Natural skin care brands and body care brands are on the rise! And there are many reasons why they should be. Natural skin care products are not only better for you (no nasty toxins) but also better for our furry friends (no animal testing). And they also have less of a negative impact on our planet, think micro-plastics and potentially harmful ingredients going down the drain.
Thankfully, there are many many great Canadian skincare brands to choose from. Probably a lot more than you’re aware of.
Listed in alphabetical order, here are our top 15 skincare brands we think make the best natural beauty products.
1 | Basd
What founders Ashley & Phil would like you to know about basd: “We surround ourselves with badass women every day—we were each raised by one, and we have been inspired by so many of them, both at work and at play. so we wanted to make a body care line to care for their skin without compromising on quality and scent, and without all the bad stuff. We strive to be transparent, to use only ingredients we’re proud of, and to create a brand that celebrates and nourishes all bodies. that means you, too, babe.”
2 | BKIND
BKIND’s mission is to provide quality products that are not tested on animals and are completely safe for the environment. Their products are plant-based and made from 100% natural ingredients. As a compassionate business, they are not only cruelty-free but they’re also as sustainable as possible. The packaging for their products is made entirely from recyclable materials.
They also try to reduce their carbon footprint as much as possible by doing local deliveries via bike courier. And lastly, they believe in responsible consumerism and as such, the coffee they use in their products comes from their friends at Cafe Rico, a certified fair-trade and organic coffee roaster from Montreal.
3 | Buck Naked Soap Company
Buck Naked Soap Company is a vegan luxury beauty brand from Cambridge, Ontario. Rina, the founder, started developing her products after her son developed skin irritations from traditional baby products. As a consequence, she only uses the best naturally occurring ingredients and handcrafts each product with care and control. All of their products are 100% natural, chemical-free and vegan.
Buck Naked is deeply concerned with the quality of your skin and its exposure to chemicals, but they’re also mindful of the impact they have on the environment and its furry creatures. Because of that, they use only sustainably sourced ingredients for their products. Moreover, they also donate 1% of profits annually to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in support of national and international projects.
4 | Demes Natural Products
DEMES Natural Products is a family business from Ottawa, Canada. All of their products are inspired by their philosophy of “what goes on, goes in”. They make safe, natural and environmentally friendly products. In addition, they also avoid harmful ingredients and wasteful packaging.
What’s even more impressive? They’re a partner of the Humane Society International and they’re a member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Business Network. This network advocates against the use of harmful ingredients that are toxic and cancer causing. Obviously, they’re also certified cruelty-free by the Leaping Bunny Program. Wow, we’re impressed!
5 | Epic Blend
Epic Blend is a body-care brand built for the wild, free, and fun. They believe that beauty and body-care should feel special and fun. Like luxury without being “luxury”. All of their products are made from naturally derived ingredients such as plant extracts and essential oils. The products are also designed for preference, not gender. They make them right here in Canada and all of their products are cruelty-free.
6 | Graydon Skincare
“What goes on you, goes in you”. That’s been Graydon’s philosophy from the start. Graydon Moffat started her business by researching nourishing and natural ingredients while experimenting in her very own kitchen. Each raw material that she uses for her Graydon Skincare line plays a specific and important role in ‘feeding’ your skin.
Graydon leverages the transformative power of pure plant-based ingredients to create products that are as effective as they are luxurious. Staying connected to her Canadian roots is of great importance to her. For this reason, she loves sourcing ingredients grown in Canada like broccoli seed oil or camelina oil. Moreover, Graydon does not use any fillers, toxic chemicals, phthalates, artificial fragrances or colors.
7 | Green Beaver
The ultimate Canadian beauty brand, Green Beaver is a family company that has been around for more than 20 years. Their philosophy is to make products that do not harm animals, do not harm the earth, and also do not harm the consumer.
They use ingredients from organic farming in all their products and they’re certified by ECOCERT. They also don’t believe in animal testing or in slaughtering animals for production. Everything they make is vegan-friendly, except for their lip balms that contain organic beeswax.
8 | Happy Spritz
Happy Spritz is owned and operated by husband and wife team from Vancouver, BC. They produce small batches of natural aromatherapy facial sprays perfect for men, women, children and even pets! All of their sprays consist of superior 100% plant-based therapeutic grade essential oils. Furthermore, all of their sprays are void of alcohol, parabens, chemicals, synthetic preservatives or artificial colors.
9 | Harlow Skin Co.
Harlow Skin Co. is a minimalist skin care brand from Vancouver. The brands was born out of the owner’s personal need for good stuff. All of their products are vegan and cruelty-free. They’re also preservative-free and made with 100% natural ingredients. What’s even better? Everything is handmade in small batches. No factories involved!
10 | Kaia Naturals
Kaia Naturals is a healthy beauty brand for busy people from Toronto. They’re all about creating natural and minimalist products such as their popular charcoal deodorants and bamboo wipes. With the help of their products, you can easily transform to cleaner, greener and kinder beauty products. Switching to their Takesumi Detox Charcoal Deodorant, for example, will allow your body to rid itself of built up toxins and bacteria.
Being a natural beauty brand, they’re also a certified cruelty-free company. They even support Community Veterinary Outreach initiatives. These initiatives provide free veterinary medical support for animals of homeless people.
11 | Nana+Livy
Amelia is the inspiration and innovation behind Nana+Livy, a handmade artisan bath and body shop based in Vancouver, Canada. The concept of Nana+Livy started out as a mere interest in soapmaking during her long and challenging maternity leave in 2017.
At its core, Nana+Livy is ushered by the idea of feeding skin with everyday nutritious food ingredients. As an alternative to food intake, a selection of healthy food can be applied directly onto our skin for nutrient absorption. While the design of each Bath Treat appears to be minimal and timeless, the plastic-free packaging promotes zero waste and encourages the use of recyclable materials.
12 | Routine
Ethically crafted with the health of the planet and its roommates as a priority, Routine was created by sisters Neige and Pippa at the base of the Rocky Mountains in beautiful Calgary, Canada. Routine is and will always be manufactured in Canada.
Routine contains only clean, wholesome ingredients. No nasty aluminum zirconium, aluminum chlorohydrate, parabens, triclosan, or propylene glycol because we love all the people and why would we put that in anyone’s products!? Tested on friends, never animals.
13 | Scentuals
Scentuals is a natural beauty company from Coquitlam in British Columbia. They use only 100% natural and organic ingredients for their products such as pure essential oils, cold-pressedcarrier oils, the finest botanicals, and organic herbs. As a consequence, there are no chemicals or synthetic ingredients in any of their beauty products. They source their ingredients responsibly from all around the globe and make sure they’re high-quality and traceable. Moreover, all of their personal care products are handmade in small batches.
Scentuals also believes that businesses should take responsibility for their environmental footprint. For this reason, they strive to be as eco-friendly as possible to help protect the planet. All their products are certified cruelty-free. Moreover, they package their products with recyclable materials.
14 | Skin Essence
Skin Essence has been developing organic beauty products for almost 20 years. When they started, the concept of using organic oils & extracts on the skin was relatively unknown. Today, they’re a leader in organic beauty products and certified organic by Ecocert. They’re dedicated to helping people make the healthiest and most beneficial choice for their cosmetics. And although they have grown quite a bit, they continue to produce their products locally. They do this in Toronto in small batches to ensure both quality and freshness.
Moreover, they’re actively working on reducing the impact of their products on the environment. They utilize as many sustainable resources as possible throughout their manufacturing, packaging, and shipping process. They’re also reducing the use of environmentally damaging materials as much as possible
15 | Sudsatorium
Sudsatorium makes brilliant vegan and cruelty-free products. They use only natural, fair trade and organic ingredients for their cheekily-named products. With a wide range of body care, hair care and bath products, you’re bound to find one that’s perfect for your hair. And did we mention the irresistible smell of their products yet? We can’t stop inhaling them!!