This Sunday (April 22) is Earth Day. Recently, I’ve made a conscious effort to include more all-natural products in my beauty regimen, not only because they’re better for my body, but because many of them benefit the planet, too. With more evidence of global warming and the increased risk of losing some of our most precious animals, we need to ensure a sustainable future — and planet — for generations to come. If buying these products helps at all, I think that’s money well-spent.
Tarte Down To Earth Kit ($49, LE): This product makes me super excited. Not only do I love Tarte, but I adore the people behind this particular set! This kit was the result of a collaboration between Tarte and The Beauty Department, aka Lauren Conrad (we all know how much I love her!), her makeup artist Amy Nadine, and her hairstylist Kristin Ess. And not only that — this kit is amazing! Inside Tarte’s signature purple quilted makeup bag, you’ll find a few of their hallmark eco-friendly products (from left): LipSurgence Lip Tint in Enchanted, Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara, MutiplEYE Lash-Enhancing Liquid Liner, & Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blissful. And they’re all full-sized products! Such a deal. For every kit sold, Tarte will donate 20% of proceeds to The Beauty Department’s chosen charity, WineToWater, which helps people across the globe access clean drinking water. My advice? Get one now before they sell out. (Image via Tarte)
Prive Concept Vert Earth Day 2012 Gift Set ($58): Prive’s new micro-line, Concept Vert, contains 3 products free of sulfates, phthalates, and parabens. And they’re eco-friendly. The company created these products in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint and make a positive impact on our planet’s future. Everyone from Oprah to InStyle, Vogue, Vanity Fair, & Redbook editors are raving about these products! The brand is running a special Earth Day promotion: you get the 3 products in the Concept Vert line for just $58 in a limited-edition Earth Day Gift Set. The promotion runs through April 30, 2012.
Concept Vert Rejuvenating Pure Shampoo (individual sale price: $28) and Conditioner (individual sale price: $30) are a more natural solution to healthy, shiny hair. They cleanse and nourish tresses without harsh artificial detergents, but still foam into a rich, creamy lather. Formulated with Amazonian acai and babassu oil, this duo is safe for, and will even pamper, color-treated or damaged hair. This is the perfect pair for Hollywood hair on anybody, but they’re a necessity if you’ve recently had a keratin treatment. Plus, if you opt to reuse these bottles instead of recycling them, Prive will provide refills for you.
Concept Vert Volumizing Froth (individual sale price: $30) is a new non-aerosol mousse that pumps up locks to new heights without harsh sprays. It leaves hair soft, shiny, and bouncy…and it’s fun to use! The cream foams into a froth in the palm of your hand, and then you spread it evenly through damp hair before blowdrying. It’s like a regular mousse, but way more fun! (Images via Prive)
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque for Earth Day 2012 ($23, LE): Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask helps detoxify skin while visually shrinking the appearance of enlarged pores. Made with aloe vera and oatmeal, this soothing masque will help calm and protect skin as it improves its texture and appearance. There are 4 packaging versions of the product, each designed by a “friend of Kiehl’s,” including Florence Welch (Florence + the Machine), Mark Ruffalo, Rosario Dawson, & Spike Lee. 100% of proceeds benefit Recycle Across America, an organization that aims to eliminate confusion from recycling guidelines and implement standardized recycling labels on products. (Image via Kiehl’s)
Aveda Light the Way candle ($12): 100% of the purchase price of this candle goes to Global Greengrants, which funds clean-water projects all over the world. Since 2007, donations from this candle have helped more than 25,000 families access clean drinking water. Also, the candle smells amazing, like fresh lavender–very soothing. I buy one of these every year, and despite their relatively small size (compared to the full-size Aveda soy-wax candles), they last for quite awhile. (Image via Aveda)
And since we’re talking about adopting a more natural lifestyle, it’s a great time to start (or continue) incorporating natural beauty products into your routine. Organic products have come so far from their crunchy roots in health-food stores decades ago. Now, in addition to not causing us to get cancer or other horrible diseases, these products come in sleek, chic packaging — which is most of the time recycled. Here are a few brands that I really like, and that perform just as well — if not better — than their chemical-laden counterparts. Please excuse the long list; I like to give options!
- Sprout (skincare, with amazing packaging!)
- Josie Maran (cosmetics, skincare)
- Revolution Organics (cosmetics)
- Green & Spring (skincare, body care)
- Juara (skincare, body care)
- Farmaesthetics (skincare)
- Saipua (soap, candles – also, handmade in Brooklyn)
- Alima Pure (cosmetics)
- John Masters Organics (haircare)
- Amala (skincare)
- Coleur Caramel (cosmetics)
- Ilia (cosmetics)
- Tata Harper (skincare, aromatherapy)
- Dr. Hauschka (skincare, cosmetics)
- Brownearth (body care, skincare)
- Weleda (body care, skincare)
- RMS Beauty (cosmetics)
- Suki (skincare, cosmetics)
- Acquarella (nailpolish)
- Scotch Naturals (nailpolish)
- Moroccanoil (haircare)
- Jurlique (skincare)
- LEAP Organics (body care)
- Yarok (haircare)
- Living Nature (skincare, haircare, cosmetics)
- Vapour (cosmetics)
- Lulu Organics (haircare)
- Tallulah Jane (fragrance)
Have you tried any of these brands? I’d love to hear what you think of them.