You definitely don't have to sacrifice looking good by going green with your beauty routine. To prove this point, I've rounded up an epic slew of natural beauty products to shop in honor of Earth Day so you can get all your eco-friendly feels on. Yay, mama earth!
Going green with your cosmetics isn't only good for the planet, but also serves you. As shared on Huffington Post, "Since 1938, when Congress gave the Food and Drug Administration limited authority over beauty products, cosmetics has been a largely self-regulating industry. Beauty manufacturers are required to ensure the safety of their cosmetics before they go on sale, but the federal agency has never defined safety, according to an agency spokeswoman." Insane, right?
This means cosmetics companies can put practically anything in your products, and unfortunately, they do. The Green Guide explained how you want to be extra-mindful in avoiding toxic cosmetic ingredients such as phthalates, lead, mercury, petrolatum, diethalonamine (DEA), formaldehyde, and parabens. They've been linked to causing various ailments from skin irritation to liver cancer. Yowza.
With Earth Day coming up on April 22, what better way to show the planet and yourself some love by checking out these eco-friendly natural beauty products? Just don't forget to recycle your old makeup after!
1. Eye Polish
Eye Polish, $28, RMS Beauty
These metallic eye polishes feature 100 percent organic coconut oil and raw mineral pigments.
2. Amongst The Waves Lotion
Amongst The Waves Lotion, $24, Olivine Atelier
This nourishing lotion is infused with organic aloe vera leaf juice and sweet lavender. Bonus points for the fact it's vegan and cruelty-free!
3. Makeup Remover
Makeup Remover, $10, S.W. Basics
S.W. Basics makeup remover is one of my absolute favorites thanks to its gentle blend of organic olive oil, sweet almond oil, and jojoba oil.
4. Spirulina Toner
Spirulina Toner, $30, EmerginC
Get all your nourishing algae feels with this incredibly effective natural spirulina toner!
5. Phyto-Pigments Liquid Lip
PHYTO-PIGMENTS Liquid Lip, $10, Juice Beauty
With fruit stem cell serum and cold-pressed oils, this natural high shine gloss is hard to beat.
6. Toxin-Free Nail Polish
Toxin-Free Nail Polish In "Betty," $10, ZOYA
Zoya's toxin-free nail polishes are incredibly hydrating and even safe to use right after removing a gel manicure. #Score
7. Hemp Moisturizing Body Wash
Hemp Moisturizing Body Wash, $6.02, Nature's Gate
This cruelty-free, vegan, and paraben-free is 100 percent budget-friendly and so soothing!
8. JuJu Bar
JuJu Bar, $28, Drunk Elephant
One of the most awesome products I've encountered this year, Drunk Elephant's JuJu Bar is packed with skin-friendly ingredients like thermal mud and bamboo powder.
9. Chocolate Whip Stick
Chocolate Whip Stick, $7.95, Lush
Almond wheatgerm oils are swirled with beeswax and cocoa to create a delicious and hydrating natural lip concoction.
10. Red Clay Scrubbing Masque
Red Clay Scrubbing Masque, $36, Teodora
What's extra awesome about this natural mask is how Teodora let's you pick between a more intense salt exfoliant, or slightly gentler sugar depending on what your skin needs.
11. Skin-Clearing Facial Wash
Skin-Clearing Facial Wash, $14, The Body Shop
For acne flare-ups, this natural tea tree oil cleanser provides a soothing treatment.
12. Lip + Skin Balm
Positive Seeds Lip + Skin Balm, $16, Soul-Sunday
With virgin organic coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, and essential oils, this balm glides on for the ultimate lip treat.
13. Cocoa + Cardamom Detox Mask
Cocoa + Cardamom Detox Mask, $22, Little Barn Apothecary
Sweet cocoa and spicy cardamom come together in this gently exfoliating mask.
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