From green-eyed monsters to green thumbs, the color green has been popping up in recent years to describe different ways of life - and, thanks to the change in the beauty industry, the color green can look good on everyone. Green cosmetics, that is. Here are some of the best eco-friendly beauty brands that will not only make you look and feel beautiful, but help the environment as well.
When it comes to eco-friendly beauty brands, Aveda is a leader on the board. The company is well known for their nature-inspired products, which include hair care, skincare, makeup and even perfume. Aveda strives to connect beauty, environment and overall well-being into one existence while giving back to the world of beauty and the world as a whole. 90% of their essential oils and 89% of their raw organic ingredients are organic certified, assuring you that you are indeed getting an eco-friendly beauty product. The eco-friendly effort doesn’t stop with the product—it also goes into the product packaging. You’ll love the fact that Aveda’s beauty products are 100% post consumer recycled (and 100% of manufacturing energy comes from certified wind power.) Aveda is the first of its class in several green pioneering efforts and can be considered a poster child for a superb eco-friendly brand.
Burt's Bees is committed to natural materials - from their 99% natural formulas (about half of their line is 100% natural), their Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) packaging, and their commitment to preserving animal and human rights with free-trade and fair working conditions. Burt's Bees' biggest goal is to be "the greenest personal care company on earth," which they're hoping to achieve by 2020 with a variety of initiatives - including becoming a carbon-free company that operates on 100% renewable energy. They want no waste in landfills, and they want their manufacturing facilities to be LEED certified. Burt’s Bees puts great effort in assuring that their packages are designed specifically to hold just enough product before it expires to avoid consumers throwing out half-used product.
If you’re familiar with Dubai, you know they have some amazing attractions—so it only makes sense that they are also responsible for an equally astonishing green cosmetics brand. Shiffa Dubai Skincare is a beauty brand focused on providing holistic skincare products (both organic and natural,) in the form of luxury cosmetics for face, body and hair. All awesome eco brands have a similar philosophy, which is to give back while being environmentally conscious. Along with this mentality, Shiffa also seeks to heal based on the principals of dermatology. The brand uses a variety of unique and beneficial natural ingredients: African shea butter, Lebanese orange blossoms and Egyptian jasmine.
Live Native claims to produce some of the purest and most nutritious range of skincare products on the market today, and this just might be the case. With a strict promise to never include artificial coloring, preservatives, synthetic fragrances and many other less than natural ingredients in their products, all of Live Native’s ingredients are harvested without heat to assure that consumers are getting the beneficial nutrients that all natural occurring organisms carry.
Elemental Herbology is an excellent example of an eco-friendly cosmetic brand that combines science with nature. High-performing bioactive ingredients meet plant oils that provide an abundance of vitamins, proteins and mineral extracts. This combination helps revitalize damaged skin and protect against harmful environmental aggressors and signs of aging.
Everything that they make - from their masks to their lip glosses, use only biodegradable ingredients. This means no mineral oils or silicones, recyclable packaging, and eco-friendly manufacturing practices such as using a steam generator to heat their facility, rather than electrical heating.
Tarte’s line features wholesome, natural ingredients. Take their wildly popular cheek stain, for instance, which is a water-based formula with "Skinvigorating" ingredients like a T5 Super Fruit Complex (goji, acai, maracuja, acerola, and pomegranate) and mineral-derived pigments. No parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or petrochemicals.
Most of the lip colors from Jane Iredale are vegan and gluten-free. Their mineral makeup collection, in general, is designed to be as healthy as possible for your skin.
Yes to Carrots
This is a fantastic skincare line that's packed with organic fruits and veggies with no parabens, petroleum, SLS, and phthalates. They have four different lines: carrots to "nourish", cucumbers to "soothe," tomatoes to "clear," and blueberries for "age refresh."
Juice Beauty is committed to using certified organic ingredients, as well as applying their Eco Values to every aspect of production - including manufacturing with solar energy, packaging with recycled paper and soy ink, and supporting USDA certified organic farmers. Plus their products are as effective as they are healthy.
Earth Day doesn’t have to be just one day a year—especially not when you wear your skin 24/7. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder but nature is all around us. Take advantage with eco-friendly cosmetics that are just as amazing as they are healthy—for both you and the world you live in.
Our skin can absorb over 60% of what we put on it - that goes for moisturizers, foundations, even lipstick.
What is your skin absorbing?