently-detoxifying face mask which helps prevent breakouts, fight blackheads and minimise pores | 100% Natural | Cruelty Free

We could not be more disappointed that the UK could be looking to follow the EU decision to ALLOW animal testing for ingredients that are to be solely used in cosmetics and beauty products.

Last year the appeals board of the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) decided that some ingredients that are only used in cosmetic products, needed to be tested on animals to ensure that they are safe for human use. The UK was ahead of its time when it took the decision to ban the testing on animals for cosmetics in 1998 with a similar ban only coming into force across Europe in 2009. Although, beauty products produced and sold throughout the UK and Europe will still have been required to be tested on animals if sold to the Chinese market adding to the confusion to product or brands true animal testing status.

To now hear countries are now backtracking or potentially backtracking on the ban is very upsetting and we must do what we can to encourage our governments to prevent further animal testing. Currently, there are still nearly 3 million animals used in animal testing within the UK each year as under UK regulations to protect the environment and the safety of workers, animal testing can be permitted, where required by UK regulators, on single or multiuse ingredients. However, such testing can only be conducted where there are no non-animal alternatives.

Cruelty Free International has started a petition to encourage the UK government to really consider its stance on animal testing and to recognise the urgent need to look for alternatives. The good news is that at this point in time the legislation preventing animal testing in the cosmetic industry still stands in the UK. By signing the petition below you can help make sure it stays that way and also potentially encourage the government to make even further strides in animal protection.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/590216

1. Earth Kind – Shampoo Bars

Earth Kind shampoo and conditioner bars are made for everyday use to help protect the health of your hair and scalp, and our planet. We use natural, sustainable, vegan ingredients with a high-quality composition.

Earth Kind Shampoo & Conditioner Bars

2. Moo & Yoo – Miracle Mask

Moo & Yoo creates luxury, high quality salon products that are natural, ethical and vegan. Moo products leave hair clean, soft, and full of body without weighing it down while the natural ingredients nourish, protect and strengthen strands leaving hair shiny and healthy.

Moo Hair Miracle Mask | Leaves your hair feeling rehydrated, strong, silky and shiny | Cruelty Free | Natural Ingredients | Low Waste | Plastic Free

3. Awake Organics – Scalp Scrub

Awake Organic’s exciting, root-stimulating scalp scrub will revitalise your haircare routine. Use it pre-shampoo, twice a week and this vibrant fuchsia scrub will invigorate your hair roots, exfoliate and prep the scalp for optimal hair growth.

Awake Organics Scalp Scrub

4. Zero Waste Path – 2in1 Shampoo & Conditioner Bars

At Zero Waste Path, they really care about finding the best natural ingredients out there, and in having the most sustainable possible plastic free packaging. They put great attention into ensuring that all of their supplies and production processes respect their values with a view of having the greatest possible sustainability in the final product.

Zero Waste Path | plastic Free Shampoo, Soap and Skincare

5. Conscious Skincare – Liquid Conditioner

Organic Coconut Oil moisturises dry hair and adds shine and lustre. It can aide hair growth and slow down hair loss whilst also promoting the health of your scalp by working against dandruff and dry skin. Combined with Organic Shea Butter which is a fantastic moisturiser! It works well when applied to hair as it helps prevent it from drying out by coating each strand of hair in a thin layer of fat (non-greasy).

Conscious Skincare Natural Hair Conditioner Cypress and Sage | Plastic Free | Low Waste | Cruelty Free | Vegan | Eco-Friendly | Organic | Ethical

1. Zero Wast Club – Reusable Razor

Earth Kind shampoo and conditioner bars are made for everyday use to help protect the health of your hair and scalp, and our planet. We use natural, sustainable, vegan ingredients with a high-quality composition.

Earth Kind Shampoo & Conditioner Bars

2. Natalie Bond – Soap Bars

Moo & Yoo creates luxury, high quality salon products that are natural, ethical and vegan. Moo products leave hair clean, soft, and full of body without weighing it down while the natural ingredients nourish, protect and strengthen strands leaving hair shiny and healthy.

Moo Hair Miracle Mask | Leaves your hair feeling rehydrated, strong, silky and shiny | Cruelty Free | Natural Ingredients | Low Waste | Plastic Free

3. UpCircle – Body Cream

Awake Organic’s exciting, root-stimulating scalp scrub will revitalise your haircare routine. Use it pre-shampoo, twice a week and this vibrant fuchsia scrub will invigorate your hair roots, exfoliate and prep the scalp for optimal hair growth.

Awake Organics Scalp Scrub

4. Awake Organics – Moon Goo Deodorant

At Zero Waste Path, they really care about finding the best natural ingredients out there, and in having the most sustainable possible plastic free packaging. They put great attention into ensuring that all of their supplies and production processes respect their values with a view of having the greatest possible sustainability in the final product.

Zero Waste Path | plastic Free Shampoo, Soap and Skincare

Organic Coconut Oil moisturises dry hair and adds shine and lustre. It can aide hair growth and slow down hair loss whilst also promoting the health of your scalp by working against dandruff and dry skin. Combined with Organic Shea Butter which is a fantastic moisturiser! It works well when applied to hair as it helps prevent it from drying out by coating each strand of hair in a thin layer of fat (non-greasy).

Conscious Skincare Natural Hair Conditioner Cypress and Sage | Plastic Free | Low Waste | Cruelty Free | Vegan | Eco-Friendly | Organic | Ethical

Earth Kind shampoo and conditioner bars are made for everyday use to help protect the health of your hair and scalp, and our planet. We use natural, sustainable, vegan ingredients with a high-quality composition.

Earth Kind Shampoo & Conditioner Bars

Moo & Yoo creates luxury, high quality salon products that are natural, ethical and vegan. Moo products leave hair clean, soft, and full of body without weighing it down while the natural ingredients nourish, protect and strengthen strands leaving hair shiny and healthy.

Moo Hair Miracle Mask | Leaves your hair feeling rehydrated, strong, silky and shiny | Cruelty Free | Natural Ingredients | Low Waste | Plastic Free

Awake Organic’s exciting, root-stimulating scalp scrub will revitalise your haircare routine. Use it pre-shampoo, twice a week and this vibrant fuchsia scrub will invigorate your hair roots, exfoliate and prep the scalp for optimal hair growth.

Awake Organics Scalp Scrub

At Zero Waste Path, they really care about finding the best natural ingredients out there, and in having the most sustainable possible plastic free packaging. They put great attention into ensuring that all of their supplies and production processes respect their values with a view of having the greatest possible sustainability in the final product.

Zero Waste Path | plastic Free Shampoo, Soap and Skincare

Organic Coconut Oil moisturises dry hair and adds shine and lustre. It can aide hair growth and slow down hair loss whilst also promoting the health of your scalp by working against dandruff and dry skin. Combined with Organic Shea Butter which is a fantastic moisturiser! It works well when applied to hair as it helps prevent it from drying out by coating each strand of hair in a thin layer of fat (non-greasy).

Conscious Skincare Natural Hair Conditioner Cypress and Sage | Plastic Free | Low Waste | Cruelty Free | Vegan | Eco-Friendly | Organic | Ethical