Natural Beauty Products: The Best Organic and Eco-Friendly Finds
Natural Beauty Products: The Best Organic and Eco-Friendly Finds
Rahua Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner
Rahua sources the Amazonian nut it’s named for deep in the rain forest through a program that supports women of the Quechua-Shuar tribes, noted for their lustrous hair. The brand’s latest shampoo and conditioner cleanses hair naturally, without stripping too much moisture from the hair shaft, by employing citric juices and astringent extracts of lemongrass and green tea.
Get it now: Rahua Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner, $32 and $34 at rahua.com
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Cane + Austin Retexturizing Treatment Pads
Truly one-step wonders, these exfoliating pads use 10% glycolic acid derived from sugarcane to simultaneously exfoliate, tone and moisturize skin. Fans (and clinical studies) report dramatic improvements in fine lines, sunspots and pore size after just one week of use -- and you can’t beat the easy swipe-on application.
Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Lavender
For years natural beauty obsessives sought out the holy grail -- an effective and guaranteed-safe deodorant -- with no luck. Then came this long-lasting, lovely-smelling formula from Lavanila, made with odor-fighters derived from sugar. Free of petrochemicals and parabens, it’s a gym-bag must-have we never want to be without.
Get it now: Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant Mini in Vanilla Lavender, $10 at lavanila.com
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Sans Activator 7 Body Oil
Dry-skin sufferers take note: This is one of the best, chemical-free skin products out there for beautifying the body. Precise levels of Vitamin A, omegas and baobab oil normalize whatever your epidermis is experiencing, from dry patches to sun damage and, most incredibly, scars and stretch marks -- all with a smell that’s divine.
Lots of blotting papers -- those absorbent miracles we keep in our purse at all times -- list mineral oil as a top ingredient. Not exactly what you want to use if you’ve ever had a clogged pore. But Tatcha’s papers are made of pure abaca leaf, no powders, no oils -- just as they have been for more than 300 years in Japan.
Get it now: Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers, $12 for 30 sheets at tatcha.com
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Josie Maran Bronzing Argan Oil
No one’s done more to convince us of argan oil’s beauty benefits than Josie Maran. The model and skin entrepreneur employs the antioxidant-rich oil in everything from cream blush to mascara, but it’s her bronzing elixir that has us most entranced. Just a drop or two mixed with moisturizer adds natural-looking radiance to a winter face or body.
Physicians Formula Organic Wear Lash Boosting Mascara
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Jurlique Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer
Jurlique’s gentle germ-killer is a far cry from hospital-style hand sanitizers. Instead of relying on harsh chemicals, the formula gets its antibacterial punch from a potent mint extract, while safflower proteins moisturize skin with each application.
Get it now: Jurlique Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer, from $6.50 at jurlique.com
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Kiehl’s Acai Damage-Minimizing Cleanser
This 100% organic face wash promises to wipe away not only dirt and makeup, but also the first signs of aging. How, you ask? The gentle sudsy formula treats skin with aça í extract -- the Brazilian super-berry is one of nature’s most powerful topical antioxidants -- as it cleanses.
Get it now: Kiehl’s Açaí Damage-Minimizing Cleanser, $24.50 at kiehls.com
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Coola Face SPF 30 Matte Finish Tint Mineral
Produced in limited batches in California, the cult-favorite Coola suncare line is always getting better. Case in point: Their latest tinted mineral formula with SPF 30. Packed with borage seed and evening primrose oils, it fights free radicals, smoothes on like silk and covers imperfections -- a true triple threat.
It may surprise admirers that the luxe By Kilian fragrance collection, with its gothic-glam packaging and sordid storytelling, is eco-friendly. But every bottled scent comes in a refillable vessel and the line’s perfume solids are made with the purest natural oils and extracts. We’re putting Love, perhaps his most unabashedly romantic creation (the olfactory journey starts with a mouthwatering marshmallow, detours into heady neroli and rose and ends with spicy coriander) on our Valentine’s Day wish list.
Get it now: By Kilian Solid Perfume in Love, $95 at aedes.com
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Ilia Beauty Lipstick
Perfect berry-stained lips are one of those elusive beauty ideals we’re always striving for, and this beautiful burgundy-with-a-touch-of-violet shade is one of the best around. Part of the all-organic Ilia lipstick line, it’s full of botanicals that soften and nourish your pout. (Extra eco points for the luxurious case, made from recycled aluminum.)
Francesco Clark, founder of Clark’s Botanicals, is justifiably proud of this powerhouse mask, which utilizes algae extract to strengthen skin’s connective tissue: “We’ve been working on this formulation for two years, trying to create one product that counteracts skin aging from several angles. Softening, smoothing, collagen-boosting, breakout-taming and tightening -- this mask really does it all.”
Why do even diehard natural beauty devotees head to the drugstore at the first sign of (shh...) dandruff? Chances are they don’t know about Davines’ two-step solution. Start with the calming, antibacterial shampoo, made with anti-inflammatory myrrh and sage, then style hair with the antibacterial gel, formulated with anti-fungal zinc pyrithoine, for flake-free locks.
Get it now: Davines Purifying Shampoo ($25) and Gel ($30); see davines.com for salons
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Vapour Organic Beauty Smoky Eye Tool
It’s an irony that we treat one of our most sensitive features -- our eyes -- with all manner of aggression, tight-lining the inner lids and messing with false lashes and glue, to name a few. But you don’t have to put down your pencils altogether to take a gentler approach: Vapour’s organic eyeliner actually moisturizes your lids, and is blended without the harsh adhesives found in traditional liners.
Not the foundation type? Weightless but packed with enough pigment to cover beautifully, this tinted moisturizer creates a diffused, natural finish that won’t settle into fine lines. (And it comes in nine shades -- many more than most tinted moisturizers.)
Extremely hydrating and nutritive (acai, silica, rose and hyaluronic acid are all in play), this substantial cream is adored by urbanites for its ability to “adjust” to changing weather and environments. From a sticky subway platform in summer to a windy waterfront in winter, your skin feels moisturized and protected, without any oily residue.
We used to have a strategic face mask rotation: clay on Monday to deep-clean, enzyme on Wednesday to brighten and exfoliate, then a hydrating formula on Friday to moisturize. But since this multi-tasker entered our medicine cabinets, packed with clay, enzymes and moisturizing extracts, we get the same array of benefits using only one product.
Get it now: Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, $55 at spacenk.com
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Gone are the days when "natural beauty" meant crystal deodorants and shampoos that left your hair limper than before you washed it. The latest generation of eco-friendly products are just as effective as their chemical-laden counterparts -- and they feel, smell and look more luxurious.