Going Green

    I often get asked whether there are good 'green' makeup or skin care lines on the market. With the full-blown trend of eco-chic taking the world by a continuous storm, I've decided to do a blog posting by request of a reader, on a few Eco-friendly brands.

    One of my all-time favorite brands that also has an eco-line is Cargo. I absolutely adore Cargo cosmetics (and not because I worked for them back in the day). A favorite of celebrity makeup artists and used on many t.v and film sets, Cargo has been ahead of trends in many ways (hello blu-ray makeup!). With their wonderfully sinful Cargo PlantLove, the geniuses at Cargo have developed an ECOCERT, environmentally conscious line of makeup. With extremely stylish 100% natural ingredients and biodegradable packaging, PlantLove is for the stylish eco-loving (or not) girl on the go. The Baked Illuminator ($28), a bronzer and blush combo, is a huge fan-favorite! I HIGHLY recommend you check out Cargo PlantLove, you most definitely won't be disappointed and you're doing good for the environment and yourself.

    Physician's Formula is another great eco-friendly brand that has been around for a long time. Being one of the first brands to carry eco-friendly make up and the very first to be ECOCERT certified, Physician's formula's makeup is environmentally conscious from the 100% certified organic ingredients to the paper (as opposed to plastic) packaging. Their line of Mineral Wear, talc-free makeup is also wonderful for anyone who prefers mineral makeup over liquid foundations or dry powders. The Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Jumbo Lash Mascara ($15.79) is perfect for anyone looking for a hypoallergenic, fragrance free mascara that also contains Physician's Formula's OrganiSoy and Eco-olive ingredients to moisturize lashes and shield lashes from harmful rays.

    Sejaa is supermodel (and Tom Brady's babymamawife) Gisele Bundchen's 100% natural-line of skin care. Being a huge advocate for environmental friendly products, she's the UN Ambassador for the Environmental Program (she even has her own like of eco-friendly flip flops!), Gisele's line is 100% natural by every stretch of the imagination possible. From the development to the packaging, Sejaa is the perfect skin-care line for someone who is environmentally conscious and a beauty maven. What makes the line even more perfect, she doesn't offer 100 different products. Rather, she's perfected the 3 products one needs for their skin and encourages trice daily use. The mud mask has had rave reviews and while it has a $56 price tag for a 2-month supply, if we think about how much energy (actual energy, windmills were used!!) and personalization was taken into consideration in production, you are absolutely getting your money's worth!

    Burt's Bees is amongst one of the best natural personal care lines out there. You can find Burt's Bees in just about any drugstore in Canada and in health food stores as well and for good reason. Making their products using as natural means as possible, Burt's Bees has been a pioneer for encouraging eco-friendly, environmentally conscious natural makeup and skin care. Where they began (home-made beeswax lip balm) to where they are now (full skin, body, hair care and makeup lines for adults, children and babies), Burt's Bee is a definite go-to for the environmentally and budget conscious girl ( guy or baby). My personal favorites are the tinted lip balm's, they give a wonderful hint of color on the lips while conditioning and protecting. At only $7.99, they're a steal!

    There are many eco-friendly, green makeup and skin care lines available. Even the conglomerate companies such as Proctor and Gamble and L'Oreal are developing environmentally friendly products within their lines because more and more consumers are asking for it. If the above mentioned brands are either out of your reach or you're a loyal customer to your current brand, don't be afraid to ask them (or me!) if they offer what you're looking for. Chances are, nowadays, they do.

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