Green Cosmetics

I recently went to a ‘green’ fashion show in Camden town. It was part lecture and part glamour. And although I left feeling slightly like I had been to church to get a telling off, (instead of for adultery, it was for wearing cotton) it gave me a real insight into being an ethical buyer. So now I am fully aware of where to buy my fair trade t shirts. But what about cosmetics?

The fact remains that we can actually make a difference by carefully choosing our cosmetics, whether for reasons of a political, ethical, or even vain nature. The trick is finding the products that a) work, and b) don’t have a hefty price tag. I am loathed to spend three times the amount on something just because it has the word ‘organic’ on the packaging as ‘organic’ now seems to be a brand, and a big successful brand at that.

So I have taken the time to find some of the best ‘green’ products around, starting with the Green People. The Green People make cosmetics, hair and body products, baby care products, the lot. The founder of Green People, Charlotte Vøhtz, started the company because of her daughters eczema condition. “I realised that we all are children of the chemical age and that man-made chemicals found everywhere, combined with changing dietary habits, profoundly affect us all.”

The Green People products contain over 99.9 percent natural ingredients. With lipsticks containing such yummies as coconut, jojoba, organic beeswax, they are, quite literally, good enough to eat. The prices match your average mid-range makeup prices, with lipsticks starting from £2.99 to £9.99.

Another of the forefront brands in green cosmetics is Weleda. One of the oldest green cosmetic companies, they have been manufacturing health care products since 1921 and have an extensive range of cruelty free skincare and bodycare products.. Weleda grows its own plants organically and biodynamically, although they are not labelled ‘organic’ as they also contain mineral ingredients which cannot be labeled organic as they are not cultivated. Weleda mainly specialise in lotions and potions from sunscreen to facial oils.

Love the Planet not only have a great range of natural skin and hair care products, but they have some pretty cool innovations as well. Their Washable Cleansing Pads are used exactly like cotton wool, but you pop them in the washing machine in the bag they come in and you can use them again. Their simple packaging and cute names like ‘Eyebright Gel’ also give another reason to buy, if the ethical ones aren’t quite enough.

Before I started writing this, I had no idea how easy it would be to find cosmetics that are both completely ethical and natural; the marketplace has been swamped with cosmetic companies with a conscience, so take a little look around. Next time you buy that lipstick you needn’t feel guilty about spending the money on a luxury, in fact you’ll feel as good as you look.

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