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Face the environment: ‘Green’ beauty products

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Now that eco-friendly items are all the rage, consider authentic organic products which are more the good for the environment ... and your body! The have ingredients grown without pesticides so harmful chemicals don't leak into the soil. But beware of labels that claim that they are organic! “All natural,” “organic” ... “chemical free” — when it comes to beauty products it can be hard to figure out what it all means! Suze Yalof Schwartz from Glamour magazine helps separate fact from fiction about eco-friendly beauty products:

Items that claim to be organic on the label may not really be organic, since no official agency checks every product. Look for a USDA Organic seal, which means a product has been certified at least 95% organic. If there's no seal, a good rule of thumb is to simply read the list of ingredients — if your head's spinning from a long list of unpronounceable chemicals, it's not likely the product is organic.

Red Flower Body Wash in Spanish Gardenia, $20We can't get over how great this body wash smells — the organic geraniumis the perfect floral scent. And its list of ingredients reads like your grocery list: honey, olive oil, coconut, sugar, and rosemary all make the list. The flower skin line is 100% pure and sustainably sourced, and it's also 100% biodegradable.

Aveda Tourmaline Charged Exfoliating Cleanser, $32A great daily cleanser that contains certified organic babassu oil, and naturally-derived jojoba beads which help to remove impurities and skin dulling surface cells. It left my skin super skin smooth, like having a quick (and organic!) facial. Even the tube is made of recycled plastic.

Origins Smileage Plus Liptint in Eco-Pink, $10This lipbalm is made from an organic beeswax base and is 95% organic overall. It's incredibly moisturizing and has a great sheer tint. Ingredients like organic coconut and sunflower oils as well as organic cocoa butter keep lips hydrated. And organic aloe leaf extract and jojoba oil comfort and soothe dry, chapped lips. The essential oil blend of tangerine and lime gives it a light scent without harsh chemicals.

Care by Stella McCartney Nourishing Elixir, $64This Stella McCartney Nourishing Elixir is made with 100% organic active ingredients and absolutely no petrochemicals or silicones. It's officially eco-certified as organic and ecological, and its gentle formula is completely free from chemical preservatives and is protected by simple airless packaging. The fragrance is also made from 100% organic essential oils.

“All-natural” products don't have harmful preservatives or chemicals:

Dr. Hauschka Macadamia and Orange Shampoo, $13Dr.Hauschka's line of holistic skin care is 100% Certified Natural by the BDIH, and their "Certified Natural Cosmetic" seal can be found on the back of the shampoo bottle. The vast majority of ingredients in the line are organically grown and harvested and not a single ingredient comes from an organization involved in animal testing. The shampoo doesn't have any synthetic ingredients to make extra foam, but it leaves hair just as clean as regular shampoo and extra soft.

Burt's Bees Radiance Body Lotion, $9Parabens are chemical preservatives that have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. Phthalates are known to cause a broad range of birth defects and lifelong reproductive problems in lab animals that have been exposed to them.

This body lotion by Burt's Bees is completely Paraben and Phthalate-free and made with Royal Jelly, which is one of nature's most nourishing substances. The pretty shimmer it gives off comes from Mica, a natural light-reflecting mineral. The lotion is over 99% natural and its packaging is made from recycled materials.

Kimberly Sayer Light Facial Moisturizer, $32All of Kimberly's products contain ingredients grown on organic soil and also contain natural antioxidants and powerful vegetable proteins. For fragrance, they use only pure essential oils which means that there are none of the harsh chemicals typically found in fragrance. This moisturizer has preservatives made from plants, not chemicals. And the girls in our Glamour Mag Beauty Department said it felt “light and soothing.”

Sally Hansen Salon Nail Lacquer in Pink Twice and You-gurt Style, $6Even if your product isn't perfectly eco-friendly, you can still be careful about what you're putting on and into your body. One of the most dangerous ingredients found in many nail polishes is dibutyl phthalate, which is unhealthy for you and your manicurist — not to mention bad for the environment!

Sally Hansen as well as companies like Avon, Estee Lauder, and CoverGirl have removed dibutyl phthalate (which was known to cause birth defects in lab animals) making the polish safer for you to use. You should think about more than just the polish as top-coats and nail polish removers can also contain toxins. Look for removers without acetone or acetate. Acetone is strong enough to take paint off of a car so you can imagine the potential damage that it could be doing to your body.

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