So, you’re going greener and more natural – you’re eating organic, riding your bike to work and investing in some hemp clothing. You are on your way… well, except for the fact that you have a makeup drawer full of not-so-green cosmetics, never mind your bathroom cabinet stacked with lotions and creams with labels that might as well be in a foreign language.
But, you really do love your makeup and skin care products. Must you give them up? If you want to live a healthier life, the answer is yes. Mainstream cosmetics and skin care lines are often full of chemicals that not only penetrate through your skin, but also make their way down through our drainage systems and into rivers, according to the Environmental Working Group.
But don’t despair. There are options. Fortunately, for us beauty junkies, the green movement has been taking over the cosmetics and skin care industry for several years now. There are more and more lines and companies having less and less chemicals and synthetics in their products. In fact, it was a challenge keeping the following list of natural beauty lines down to five (we don’t want to overwhelm you!). Here are some lines to get you started, and keep checking back, because there are more to come:
The idea to create a plant-based skin care line was borne out of necessity for Katresha Moskios, who actually started out as a model and TV personality. After a bad car accident, her skin suffered quite a bit. In search for something that could help, she founded her line. Using certified organic herbal and flower extracts like calendula, ginseng and chamomile, the line includes the Face Oil, Rejuvenescence Creme, Eye Creme, Revitalizing Serum, The Cleanser, Cleansing Oil, Scar Oil and Special Treatment Body Oil. Her company is based in Laguna Beach, Calif.
Kimberly Parry’s line also sprouted out of something personal – but it was her daughter who needed skin care help. At the time, Parry worked in the corporate world, but as her baby suffered from skin rashes, she searched and searched for something that could help. She found it in nature in the form of herbs and essential oils. Since then, her line has grown to include a full skin care line for women, men and babies using natural and therapeutic ingredients like aloe, arnica flower, burdock, calendula flower, coconut and many more. The company sources from USDA certified farms, even boasting some products with the USDA Organic seal. The company is based in San Clemente, Calif.
The name pretty much covers this company’s philosophy – no synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances or colors, or other toxins. Their ingredients are food-grade and vegan (except for the cruelty-free honey). And all the cosmetics use fruit and vegetable pigments for their color. Since no synthetic fragrances are used, product scents are from fruits and essential oils. You’ll find a full line, including makeup, skin, body and hair care. The company’s United States headquarters are in San Jose, Calif.
Started by a couple of herbalists in California, this statement on the company website seems to sum up the philosophy: “We believe that you should never put on your skin what you wouldn’t put in your mouth.” The skin care line combines organic plants with organic, food-grade oils like coconut oil, and are not diluted with water, alcohol or synthetic additives. Products are free from chemicals, fillers, fragrances, genetically-modified ingredients, preservatives, synthetic ingredients and refined oils. The company is based in San Francisco, Calif.
One thing about going healthy, is that price points start to increase and not all retailers carry your new favorite product. Fortunately, Acure not only offers accessibility (many items are even available at Target), but affordability (products range to about $30) while promising that products are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances and preservatives, and artificial colors. They use fair trade, natural and organic ingredients. Plus, the company is committed to the planet through partnerships with environmental groups – including planting a tree through Trees for the Future for each body lotion sold and donating 10 cents to water.org for every hair care unit sold. The company is based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.