April 22, 2013

My Favorite Eco-Friendly Beauty Products

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I usually round up my favorite beauty products of the month but in honor of Earth Day I thought I'd round up my favorite eco-friendly beauty products. I'm still learning about ingredients in my products and other important environmental factors. I even hosted a "Green Your Beauty Routine" where I learned so much. Here are some of the products I love:

Zen Society has a great mission to not only create 100% natural products but to also give back to the community with a percentage of their sales. Was happy to have them sponsor our "Green Your Beauty Routine" event. I enjoy their lip balm and body oil.
Senica is all about holistic health and beauty. They don't want you to put products on your skin that you wouldn't ingest. As you shouldn't! I love their brown sugar body scrub... smells delicious! They are also very affordable for most products available in this category.
J.R. Watkins is a brand that is more widely available. I found it in Target. It began in 1868! J.R. Watkins Natural Apothecary line of personal care contains only natural, environmentally friendly ingredients from renewable resources, avoiding chemicals like parabens, sulfates, phthalates and more and, is one of very few lines to be certified by the Natural Products Association. I love their coconut/vanilla body mist to lock in moisture after a shower. I also recently received their hand salve in my April Birchbox

North American Hemp Co. are made in Canada that are paraben, sulfate, DEA and cruelty free as well vegan. I reviewed their Omega Deep Rich conditioning treatment and really enjoyed it. It was very lightweight but also conditioning. It was one of my first experiences with a "natural" hair product and I was concerned that it wouldn't live up to those sulfate products but it definitely impressed me.
In my March Beauty Product Favorites I raved about Avalon Organics bubble bath and in this month's InStyle magazine they were featured! Each of their products contains a minimum of 70% organic content from botanicals, extracts and essential oils. The comply with the the Consciousness in Cosmetics® promise. Their collection ranges from skincare to hair care to baby products.

For the nail polish lover there's Priti NYC. Their polishes are polishes are 5 Free & Vegan, completely non-toxic, and are free of toluene, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and camphor - all known carcinogenic ingredients. They are safe for children and moms-to-be. They are available in 100+ shades so there's a large variety which is difficult for most vegan polish brands. I am a huge fan of their nail polish remover wipes. They are 100% biodegradable, non-toxic, and non-carcinogenic, but it is also housed in an apothecary style bottle that is completely recyclable. They safely remover your nail polish all while moisturizing your hands.
S.W. Basics of Brooklyn (formerly known as Sprout). I tried their exfoliatant in my August POPSUGAR Must Have box. It's literally made up of 3 ingredients: Maine sea salt, oats, and almond. I loved using this product because it smelled like the sea. All their other products use as little ingredients as possible (at most 5). Very cool, sleek, modern packaging and if you live near New York - they're local!

The business practices of Hand in Hand soap are very similar to that of TOMS shoes in that for every bar purchased, Hand in Hand will donate a bar to save a child's life. Every bar 100% vegetable based, vegan, organic ingredients, gluten-free, biodegradable, palm-free & cruelty-free. Fair Trade USA certified as well as Natural Products Association certified. All shipments include carbon offset and eco-friendly packaging. Just a wonderful business with fabulous smelling soaps!
A new product I was just introduced to from the Love Your Smile Romio event goodie bag, which is PhoenixBotanicals. I got a sample of their Wild Mint Lip Balm and I'm loving it. The packaging is adorable and it's very moisturizing. It's made with yarrow & wild rose flowers, beeswax, organic olive oil, organic shea butter, organic peppermint essential oil, and vitamin E locally in New York. I'm definitely looking forward to trying more of their products!

What are some of your favorite eco-friendly beauty products?


  1. Ohh I love J.R. Watikins! Will have to bookmark this post and check out the others!


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