Every woman on earth will agree to this. Makeup and beauty products are central in our everyday life, especially in this era, where video-tutorials and “how-to-do-this” lists populate our favorite websites and magazines. We use body lotions and foundations every morning before work and every night before bed, but does anybody really know what they’re made of and where they come from? Sure, beauty is central nowadays but so is our planet and we should make an effort to preserve it. And that’s where those beauty products labeled as “ethical” enter the game.
But what makes that new body lotion that looks so appealing ethical?
Even though it sounds like a lot of deep research, actually there are just a few easy guidelines that you can follow in order to understand if that’s the type of product that you want – or not – and it all comes from the label!
But beware: the ingredients that make up the beauty product you’re considering aren’t the only components in the “ethical” decision process. In fact, the business practices of the producer are also crucial in determining how sustainable a product is. As sustainablejungle.com points out here, the central characteristics of “green” ingredients are: organic & natural, cruelty-free, vegan and palm oil free. Instead, those regarding the business itself are charitable giving, resource management, ethical sourcing and thoughtful packaging.
If you keep these few elements in mind, it’s easy to find some good, sustainable products for your beauty routine and I have picked out some of my favorites for you!
Body Shop chamomile gentle eye makeup remover
This delicate makeup remover will keep cruelty at bay, since not only it is vegetarian but also vegan. It is very affordable and it also leaves a sensation of freshness on your skin after cleaning away even high quantities of heavy makeup. If you’re looking for something light and fresh before your night sleep, this is the cleanser for you!
The Ordinary Serum Foundation
What is great about this brand is that they really have our planet at heart. They make every effort to create beauty products with sustainable ingredients and be a sustainable business. This foundation isn’t only great for how well it conceals your skin, but also because it is eco-friendly. I guess it’s time to switch to a new foundation, isn’t it?
Fat And The Moon Hecate Lip Paint
This is some real plant-based makeup and I’m here to testify that it won’t disappoint you. Fat And The Moon is famous for its efforts to create makeup products without chemicals and they certainly are on top of the list of sustainable beauty products. This lip paint is great if you’re looking for a bold yet sweet color on your summer lips – and it’s all natural!
Camp Coconut Detox Face Scrub
What’s better than a detoxifying, renewing and coconutty face scrub? Camp Coconut has the perfect solution if you’re into natural and organic exfoliants! And what’s more, their philosophy is centered on benefitting your skin in the least harmful and most nature-derived way possible.
Aquarian Soul Dream States Massage Oil
The name actually says it all. After trying this massage oil you’ll feel so blissfully and peacefully relaxed that you’ll feel like you could fall asleep anywhere in just a couple of seconds. Organic essential oils and almond oil are the main ingredients that make up this fantastic and super sustainable product. Together, of course, with moonstone and amazonite (calming and relaxing therapeutic stones). Aquarian Soul is one of the best choices if you’re looking for an honest, green brand that offers anti-stress solutions, as they not only focus on how their blends affect your skin but also what impact they have on your spirit and mindset. Basically, this massage oil is a blessing for your body and for your mind too!
Good4You Plant Makeup Pink Rose Blush Powder
Makeup is great, but plant-based makeup is better! Good4You Plant Makeup uses local botanicals to create organic and sustainable beauty products that will not only benefit your skin -as they are free of harmful chemicals-, but they will also last way longer. Personally, this blush powder is in my top 10 list. It highlights your cheekbones – and even your eyelids if you wish – with a shiny and natural color that makes you feel like you’re not wearing makeup at all.