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"Green" Your Beauty Routine With These Natural Products

Thinking about making the switch to natural beauty products? Whether you're concerned about the potentially-harmful chemicals in conventional products or you're simply seeking a more eco-friendly choice, try one of these products that harness the power of nature rather than relying on chemicals to combat your trickiest beauty dilemmas.

By: Kristen Klein

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  • Shampoo & Conditioner: The Wonder Seed

    Shampoo & Conditioner: The Wonder Seed

    Key ingredient: Hemp seed oil

    This blend of essential oils and extracts cleanses your hair without stripping natural oils, making your hair look better than ever. The secret ingredient — hemp seed oil — is jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which penetrate each strand to nourish and enrich your hair ($15.95, thewonderseed.com).

  • Hair Mask: Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!

    Hair Mask: Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!

    Key ingredients: Avocado, sweet almond, rosehip, and argan oils

    Give your hair a treat with this intensive hair mask! The blend of oils , keratin proteins, soothing aloe, and vitamins B5, D, A, E, and biotin helps repair dry, damaged hair. My hair felt silky smooth and looked so much more healthy after just one treatment ($26, sephora.com).

  • Face Wash: Organic Doctor Dead Sea Mineral Face Wash

    Face Wash: Organic Doctor Dead Sea Mineral Face Wash

    Key ingredients: Dead Sea mineral salt, aloe vera

    The Dead Sea has long been said to have healing properties, but you don't need to travel to the Middle East to reap its benefits — this facial cleanser harnesses the power of the sea to deep-clean your pores. It leaves your skin feeling refreshed without overdrying ($12.99, vitaminworld.com).

  • Face Scrub: Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser

    Face Scrub: Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser

    Key ingredient: Sugar 

    Many traditional exfoliating treatments contain plastic microbeads, which are washed down the drain and polute our waters; instead, look for a product that uses a substance that fully dissolves in water, like sugar or salt. Suki's cleanser uses finely-ground sugar crystals that melt into your skin to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. The proprietary blend of TLC-colloidal oat™ and lemongrass oil sooth and purify your skin while also providing a pleasing scent ($32.95, sukiskincare.com).

  • Face Mask: SongCroft Naturals Coconut Milk & Honey Replenishing Mask

    Face Mask: SongCroft Naturals Coconut Milk & Honey Replenishing Mask

    Key ingredients: Coconut, oats, and honey

    Unlike most face masks, this one is packaged as a powder — just add water before you apply it. This eliminates the need for preservatives and also cuts down on waste (did you know that most beauty products you purchase are 80% water?). Harnessing the natural moisturizing power of coconut, the soothing capabilities of oats, and the antibacterial properties of honey, this face mask will make your skin glow ($16, songcroftnaturals.com).

  • Body Wash: SheaMoisture Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Head-to-Toe Wash & Shampoo

    Body Wash: SheaMoisture Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Head-to-Toe Wash & Shampoo

    Key ingredients: Shea butter, coconut oil, argan oil

    If you have young children, one huge benefit to using natural products is that you don't need to use separate products on them; the same body wash you use for yourself can also be used on your baby, saving valuable shelf space in your shower. I originally bought this wash for my baby, but it smells so wonderful that I started using it on myself as well ($9.99, sheamoisture.com).

  • Body Scrub: Yes to Coconut Polishing Body Scrub

    Body Scrub: Yes to Coconut Polishing Body Scrub

    Key ingredients: Sugar, coconut shells

    You'll feel like you've been transported to a tropical island with this wonderfully moisturizing scrub from Yes To, which uses sugar and coconut shells to slough off dead skin cells, while sweet almond and coconut oils moisturize your skin ($7.99, yesto.com).

  • Bar Soap: Clenapure Olive and Oats

    Bar Soap: Clenapure Olive and Oats

    Key ingredients: Coconut, olive, soybean, and palm kernal oils, shea butter, oatmeal

    Bar soap often gets a bad rap for being overly drying — but natural soaps are a different story. This blend of oils, shea butter, and oatmeal soothes your skin while gently cleansing it ($6.50, clenapure.com).

  • All Purpose Soap: Dr. Bronner

    All Purpose Soap: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps 18-in-1 Castile Soaps

    Key ingredients: Coconut, palm kernel, olive, hemp, and jojoba oils

    This organic castile soap touts 18 different uses, from hair care to body wash to household cleaning and even pest control in the garden. Each of the seven scents utilizes a different essential oil, and there's also an unscented/mild version that's gentle enough for a baby's delicate skin ($10.99 for 16 oz., drbronner.com).

  • Daily Body Lotion: Weleda Wild Rose Pampering Body Lotion

    Daily Body Lotion: Weleda Wild Rose Pampering Body Lotion

    Key ingredients: Jojoba seed and rosehip seed oil

    This fast-absorbing lotion will keep your skin looking, feeling, and smelling great all day long. Rosehip seed oil is rich in antioxidants; vitamins A and E fight free radical damage and promote new cell growth, while fatty acids nourish your skin and promote elasticity ($16.50, usa.weleda.com).

  • Intensive Moisurizer: Shea Yeleen Lavender Honeysuckle Body Butter

    Intensive Moisurizer: Shea Yeleen Lavender Honeysuckle Body Butter

    Key ingredient: Shea butter

    A little bit goes along way with this incredibly rich formula. Packed with unrefined shea butter (one of nature's best moisturizers), this body butter can smooth even the roughest, driest skin on your body. Lavender and honeysuckle essential oils provide a light and pleasant natural fragrance ($19, sheayeleen.com).

  • Foot Cream: The Solid Bar Company Organic Chocolate & Peppermint Foot Lotion

    Foot Cream: The Solid Bar Company Organic Chocolate & Peppermint Foot Lotion

    Key ingredients: Organic beeswax, cocoa butter, coconut oil, shea butter

    Get your feet ready for your gorgeous wedding shoes with this solid lotion, which combines nature's best moisturizers into one highly-concentrated bar. The raised bumps give you a wonderfully relaxing foot massage as you apply the lotion, and it smells good enough to eat. Its solid state makes it more eco-friendly (it's packaged in a reusable metal tin rather than a plastic bottle) and perfect for air travel — the 3 oz. restriction doesn't apply to bars ($13.45, thesolidbarcompany.com).

  • Deodorant: PiperWai

    Deodorant: PiperWai

    Key ingredients: Activated charcoal, coconut oil, magnesium

    Finding a natural deodorant that actually works isn't easy, but PiperWai gets the job done. Conventional antiperspirants use aluminum to block your sweat ducts; most natural deodorants don't provide any wetness protection — they just work to neutralize odor — but the ingredients in this product form an invisible shield between your skin and shirt that keeps you dry, while a blend of 11 essential oils keeps you smelling fresh ($12, consciousbox.com).

  • Sunscreen: Block Island Organics

    Sunscreen: Block Island Organics

    Key ingredients: Zinc oxide, titanium dioxide

    Unlike traditional sunscreens, where chemicals (like the controversial oxybenzone) are absorbed into the skin to provide sun protection, mineral sunscreens sit on top of the skin to create a physical barrier against UVA and UVB rays. This lightweight, non-greasy sunscreen rubs in clear (unlike many mineral sunscreens that leave a chalky residue behind), and it's water resistant for up to 40 minutes ($24.99, blockislandorganics.com).

"Green" Your Beauty Routine With These Natural Products

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