Although cosmetics can work miracles for your appearance, they are often very harmful to the environment. This inconvenient truth first came to light in the mid-1970s when the public learned that aerosol hairsprays were responsible for the depletion of the ozone layer. In this day and age, many makeup products are still packaged in non-recyclable containers and release harmful toxins that can be hazardous to your health and the environment. Indeed, unless you’re a chemical engineering major, it’s hard to recognize any of the unfamiliar substances on many long makeup ingredient lists (even for several products that claim to be “natural” or “mineral”). But fear not, here are a few makeup brands proven to be eco-friendly:
With innovative and recyclable packaging (read: a lipstick tube made entirely out of corn) and completely organic ingredients, Cargo’s PlantLove Line of environmentally responsible cosmetics has endorsement from Ecocert, a leading organic certification organization.
Former supermodel Josie Maran launched her self-titled makeup line with the hopes of providing natural products that also possess a sense of “sophistication and level of luxury.” With ingredients like apricot, avocado, coconut cream, and chamomile, Josie Maran’s makeup formulas are eco-friendly and ethically manufactured. Her natural Argan Oil products will also do wonders for your skin.
Famous for its beeswax lip balm, Burt’s Bees labels every product with a “natural bar,” which notes exactly how natural that particular item is. Over half of its cosmetics are 100% natural, and all of them use organic coloring and reused packaging. The well-known lip balm is made of almond oil, lanolin, and of course, beeswax.
The Body Shop
The Body Shop is committed to providing eco-friendly products that are not tested on animals, and all of its paper packaging is the result of a continuous process of box-recycling. Its formulas include natural ingredients like shea butter and wild-harvested seaweed.
Certified by the USDA, Juice Beauty does not conduct animal testing and manufactures cosmetics in solar-powered and gluten-free labs. Its lip balm products are moisturizing without being sticky and add a perfect splash of color.
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