Best Health’s 2014 green beauty roundup

The green beauty business just keeps on growing. Check out these eco-friendly beauty picks in every category

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Give your makeup bag an eco makeover

What a difference a few years make. We’ve featured eco-friendly beauty products in Best Health from our start, and since then have seen an explosion of choices, from body-care products to more makeup and luxury anti-aging options. Many are on drugstore and supermarket shelves­-remember when you could find them only at health-food stores? Our annual roundup includes many shades of green; after all, consumer preferences vary widely. (FYI: These picks are paraben-free except where noted with an asterisk.) Enjoy!

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Dr. Roebuck’s Face (BPA-free), $60, 100 mL

Tata Harper Boosted Contouring Serum (all-natural), $185, 30 mL

Alba Botanica Natural Acne Invisible Treatment Gel (organic ingredients), $12, 14 g

Korres Greek Yoghurt Moisturizing Face Cream (petrolatum-, mineral- and silicone-free), $42, 39 mL

Live Clean (Fresh Face) Anti-Aging Recovery Balm (organic cotton thistle; silicone- and mineral-oil free), $23, 50 mL

Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Capsules (natural), $48 for 30

Cocoon Eyewaken Eye Cream with organic argan oil, $20, 30 mL

Laboratoire Dr. Renaud Radiance White Overall Brightening Emulgel (natural ingredients), $65, 50 mL

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Cleansers, toners, masks

Masker Aide Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask (free of dyes, pigments and mineral oil), $6, 23 g

Consonant DHE Mask with Manicouagan clay from Quebec, $45, 75 mL

Bio Beauté by Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Foam (organic), $19, 150 mL

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil with fair-trade camomile oil, $16, 200 mL

Lush Let the Good Times Roll Facial Cleanser (vegan), $13, 100 g

Jurlique Balancing Foaming Cleanser (natural ingredients), $39, 200 mL

Giovanni D:tox System Purifying Facial Mask with activated charcoal (cruelty-free), $13, 113 g

Beyond Organature Balancing Toner with organic argan oil, $10, 150 mL

Aubrey Green Tea & Ginkgo Facial Cleansing Lotion (cruelty-free), $16, 237 mL

Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil Gel with camellia oil  (natural ingredi­ents), $34, 150 mL

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Body care and tools

Herbacin Kamille Hand Cream* (gluten-free), $4, 75 mL

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Lotion For Hands & Body (organic), $8, 237 mL

Burt’s Bees Hand Salve with olive oil, $13, 85 g

Ella’s Botanicals Muscle Rescue Balm (natural), $20, 62 g

Güd from Burt’s Bees Natural Body Lotion (no petrochemicals), $8, 235 mL

Avalon Organics Rosemary Bath & Shower Gel (70 percent organic), $11, 355 mL

Rocky Mountain Soap Company Organic Sugar Scrub (made with organic and kosher sugar), $23, 230 mL

Be Better Rainforest Bliss Liquid Hand Soap, (natural ingredients), $8, 540 mL

Jason Pure Natural Deodorant Stick, $5, 71 g


Tools (face & body)
Natural fibres cleanse and exfoliate
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Eco Tools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge for sensitive skin (with Asian vegetable-root konjac), $12

Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge with antibacterial bamboo charcoal, $18

Le Gant Renaissance Exfoliating Glove by Daniele Henkel (use it with shower gel to cleanse, or just with water), $25

Eco Tools Dual-Sided Facial Buffs, $3 for 2

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Hair care

(All are sulfate-free)

Weleda Millet Nourishing Shampoo for Normal Hair (natural), $14, 190 mL

Giovanni 2chic Avocado & Olive Oil anti-frizz serum (cruelty-free), $10, 53 mL

Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo (vegan), $9, 237 mL

Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil (99.9 percent natural; Aveda uses wind power), $32, 30 mL

Nature Clean Pure-Sensitive Conditioner (99 percent natural), $23, 300 mL

Marulagold Intelligent Conditioner (natural), $29, 250 mL

Saijojo Foundation Leave In Tonic (natural ingredients), $23, 250 mL

Yves Rocher Éclat Radiance Rinsing Vinegar (biodegradable), $9, 150 mL

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Pur Minerals Hot Rocks (mineral makeup to enhance eyes, lips and cheeks), $27, 12 g

Dr. Hauschka Volume Mascara (nat­ural), $39, 10 mL

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm, (vegetarian), each $8, 3.8 g

RMS Lip Shine (organic), $25, 5.67 g

Sheswai Nail Lacquer (no formaldehyde, toluene or DBP [dibutyl phthalate]; bottle cap is made of sustainably harvested wood), $16, 15 mL

Ilia Illuminator (organic ingredients), $34, 5 g

Physicians Formula Organic Wear CC Curl & Care Mascara, $16, $7.5 g

Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner (organic ingredients), $24, 3.5 g

Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin CC Cream comes in Light and Light/Medium, $18, 35 mL

RMS Living Luminizer (organic), $38, 4.25 g

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen (vegan), $12, 1.2 g

Dr. Hauschka Bronzing Powder Compact (natural), $40, 9 g

The Body Shop Color Crush eyeshadows (vegetarian; cruelty-free), $10, 1.5 g

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