Good for You and the Earth! 6 Natural Skin Care & Makeup Picks


Happy Earth Day! In honor of our beloved planet, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite nontoxic and natural beauty products, each full of good-for-skin, plant-based ingredients.

Do-all salve

rms beauty Lip & Skin Balm in Simply Vanilla | $25

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Now that winter’s behind us, it’s time to heal any leftover cracked skin. That’s where this super-hydrating vanilla-scented wonder comes in. Made with food-grade, biologically active ingredients in their most natural state (technically speaking, you can even safely eat them) like coconut oil, beeswax, and argan oil, it rejuvenates skin and lips almost instantly. The formula is smooth and soothing, but doesn’t leave behind any sticky residue. Use it regularly wherever you need a little healing and hydration. Extra bonus: the entire rms beauty line comes in biodegradable, recyclable, or reusable packaging.

Hydrating shower suds

Indie Lee Lemongrass Citrus Body Wash | $22

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Body washes and shower gels are hit or miss—they’re often overly perfume-y and dry out skin—but Indie’s are always on point. Probably because, after recovering from a brain tumor (doctors say environmental factors contributed to it) she decided to devote her life to making a healthy and safe skin care line, and informing people of the potential health risks of certain ingredients commonly found in lotions, cleansers, and balms. Like all of Indie’s products, this body wash is packed with natural, good-for-you essential oils, so you’ll get squeaky clean while improving your skin over time with regular use. The star ingredient here is oat flour, an anti-inflammatory that helps calm skin and can also help reduce the appearance of scars.

A healthier lipstick

ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner in Hold Me Now | $26

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If you hoard pink lipsticks, scoop up this new limited-edition shade before it’s too late! It’s the perfect muted-down pink that will make any look more glamorous, and it plays perfectly with high-drama eyes. It’s super creamy, and formulated with nourishing jojoba oil and vitamin E; all ILIA products are 75%–90% organic, and every lipstick tube is made from recycled aluminum.

Earth-friendly cheek color

Korres Zea Mays Blush in #16 Pink | $24

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The prettiest powder-pink cheek color, ever. It’s subtle but really gives you a luminous glow that’s perfect for spring, and the velvety texture makes it smooth and easy to apply. And because it’s made with Korres’ proprietary botanical blend of phytosterols, soy, and licorice, it may help improve circulation and reduce inflammation over time. And Korres creates all of its healthy-for-skin products in the most earth-friendly way possible: regardless of how much it costs, every active ingredient found in the line is cultivated at the company’s own eco-friendly certified herb extraction unit. Then, any residue leftover from the extraction process is turned into organic soil and sent back to Korres’ network of organic farmers. It’s about as close to a no-waste operation as you can get.

Fume-free polish remover

RGB Nail Color Remove Pads | $28

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How many brands can say they have natural and non-toxic nail polish remover that really works? Not many, which is one of the many reasons we’re head-over-heels for RGB. Most polish removers are based with acetone or acetate—both of which are flammable, generate a lot of fumes, and are drying to the skin—but not so here. RGB’s individually wrapped, 100% cotton pads are pre-soaked with soy-based remover, and actually treat and condition nails as you take your polish off. All you have to do is hold a pad on your nail for up to a minute to loosen the color, and then wipe back and whisk it away; a single pad will get you through ten fingers and ten toes (the set contains 20 pads).

Detergent-free brush cleanser

Parian Spirit Professional Brush Cleaning System | $23

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Pro or not, it’s always important to keep your makeup brushes clean, and Parian Spirit makes it easy (see the step-by-step here). In place of harsh detergents usually found in brush cleaning products, Parian is made with citrus-derived spirits and food-grade solvents. It’s completely nontoxic, and gently dissolves all types of makeup (powders, liquids, wax-based products)—while simultaneously conditioning and disinfecting your brushes so they can live a long life, bacteria-free. The refreshing orange scent, courtesy of natural orange oils, and recyclable packaging are just icing on the cake.

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