You may already be aware that the world is undergoing a clean revolution. The obsession with ‘clean’ has escalated for a long while, starting with food: maybe you’re the type to only buy organic chicken and pesticide-free produce at the grocery store. Perhaps you stick to eating ‘clean’ and try to stay away from all things processed.
Aside from what goes in our mouths, the same obsession for ‘less is more’ in avoiding additives goes for everything else we consume, from ethical clothing to yes, the moisturisers and masks we slather on at night.
However, with health-consciousness as ubiquitous as it is these days, so have the words ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ begun to increasingly dominate beauty and food labels — to the point where they start to lose meaning. What is truly ‘natural’ and ‘organic?’ Not many people realise that there are often no labelling regulations for products deemed ‘natural’ or ‘eco’ (particularly by the FDA and USDA in the United States), and anything labelled ‘organic’ — unless certified — rarely means that they’re actually free of synthetic additives.
For those looking to eventually phase out chemicals and toxins from their lifestyles, it can be a challenge to sift through every product on commercial shelves. It takes a knack for reading labels and knowing the kinds of hidden dangers present in mass consumer products — for instance, cancer-causing formaldehyde rearing its head in secret forms across products like nail polish, face cleansers and sheet masks.
Thankfully, there are a great number of niche, boutique products from around the globe that champion transparency and the use of non-toxic ingredients. These products actively avoid the nasty and questionable ingredients that you often hear about, including parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, chemical sunscreens and more — all ingredients that have been linked to hormone disruption, skin irritation, cancer and long-term skin damage.
If you’ve ever wished for a starter pack of such products that can set you on the right track — it now exists in the form of the Clean Beauty Box launched by Harvey Nichols. Priced at HK$1,480, the box contains a carefully curated set of eight award-winning and international cult beauty favourites, in a mix of both travel and full sizes.
The Beauty Box is planned to be a long-term fixture at Harvey Nichols, featuring seasonally changing products. For the inaugural box set, we took a peek inside to give you a rundown of the clean beauty products you can expect to find to help kick start your clean makeup and skincare habit.
Harvey Nichols, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3968 2668
The ONE’s Beauty Bazaar by Harvey Nichols, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3906 2388