Clean beauty is something on all our minds. We all want to rid ourselves of toxins and steer clear of chemicals - especially on our faces! Luckily we have Marguerite Gray Buer who founded Urban Pearl Collective. Through a thoughtful yet ruthless vetting process, Buer curates a clean beauty haven so that you can shop in peace, knowing what you’re buying is good for you. We chatted to Buer about her inspiration and insider tips on nontoxic beauty.
Tell us about the inspiration for Urban Pearl Collective! MARGUERITE GRAY BUER: The idea for Urban Pearl Collective began with my search for a convenient & stylish space (or as I like to call sanctuary) to visit to find all things contributing to a healthy lifestyle. As a consumer, I didn’t have the time to comb through every single ingredient and I wanted a selection of safe and effective products that I could trust.
It all started about 12 years ago, I decided to introduce healthier foods into my diet in efforts to increase energy levels and to prevent the possibility of any types of illnesses as much as I could. I had amazing results, but I was still having some issues with stubborn acne, so I decided to take a closer look at my beauty products. I learned about some of the dangerous ingredients in our everyday beauty staples, and I completely overhauled my entire skincare and makeup collection…which was really overwhelming!
There is a lot of conflicting information out there and a lot of natural products that don’t bring the results promised. I didn’t want anyone to have to deal with the same issues I did, and I wanted the switch to clean beauty to be easy for people. This is why all of the products in our e-shop go through a strict onboarding process. They must not contain any of the 24 banned ingredients listed on our website and we only work with brands who practice ethical & cruelty-free sourcing and manufacturing. We have a testing process to make sure the product works and we look for sustainable and eco-chic packaging.
Urban Pearl Collective is a clean beauty destination, but it’s so much more than that. It’s also a wellness space where you can find high-quality teas & matcha’s, beauty supplements, biodegradable yoga mats, anti-blue light blocking computer glasses and so much more. It’s also a community, where we all share information, tips & tricks and recipes with each other. Urban Pearl Collective was inspired by personal revelations and the goal to impact the world in a positive way.
Why are you passionate about Clean Beauty? MGB: Every single day, our bodies are absorbing so many chemicals that are potentially harmful to our well-being that we can’t control on an individual level, such as pollution or radiation in the air from wifi, Bluetooth, cell phones, microwaves, etc. So, I decided to look for things I could control, like what we put into our bodies and what we put on our bodies. My passion for clean beauty (alongside clean eating, because I believe beauty starts from the inside) was ignited by the results it has brought me and the peace of mind knowing my skin, the largest organ we have, is absorbing high quality, nourishing formulas.
What's your biggest tip for nontoxic Beauty? MGB: If you are new to clean beauty, start slow and work in one product at a time so you know which ingredients work the best for your unique skin concerns. It’s also beneficial to look for products that are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins & minerals that provide heightened nourishment for your skin. Keep in mind it usually takes about 4-6 weeks to see results and you will get the best results when aligned with a healthy diet and lots of water!
Also, one of my favorite tips to share is to reuse the packaging when possible! One of our brand partners, Organic Bath Co, has beautiful body butters and body scrubs that come in reusable glass jars which are perfect for planting seeds for herbs or small flowers (large jars) or using as a ramekin for condiments or as a ring/trinket dish (small jars).
What are some of your favorite brands right now? MGB: Soooo many! I’m currently obsessed with one of our best-selling brands, Salt by Hendrix, they have an amazing product line! Eye Babe is an anti-aging must-have eye treatment for any skincare collection! They also have incredible bath soaks that are perfect for keeping skin moisturized and nourished all winter long. I’m also crushing on our current collaboration with Rose Dose, which is a soothing, rose water spritz that I have been using several times a day! It’s hydrating, which is essential for the colder months, but it also helps keep my skin clear with its antibacterial properties. One more brand I have been totally obsessing over for the past few months is Hum Nutrition. The Glow Sweet Glow gummies have been a daily staple in my routine, they have hyaluronic acid in them for ultimate hydration, vitamin C to keep immunity strong and they are a delicious heart-shaped snack!
What are you most excited about for the new year? MGB: I’m really looking forward to seeing the progress and the increased awareness of the clean beauty industry. I’m really proud that Urban Pearl Collective is a part of this incredible revolution and I’m excited to see our community continue to grow and provide people with valuable knowledge and a beautiful sanctuary to shop in while discovering fun, unique and innovative brands that create products that are good for humans, animals and our environment.