The best ocean-friendly beauty products for women
by Olivia Falcon
You may have invested in one of the top marine-safe suncreams but did you know everything from your hairspray to your nail varnish can have a detrimental effect on marine life? With pollution widely cited as one of the biggest threats to the world's oceans, we round-up the best women's beauty products that won't harm the seas.
Antipodes Halo Skin-brightening Facial Mud Mask
New Zealand-based brand Antipodes prides itself on being one of the world's few fully-certified organic skincare companies. All of its products are made from 100% natural ingredients of which at least 70% are organic as well as being sustainably sourced and largely vegan approved meaning you can use its brightening serums, soothing masks and nourishing lipsticks on board guilt-free. Its sustainability pledge also extends to the packaging which is recyclable and uses as little plastic as possible.
Halo Skin-brightening Facial Mud Mask, $49, Antipodes
Smith & Cult Feed the Rich nail polish
Inspired by the emerald depths of the California coast, this green-grey hue will add a touch of glamour to any deck hand. The LA-based brand keeps things clean with a “5–Free” formula that leaves out toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, toluene and camphor that are often found in other nail polishes.
Feed the Rich nail polish, $18, Smith & Cult
Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray
Hairstylist to the supermodels, Miami-based Oribe is the David Blaine of hair. Although not technically an ‘eco’ brand, this spray saves you tapping into the power supply as it does all the heavy lifting, think bouncy, sexy beach waves without reaching for the hairdryer. Magic.
Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray, £36, Oribe at Space N. K.
Acqua di Parma Italian Resort Smoothing Body Scrub
It’s one of the beauty industry’s dirtiest little secrets – plastic microbeads in facial exfoliators and body scrubs, too tiny to be filtered out by our water systems, end up in the oceans. Thankfully they have now been banned in many countries so for a better way to purge your pores, lather up with this delicious smelling scrub that contains biodegradable volcanic pumice particles instead.
Italian Resort Smoothing Body Scrub, £40.50, Acqua di Parma at Escentual
Dr. Hauschka Quince Day Cream
This light and nourishing everyday moisturiser is ideal for wearing underneath foundation. Even better it's made from completely natural and organic ingredients certified to NATRUE standards and is free from artificial fragrances, dyes and conservatives as well as mineral oils and silicon.
Quince day cream, £24, Dr. Hauschka
Mermaid No1 candle
Eschew synthetic rooms sprays and chemical-heavy perfumes for an elegant scented candle in every cabin. Mermaid's No1 is inspired by ocean waves and warm salt air and features notes of orange blossom and coconut in a chemical-free vegetable soy wax formula. There are also matching sulphate, paraben and cruelty free shampoo and conditioners to match.
No1 scented votive candle, $22.50, Mermaid
Being salt bath trio
These divine, organic bath salts are made in small batches and lovingly hand-crafted with therapeutic ingredients: French green clay, black lava and Himalayan pink salts. Wallow in the tub of your sailing boat with a completely clear conscience.
Salt bath trio, $44.99, Being