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If I haven’t said it enough times yet, then let me repeat: I love organic products.  It’s the first thing that catches my attention when I’m browsing skin care and beauty counters (heck, even my pets have organic shampoo).  I used to very anal about using organic-only items, but now, though, I’ve relaxed a little bit.  Just because I LOVE organic products doesn’t mean it’s the only good thing out there.If the products have the labels eco-friendly, organic or naturally-produced, I check it out.   But remember–even though some products can be all three, they’re not always the same thing.

In my experience, organic products tend to be very hypoallergenic.  I can safely recommend them to people with sensitive skin or are prone to allergic reactions.  But because they don’t have the usual chemical preservatives, they have a shorter shelf life than most.  Natural ingredients do not necessarily guarantee a hypoallergenic product even though they are safe for most people and are usually quite eco-friendly.  For example, some people are allergic to bee products so that there are only select items from good brands like Ilog Maria and Burt’s Bees that they can use.  Also, small amounts of synthetics can sometimes be found in products that are labelled “eco-friendly” or “natural” that are absent from true organic products.  Synthetics help stabilize the compounds in products so that they are more effective and also, so that they have a longer shelf life.

So for today, I’d like to be sharing my favorite organic, natural and eco-friendly products that are locally available.  You might be pleased to know that almost all of these are proudly Filipino brands and are quite affordable.  I actually recommend them often to guy friends who are starting to get curious with skincare but want something that’s easy on the pockets.

 

1.) Nanny Rose

My scalp is easily irritated, which is how I got into the organics craze in the first place.  I noticed that when I switched to products with natural ingredients my scalp problems were all but gone.  As it is sometimes with me when I use a product for too long, though, the dryness comes back and I’d have to switch again.  But I find that if I use parabens and sulfate-free shampoo like Nanny Rose’s Gugo & Lawat, it’s mild enough to keep my scalp problems mostly in check.  I rotate it with other organic shampoos.  I also like it better than any shampoo I’ve tried so far from Human Nature (I also love this brand, except for their hair care line).  Note: it’s not treatment for dandruff, but it keeps my hair in relatively good shape after I use my medicated shampoo (because I can’t keep using it all the time).  Plus, because it’s sulfate-free, I think it’s a pretty safe option for colored hair.

Nanny Rose Gugo & Lawat Shampoo

I also like Nanny Rose’s Sticks & Pulls Honey Wax.  I was a fan of The Body’s Shop’s Sugaring Kit, but it’s a bit expensive.  In comparison, Nanny Rose’s wax is almost 1/3 the price.

Nanny Rose Sticks & Pulls Honey Wax

Both of these products are available at Watson’s, which is how I found out about it.  But their other products are only available through online shopping: http://www.nannyrose.com.ph.

 

2.) Milea

It’s always a plus when you find out that the founders of the brand have their own farm.  Like Ilog Maria, the products are roadtested by the family who started the business, and they ship the stocks fresh.  I’ve always been a fan of their Wrinkle Away Rosehips Cream (which was recommended to me by my mom) and their Lemongrass line.

Wrinkle Away Rosehips Cream - Milea

They have loads of interesting products like a tattoo balm for the newly inked.  I don’t have a tattoo–not yet, but I have friends who do and occasionally complain about the itching whenever they get new ones.  Some of their products are available at Sesou Nature Source stalls and stores–you can usually find them in Ayala malls.

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