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Expand your eco-consciousness this Earth Day with beauty products that highlight natural and organic ingredients. After all, â€œnaturalâ€ is one of the fastest growing categories in the beauty arena. While 100% â€œorganicâ€ products wonâ€™t always be found at the corner drugstore, many of our favorite brands are manufacturing items without parabens, butylene glycols, petroleum, sulphates, pesticides and artificial dyes nor testing on animals. Check out our selection of natural/organic picks below.
BEST NEW ORGANIC PRODUCT
Marula Oil from The Leakey Collection ($78) is the new product all women need. The prized oil is extracted from the fruit of the East African Marula Nut. It contains high levels of antioxidents and omega 9 acids, making it ideal for protection against free radicals and leaves skin with increased elasticity and firmness. Use as a moisturizer or for sunburned or chemically peeled skin. It won the Best New Natural/Organic Product award at the N.Y. International Gift Fair 2012.
Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint ($24) is a natural lip infusion that increases moisture content by 6000 percent! The result is fuller lips that stay smooth and hydrated. The peppermint infused blend glides on smoothly for a natural flush and a gorgeous pop of color. Gluten and formaldehyde-free, not tested on animals, contains no synthetic fragrances.
HAVE FABULOUS HAIR
Suki Hair/Scalp Conditioning OilÂ ($33) is a 3-in-1 deep repair treatment. Organic lavender, organic rosemary and organic neem calms, soothes and improves your scalp and restores shine and luster. Recommended for damaged and dry hair and especially formulated to address scalp issues such as eczema, dermatitis, and dandruff. Restores shine without oiliness. Controls split ends while adding thickness and volume.
Ahava Bamboo & Pansy Mineral Botanic Velvet Cream Wash ($22) is part of a collection of mineral-enriched body washes infused with Dead Sea minerals. Each of the products in this collection has two organic plant extracts selected for their joint complementary effects on a specific skin type. Bamboo & Pansy has a calming effect and delivers essential moisture to very dry skin. All of these washes are paraben-free and free of SLS (sodium laureth sulfate) and SLES (sodium lauryl ether sulfate).
RENEW & REJUVENATE
Darphin Organic Aromatic Renewing Balm ($70) blends six organic aromatic essential oils for an overnight hydrating treatment for face and body. Restores radiance while soothing dry and parched skin. Contains essential organic oils of chamomile, grapefruit, orange blossom, rosewood and tangerine, plus shea butter, sunflower oil and vitamin E.
THE BARE MINIMUM
Bare Minerals Bare Escentuals Get Started Kit ($60) contains everything you need for a flawless 100 percent natural complexion. Youâ€™ll get foundation, face color, mineral veil, three brushes, concealer and more â€“made with an award-winning all-natural formula for impeccable coverage for every skin type and tone. A Sephora exclusive, this $174 value is available for $60.
Aubrey Organics Lumessence – Lift Firming Renewal Cream with CoQ10 Liposomes ($33.50) renews skin for a silky finish and a firmer, younger-looking complexion. Used regularly, it has a gradual tightening effect on the skin, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and keeps the complexion soft and well-hydrated for up to eight hours. Wear it daily and, within weeks, the difference will be beautifully apparent.
MADE FROM PURE MINERALS
Look spectacular with Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals ($48). This light-reflecting, mineral foundation, in a special liquid formulation, encapsulates large amounts of active ingredients, which are then time-released into the skin. The spheres are suspended in a gel of aloe vera and vegetable glycerin. This makeup and skin care in a bottle diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, minimizes pores and evens skin tone.
THE NEXT LEVEL OF SKIN CARE
Anastasia Beverly Hills Line Erasing CrÃ¨me Advanced ($65) takes you to the next level of skincare. This advanced crÃ¨me features a blend of botanicals to improve skin’s overall health and appearance while fighting to reduce the signs of premature aging. Includes Tibetan Goji berry and a high-performance moisturizing blend of organic jojoba oil, rosehip oil, black currant seed oil. Dermatologist-tested and paraben-free.
AN APPLE A DAY
Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer ($45) from Juice Beauty is clinically proven to reduce free radical damage in skin cells by up to 60 percent and boost hydration by 30 percent. This age- defying moisturizer will smooth fine lines and wrinkles with fat soluble Vitamin C and peptides, while organic fruit acids brighten the complexion.
THE ORGANIC BEAUTY GARDEN
Sothys Organic Beauty Garden products use natureâ€™s best. Rosemary Face Care with Helianthus and Rosemary ($54) has a texture that instantly melts into the skin to leave skin glowing with vitality. The rosemary essential oil in this cream helps tone, revitalize and fight against the appearance of wrinkles. By protecting the skin, it helps to delay the first signs of aging.