Get to know your beauty products and go au naturel with these organic and nourishing ingredients
Everything is not what it seems when it comes to the green beauty scene. This is a tricky space to navigate. Formulators abound, claiming organic, all-natural or clean ingredients, but who do we trust? As a consumer, we have become more ingredient-savvy and want to avoid carcinogens and hormone disruptors.
Think Dirty App, Leaping Bunny and the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database can help us out with that, with loads of intel on common ingredients in our beauty products. Each of these resources has its own extensive verification process and well of knowledge for consumers to tap into and check out just how green our beautification choices are.
In honour of Earth Day, we have selected our five must-try locally sourced green beauty brands...
1. Belmondo Skincare
BelmondoMade in small batches here in Vancouver, Belmondo Skincare boasts the nutrient-rich ingredient of olive oil, as well as calendula, lavender, chamomile and rosehip to nourish and heal the skin. Belmonda products are gentle on the skin, not tested on animals and the packaging is reusable or recyclable; and they're good for all skin types, including sensitive.
2. Galiano Island Soap Works
Galiano Island SoapworksChampioning sustainability, fair trade and cruelty-free practices, Galiano Island Soap Works believes beauty doesn’t have to come at the cost of pain and devastation. Fresh is best, and they harvest ingredients from their very own farm for quality control. Not only do they offer a variety of skincare and cleansing products for the ladies, they also have plenty for men—and even your pets!
3. Elate Clean Cosmetics
Elate Clean CosmeticsElate Clean Cosmetics believes in allowing you to create your own standard of beauty with healthy ingredients and sustainable practices. Their collections feature a bounty of colours diverse enough that you should be able to find your ideal shade. Their products do not use nanoparticles and are all certified by Leaping Bunny and PETA. They also offer a full ingredients disclosure on their website.
4. Sola Skincare
SolaMade in small batches and infused with Chinese herbs, this line comes from Port Moody. Furthering the commitment in the green beauty space, some of their products are even refillable! Formulated for everyone, this line not only soothes and heals the skin with Chinese medicine, but also with organic essential oils of rose, calendula and sandalwood, to name a few. All Sola products are free from parabens, phthalates, synthetic ingredients, preservatives, fillers and they do not test on animals.
From $3.50, trial sizes available
5. Viva Organics
Viva OrganicsFree of parabens, artificial colours, sulphates and synthetic fragrances, Viva Organics is a whole-health-focused local company. Never tested on animals, this all-natural line has formulated products for everyone, enabling you to customize your regimen without compromising. White tea, ginger, ylang ylang, bergamot and lemongrass are only a few of the healing and nourishing organic ingredients in this line.