We should be mindful of what we put on our body as we are of what put inside of it. Parabens, phthalates and sulfates are some of the toxic compounds that we should avoid. They not only harm us, but they also harm the earth. Plus, with all the sophisticated, chic packaging around and superior-quality sustainable ingredients that actually deliver, being green no longer means we have to settle for natural beauty goods of a lesser variety. So to help us celebrate our gorgeous planet, we’ve rounded up a medley of environment-friendly primpers that are as pleasing to our body (and eyes) as they are to Mother Earth. Going green never looked so good.
Natural and nontoxic skincare is what this brand is about. Everything is formulated and manufactured by Tata at her farm in Vermont. Use this gentle, detoxifying treatment, consisting of five herbs—arnica montana, calendula, borage, meadowsweet, and alfalfa to keep your skin looking smooth and clear.
Tata Harper Purifying Mask ($65; tataharperskincare.com)
Youth To The People
This green brand is made with 100-percent recyclable packaging and cold-pressed vegan ingredients. The superfood blend of kale, spinach and aloe along with ultra-emollient sunflower oil can be found in its best-selling wrinkle-reducing eye cream.
Youth To The People Age Prevention Superfood Eye Cream ($35, sephora.com)
The Body Shop
The precious honey used in this mild soap is sourced from the Sheka rain forest biosphere reserve in Ethiopia, where the bee whisperers of Beza Mar are dedicated to maintaining the community’s traditional way of working with the black and yellow buzzers.
The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Soothing & Caring Cleansing Bar ($2.90; thebodyshop.com)
When it comes to mineral sunscreens, not all are created equal. Many sun shielders use a synthetic or chemical base, such as oxybenzone or retinyl palmitate. Promise Organic’s broad spectrum sunscreen boasts a pure 100-percent natural formula that combines zinc oxide, NSF certified shea butter and a blend of nourishing, antioxidant–rich essential oils and plant extracts.
Promise Organic SPF30 Coconut Sunscreen Lotion ($12.99; CVS stores)
We love browsing online through Nordstrom’s new Natural Beauty section, brimming with an ever-expanding, diverse selection of beauty brands that are paraben, sulfate and phthalate free. We especially love that it allows us to filter products by ingredients (or lack thereof). On a recent dive, we discovered Arcona’s Magic Black Ice, a powerful concoction of charcoal, black lava and Icelandic volcanic sand that exfoliates and clarifies. Plus, it’s made locally in small batches, so that it’s all-natural, cold-processed and paraben-free.
Arcona Magic Black Ice Volcanic Exfoliating Mask ($68; nordstrom.com)
This ultra-luxe face oil contains a host of naturally-derived and non-toxic ingredients, including a proprietary enzyme derived from salmon that helps control your skin’s oil production while creating a protective barrier against environmental pollutants and toxins. It’s also suffused with flakes of 24-karat gold that’ll melt into your skin, leaving it with an uber-rich glow.
Restorsea 24kt Liquid Gold Face Oil ($150; restorsea.com)
Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest fragrance is an entrancing, verdant-blend of rare, all-natural elements imbued with healing homeopathic and Aryurvedic essences.
Goop Fragrance Edition, Shiso ($165; goop.com)
Lanolin, a natural sebum found on sheep’s fur after shearing, is nature’s wonder moisturizer. Its unique molecular structure closely mimics our skin’s own lipids. Smooth this gorgeous-smelling lano-laden cream from the Land Down Under on your tips and toes to keep them soft and supple.
Lano Rose Hand Cream ($14.95; ulta.com)
This natural, vegan deodorant really works. Not only does it do your pits good, but it’s also good for the environment. The BPA-free stick applicators are made from recycled materials and are 100% recyclable.
Schmidt’s Naturals Geranium Sensitive Skin Deodorant Stick ($10.99; schmidtsnaturals.com)
Wipe that sweat away. These sustainably sourced biodegradable cloths, saturated with pure botanical cleansers, are a great way to refresh and rejuvenate your skin after an intense workout.
Avalon Organics Intense Defense Detoxifying Towelettes ($6.99; avalonorganics.com)
Éminence Organic Skin Care
Protect your skin while you sleep. Infused with a microgreens complex of potent sprouts, this lightweight gel purges your body of toxins and fights free radicals while you snooze.
Éminence Organic Skin Care Lotus Detoxifying Overnight Treatment ($74; buynaturalskincare.com)
We love using this antioxidant-rich, vegan conditioner as a co-wash to gently cleanse and moisturize our natural coils.
Inoar Vegan Conditioner ($26; inoarprofessional.com)