April is Earth Month, but in the world of beauty, going natural is a big deal everyday. Organic “all-natural” beauty products are everywhere, so if you’re interested in taking the leap, now is a good time.
These six product lines each have their own appeal, from USDA-certified ingredients to fair trade sources and low carbon footprints. Check them out and get a little greener.
We love Tay‘s awesome bamboo packaging, and the stuff inside the bottles is pretty great, too. Try the Botanical Water ($28) for removing residue left over by cleanser or masks.
Lip color often has all kinds of questionable stuff in it: lead, artificial preservatives, phthalates and other stuff we can’t pronounce. The lip conditioners from Ilia ($24), however, are gorgeous, smell great, and have none of those issues. They’re made almost entirely of hydrating, organically sourced oils, and the shades are truly outstanding.
Lots of nail lacquers these days are made without formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP, but Sheswai takes things a step further by incorporating more sustainable packaging (like their wooden bottle caps).
Saffron Rouge evaluates every ingredient so you donâ€™t have to. All of their products are made without the plastics, silicones, petroleum, artificial fragrances, dyes, and other unsafe ingredients found in most beauty products, and are guaranteed to give you results.
One of their best sellers, the Pure Care Coverstick ($21.95), is available in two shades and conceals blemishes as you soothe and treat them.
Dickinsonâ€™s Original Witch Hazel natural skin care products are your solution to healthier skin.Â 100% natural, Witch Hazel gently removes oils and impurities, leaving your skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated without the harsh or confusing ingredients contained in other toners.
Dickinsonâ€™s dates back to 1866 and continues to be the only gentle, oil controlling toner made from entirely natural Witch Hazel. Available online and at your local pharmacy. Budget-friendly. Great for all skin types.
Physicianâ€™s Formula has come out with the first ECOCERT certified organic natural makeup lines in the United States. The packaging is eco-friendly and the ingredients are 100% free of chemicals, parabens, and synthetic preservatives. They offer a small yet nice selection of products to help anyone in their mission to go green.
Other easy ways to turn your beauty regimen green is by â€œFinding products that are packaged and bottled in recycled materials is an easy first step,â€ says Danny Seo, an eco-friendly lifestyle expert and the founder of the Wholearth Beauty & Bath line. â€œThe symbol is usually right on the box, because companies want the bragging rights.â€
Look for products in containers marked with 1 or 2 on the bottom; you can recycle these with other household goods. Remove the caps since theyâ€™re a different type of plastic and can contaminate the load. Origins, Aveda, and M.A.C. will accept packaging for recycling, including harder-to-recycle plastics. See their websites for details.