It's time to go green.
Who says you need to be Wonder Woman to save the world? You can start small by using natural beauty products instead of ones that are brimming with synthetics and preservatives. From facial cleansers and soaps to detox shower gels, here are our top picks of eco-friendly Thai beauty and skincare products worth buying.
Charcoalogy Detoxifying Face Wash
What: While Gla offers products made from Asian herbs and natural essential oils, its sister brand, Charcoalogy specializes in skincare products made from, you guessed it—charcoal. The brand offers a range of hair and body basics such as face and body bar soaps, clay facial cleansers, shampoos and conditioners. One of their highlights is the Detoxifying Face Wash made from bamboo charcoal, eucalyptus and green tea extract, which is said to help deep clean your pores, refreshes your skin and great for removing stubborn makeup. Suitable for normal to oily skin.
Available at Skinlab, M/F, Siam Discovery, Rama 1 Rd., 094-883-8349. Open daily 10am-10pm. www.fb.com/charcoalogy
Bangkok Soap Opera Gypsy Life Soap
What: Run by Ukrainian Maria Kalita, Bangkok Soap Opera is dedicated to recycling old cooking oil and everyday kitchen ingredients—anything that can become harmful waste—into lovely artisanal, handcrafted soaps and other skincare products. The bar soaps come in attractive colors and patterns from the use of local herbs and they’re 100 percent natural; completely free of synthetic colorants, scents, preservatives and parabens. You can try the Gypsy Life soap made from patchouli, neroli and sandalwood essential oils with a mix of fresh strawberries and wild flowers like sage, thyme and marigold. Its benefits include soothing, brightening and energizing the skin and can be used on your face and body.
Price: B100 for 100g
Available at Bangkok Soap Opera, 46 Sukhumvit Soi 3 (Soi Phum Chit), 085-348-9791. Open Mon-Fri 11am-7pm. BTS Phra Khanong. www.fb.com/bangkoksoapopera
Soft Cream Sugar and Apricot Body Scrub
What: We all know that regular exfoliation can do wonders to your skin. But exfoliating with organic body scrubs? Even better. This 100-percent-natural sugar and apricot body scrub from Soft Cream is loaded with natural ingredients like virgin coconut oil, macadamia oil, castor oil and apricot seed extracts, as well as vitamin E, which help moisturize, nourish and soften your skin to silky smooth perfection. Just crush the cubes in your hand, add a few drops of water and massage them onto your skin, and voila! Hello youthful and radiant complexion. This brand is also big on making natural bar soaps, available for purchase at Bangkok Farmers' Market or on their official website.
Available at www.softcreamstore.com
Panya Coffee Detox Shower Gel
What: If a cup of coffee in the morning still doesn’t perk you up, then maybe you should literally wash away the tiredness with this Coffee Detox Shower Gel by Panya Natural and Spa. The coffee extract from fresh local coffee beans helps re-energize and improve skin elasticity, while other ingredients like essential oils, honey and vitamin E help hold in moisture and protect your skin from UV rays. The shower gel is said to have a very subtle earthy aroma mixed with a light scent of lemongrass, leaving you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Panya Natural and Spa is an environmentally conscious brand, offering a selected range of skincare products made from all-natural ingredients grown from local farms in various parts of Thailand.
Available at Panya Natural and Spa, 28 Sukhumvit Soi 29, 089-055-9920. Open Mon-Fri 8am-5:30pm, Sat 9:30am–7:30pm, Sun 12pm-5pm. www.panyaspa.com
Banh Young Rice Milk Soap
What: Short for “Beauty And Natural Herbs,” Banh (which means “to bloom” in Thai) is the brainchild of three siblings from Nonthaburi who are passionate about creating high-quality bath products made from nothing but vegan oils (mainly rice bran, almond and coconut oil) for their base. Their trademark biodegradable soap comes in mangosteen, bamboo charcoal and young rice milk varieties, which contain rice germ extract rich with antioxidants and vitamin E. The soap helps maintain and balance your skin tone, as well as moisturize and provide a small degree of sun protection. The brand also offers shower gel that comes in varieties of honey, goat milk and green tea.
Price: B150 for 100g
Available city-wide at Gourmet Market branches. Try G/F, Siam Paragon, Rama 1 Rd. www.banhskincare.com