EZ Beauty: Go Green with Eco-Friendly Products

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Long gone are the days when looking for eco-friendly beauty products meant trading on quality or luxury.

Today, many brands are devoted to providing green makeup, skin care, and hair care for eco-concious beauties.

Live Clean Green Earth Invigorating Body Wash, $7.50, well.ca
The Canadian brand launched in 2007 with a mandate to produce enviro-friendly products using natural, plant-sourced or non-petrochemical based ingredients that are renewable and sustainable. This body wash, infused with organic botanicals of lavender and eucalyptus, will add a wake-you-up jolt to your morning shower.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream, $42, murale.ca
This brand offers a full range of skin care, hair care, and makeup products created with USDA certified organic ingredients, solar-powered manufacturing, and sustainable or recyclable packaging. It was also one of the first brands to offer a CC cream (“colour correcting” tinted moisturizer jam-packed with multiple skin-aiding ingredients) to the North American market.

Aveda Light the Way Candle, $14, Aveda salons and spas
Aveda is the first privately-owned company to sign with the CERES principles (a code of corporate environmental conduct), the first beauty company to manufacture with 100% wind-power, and regularly supports organizations that affect environmental change. All sales from their limited edition Earth Month Light the Way Candles will go to Global Greengrants Fund, a non-profit that helps channel grants to grassroots groups working to solve environmental problems.

Graydon The Green Cream, $30, ClinicalLuxuryByNature.com
This Canadian line of plant-powered face and body care products prides itself on providing a holistic approach to treating the skin. The gluten-free products are made using locally-sourced ingredients and do not contain fillers, toxic chemicals or artificial dyes or fragrances. The Green Cream’s claim? It’s salad for your skin, containing cold-pressed broccoli seed oil, as well as chlorophyll, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme essential oils.

Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Shampoo, $12.50, well.ca
Garnier’s Pure Clean lineup includes a shampoo, 2-in-1 shampoo, conditioner, gel, smoothing cream, and finishing paste that are free of paraben, silicone, or dye. Plus, the plastic bottles are made from PET Polyethylene terephthalate, a recyclable plastic.

Origins Plantscription Youth-Renewing Face Oil, $61, sephora.ca
Origins built its reputation on being a leader in skincare products that use natural and organic ingredients, as well as renewable sources. They also make an effort to use wind-powered energy and sustainable manufacturing practices, and encourage customers to return empty packaging that is then sent off for recycling.

The Body Shop Hemp Intensive Hand Butter, $20, thebodyshop.ca
This rich hand moisturizer is made with community fair trade initiatives: hemp seed oils from small-scale English farmers, honey from the Bale Eco-Region of Bezamar Ethiopia, and shea butter hand-harvested in Ghana.

Burt’s Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream, $13, well.ca
Burt’s Bees is well known for hydrating lip balms and treatments, but you can also get face washes, moisturizers, body washes, and various other skin care products from the brand. But the best part is its commitment to sustainability: their facilities are energy efficient, strive to use recycled packaging materials, and source ingredients responsibly.