Q: Is it safe to make my own skin care formulas using my own organic ingredients?

A: Absolutely! There are lots of good DIY books and Web sites that can help you concoct your very own all-natural beauty treatments. Check out 9 Easy, Effective At-Home Exfoliating Treatments and Dessert for the Skin: 10 Delicious DIY Skin Recipes to get started.

Q: If a product markets itself as “all-natural” or “organic” but doesn’t have an official certification on its package, can I still trust that it’s eco-friendly?

A: If you’re concerned about a certain brand, do your homework. Sometimes, companies choose not to seek out certifications for their organic products for good reasons. Check out their Web site and search for consumer reviews to help you decide whether or not it’s the eco-conscious brand that’s right for your regimen.

Q: I really want to have an all-organic beauty regimen, but I can’t afford to swap all my products right away. Are there certain products to prioritize?

A: Because of these formulas sit on the skin for extended periods of time, Sammy Davis of Good Housekeeping’s Daily Green recommends adopting organic face lotion, deodorant and perfume first.

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This spring, create a skin care routine that’s as healthy for the Earth as it is for your skin. With a growing market of green and organic products, it’s never been easier to blend eco-friendly formulas into your daily skin care routine. Read on for our top picks.

Spring is always the ideal time to clean out your beauty arsenal, tossing old expired products and swapping them with fresh, new formulas. This year, take advantage of the many organic and environmentally responsible beauty lines, which are available for all budgets and skin care needs. This article highlights our favorite eco-friendly finds.

Picking eco-friendly products

Since being “green” has become a popular lifestyle choice, many companies have decided to take advantage of this consumer trend by creating and marketing earth-friendly products. For this reason, it’s important to know how to distinguish an authentically earth-friendly formula from one that’s masquerading itself as green by using un-regulated terms like “all-natural.”

Good Housekeeping’s leading green consumer web site The Daily Green, offers some tips for what to look for on packaging so you can better choose products that are truly environmentally responsible:

  • Paraben and phthalate free. Phthalates are commonly used in plastic packaging (not limited to beauty products) while parabens are common preservatives that are widely used in skincare and cosmetic products. For both of these substances, scientific research has revealed potential cancer links, but the jury is still out as to whether or not there’s conclusive evidence that they’ll cause harm. Although many experts say that products containing phthalates and parabens are most likely safe, most agree that it’s best to avoid them when possible. 
  • USDA Organic certified. Considered a gold standard of eco-friendly authenticity, the USDA stamp of approval comes in two forms: “100% organic” indicates that all ingredients are certified organic, while the “organic” seal indicates that 95% of ingredients are certified organic.
  • Biodynamic. The biodynamic movement embraces a holistic approach to agriculture, promoting small-scale farming and food production that’s friendly to the environment by resisting the use of fertilizers and pesticides.
  • EcoCert. This European stamp of approval identifies products as being natural and organic while recognizing its production as meeting strict standards of environmental responsibility.

Eco-friendly finds

When it comes to finding the best, most authentically eco-friendly formulas, it can be hard to sort through the growing volume of brands available. We’ve done the homework for you; here are some of our favorite formulas to green your spring skin care routine:

  • For the face
    • Hydrate: Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer is teeming with healthy nutrients and vitamins, as well as anti-aging ingredients like peptides, DMAE, alpha lipoic acid, co-enzyme Q10 and SPF 15 to bring a healthy hydration that lasts all day.
  • For hair
  • For the body
    • Cleanse: Korres Basil Lemon Showergel quenches your skin with hydrating aloe and vitamins C, E and zinc to restore skin’s natural immunity while cleansing from head to toe.
    • Invigorate: L'Occitane Iris Eau de Parfum features iris essential oil from Italy, with a balanced woody accent for a daily scent that’s soothing, soft and subtle.

Spring your way toward green beauty

Spring is the season of renewal, painting the landscape with gorgeous shades of green. There’s no better time to infuse your beauty regimen with fresh, organically inspired formulas that are both eco-friendly and optimal for the health of your skin and hair.  


See also:

Spring Cleaning Fashion and Beauty, Part 2: Revamp a Crowded Closet

Natural Beauty Handbook

Exploring Eco-Friendly Skincare: 5 Top Brands

Keep it Natural, Baby: 10 Natural Skincare Products for Your Little One


L'Occitane Iris Eau de Parfum With Iris essential oil from Tuscany, this fragrance features the rich, deep scent of Iris, the velvety softness and freshness of the flower and the woody accents of the rizhome."
L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening UV Shield SPF 40 Immortelle Brightening UV Shield is a protective fluid which visibly preserves youth and brightens skin. Skin is protected against future signs of aging and is smoother and firmer, and complexion is brighter and more even-toned. "
Korres White Tea Facial Fluid Gel Cleanser Formulated with vegetable-derived soap substitutes, the White tea fluid gel deeply cleanses and refreshes, without dehydrating the skin."
Jurlique Lavender Shampoo Lavender Shampoo is a daily balancing hair cleanser that provides moisture and protection to each strand."
Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer This nutrient-rich moisturizer combines chemical-free, full spectrum spf 15 sun protection with a brightening hydroxy-acid complex of certified organic apple and lemon juices, age-defying peptides, DMAE, alpha lipoic acid, co-enzyme Q10 and vitamin antioxidants to revitalize and protect for optimum anti-aging benefits."

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