Tuesday, 2 December 2014

My favourite cosmetic brands


I was going to write this post before I got completely stressed out by consumerism and plastic and all that unnecessary waste that just ends up in landfills. But because it's almost Christmas and cosmetics have been my favourite thing for 2 years now, I thought I'd write this post anyway.

When I was really lonely and depressed I cheered up my life by going shopping for some cosmetics. I bought so many cream, lotions and make-up products. Trying them out really made me a lot happier and boosted my self-confidence!

Earlier this year, Brand Spark International listed the most trusted cosmetic brands in Canada, USA, China, Turkey and Mexico that were ranked by consumers. You can check all of them by following the link. I originally got the idea for this post from a Finnish cosmetics blog Ostolakossa where the blog's author Virve Vee compared the popularity of different brands in different countries and also told her own favourites. 

So today I'm going to tell me what my favourite cosmetic brands have been past these 2 years! With some thoughts on how I'm feeling about the future with them. If this isn't something you're interested in, feel free to skip this post.

For example, these are the winning brands in China:

Face cream:  Olay
Eye cream: Estée Lauder
Make-up foundation: Maybelline
Facial wash: L'oreal and Nivea
Shaving products: Gillette
Nail varnish: OPI
Body wash: Dove
Shampoo & Conditioner: Pantene
Hair styling: Vidal Sassoon
Toothpaste: Darlie

And these are the winners in Turkey:

Facial skincare: L'oreal and Nivea
Make-up foundation: L'oreal and Max Factor (Covergirl)
Facial wash: Neutrogena and Nivea
Lipstick: Avon
Mascara: L'oreal and Max Factor (Covergirl)
Deodorant/Antiperspirant: Nivea
Shaving products: Gillette
Body lotion: Nivea
Body wash: Palmoline
Shampoo & Conditioner: Elidor and Head&Shoulders
Hair styling: Hobby
Toothpaste: Ipana ja Colgate

Feel free to check out the other ones too, I'm sure they are all well known and popular brands.

I actually recently realised that many of the popular brands are owned by gigantic companies.

Have you ever heard of Unilever?

Maybe I'm just naïve but I was really shocked when I realised that so many brands are owned by this massive company. Unilever owns more than 400 brands!

Out of the brands listed earlier more are owned by them by not.

They own Lynx (Axe), Dove, Flora (Becel), Knorr, Lipton, Omo, Sure (Rexona), Surf and Sunsilk (Elidor), Ben & Jerry's, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, Pot Noodle, Turun Sinappi, Simple, Pepsodent (Signal), TIGI, TRESemmé and many others!

And of course such a big company has a lot of money to put on marketing and buying self-space in order to make sure that the naïve consumers can easily see these products when they go shopping.

But anyway, back to the point of this post and my own list! Because of course you all really want to know what cosmetics I use (almost) daily.

Face cream:  Boots Botanics. Especially the 81% organic hydrating cream.
Eye cream: Lumene.
Make-up foundation: Skin79. I have now discovered Asian BB creams and don't want to mess with Western foundations anymore.
Facial wash: Lush.
Lipstick: Lush.
Mascara: Physician's Formula Organic Wear.
Deodorant/Antiperspirant: Lumene. But then I experienced an aluminium crisis and started making my own.
Shaving products: Gillette. Although I'm not sure how to feel about this ecologically or socially.
Body lotion: Soap & Glory.
Nail varnish: Lumene Natural Code.
Body wash: Lumene Angry Birds. I got obsessed with this one after I tried it at my friend's house.
Shampoo & Conditioner: Lush. I'm increasingly more and more obsessed with Lush, have you noticed?
Hair styling: Batiste. Dry shampoo is all I use at the moment. I've considered replacing it with just talcum powder though.
Toothpaste: Sarakan. I've had enough of fluoride.

I actually used to use a different toothpaste, but then I read about the dangers of fluoride and felt that I have been poisoning myself enough with it, and decided to switch to a more natural alternative and hope for the best. Then last week I bought a bamboo toothbrush and it works really well! I actually feel that my teeth are cleaner than they were when I used a plastic toothbrush.

I am a bit sad that many of these products contain so much unrecyclable plastic. I always use a Gilette razor where you only have to change the blade bit instead of needing to get a whole new razor! I wish everyone would do the same. Yes, they are a little bit more expensive, but they are also so much better than those awful ones you can buy in bulk. So much plastic ends up in landfill from them and you only use them a couple of times! If you need to shave, please buy a proper razor.

Lush is a fantastic company that makes bath and beauty products with environmental values in their mind. Their products are amazing and I am considering trying more of their products in the future. For instance, they have a mascara that comes in a glass bottle and it probably would be better for the environment if I used that one instead of ordering the one I currently use from America.

Also, in the field of soap and body lotion, I'm considering challenging myself and trying to make some of my own next year. It can't be that difficult, can it?

So, what are your favourite cosmetics? What sort of aspects do you think about when choosing these products?

You don't have to have a favourite to all categories but you can just copy-paste this template to comments and let me know! I'm a bit weird, but I'd love to hear what products you guys use! Oh, and this is a completely unisex questionnaire. Everyone is allowed to answer.

Face cream: 
Eye cream: 
Make-up foundation:
Facial wash: 
Shaving products: 
Body lotion: 
Nail varnish:
Body wash: 
Shampoo & Conditioner: 
Hair styling: 


  1. Face cream: Frantsila ravitseva kasvovoide and then I use coconut oil. I only use these if my skin feels dry though.
    Eye cream: I don't even know what that is
    Make-up foundation: I don't use any.
    Facial wash: water and coconut oil
    Lipstick: Naked
    Mascara: Benecos was the brand I think. Haven't tried it yet tho, just ordered it :>
    Deodorant/Antiperspirant: Utekram's lime deo. I love the smell of it.I bought Schmidt's natural deodorants fo christmas presents and I'm I'm going to try them also.
    Shaving products: I don't really use them. I may have to rethink this when the summer finally arrives :D
    Body lotion: Aqualan.
    Nail varnish: I don't use any.
    Body wash: Organic soap,
    Shampoo & Conditioner: Faith in Nature tea tree (smells heavenly)
    Hair styling: a hairbrush
    Toothpaste: lavera's fluorine free toothpaste

    I'm a bit lazy when it comes to using skin products and I only wear mascara on special occasionss. I really try to think the enviroment & my own health when choosing the products buy. Easier said than done.
    btw I'm really loving your posts lately! ♥

    1. Thank you for this! So many great products! Haha, I actually just recently tossed that Lumene deodorant I used to be using because it has aluminium and am now using Urtektam too! I have the aloe vera one and I love the scent of it too! I've also heard many good things about Faith in Nature products and would love to try some of them! I actually use Lavera toothpaste as well, but prefer to use the Sarakan one more often.

  2. Oh so many typo's! :DD Should have read it twice.

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