Seven Natural and Eco-Friendly Beauty Products for Earth Day
Au naturale is a scary term for most fashionistas. But fear not, going natural doesn’t necessarily mean forgoing razors and using forged berries as a lip stain. There are plenty of amazing beauty products on the market right now boasting organic ingredients and environmentally friendly practices. Celebrate Earth Day this year by clearing your skin care and cosmetics case of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, and replacing them with these all-natural eco-friendly products that will have you looking gorgeous without the guilt. Not only will your skin thank you, but the planet will, too.
This indie beauty label has become a fast favorite of eco-conscious beauty addicts. Milk Makeup is paraben-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. Their creamy color stick doubles as an easy cheek stain and lip color, and with luxe ingredients like mango butter, peach nectar, and avocado oil, it slides on and blends like a dream.
Milk Makeup “Lip + Cheek” color stick, $24, Sephora.
Vapour Organic Beauty
Every Vapour beauty product is guaranteed completely natural, chemical-free, and cruelty-free. Their products are even made in a factory run by wind-power (talk about a serious Earth Day bonus). This organic foundation is packed with anti-oxidants and luxurious natural oils for an ultra-soft and even finish.
“Atmosphere” luminous foundation, $44, Vapour Organic Beauty.
We hate to break it to you, but that perfume you’ve been spritzing on every morning is most likely made in a lab (popular “notes” like musk can only be made synthetically). The Clean line of “Reserve” fragrances are made with raw ingredients that have been harvested from Southeast Asia via eco-conscious extraction methods. We love the “Warm Cotton” scent, which is delightfully simple, clean, and bright.
Clean Reserve “Warm Cotton” fragrance, $90, Sephora.
We know Burt’s Bees for the simple, colorless beeswax lip balms, so we were shocked by this amazing long-wear moisturizing lipstick. The color is super-saturated and glamorous, and like all Burt’s Bees products is natural and recyclable. Plus, the company has a no-nonsense commitment to their eco-footprint; they publicly set sustainability goals for their ever-growing business.
Burt’s Bees lipstick, $9, Whole Foods.
Nail polish is typically filled with harmful toxins like formaldehyde and phthalate. Côte offers polish completely free of these ingredients and glides on just as evenly as your favorite nail salon bottles. And for those of us that like to stock a full collection of colors at home, the vegan and cruelty-free nail polishes come in every hue from metallic gold to pearlized blue.
“No. 27” nail polish, $18, Côte.
Origins is a standout natural skin care line, so it’s thrilling to see a new Earth Day shopping initiative debut on their website. If you spend $65 on their website today, you’ll get a free “Perfect World” moisturizer with your purchase to help defend your skin against environmental damage. And that’s not it for this purity-focused brand: today, every time you use the hashtag #KissThePlanet and tag Origins, the company will plant a tree. One of the items in our cart? This shimmery self-tanner that provides instant sun-kissed color.
“The Great Pretender” shimmery self-tanner, $24, Origins.
Named for a restorative oil derived from a nut found in the Amazon Rainforest, this line of completely natural hair and skin care products is like magic. This organic and environmentally friendly volumizing spray gives a pleasant bouncy finish with no gross residue.
“Voluminous Spray,” $32, Rahua.