Credit cards at the ready? Shopping section updates

There’s been such growth in the natural beauty online world recently. I’ve been bookmarking sites like mad over the last few months and realised it was about time I updated my shopping page. I’ve decided to remove brand-specific sites. Not because I don’t think they’re worth highlighting, of course, but because most people if they hear of a new brand will search for them and their website will pop up. I’m not really saving you time or a job there.

But good compilation sites, carefully curated and fun to explore, are another matter.

So here’s the new list (which can also be found by clicking on the shopping tab above). This is by no means a finished one either. Please do let me know if there are any great sites I haven’t heard of yet and I’ll add them in.

A Beautiful World – One of my favourite sites for discovering new brands. The list is small at the moment but new brands are regularly added and currently include The Body Deli, Marble & Milkweed, MuLondon and Kadalys. International shipping is offered and delivery is free in the UK over a £25 spend.

Absolutely Pure – only a small selection of brands are available here but they are carefully chosen and the site supports that edit with information about their policies and the ingredients they choose to avoid.  Includes some interesting, mid-priced ranges including Living Nature, Peachy Keen Organics and Udo’s Choice.

Adore Naturals – lovely selection of smaller, independent brands including B Skincare, The Celtic Herbal Company and Herbfarmacy. They offer free postage on orders over £10, run frequent special offers and competitions and have a free VIP club offering insider news and tips and further exclusive special offers.

Big Green Smile – Very comprehensive Special Offers section with lots of discounts and multi-buy options. Brands include Jason, Weleda, Avalon and Dr Bronner amongst many others. Pretty decent selection of free samples available.

CONTENT – Brilliant information about their criteria for selecting brands, including the sources they use when investigating ingredients – a must check for your own research. Includes a huge and genuinely interesting list of brands covering well-known favourites and more. Excellent if you want to investigate something new. Free delivery in the UK.

Lovelula –  Great brand selection including some hard to find American ones like Kimberley Sayer. Good selection of trial sizes available across a range of brands, all of which are natural and/or organic. You can also select 3 FREE samples with every order over a very reasonable £5 minimum spend.

Lucy Rose –  Free samples available with orders, a great range of brands (particularly make-up) and the opportunity to earn back as you spend by joining the Beauty Club.

My Pure – Regular free gifts with purchase, sales and weekly offers. Huge range of brands and a good history of positive relationships with bloggers.

Nature’s Vale – Huge brand list including lots of American options that aren’t readily available in the UK. Worldwide shipping available and £2.95 flat shipping rate for mainland UK orders.

Naturisimo – Another site offering free P&P for UK deliveries. They have a nice clear menu system at the top; on the second line (far right), you’ll find links to samples, offers and any sale they are currently having. The offers, which are regularly updated, are a range of free gifts with a purchase from a specific range or with a spend over a certain amount. While they won’t always have a sale on, their summer sale has discounts of up to 70% so it’s worth keeping your eye out for a bargain. Regularly add new brands to the line up.

Sophia’s Choice – From blog to family-run website, here you can get a smaller but well curated selection of brands, from Bodhi & Birch toThe Earth Works. Free UK delivery over a £35 spend, a loyalty points scheme for repeat buyers and the occasional sale/special offer.

Vanessa’s Choice – Another neat selection from Nutritional Therapist Vanessa, including brands such as Blend Collective, Hurraw and MyChelle. Endorsed by green guru Janey-Lee Grace, the site offers a flat postage rate of £3.50 and free delivery over £100 spend.

Wholefoods – Although why you’d shop online when it’s such a treat to go there in person and gawp at the health, beauty and wellbeing selection, I don’t know… 😉

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