I had my first encounter with natural beauty products when I was about 8 years old. It was my first summer going to what I then called “sleep-away camp” and upon arriving I was told that for the next 30 days all my bathing would take place in a small New Hampshire lake, next to which the camp was founded.
Because of this unconventional group-bathing situation, all the products we used had to be biodegradable (a word I couldn’t pronounce, let alone comprehend at that age). I dutifully packed away my drugstore shampoos and conditioners and awaited my first care package, a box full of Dr. Bronner’s all purpose solution, which was to be my soap, shampoo, conditioner, and toothpaste that July.
Til the day I die, you will never hear me say a bad word about Dr. Bronner’s, a pioneer in the world of environmentally conscious skincare and household products. That said, almost 20 years later, there are way more options for natural and sustainable cosmetics, now with ingredients tailored to every skin and hair type.
So whether you find yourself rinsing off in a river, or just want to know that the products you use won’t end up in a landfill, polluting oceans, or harming your body, here are five products you should definitely check out:
Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes
These multipurpose wipes can be used to remove makeup or just as a refreshing pick-me-up, packed with natural ingredients like argan oil, aloe vera, and cucumber extract. The best part of buying them is that a portion of their profits goes to the Natural Resources Defence Council’s Polar Bear SOS Initiative!
Sometimes you just crave a more complex, longer lasting scent than essential oils will allow. For days like that, Credo’s got you covered with the perfect, natural alternative, where “jasmine petals and tiger orchid meets the sexy, undeniable warmth of liquid musks and white cedarwood.” (They have other scents as well.)
And this woke vendor brings sustainability to the next level with eco-friendly glass bottles and biodegradable bottle caps.
There are so many unnecessary chemicals in conventional toothpaste. Rather than going to the extreme of just brushing with baking soda, try this fantastic toothpaste made with natural ingredients that will still fight plaque and gum disease and leave you with fresh, minty breath. David’s ingredients are all sourced in the US, and the toothpaste comes in a recyclable metal tube and a cardboard box made entirely from wind energy!
I love anything made from something you can eat. This sunscreen is super nourishing and soothing against sun-damaged skin, and provides protection of SPF 30. The company makes high quality natural and organic products, only sourcing ingredients from regions where they won’t disrupt the environment. They also work with various social welfare programs, reinvesting a huge portion of their profits into sustainable environmental and social awareness groups.
I’m not just recommending this because they call it “eye soot” (though I do love the name). This incredible makeup straddles the line between creamy and powdery, for an incredible texture that is striking and long lasting. Rituelle de Fille is commited to sourcing ingredients from companies with cruelty free practices, and makes all-natural products that are organic and gentle on the skin.