Organic, beeswax, mineral and other cosmetic types are some of the first things environmentally conscientious consumers turn to when shopping for cosmetics. Plant-derived cosmetics are getting attention as well. Interestingly, this is nothing new. Since ancient times, people have used plants to help enhance their looks. The Romans used plant extracts and essential oils when bathing as have other cultures around the world.
Many cosmetics today have all kinds of ingredients that are questionable. Toxic, synthetic chemicals are the biggest issue in the beauty industry today, so it pays to be smart and savvy when it comes to examining product labels. A great resource is the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, which rates popular cosmetics and personal-care products based on possible toxicity scores on a scale of 0 to 10. Buying natural cosmetics helps to eliminate the possibility that you are applying toxins to your body.Aubrey Organics is a brand that is rising in popularity for the quality plant ingredients in its products. The company has a vegetarian, vegan and eco-friendly line of skincare and makeup available in local health food stores and Whole Foods. The products are all handcrafted in small batches of only 50 gallons or less. The finished product uses completely natural ingredients and uses no petrochemicals or preservatives not found in nature. The company advertises themselves as being the first skincare company to be certified as an organic processor by Quality Assurance International of San Diego, a strict set of guidelines. Aubrey Organics is a ubiquitous skincare line that offers products for every member of your family.
PlantLove is a fine example of a line of makeup that combines simple ingredients with wearability. The cosmetic cases are another wonderful green effort on the part of the manufacturer as they are made from a biodegradable plastic, made from corn. The plastic is even compostable! Even the boxes are a renewable resource. Once you are done with the box, simply put it in your flower garden and be rewarded with fresh flowers. Sephora carries the entire line, which includes lipsticks, eyeshadows and more. All products have organic ingredients such as plant extracts and natural botanicals.Burt’s Bees is another noteworthy brand to try out. While the company is not completely plant-derived, it tries to use only minerals, beeswax, and plants in all of the products. The company is also cruelty-free and uses recyclable packaging. In their lotions, rich plant oils such as olive, coconut, mango, and others are used.