I’m writing for advice on eco-friendly/natural/organic beauty products and makeup. I want to incorporate some “green” products into my routine, but I don’t know where to start. I’m not interested in granola-crunchy stuff made out of hemp that smells like patchouli. I want high quality products that work as well as my regular products, but are also good for my body and the earth. Please share any favorite brands or products. Thanks.
PS – I’m a big fan – so basically whatever you recommend, I’m going to buy.
There are definitely great eco-friendly, organic beauty products out there for you to use and enjoy – and I think in the future we’ll be seeing a lot more beauty companies going green as well.
One of my personal faves is Josie Maran Cosmetics. Her line of makeup is very eco-friendly and the products deliver beautifully as true makeup should. Aside from being good for our environment, Josie’s makeup has tons of benefits for your skin. Most of her products are made with Argan Oil which, thanks to Josie, is becoming very popular for its healing abilities.
As a makeup artist working on sets and photo shoots, I tend to use product that has great pigment and textures over products that are eco-friendly or organic. But Josie’s line totally delivers. Of course, I have to mention the Bear Naked Wipes that I can’t live without. They are, hands down, the best makeup wipes ever! Other great natural brands I like are Tarte, Korres and Bare Escentuals.
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If the thought of sticking your bacteria-laden fingers in a pot of lip balm/gloss doesn’t appeal to you, I have an excellent (and economical) solution.
New Lip Balm Smooth Spheres from eos have this cool, ergonomic packaging that bridges the gap between high-end lip balms and chapsticks. And the USDA certified organic formula is enriched with hydrating ingredients (Vitamin A, shea butter, and jojoba oil). Available in three delish flavors (Summer Fruit is my fave…and it’s pink, natch), these balms will only set you back a couple of bucks.
I love ’em. Chuck Bass loves ’em. You (and your wallet) are gonna love ’em too!
Lip Balm Smooth Spheres are now available at evolutionofsmooth, drugstore.com and will soon be available at Walgreens (July), Rite Aid (July), SpaceNK (August) and Duane Reed (August).
One of my new favorite brands, 100% Pure, has a new line for the kiddies. Sold exclusively at bathandbodyworks.com, products include 2-in-1 Hair & Body Foam, Body Cream and Bubble Bath in yummy scents like Strawberry Ice Cream.
The line is made from the highest quality, organic, all-natural ingredients to give skin all the nourishment it needs; no synthetic chemicals, harsh detergents, artificial fragrances, toxic preservatives or any other harmful ingredients that can irritate sensitive skin are used.
And because the future belongs to the children, all 100% Pure Organic Kids formulas are biodegradable, feature labels printed with soy ink, and come in recyclable packaging made mostly from post-consumer recycled plastic, glass or aluminum. Plus, the entire collection is vegan, natural and food-based, with no ingredients or products that are tested on animals.
For my review of 100% Pure’s adult offerings, click here.
I recently discovered Saffron Rouge, the premiere online destination for organic skin care, cosmetics, and aromatherapy in North America. Saffron Rouge is comprised of a team of organic beauty experts headed by husband and wife team Jeff and Kirstin Binder, whose mission is to provide customers with one-stop shopping access to the finest organic skin care and aromatherapy products from around the world.
One of the most exciting features at Saffron Rouge is their incredible offering of beauty samples – choose from a library of over 150 products!
The number of free samples you can request is based on your order total so the more you order, the more samples you can choose.
$1 – $74.99 & choose 2 free samples
$75 – $199.99 & choose 3 free samples
$200 – $299.99 & choose 4 free samples
$300 or more & choose 5 free samples
Founder Kirstin also writes a sassy bi-weekly blog.
Visit Saffron Rouge at saffronrouge.com.