15 Beauty brands we can get behind

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The scoop on healthy, conscientious beauty products

Green Living is sharing ten fantastic eco-friendly beauty brands that you can feel great about adding to your beauty regimen. The best part? They’re just as effective as the top-sellers on the market. From a certified organic blemish treatment to all natural deodorant, these products won’t disappoint in the results department.

1. Tata Harper

Eco-sweetheart Tata Harper is serious about natural beauty. Her skin care line is vegan, cruelty-free, non-toxic and all natural, 100 percent of the time.

We love: Hydrating Floral Essence (US$65), a refreshing and moisturizing toner spray that helps hydrate your skin and give it a healthy glow. It uses key, natural ingredients like rose flower water, aloe leaf juice, witch hazel, beet root and more.

 

2. Vapour Beauty

Vapour Organic Beauty creates luxury performance makeup, made entirely from certified organic plants, minerals and vitamins. That’s it—no toxic chemicals, no parabens, no phthalates, no animal testing.

We love: Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation (US$48), a light foundation with a soft satin finish. It’s designed for all skin types, from oily to dry, and helps create an even complexion. Our favourite part? It’s made with 70 percent certified organic ingredients and 30 percent natural mineral pigments and vitamins.

3. Kahina Giving Beauty

Kahina Giving Beauty is a holistic line of organic skincare based on argan oil—a natural beauty secret of Morocco. Even better: the company donates a percentage of profits to support programs that improve the lives of the Berber women who produce the oil.

We love: 100% Organic Argan Oil (US$36-$82). Argan oil has had a cult following for a while now, and we understand why! Rich in Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and antioxidants, this miraculous product is light, non-greasy and smooth—leaving you with dewy, fresh skin. 

4. Cocoon Apothecary

Cocoon Apothecary is an artisanal skin care company that makes skin and body care products that are as good for your skin as they are for the Earth. All products are biodegradable, vegan, non-toxic and made with certified organics.

We love:  the Spotbuster Blemish Treatment ($13). Because even the best of us get zits, keep a bottle of this fantastic, 100 percent organic product on hand. Witch hazel, aloe vera juice, lavender and tea tree oil combine to promote quick healing, naturally.

5. Consonant

Consonant Body Organic Skincare is a luxurious and safe skin care line that uses only healthy, botanical and 100 percent natural ingredients.

We love:  Organic Foaming Face Wash ($18). It’s an all-in-one facial cleanser, packed with nourishing botanicals like teatree oil and grapeseed oil. It gently and effectively cleans skin without containing any nasty phthalates, petroleum ingredients, synthetic fragrances or paraben preservatives.

 

6. kaia naturals

kaia naturals is an innovative company that keeps both the environment and animals in mind. All products are cruelty-free certified and contain only healthy, natural ingredients.

We love: Juicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths ($15.50). Each cloth is actually three products in one—a cleanser, toner and makeup remover—made from 100 percent unbleached bamboo, natural ingredients and soaked in vitamins A, B12, C and Canadian honey. Bonus: each cloth is seriously seriously soft.  

7. Soapwalla

Soapwalla is an uber cool organic soap and body care company. It makes products that cleanse with natural, food grade ingredients, and never harsh, synthetic ingredients.

We love: Deodorant Cream (US$14), an all-natural, must-have for your beauty cabinet! It utilizes superfine vegetable powders, clays, and lavender, peppermint and tea tree essential oils to absorb moisture, inhibit bacteria and keep you fresh all day long.

8. I Love My Muff

I Love My Muff is a premium line of feminine hygiene products that use only the safest, most gentle ingredients for down there. All products are vegan, handmade, and free of harmful chemicals like SLS, parabens and fragrance.

We love: Pure Spray ($18). It’s a 100 percent natural purifying mist, perfect for after the shower. Beneficial essential oils are suspended in pure, distilled water for refreshing and healthy hydration.

9. Prtty Peaushun

We love: Prtty Peaushun Skin Tight Body Lotion (US$39), a genius product that conceals minor imperfections, evens out skin tone, enhances muscle tone and gives you a natural, flattering glow. It’s fragrance-free and uses 92 percent natural, raw ingredients. Yes please!

 

 

10. Ilia Beauty

Ilia Beauty is a natural cosmetic brand that’s filled with organic goodness and still performs above the rest.

We love: Wild Child Lipstick ($24), a vibrant red shade that lasts for hours. It contains safe, organic ingredients that leave your lips feeling nourished and looking fabulous.

11. Come Clean Cosmetics

Come Clean Cosmetics is a Toronto based company inspired by traditional beauty secrets from around the globe. It is committed to providing the purest and most effective natural products and only embraces ecologically sound products and packaging methods.

We love: Exfoliating Mitt ($39.99). Made of 100 percent natural fibers, this mitt visibly removes dead skin cells. It instantly rejuvenates, leaving the skin radiant and smooth.

12. Earthlab Cosmetics

Earthlab Cosmetics is a full makeup line for women of all skin colours, tones and types. Only the finest natural minerals and raw pigments are used, derived directly from nature and nothing more.

We love: Raw Mascara (US$22), a fantastic, long-lasting and silky mascara that provides all-day colour. It’s botanically enriched and contains no harmful preservatives that can damage your eyes.

13. Sigrid Natural Skin Care

Sigrid Natural Skin Care is a beautiful line of skin care products and perfumes made in the Ottawa Valley. The ingredients are sourced locally, 100 percent natural, whole and unprocessed.

We love: L’amour des Fleurs Perfume ($28), a scent reminiscent of an early spring morning and made of only the healthiest ingredients: grape seed oil, jasmine, magnolia, chamomile and rose geranium essential oils.

14. Arbonne

Arbonne creates personal care and wellness products with premium botanical ingredients. It has a commitment to deliver only pure, safe and beneficial products that deliver results.

We love:Bronzer ($39), a great way to give your skin a healthy, sun-kissed look without experiencing the harshness of the sun’s rays. It’s got key natural ingredients like licorice extract, lavender extract, chamomile extract, and vitamins A, C and E.

15. Green Beaver

Green Beaver is Canada’s largest natural and organic certified product line. It relies on pure, natural ingredients when formulating products, without the use of chemicals.

We love: Fresh Mint Shampoo ($10.99). This unique daily shampoo smells fantastic, is certified organic, gluten-free, vegan and biodegradable. Plus we adore star ingredients like organic Annapolis Valley apples, wild St. Lawrence Valley mint and Labrador Tea.