Organic and natural makeup products are more prevalent than ever. There are a plethora of natural markup lines nowadays that are effective, use organic plant products, free of chemical fillers and dyes, good for the earth and better for skin.
For those who prefer to use products from just one or more cosmetic lines, there are some well-rounded ones that are readily available. These include Origins, the department store line that uses organic ingredients and natural essential oils, and nutrient rich Josie Maran, which can be found at Sephora. Lines like Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, 100 Percent Pure and Vapour Organic Beauty have broad lines available via the Web. In addition, Whole Foods and Pure+Simple sell some healthy makeup lines.
Here are some organic cosmetic items that are standouts from these and other lines:
Bite Beauty makes a lip care line that is food grade (and even edible) and anti-oxidant. Their Luminous Crème Lipstick is has no synthetics, chemicals or petroleum byproducts. Available at Sephora.
Burt’s Bees makes a great Tinted Lip Balm that is subtle, non-synthetic and affordable. The lip balms keep lips moist and do not feel gooey. Available at Target, Macys, Whole Foods and other stores.
For a rosy glow on cheeks, try Josie Maran’s Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stain, which comes in six shades that give a long-lasting pop of color that lasts all day.The water-based markers use hyaluronic acid, a natural body substance that helps skin lock in moisture.
There’s also Dr. Hauschka’s Translucent Make-up, which is infused with macadamia seed and avocado oils to hydrate and create a smooth complexion.
Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi-Use Blush is also a great pick for flushed cheeks. Their universally flattering color works well on all skin tones. The blush nourishes with anti-inflammatory frankincense and calming lotus flower.
100 Percent Pure makes some great, natural looking food-grade plant-based eye shadows, which use fruit and vegetable pigments for coloring. They are 100 percent natural and vegan.
100 Percent Pure also makes a scented Fruit-Pigmented Mascara, colored with black tea and berries. The mascara is water and smudge resistant, but is not goopy.
Josie Maran makes a great Argan Oil-based eye shadow. The oil gives the shadow a soft and buttery texture that resists creasing or caking. Each pigment blends beautifully and lasts long. The shades blend easily and are long lasting.
For those looking for a natural tool to fight minor breakouts, Burt’s Bees makes an effective Herbal Blemish Stick. The blemish stick uses a gentle blend of tea tree oil, juniper oil, willow bark, and calendula to exfoliate skin and clear pores.
With summer coming, it’s great to know there is a natural sunscreen brand. True Natural Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 offers a mineral-based, synthetic free, skin care lotion that uses zinc oxide, green tea, and coconut oil for protection against the UVA and UVB rays. Available in Walgreens and Whole Foods.