Costa Rica has a reputation for being a biodiverse and environmentally conscious country. There are amazing conservation programs, truly green eco lodges, and a number of organic, and eco-friendly health and wellness product companies. The following companies are using all organic and locally-sourced ingredients to deliver high quality and effective sunscreens, mosquito repellents, rejuvenating lotions, exfoliating scrubs, nourishing balms, and happy belly treats.
The company Raw Botanicals started in 1999 in the quiet town of Manuel Antonio. Originally just called Raw, product creator Molly McBride was inspired to make organic and eco-friendly products to match her and her husband’s organic and raw food lifestyle. The company also grew organically, first making handmade products for an organic day-spa called Uno, then opening their own laboratory and store in Quepos, and then making refillable dispensary bath products for eco lodges around Costa Rica. Their products and aromas are absolutely divine.
Alegria Soaps is a small, family-owned business in Tamarindo. While they do make some incredible soaps, their products line also includes lotions, essential oils, aftersun care, insect repellent, massage oils, body scrubs, lip butters, perfumes, and healing salves. They purchase organic ingredients (goat’s milk, honey, beeswax, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and coffee) from local farms. Algeria products are truly “gifts from nature.”
Jungle Mama creates high-quality, organic, and non-toxic sun protection and skin care products. Their highly effective sun protection products are reef-friendly, non-toxic, never tested on animals, and very water resistant. They also make delicious coffee scrubs, body creams, and lip balms. The creators, Lynda and Ingrid, originally created their sun protection balm because they couldn’t find anything in Costa Rica that was not only effective for protecting them against the harsh Costa Rican sun, but was also gentle on the skin and the environment.
Osalicious is an organic balm company that is highly committed to protecting the rainforest. They create lip balms, massage balms, beeswax candles, and even natural and biodegradable sticky surf wax. All of their ingredients are natural and locally sourced. Their factory and shop is located in downtown Puerto Jimenez, where you can shop and take a tour (by appointment). Osalicious donates a portion of their profits to rainforest conservation projects like Finca Siempre Verde.
Costa Rican Noni
Costa Rican Noni is an organic health supplement company which focuses mainly on producing and selling noni juice, virgin coconut oil, and aloe vera juice. All three of their natural products have been used for thousands of years in ancient cultures and have an impressive list of health benefits. Costa Rican Noni works with small indigenous tribes in Costa Rica to produce the highest quality organic virgin coconut oil and to help support the native local community.
One downside to living in or visiting the tropics is the mosquitoes. Some mosquitoes in Costa Rica carry dengue or chikungunya, which are both absolutely miserable viruses. Mosquitoes also can carry zika and malaria. It is important to always wear mosquito repellent, especially in the rainy season. Green Screen creates a totally natural, nontoxic, environmentally-friendly, and highly effective mosquito repellent that uses local herbs and other ingredients. Green Screen has been proven to be equally as effective as repellents that contain D.E.E.T.
Bella Bucha is an organic, small-batch kombucha company based out of Piedades, Santa Ana which distributes throughout Costa Rica. This ancient, fermented drink is full of essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and probiotics, which are vital for energy, detoxification, and a balanced digestive system. They use high quality local ingredients to create a number of delicious flavor combinations.
Bioland is Costa Rica’s biggest mainstream organic food, health, and beauty company. They have a rather impressive product line and can be found in most grocery stores and pharmacies throughout the country. Their beauty and wellness products are inspired by the scents and essence of Costa Rica, such as coconut, aloe, coffee, passionfruit, cocao, lemongrass, and citrus. Bioland is also dedicated to the environment and has its own Bioland Raising Trees Program.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.