“My best beauty secret is raw vegetables,” iconic Hollywood star Gloria Swanson once told Weekly World News. “I apply them on my face and make sure I eat them regularly. As far as I’m concerned, there is no beauty product better than raw vegetables.”
Okay. While we can’t deny Swanson was one of the most glamorous women ever to grace the silver screen, we’re not sure how we feel about mashing up an organic carrot and using it as a hydrating face mask.
There is, however, a lot to be said about paying attention to the ingredients in your makeup and skin care products. You don’t have to make the switch to a complete au naturale routine, but you do deserve to know the truth about what you’re applying to your skin.
With that in mind, we rounded up five of our favourite eco-friendly makeup brands. Not only are these brands great for the environment, but they’re also filled with ingredients you can pronounce. Cheers to that.
1. The Body Shop
What’s not to love about The Body Shop? The British-born company has been making waves as a “force for good” since its launch in 1976, beginning with its game-changing Against Animal Testing core value. Fast forward to today. The Body Shop continues to harness the skills of artisan farmers from across the globe to create makeup and body products using only the finest raw ingredients. Values like these are kinda hard to ignore, right?
Natural beauty brand Aveda has made a “green ingredient” promise to its customers. To keep that pledge, Aveda uses only naturally-grown ingredients in its products, and approximately 90% of those ingredients are organic. Bonus: Every year, in April, Aveda produces a limited-edition Light the Way Candle, which helps protect clean water around the globe.
3. Burt’s Bees
An eco-friendly makeup brand that’s as sweet as honey? Sign us up. Yes, Burt’s Bees is dedicated to using natural materials and ingredients, and because of this, up to 99% of its products can be considered completely natural. Even better, the American-born company ships every product in recycled packaging while also pledging to donate 10% of all online sale revenues to its foundation.
Any makeup brand born on the sunny Greek island of Naxos, surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea, is alright by us. With that in mind, say hello to Korres. Korres uses only biodegradable ingredients and recyclable packaging. Better yet, every product features locally-sourced ingredients. If you’re not already sold, find your nearest Korres product and breathe in. The sweet, summery scents will woo you, we promise.
You’ll always know when you’re near a L’Occitane store due to the irresistible scent oozing from within its four walls. That smell comes from the L’Occitane’s signature ingredients, including lavender and almonds sourced from the fields of Provence and rare Immortelle flowers planted on a sustainable organic farm in Corsica. By harvesting ingredients from its farms, L’Occitane bypasses chemical fertilisers and preservatives and maintains its reputation as an eco- and- environmentally-friendly brand.
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