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Top 10 Natural, Chemical-Free and Cruelty-Free Brands In India

Hi all,
This is Archana from Sonali had invited me to write a guest post on her blog and I was really happy with the chance. Skincare Villa is one of the first beauty blogs that I had subscribed to years back 'coz I liked Sonali's way of writing and creative topics. Years forward, I never dreamt I would have my own blog and be guest blogging in her site itself :) I just feel proud of the small steps I have taken in life, which has led me here. IBeautySpy is my beauty blog and I review many natural products and brands, skincare routines, beauty tips, etc. Here you can find review of the latest natural, organic beauty brands in the market.

So let's move on straight to today's post. Am going to list down few of my favorite brands and recommended products from which I have personally tried. All of them are natural, cruelty free brands. Hope you find this post useful and interesting. In addition, if you wish to read detailed review on any of the product mentioned here, you can go to my blog and search for the same.

Utkarshini's Moolit Beauty:
Utkarshini is a certified organic skincare formulator. She has done the Formula Botanica course and whips up some amazing, unique products that you will never find elsewhere. Her 100x washed ghee has been a superb hit. She has many variants in that – haldi and rose for skin and mahabhringadi for hair. I have tried the Haldi one and it was awesome. Made my skin super soft, smooth and bright. If you have thought ghee is only for dry skin, then you will be surprised  by the light, fluffy texture of this one.
Other products I have tried and recommend: Kashmiri Cleansing Grains
Products with good reviews and on my wishlist: Rosehip oil (there's lot of excellent reviews for this one), Wellness Mud, Mango Detan Scrub, Neem Mitti Gel to Milk Cleanser
Availability: On InstaMojo, link in their Instagram bio @moolitbeauty

Blend It Raw Beauty:
This brand is for all those who love DIY skincare and haircare. I myself like DIYs, but before Blend It Raw Beauty came in, I was always confused about the purity of the raw material. There are hundreds of brands in Amazon selling rose petals powder, neem powder, orange peel powder, clays, butters, etc. But none of them are well known brands and I couldn't trust them. Blend It Raw Beauty is possibly the first popular DIY raw material seller in India. You can trust, Aarushi, the founder of this company, blindly. Their mango butter is my absolute favorite and I have purchased it multiple times. It has an amazing texture that you should definitely try atleast once.
Products I have used and recommend: Mango butter (must try), Shea butter, Jasmine hydrosol, Rose Petals Powder (must try), Dried Chamomile Flowers
Products on my wishlist: Basil hydrosol, Eucalyptus hydrosol, Peach Kernel Oil, Cucumber Seed Oil, Watermelon Seed Oil, Hibiscus Flower Powder, Moroccan Argan Beldi Soap Paste, Lavender Buds
Other Products with good reviews: Kaolin Clay, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Availability: On their website

The Skin Pantry:
This is a luxury brand and their products are expensive. I have tried only one product from them – The Skin Pantry Hazelnut Vanilla Body Butter. And boy, I don’t have words to describe this product! First of all, it came in a brown paper packaging with gourmet stuff printed on it similar to McDonalds’ and KFC meal boxes packaging. I felt like I was receiving some freshly made food stuff 😀 And then the product itself was amazing! The scent reminded me of old, quaint English bakeries where they are freshly baking vanilla muffins and croissants. The body butter is super nourishing as well taking care of my extremely dry skin. This was one of my best investments. Its turned out to be not just a product, an experience altogether! Am looking forward to try other products from them - Vanilla Drench Face Moisturizer, Breakfast Scrub and Skin Smoothie Blue Clay Face Wash.
Availability: Email them for their menu and placing order

Aroma Essentials:
I have tried many products from Aroma Essentials and saw good results with them. Also they are quite affordable compared to other natural brands in the market. As the name suggests, most of their products contain aromatherapy essential oils. Though some say their products are not 100% pure or organic, I have felt good vibes with the brand, so I recommend them. If you have dull skin lacking glow or acne-prone skin, you need to try their products as they are really effective.
Products I have tried and recommend: Tomato/Green Tea/Orange Face Washes, Lavender Hydrating Face Mist, AHA Pores Toner, Insta Clear Face Mask, Lip Balms.
Availability: DM her on Instagram @aromaessentials

Beauty Secrets:
This was one of the earliest natural beauty brands that I tried when I started on my skincare journey. Back in that time (around 3-4 years back), there were not much natural, handmade brands in the market. I came upon Beauty Secrets on their Instagram page and decided to order some of their face packs. They are little costly but I found the quality really good and they showed results for me. Their Bridal Face Pack is one of my favorites till date.
Products I have tried and recommend: Bridal Face Pack (must try), Pigmentation Face Pack, Premium Anti-Tan Face Pack
Availability: DM her on Instagram @beauty_secrets22

Juicy Chemistry:
Probably the only 100% clean beauty brand that I know. They use only 100% natural and organic ingredients in their products. Like their body butters are just a mix of plant butters, carrier oils and essential oils. Unlike other brands which have a cream base body butter. Also all their products have a relaxing smell of essential oils which you will love and gives a spa-like experience.
Products I have tried and recommend: Body Butters, Lip Balm, Hibiscus Amla & Bhringraj Hair Oil (this contains coconut milk so its really nourishing for dry hair), Soaps (Cucumber Green Tea Spearmint one is great)
Availability: On their website, Nykaa, Amazon

Imiana House:
This brand is similar to Juicy Chemistry as I find them to be another clean beauty brand. But their products don't have strong essential oil fragrance unlike JC. So more suitable for sensitive skin. They are also organic and certified. My favorite from the brand is IMBOTOX Anti-Ageing Moisturizer, one of the best natural products for aging skin that works.
Products I have tried and recommend: IMBOTOX Anti-Ageing Moisturizer, Fa-Myrah Beauty Elixir, Pink Kaolin Clay Soap, Choco Mint Body Butter
Availability: On their website, Qtrove, Amazon

Sand for Soapaholics:
I always wonder why this brand doesn't market much. Since many people are not aware of this brand. I have tried some of the products from Sand for Soapaholics and I was highly satisfied with them. Their gourmet products line remind me of the international brand Lush. My first product from them was their Hair & Glory Hair Conditioner which I really loved. Its a different type of conditioner unlike our usual creamy conditioners. And it has a nice refreshing peppermint smell which will make your hair smell good all day.
Products I have tried and recommend: Hair & Glory Hair Conditioner, After Glow Face Cleanser, Rhimjim Face Mist (this is a super hydrating toner and you won't need any moisturizer after this. Similar to Korean hydrating toners, if you are looking for an Indian natural version), Turmerry Moisturizer. I also have the Red Banana Mask which I haven't tried yet. Will use and review.
Products on my wishlist: Skin Diet Cleanser, Lips Don't Lie, Kera Bliss Mask and Aam Leela Mask (which is seasonal)
Availability: On their website, Qtrove, Amazon

Roots & Herbs:
This is an ayurvedic brand and slightly on the expensive side. Their products are based wholly on ayurvedic principles and ingredients due to which some of them might have a strong, herbal fragrance. My favorite among them is their Pomegranate Kaya Kalp Elixir (gives illuminous skin) and Nutmeg Brightening Under Eye Tailam (this one really relaxes the eye area). Though  pricey, I find them to be great investment. Also the quantity is bigger than other brands.
Products I have tried and recommend: Pomegranate Kaya Kalp Elixir, Nutmeg Brightening Under Eye Tailam, Anjeer Body Scrub, Silver Face Cleanser
Products on my wishlist: Chandan & Kesar Shower Gel, Carrot Seed Radiance After Shower Oil, Fountain of Youth Elixir
Availability: On Nykaa

I found this brand on Insta and decided to try it on a whim. Surprisingly, their shampoo and hair oil became my favorites and I repurchased them along with some skincare. I saw noticeably less hairfall as well as new hair growth with their hair oil. And the shampoo is one of the few SLS/SLES free shampoos that lathers well and removes oil. But they do have a herbal smell which some may not like.
Products I have tried and recommend: Papaya and Neem Shampoo, Tress Repair Hair Oil, Strawberry Rose Hair Pudding, Neem Green Tea Toner
Products on my wishlist: Sheet Masks, Makeup removing wipes
Availability: DM her on Instagram @organikare_

Apart from these, there are few more brands where I have tried only one product. But it turned out to be really impressive. So these are the brands which I have tried once and wish to explore more:

Love Organically:
Recommend the Mogra Luminous Glow After Bath Oil. Its an organic certified brand.
Availability: On Nykaa

Artisanal Skincare:
Recommend the Vanilla Cinnamon Cleansing Powder
Availability: On Amazon, Qtrove

Ancient Living:
Recommend the Manjistha Face Wash
Availability: On Nykaa, Qtrove, Amazon

Matru Ayurveda:
Recommend the Royal Saffron Ayurvedic Face Pack and Anti-Tan Neem Chandan Ubtan
Availability: On Qtrove

So this was my comprehensive list of the natural, chemical-free brands Indian brands that I have tried and recommend from my personal experience. Hope this was helpful to you. Please check out my blog and subscribe through email to receive more such reviews in your inbox :) Thanks for reading!

About me:
I am Archana, beauty blogger at I work as a software engineer in Bangalore and develop Python code. Am a workaholic and get depressed when there isn't enough work :D When it comes to beauty, I love exploring natural and organic beauty brands. I share my reviews and skin care routines in my blog. You can contact me if you want me to customize a skincare routine for you. Apart from beauty, I love food – healthy, unhealthy, snacks, chocolates, icecreams, whatever. And coffee and me are lifelong soulmates and we can't be separated ever ;)