For Earth Day, I wanted to figure out and share some earth friendly beauty products. After a little bit of research, and asking around, here are 8 really great products that support repsonsible packaging, have great giving back programs, are eco friendly with fewer preservatives and parabens, and support green initiatives in their communities. Whether you're a 100% eco girl all the time or a "naturalite" who loves eco but just can't be eco all the time due to a busy lifestyle, these products should work for you. I have to admit, I haven't tried any of them yet, but I look forward to trying each of them. Why not buy beauty products that are great and give back? It's a win-win for us all.
When it comes to being green, New York is way ahead of the game. Bond No. 9 is celebrating the great state’s environmental smarts with this metro-sophisticated eau de parfum in fresh green packaging. A percentage of proceeds is donated toward the State of New York’s “green” initiatives – park cleanups, preservation programs, etc. This product is the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day and spend your money where it counts! Price: $175, Available at Saks and BondNo9.com
Not only is it paraben and sulfate free, this incredibly unique product offers UVA and UVB protection all the while giving your skin a beautiful glowing tan. Packaged in a tube that is recyclable and 30% PCR, all Whish products are proudly tested on us, not animals™. It is no wonder The Skin Cancer Foundation has given the SPF15 Self Tanner its Seal of Approval. I've tried this product. It goes on really smooth, has a great smell, and the packaging is super high end. I am quickly becoming a WHISH addict! Price: $34.00 Available at from nordstrom.com.
We’ve all done our fair share of deeds that put us deep into karmic debt. Lucky for us all, Urban Decay offers permanent good karma credit with a variety of high performance, artist-quality, cruelty free, vegan and eco-friendly makeup brushes. Each brush comes encased in a magnetic box fashioned out of recycled egg cartons, the super-soft synthetic brush hair (doesn’t hold on to stinky bacteria the way porous animal hair does) is made from recycled PET bottles, and the sleek gunmetal brush handles are recycled aluminum. Finally, a brush line with actual names rather than numbers tells you which brush to use for what/where. Whether you are a makeup novice or junkie, there is a Good Karma Brush (12 in all) to suit any and every beauty need. Price: $20 – $39 each, Available at Macy’s, ULTA, Beauty.comand UrbanDecay.com
Unlike many beauty and skin offerings on the market, all Kari Gran products are created using natural, organic, sustainably-harvested materials to minimize environmental impact. While other brands are filled with harsh parabens, toxins and up to 80 percent water to preserve shelf life, Kari Gran breaks the mold by putting the environment, product quality and consumer satisfaction at the forefront every step of the way. Their Essential Serum is a potent blend of 15 plant and essential oils known for their nourishing properties, plus a boost of natural Vitamin E, providing customizable levels of moisture to the skin. The Essential Serum is the quintessential multi-tasker; it can be used twice daily, both as a morning and evening moisturizer. For a nightly treatment, double the amount you use during the day and apply it to the face, neck, décolleté and to the eye area for an allover effect. In addition, for women who use mineral powder foundation, the essential serum can be mixed in the hand with the make-up to create a liquid tinted moisturizer. Price: 30 ml or 50 ml bottles; $60 or $95. Available at KariGran.com
A facial crème that contains an exclusive, highly concentrated blend of Caudalie’s 3 star ingredients to yield firmer, more radiant skin. Its packaging is recyclable and 1% of profits from all Premier Cru products purchased contribute to protecting the environment under the 1% For the Planet movement. Local experts tell me that this brand is super environmentally friendly and an industry leader in being "green".
o Resveratrol-Oleyl - prevents Glycation
o Vinefrine - prevents dark spots
o Polyphenols – a highly powerful antioxidant Price: $155, Available at Sephora.com.
NSF/ANSI 305 Certified: made with at least 70% organic ingredients. Free of Parabens, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, Petrolatum, Artificial Colors and Phthalates. Tea Tree Essential Oil, Beta-Glucan, Aloe and vitamins soothe skin irritation for lasting scalp comfort and strong, shiny, healthy hair. Gentle plant-derived cleansers enriched with Beta Glucan, Vitamin E, Oat, Wheat Protein and Tea Tree Oil cleanse, purify and balance moisture levels for lasting scalp comfort and soft, touchable hair. Bottles made with 100% recycled materials. Available in 11oz and 32oz. Price: $10.50 each, available at www.avalonorganics.com
Free of Parabens, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, Petrolatum, Artificial Colors and Phthalates. This travel size 10 pack of towelettes delivers three steps to clean in one quick wipe. Gentle cleansers remove makeup, pore-refining Pineapple and Papaya enzymes break through oil and dull surface cells for a deep clean, and Aloe and Awapuhi tone and balance to refresh without tightness. Price: $2.99 (pack of 10), available at www.albabotanica.com
JĀSÖN® Calming Lavender Hand Soap
Free of Parabens, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, Petrolatum, Artificial Colors and Phthalates. This botanical wash gently cleanses and safely nourishes your skin with Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5. Our natural blend of calming Lavender and Aloe Vera relaxes your senses as it softens and balances your skin. Price: $9.49, Available at natural food stores, Whole Foods Market and www.jason-personalcare.com/
AHAVA’s Natural Dead Sea Mud is Eco-cert certified, ensuring that a minimum of 95% of its ingredients are natural or vegetable based, and at least 10% are organic. The highly concentrated formula is comprised of rich, black mineral mud, harvested for thousands of years from the Dead Sea, scientifically proven to deep clean the skin while restoring its natural moisture balance.
Price: $15, Available at www.ahavaus.com