Earth Day Beauty 2015

earth-day-beauty-2015In keeping with my Earth Day tradition, I’m sharing some products that celebrate the spirit of the day by being all natural. Some even give back to the environment or community. Purchasing these products will either safeguard your own health, or directly benefit specific environmental organizations.

aveda-light-the-way2015Aveda Light the Way Candle ($12): I buy one of these every year to support clean water charities around the world. All proceeds from this year’s candle goes to the Global Greengrants Fund, which supports clean water projects in communities across the world. The 2015 candle is blended with spices from Madagascar; it seems very autumnal to me, so I’ve tucked it away to burn later in the year. Also note: this year’s candle is smaller in size than previous years.

SW-creamS.W. Basics Cream ($32): This Brooklyn-based brand makes organic skincare products in small batches. Their ultra-hydrating all-purpose Cream is composed of just three ingredients: wild-harvested shea butter, extra virgin olive and coconut oils. It’s great as an all-over moisturizer. Five percent of every purchase (on all products) throughout April supports MissionBlue, an organization that works to improve oceans that are overfished, polluted, or home to endangered species.

kiehls-creamy-eyeKiehl’s Limited-Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado ($47): With labels designed by Elizabeth Olsen and Maggie Q. During April, 100% of net profits from these products (up to $50,000) will be donated to Recycle Across America, an organization advocating for simpler and more effective recycling procedures in the U.S.

kjaer-weis-cream-blushKJAER WEIS Cream Blush in Blossoming ($56): This organic line is expensive, but they offer an “Intelligent Refill System:” you purchase the full product and packaging once, and the company offers lower-priced product refills to save packaging. Founder Kirsten Kjaer Weis developed this cream blush to give you a glow that resembles the flush you get after working out.

drunk-elephant-shaba-complexDrunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum ($85; restocking soon): This newish (est. 2012) brand uses only non-toxic ingredients, yet they claim this anti-aging eye serum is almost as effective as Botox–without the needles.

tata-harper-maskTata Harper Resurfacing Mask ($55): This exfoliator is one of the best on the market. It just happens to be all natural.

scmidts-deodorantSchmidt’s Natural Deodorant ($9): Aluminum-based deodorants have a clinically-proven link to breast cancer. Yet, the majority of us keep using them because the “natural” deodorant options either don’t work, or are too hard to find. Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant is a solid cream formula that’s affordable, easily shoppable online, and totally not what you imagine when you think of natural deodorant…it’s luxe and performs amazingly! Available in spa-esque scents like Lavender + Sage, Bergamot + Lime, Cedarwood + Juniper, and Ylang-Ylang + Calendula.

soften-her-padsSoften Her {for men: The Soft Goat Beard Softener}: Disposable razors are clogging up landfills across the country. To cut back on trashed disposable razors, Soften Her developed a buffing pad that softens body hair, eliminates ingrowns, and exfoliates–all so you can cut back on tossing disposable razors. Each box of Soften Her ($12) contains 3 hypoallergenic pads that last up to 2 months each.

Want to see more all-natural beauty products? See my comprehensive list of Green Beauty Brands, and definitions of the terminology related to “natural” beauty products.

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