Green Beauty Brands

green-beauty-brandsI’ve received a lot of questions lately about whether certain “natural” products are truly safer. Due to the lax regulations on the industry, this whole issue is so confusing; you, as the consumer, really have to do your research to determine whether or not you want to purchase a certain product. And that research is incredibly time-consuming. I have been doing it little by little over the past few years, so I wanted to share it with you in hopes that it saves you some time.

I’ve curated a list of cosmetic, skincare, and body care brands that offer organic or naturally-derived products. This is the most comprehensive list I have to date, and has been compilrf over the past few years. Feel free to browse, and bookmark this page as a resource; you’ll want to revisit it in the future!

See the extensive list after the jump, along with clear explanations of terminology related to green beauty.

The brands on this list fall into at least one of the following categories: all-natural, botanical, chemical- or preservative-free, and environmentally sustainable. I don’t have the applicable categories listed for all of the companies below, but I did list the ones I do have info on. (When I started compiling this list years ago, I was only adding companies based on their compliance to one, of the below categories, and I wasn’t keeping track of them all.) But this is a great place to start your own research!

Here is a quick definition of each of those terms:

        • Organic: Products using 100% natural, whole, raw, and pure ingredients.
          Please note that there is no FDA definition of the term “natural.” If a product is labeled “natural,” it does not necessarily mean that it is; any company can label any product “natural.” The FDA does define “organic” and requires that companies be certified before labeling their products organic*.
        • Botanical: Products containing natural plant-based ingredients (such as aloe vera). Botanical products are usually gentle enough for all skin types.
        • Chemical- or Preservative-Free: Products free of harsh chemicals (such as pesticides, dyes, parabens, or unnecessary fillers) that are toxic or irritating to skin.
        • Environmentally Sustainable: Products that are made using natural elements and biodegradable materials that reduce waste, are better for the environment, or are easier to put back into the earth.

*There are rules that a product must comply with in order to be labeled organic. To bear the USDA organic seal, a product must be at least 95% organic. In order to display the “Made with Organic Ingredients” label, a product must contain at least 70% organic ingredients. This ranking is not as strict as the organic label. But, to make things even more confusing, beware: the industry is notoriously lax on enforcing this, and there are many companies out there who label their products “organic” when they are not. When in doubt, read the ingredient label. Companies by law must disclose all of their ingredients on the label, and you will see harmful ingredients listed there and can make a determination on whether or not you feel comfortable using it.

For more information on cosmetics and their labeling, visit the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. To find out how safe a specific beauty product is, visit the Skin Deep database.

The following brands fall into at least one of the above categories. Specific categories are noted where possible.

Know of a brand that fit into one of the categories, but isn’t on the list? Please feel free to add it in the comments.

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3 Responses to Green Beauty Brands

  1. Leah says:

    Would Lush Cosmetics be one of the categories above? I wasn’t sure, so I thought I would check with you! I love Lush products, but I don’t actually know if they are organic or not.

    • sugarsocial says:

      Hi Leah! Thanks so much for pointing out Lush. They are green in the sense that they employ solid eco-conscious business practices. They use organic ingredients where possible, but are not fully organic (and not natural)–it just means there are some organic ingredients in some of their products. Their products are mostly free of harsh preservatives.

      I’ve added them to list based on their environmental stance and sustainable business practices (and they are against animal testing, which is great).

  2. Kate says:

    Recently tried Deluxspa, look/feel very natural. Would Deluxspa fit right in this list under chemical free category?

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