We’ve dished in past columns about the emerging popularity of organic bath and body products, products that use botanicals grown free of pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, and are certified organic.
But true environmentalists have kicked it up a notch, opting for bath, body and skin care collections that are biodynamic, the latest buzz word in beauty.
Organic products and biodynamic products are similar; however, biodynamic beauty honors nature’s natural rhythms. Biodynamic ingredients not only avoid harming the earth with pesticides and herbicides, but they also make use of specially prepared minerals and herbs to feed the soil that is used to grow key ingredients.
While only a handful of biodynamic beauty brands are currently available in the U.S., this trend is picking up steam with consumers who want to feel good about the products that help them look great.
Australian-based beauty company Jurlique is one of the top brands in biodynamic beauty. Founded in 1985 by husband-wife/chemist-horticulturist duo Jurgen and Ulrike Klein, Jurlique grows its own ingredients at two biodynamic farms that extend over 150 acres. Inspired by Rudolf Steiner, an Australian philosopher who believed in connecting people to the life cycles in nature, Jurlique’s founders set out to impart “living energy” into their skin care collection.
One of our favorites from the collection is Jurlique’s Purifying Foaming Cleanser ($40; jurlique.com). The cleanser calls upon lavender and tea tree oil to banish bacteria and rebalance excess oil. The Clarifying Day Care Lotion is another winner. This light moisturizer is infused with calendula, daisy and chamomile to hydrate skin and control oiliness ($40).
Known to many as a pioneer of biodynamic beauty, Weleda was founded in Switzerland in 1921 by the aforementioned philosopher Dr. Rudolf Steiner and Dr. Ita Wegman. At Weleda’s North American headquarters in Palisades, NY, Weleda’s flagship store and spa serve up both biodynamic products and spa services inspired by Steiner’s mission to connect people with the energy of nature. Products such as the Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash for babies ($10; weleda.com) and the Pregnancy Body Oil for Mom ($20) are available alongside Regenerating Facials and Pregnancy Massages.
Dr. Hauschka Skin Care is also devoted to biodynamics. For over 60 years, the manufacturer of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, WALA Heilmittel, has owned and operated certified biodynamic gardens, designed to continue as their own self-sustaining ecosystem. Products such as Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Body Wash have gained popularity amongst consumers seeking grooming goods that work well without harming the environment ($16.95; drhauschka.com). Thanks to biodynamic ingredients such as blackthorn, a deliciously scented rose that is high in vitamin C, Rose Body Wash is as beneficial to sensitive skin as its ingredients are to mother nature.