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The Herb Farm’s gentle, natural products. Photography: courtesy of The Herb Farm

Calling all eco-beauty warriors! Here’s a guide to the best natural and organic skincare stores in Singapore for all your mindful primping needs.

Organic food and ethical fashion have come a long way in Singapore, and now it’s time for natural makeup and skincare products (and those made with s) to steal the spotlight. From fruit-dyed lipsticks to certified organic serums, these mindful beauty brands – locally made or now available in Singapore – are the goods; think all-natural, toxin-free cosmetics and skincare that isn’t just better for your skin, but the planet too.

The Herb Farm: natural skincare

The Herb Farm truly lives up to its name – many of its fresh ingredients are grown at founder Lynn Kirkland’s farm in New Zealand. Products are all made on site, with pure herbal extracts, plant-derived, and 100% natural ingredients. We can’t go a day without morning spritzes of the Rejuvenating Facial Toning Mist; it awakens skin, refreshes makeup and minimises the appearance of pores.
The Herb Farm, available online

Sigi Skin: vegan and superfood-based skincare

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Say yes to multi-functional skincare powered by potent superfood ingredients. Photography: Nicole Nithiyah

First of all, we love that all three products from the local brand are multi-taskers so there’s no need for a crowded skincare cabinet. The Kaleanser doubles up as a makeup remover and face wash; The Morning Glow sunscreen is also a moisturiser. These babies are packed with powerful superfoods and antioxidants like acai, avocado, peach kale, soy and the magical hyaluronic acid. Another plus point? They smell so good!
Sigi Skin, available online

Forest Rhapsody: natural, plant-based skincare

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The holy trinity – cleanser, exfoliator and hydrating moisturiser. Photography: Forest Rhapsody

Papaya, sea kelp, aloe vera –  no, we’re not making a breakfast smoothie. These are some of the key ingredients used by SG-based label Forest Rhapsody. Made with natural plant-based actives like fruit enzymes, flower acids and marine extracts, this au naturel skincare brand stays away from red flags like mineral oils, parabens, artificial colours and synthetic fragrances. The capsule collection is made of just three items (what?) –  an enzymatic cleansing gel, a flower acid resurfacing mask for exfoliation and a liquid silk elixir for hydration. Easy peasy. Also, it’s not the kind of ‘miracle skincare’ that produces instant results that fade away in time to come. Instead, these formulas go ‘low and slow’ and will gradually work its magic to improve your skin. Psst… we also hear that they’re in the final stages of getting a cruelty-free tag. And double plus points to the recyclable glass jar and bottle packaging.
Forest Rhapsody, available online with free international shipping for orders over $100

Re: Erth: natural, plant-based skincare

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This multi-targeted elixir works like a (skincare) genie in a bottle. Photography: Re: Erth

Finally, someone’s stripping it all down for us. Re:Erth wants you to feed your skin with only the most natural ingredients and it doesn’t have to come from a 10-step skincare regime. Formulated with natural skin boosters like Japanese white turmeric leaf and root extract and Japanese spring turmeric extract, Re:Erth’s skincare range has a mere six products but they each speak (and show) major results. If you’d like to get started on just one product, all fingers will point to the Multi-Targeted Elixir ($108), a serum that firms skin and refines pores, reduces dark spots, evens out the skin tone and give a youthful glow. Like magic in a bottle…
Re:Erth, available at Design Orchard, 250 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238905 or online

Olive Natural Skincare: natural, cruelty-free and halal skincare

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We hear that the rosehip oil works wonders. Photography: Olive Natural Skincare via Instagram

Do you dream about soft, glowy and porcelain-like skin? Us too. Well, you could have it all, thanks to Olive Natural Skincare. Hailing from New Zealand, the products are free of artificial preservatives, silicones, parabens, preservatives, artificial fragrances and the list goes on. Extra virgin olive oil stands as the hero in all products so that means you’ll get plenty of antioxidants to restore your skin. Sounds good to us.
Olive Natural Skincare, stocked at Robinsons and Metro, also available online

Sen Natural: organic, natural and cruelty-free lipsticks

These babies will keep your pout moisturised all day. Photography: Sen Natural via Facebook
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These babies will keep your pout moisturised all day. Photography: Sen Natural via Facebook

Ah, we’re all for a lipstick that’s highly-pigmented and stays on through the day. And the lippies from Sen Natural do the job. Made with natural ingredients like rose oil, shea butter, Vitamin E, beeswax, the creamy formula glides on the lips like butter, keeping it moisturised all day.
Sen Natural, available online

Sephora Collection Good Skincare: Natural skincare

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Photography: Nicole Nithiyah

Yes, the news is official. Sephora has dropped a 15-product clean skincare line with 91 to 99 per cent naturally derived ingredients. Highlights include the Ultra Glow Serum with vitamin C and E from potato, tapioca and sunflower and natural peptides from marine algae. The Glow Peel Pads which contains natural glycolic acid from sugar cane is also a must-try. Doesn’t hurt to know that the recyclable plastic packaging is derived from sugar cane and printed with vegetable-based ink.
Sephora Collection Good Skincare, available at all Sephora stores and online

Kew Organics: Water-based, organic skincare

Touted as Singapore’s first ‘serious’ water-based organic skincare, Kew Organics is perfect for Singapore’s humidity. The range features facial oils, treatment essences, face mists, micellar water and organic balms that are packed with organic, active botanicals and hydrating elements that keep your pH levels balanced. Goodbye, dehydrated skin! Oh, and all products come in European Miron Violet Glass which retains the freshness of the active ingredients in the formulas.
Kew Organics, locations at Cluny Court, OUE Downtown Gallery and Clarke Quay Central; also available online

Lu Ming Tang: natural tea-infused skincare

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Don’t just drink tea, add it to your skincare regime. Photography: Lu Ming Tang

Move aside Japanese and K-beauty brands, China’s spilling the tea on its skincare game quite literally. Cue Lu Ming Tang, the latest tea-infused skincare line that features the highest quality (they call it “imperial grade”) Chinese tea in all products. Founded by French femme, Marie Amiand, this East-meets-West brand’s line of products deeply detoxifies stressed skin and visibly counteracts damage from pollution and environmental assaults. We’ve been spritzing the fragrant and uplifting Wulong Tea Dew facial mist to keep us feeling fresh during the mid-afternoon slump.
Lu Ming Tang, Tangs, Tang Plaza, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865

Ania Skincare: natural, sustainable skincare

Is your makeup stash piling up with unnecessary products? Step on the brakes and take things slow with Ania Skincare, a brand that helps declutter your regime to provide only the essentials. The line of masks, moisturisers, serums and toners are made with clean formulations of safe synthetics and botanicals, along with potent ingredients from untouched regions in Africa. A star product worth trying? The Rhassoul purifying “magic” mask that soothes and hydrates the skin in just five minutes, thanks to Moroccan rosewater and argan oil. Extra points for the informative cute illustrations on its Insta feed.
Ania Skincare, various locations including Naiise at The Cathay, Therapy Market at 112 Katong, The Salad Shop and SPRMRKT Daily

Pera Skincare: natural skincare

Skincare inspired by Peranakan beauty traditions? That’s a first! Yes, Pera Skincare blends western traditions with ingredients used in Peranakan culture; say bedak sejuk, (a powder made from rice and pandan leaf) that has cooling properties and prevents blemishes, leaving a flawless complexion, over time. Yup, no parabens, artificial colouring or phthalates here. Here’s a nice touch: you’ll also find familiar ingredients like liquorice root, ginseng extract and jojoba, along with antioxidants from celery, tomato, carrot, turnip, rice and clove flower in most products across this range.
Pera Skincare, available online

Jurlique, natural botanical-based skincare

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Who wants to visit that organic farm in Adelaide? Photography: Jurlique via Facebook

You’ve probably heard of Jurlique; this Australian brand has been around for a while but is pegged to hit cult status here in Singapore with the reformulation of its anti-ageing Herbal Recovery Signature range. Key botanical ingredients like Viola tricolour, yarrow flower and red clover are grown in an organic farm in Adelaide. Psst… the Jurlique Farm uses clean energy thanks to solar panels and has sent zero waste to landfill since 2016. Even the compost used to enrich the soil is made from plants grown at the farm – needless to say, it doesn’t get any more organic than this.
Jurlique, at various locations including Plaza Singapura, Vivocity, T Galleria By DFS, Singapore and Ngee Ann City

Kikiko Organics: natural, organic coconut-based skincare

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These babies won’t dry out your skin. Photography: Kikiko Organics via Facebook

Trust Kikiko Organics to raise the bar in achieving tropical radiance. This coconut oil-based range also draws on the natural benefits of sericin, which moisturises and heals the skin. The range includes shampoo, face mist and handmade soaps using the cold process method so they won’t dry out your skin. If we ever get our hands on something (these babies sell out fast), it would be the coco bar sericin with rice milk. Plus, this packaging is almost worthy of framing.
Kikiko Organics, available online

Antipodes: natural skincare

With a killer combination of raw super-fruit extracts, quality ingredients from New Zealand and high-tech certified organic formulations, it’s no wonder Antipodes works wonders for women of all ages – and the brand has the scientifically validated results to prove it. The keywords are collagen, elastin and antioxidant in this range of holy grail anti-ageing products. Antipodes is launching in Singapore soon, so watch this space for more deets.
Antipodes, available at various Guardian stores and online

Frank Skincare: organic, natural and cruelty-free skincare

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How to start your day right. Photography: Frank Skincare

Fairly new to Singapore’s skincare scene, this homegrown brand is run by organic beauty fanatics who only offer 100% natural and organic products, free of GMOs (Genetic Modified Organism) as well as parabens. Its Juicier Luxury is a necessary addition to your skincare wardrobe; made with 11 organic ingredients, it boosts moisture, renews skin, relieves inflammation and plumps skin with collagen protectors.
Frank Skincare, available online or at OUE Downtown Gallery,#01-46, 6 Shenton Way, Singapore 068809

Herbivore Botanicals: natural skincare

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Pink Cloud from Herbivore Botanicals. Photography: Herbivore Botanicals

We rejoiced when we heard of the arrival of Herbivore Botanicals in Singapore. Founded in Seattle, the cruelty-free brand offers filler-free products – almost all of its ingredients are pure, highly concentrated active ones. They’re also created without synthetics, parabens, chemicals and petroleum. On rotation is the Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask (hear our thoughts here)  and refreshing Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist to rehydrate and heal skin. You’ll want to follow the brand on Instagram – its feed is a wonderland of pastels and crystals.
Herbivore Botanicals, available at Sephora 

KORA Organics: organic, natural and vegan skincare

Aussie sunshine babe Miranda Kerr isn’t just a top model – she’s also a qualified holistic health practitioner. Her skincare brand KORA Organics is certified organic, vegan and cruelty-free. The products pack a serious punch with highly concentrated formulas teeming with powerful ingredients like the anti oxidising Noni fruit: a superfood which protects skin from environmental damage. Here’s what you have to try: the rich Noni Glow to nourish and brighten skin, as well as the turmeric brightening and exfoliating mask which dissolves dead skin cells, stimulates renewal and evens skin tone.
Kora Organics, available at Sephora

Oasis Skin: natural skincare

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Customise your Beauty Box. Photography: Oasis:Skin

Homegrown brand Oasis Skin recently entered our radar, and boy have we been loving it. Its products are a luxe treat for skin – they’re made without parabens, sulfates and other synthetic substances. Handcrafted in Singapore, they contain 100% natural and premium ingredients sourced from botanical experts around the world who abide by strict purity and sustainable production standards. A product that caught our eye: The customisable beauty box. Choose from a range of treatment mists, clay masks and beauty tools according to your skin concern and emerge with glowin’ skin.
Oasis Skin, available online, check out social pages for stockist updates

Basic Theory: natural skincare

Founded in 2015 by sisters, Basic Theory emphasises slow living. Its products are refreshingly gentle – even the facial polishes. Its bestselling Clarifying mask contains three superfoods: oats, flaxseeds and turmeric. These, combined with bergamot, grapefruit and ylang ylang oils, give the skin a major boost by clearing the dullness, to reveal a brighter complexion. Our graphic designer Bee Suan swears by the Basic Lip Protectant thanks to its all-natural ingredients like avocado oil and shea butter, and eucalyptus and peppermint for a cooling effect.
Basic Theory, available at City of Tomorrow, #B1-47 CityLink Mall One Raffles Link Singapore 039393 and online

natureLOVA: natural, organic skincare and makeup

Other than free shipping and tantalising free samples upon liking its Facebook Page, ecoluxe apothecary natureLOVA has its natural beauty game on point. Passionate about personal wellbeing and environmental sustainability, the huge product range includes fine hypoallergenic, natural and organic cosmetics and skincare. And while ladies are more than catered for here, men can get in on the action too; get him all groomed up with VMV’s hypoallergenic pre-shave barber oil, aftershave or Botani’s moisturising facial products.
natureLOVA, selected brands available at Eat Organic, 619H Bukit Timah Road Singapore 269728, all Naiise outlets, Sephora and online

Handmade Heroes: natural, vegan and cruelty-free skincare

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Scrubs, balms and dry shampoo from Handmade Heroes. Photography: Darissa Lee

Handmade Heroes has fast become a household name amongst local beauty fans. The Singaporean skincare brand is hard to miss at stores like Naiise or Isetan as it boasts a simple yet eye-catching packaging and a name one is unlikely to forget. Handmade Heroes has earned cult status among Amazon beauty buyers, and has recently expanded to Malaysia. Unlike some other brands that claim to be 100% natural, Handmade Heroes truly is – its products do not contain synthetic chemicals or preservatives. Check out our interview with founder Lynsey Lim here, or our shoot with our favourite Singaporean beauty brands.
Handmade Heroes, available online, or Naiise, Isetan Shaw Centre and Tangs VivoCity

Katfood: organic, natural skincare

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Organic skin care by Katfood. Photography: Katfood

Top marks to Katfood for its creativity with both its name and products. Made with 100% organic, raw, unprocessed and without chemical preservatives, its coconut oil-based bestsellers include the Matcha Made in Heaven Brightening Mask to even out skin tones, and the Fix-It Felix serum to soothe and nourish skin with its blend of avocado oil, evening primrose oil, sweet almond oil and vitamin E oil.
Katfood, available online or at Isetan and Robinsons.

Mmerci Encore: natural skincare

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Feel good beauty. Photography: Mmerci Encore

Helmed by former beauty editor Alli Sim, Mmerci Encore is best described as soulful – it’s all about holistic spa regimes and feel-good rituals made to ‘champion self-care’. Made with fresh, raw ingredients and the purest essential oils sourced from France and Australia, all products are hand-blended in Singapore in small batches. Pro tip: Everyone loves the organic geranium-based Glow Elixir, a roll-on aromatherapy perfume that’s free of alcohol and synthetic chemicals. Check out our interview with Alli Sim here.
Mmerci Encore is stocked at SPRMKT locations at Kitchen & Bar at 41 Robertson Quay and 2 McCallum Street

The Herb Farm: natural skincare

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Give your skin the TLC it deserves with The Herb Farm. Photography:  The Herb Farm

The Herb Farm truly lives up to its name – many of its fresh ingredients are grown at founder Lynn Kirkland’s farm in New Zealand. Products are all made on site, with pure herbal extracts, plant-derived, and 100% natural ingredients. We can’t go a day without morning spritzes of the Rejuvenating Facial Toning Mist; it awakens skin, refreshes makeup and minimises the appearance of pores.
The Herb Farm, available online

Rough Beauty: natural skincare

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Rough Beauty’s Mint Rose. Photography: Rough Beauty

Inspired by trips to the Himalayan mountains, Rough Beauty offers handmade botanical soaps made with quality natural ingredients – think plant essential oils, as well as herbs and spices for natural scents and colouring. We love the Mint Rose; it gives skin an exfoliating treat with its blend of floral, herbs and citrus essential oils with adzuki bean powder and dried herbs. The brand takes eco-friendly practices seriously; one of its new initiatives is for all of its products to soon go package-free.
Rough Beauty, available online, check out social pages for pop-ups and collabs

100% Pure: natural, vegan and cruelty-free makeup

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All-natural lipsticks? Now that’s a first. Photography: 100% Pure

True to its name, 100% Pure offers all natural, anti-oxidising beauty products designed to combat clogged pores, skin irritation and premature ageing. A leading player in the natural beauty department, the brand offers an extensive range of vegan, cruelty-free and vitamin-packed makeup dyed with fruit pigments including the all-star silky pot blush rouge and highly pigmented eyeshadow palettes. Bonus: All products are packaged in biodegradable materials – how’s that for dedication?
100% Pure, 16 Shaw Road #03-05 Singapore 367954

Pure Tincture: natural, organic, cruelty-free skincare and makeup

We’ll lay it down for you: Award-winning beauty boutique and spa Pure Tincture is a beauty haven. Talented therapists tailor customised skincare solutions and work magic on the most troubled of skins through relaxing facials. But aside from its beauty treatments, the boutique also stocks an extensive lineup of natural, cruelty-free organic makeup and skincare brands. The range is impressive; organic enthusiasts have tons of skin-friendly makeup options – including mineral foundations, all-natural eye makeup and antioxidising lippies – and potent yet naturally-derived skincare products.
Pure Tincture, The Adelphi, 1 Coleman Street, Singapore 179803

W.ANT Skincare: natural skincare

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Ethical beauty brand WANT Skincare contributes to marginalised communities abroad. Photography: W.ANT Skincare

With W.ANT Skincare, the feel-good vibes you’ll get from using only all-natural skin products don’t stop there. Purchases from this ethical beauty brand contribute towards empowering marginalised local communities, especially women in Bali, Indonesia and Benin, Africa. All products are handmade from pure botanical oils and minerals, cruelty-free, and are free of fragrances and synthetic ingredients. Oh, and did we mention that they’re formulated without water? Yup, these babies are seriously potent.
W.ANT Skincare, available at various locations including Robinsons, Therapy Market and The Wyld Shop

Bud Cosmetics: organic and natural skincare

Bud Cosmetics takes customer care very seriously. With a bold “nothing to hide” policy, every ingredient is up for careful scrutiny online and in-store. Bud boasts a wide variety of ethical and guilt-free beauty products with over 30 popular organic brands, including Antipodes, Dr Alkaitis and Juice Beauty. Simply swing by their brick-and-mortar store in town if you want to experience the products for yourself (or study the labels).
Bud Cosmetics, 333 Orchard Road, #03-32 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 307506; #01-31 Century Square, 2 Tampines Central 5, #01-66 Square 2, 10 Sinaran Drive

The Naturally Better Company: organic, natural and cruelty-free skincare and makeup

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Tata Harper’s Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tints from The Naturally Better Company. Photography: Tata Harper

The creme-de-la-creme of natural beauty brands. The Naturally Better Company is an eco-luxury boutique offering makeup and skincare brands with healthy, safe ingredients and sustainable practices. The selection is extensive, with the likes of award-winning RMS Beauty, ILIA, and Tata Harper ranking high on the bestseller list. But a special mention must be made for bringing in PRITI NYC: a luxury nail polish brand with polishes that aren’t just trendy, fast drying and chip resistant but also vegan, non toxic and free of carcinogenic ingredients.
The Naturally Better Company, Millenia Walk #02-46, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596

Charis Naturals: organic, natural skincare

It’s nice to know that founder of Charis (pronounced Care-iss) Naturals, Michelle, is on our team when it comes to the battle for good skin. Faced with eczema problems as a teen, she’s done intensive research and studying of the dos and don’ts of organic products. She’s also a huge fan of the store’s Kahina products, a brand based on the wonders of Argan Oil (also known as Moroccan liquid gold). And we’d have to agree, just a few drops of the 100% Argan Oil onto our dry, frizzy hair and poof! Magically smooth hair the next morning.
Charis Naturals, available online with free shipping for orders above $80

Canvas: 90% organic skincare

Everyone knows your skin is your canvas, which explains the name behind this Aussie organic beauty label. All of its skincare and aromatherapy products are made with a minimum of 90% organic ingredients, and without parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, synthetic fragrances or dyes and GMOs. Bestsellers include the powerful Skin Renewal Refiner to exfoliate dead skin cells and Rose Otto Multi-Insensitive Serum to firm, tone and boost skin texture.
Canvas, #02-09/10, 20 China Court, China Square Central, Cross Street Singapore 048422, also available online

Biconi: natural skincare

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Nourishing oils by Biconi. Photography: Biconi

Biconi began when founder Wendee Lee’s father was diagnosed with colon cancer. With the help of her mother, they made their own soap bars infused with the antioxidant noni enzyme (extracted from their own Noni farms). Vegetarian and vegan friendly, the products contain 100% natural (and luxurious) ingredients. The Glow Facial Serum is the stuff of dreams, as it gives you dewier, fresher-looking skin within two weeks, thanks to a formula made from super foods and scented with essential oils.
Biconi, available online or at various locations including Therapy Market@i12, FoliAge, The Social Space and Bove by Spring Maternity.

Balm Kitchen: natural, organic and cruelty-free makeup

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Skin healthy products from Balm Kitchen. Photography: Balm Kitchen

Created out of a mother’s love for her son, Balm Kitchen was literally made in the kitchen, where founder Teresa Foo spent days on end experimenting with formulations. Her then three-year-old son had atopic dermatitis, and she needed a more natural replacement for his steroid creams. The botanical-based, cruelty-free skincare brand incorporates ingredients native to Asia like green tea extracts, gac fruit oil and perilla seed oil. For a more natural approach to combating the ravaging effects of urban life, the brand recently released an Anti-Pollution Capsule collection, which contains a cleansing water, balm and mask, scrub, essence and facial oil serum.
Balm Kitchen, available online

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