We buy organic produce and refuse plastic bags in favour of reusable ones when we're at the grocery store; why not extend this same ethos to our beauty routines? In honour of this year's Earth Day, I challenge you to swap out one of your everyday products for an eco-alternative. Judging from the beauty goodies in this post, the hardest part won't be finding a product--it'll be stopping at just one!
1. Burt's Bees introduced me to the world of all-natural products with their beeswax-based lip balms and skincare. Try Burt's Bees Lip Shine ($9.99, available at drugstores) if you're looking for a yummy-scented, 100% natural lip gloss.
2. Consonant Organic Foaming Face Wash ($18, available at BeautyMark) remains one of my all-time favourite face cleansers: One pump removes oil, dirt, residue, and makeup without overdrying. The fact that it's organic is just icing on the cake.
3. I've had my Eco Tools brush set ($12.99-15.99, available at London Drugs) for 5 years now and it's still going strong. They're the perfect combination of quality and eco-friendliness (the handles are sustainable bamboo and recycled aluminum), and they're cruelty-free. The secret to making this budget-friendly buy last longer? Regular brush cleanings.
4. Vancouver-based ILIA Beauty is stocked by some of the most discerning retailers in the world, including Net-a-Porter and Colette. If you haven't experienced the label's creamy organic lipsticks firsthand, see what all the hype is about with ILIA's limited edition lip conditioner in 'Pink Kashmir' ($24), a pretty lavender-based pink.
5. The Eminence Organics Mineral Illuminator in 'Chai Berry Glow' ($36, available at Spa Boutique) adds subtle highlighting and a healthy glow without going overboard on sparkle or shimmer. The distinctive bamboo compact scores major style points, while the formula (infused with acai berry, green tea, and vitamins A and E) has anti-oxidant benefits.
6. I'm planning to stock up on Whistler Naturals Vanilla Silk Sugar Body Scrub ($13.98) for some pre-summer exfoliation. Raw plantain sugar, vanilla extract, and a mixture of natural oils make for a sweet-smelling scrub that sloughs off dead skin while moisturizing effectively.
7. Lippy Girl Lip Love Conditioning Stick ($8) is the newest addition to the pouch of beauty essentials I tote around in my handbag. Its mix of mint and eucalyptus oils is at once soothing and invigorating; I wear it alone or blot it on my lips before and after applying matte lipstick colours to fight dryness.
8. Giovanni 2chic Ultra-Moist Super Potion ($7.99) tames frizz and nourishes hair with a mixture of avocado, olive, shea, and sunflower oils among other natural ingredients. I worked 4 pumps of product through damp hair and used another 2 pumps to smooth fly-aways post-blow-dry. The result: shiny, manageable locks.
9. Spritz Pangea Organics French Rosemary and Sweet Orange Toner ($28, available at BeautyMark) on your face and neck after cleansing. The rosemary and sweet orange have anti-oxidant and calming benefits, while the cooling mist refreshes fatigued skin and moisturizes.
10. Tata Harper Refreshing Cleanser ($82.50, available at BeautyMark) is a rich, moisturizing cleanser that's gentle on skin and smells like an orange Creamsicle. I recommend using makeup remover to take off your face full of makeup beforehand, but once you do, this cleanser's anti-aging, deep-cleansing, and exfoliating benefits will give you a radiant, even-toned complexion.
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