With so many additives in nearly everything we use and consume, it’s only natural (no pun intended) to gravitate towards organic cosmetics “ especially since most of us wear some form of makeup every single day. But with countless brands advertising all natural alternatives to the cosmetic status quo, it can be a little overwhelming to choose the best product for you. That’s why we’ve got a list of the best organic makeup and where you can pick it up.
If Burt’s Bees selection of all-natural balms are old news (or already a favourite), you may want to consider The Body Shop Delipscious Tinted Lip Conditioner ($10) which comes in four different shades and is made up of beeswax, cocoa butter and coconut oil “ all organic, all Community Trade. But if you’re in the market for something a little more colour intense, we tip our hat to Nvey Eco lip glosses and lipsticks “ certified organic choices that not only tint and moisturizes, but invigorates as well.
While we’d all love to need only lip gloss for our daily regimens, a little help in the concealer, foundation and powder departments are necessary to keep things looking polished. While the Bare Essentials brand of mineral-based loose powder is free of most additives, Pure + Simple is certified organic, and carries lines of foundation (around $40) and pressed and loose powder that work alongside nearly every skin tone.
You want to be careful whenever using product on or around your eyes, since an adverse reaction to an additive or chemical can result in anything from eye infections to sties (yikes). However, brands like Korres offer naturally based mascaras, eyeliners and sets of eye shadows, which fall under Sephora’s Naturally Sephora umbrella of cosmetics. On top of that, the brand Physicians’ Formula not only boasts organic mascara and eyeliner, but also 100% natural eye makeup remover in liquid, pad and towelette form to take all-natural cosmetics to entirely new heights.
With vivid colour such a go-to look for summer 2011, you’ll be happy to know that organic products stretch into the wide world of blushes with brands like Korres, Nvey Eco and Physicians’ Formula all offering natural alternatives for those not inclined to dabble in additives. And for those of you more partial to cream versions that are a little more hands-on? Josie Maran’s sheer cream blush contains 100% Argan oil which works to replenish and repair skin cells. Natural never seemed so chic.