Organic Beauty 101

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Organic Beauty Lines to Try

Since the USDA's decision to keep organic certification for personal products is relatively recent, many manufacturers have not revamped their product labeling to reflect the change. Thus, it is important to read the ingredients listed on the product, regardless of whether the manufacturer claims to be organic. Here, some of our favorite beauty lines that claim to be organic.

Juice Beauty

Unlike most skincare lines, Juice Beauty uses freshly squeezed organic juice concentrate -- including orange, carrot, pomegranate, and aloe leaf -- instead of water as a product base. All of their products -- a full skincare line from cleansers to exfoliants to moisturizers -- range from 70 to 95 percent USDA certified organic. Try their SPF 15 Green Apple Moisturizer, $38, an anti-aging lotion that has full-spectrum sun protection and a brightening hydroxyl-acid complex of certified organic apple and lemon juices.

Nature Girl

Free of synthetic fragrances and chemicals, Nature Girl uses organically grown and wild-crafted ingredients, meaning that the plant was picked by hand. Their Nature Love Shea Butter Body Balm in tangerine, $48, is an extra-rich nourishing and protective botanical cream made with wild-crafted African shea butter, and smells so similar to sherbet that's we're almost tempted to take a lick.

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care

A unique line of body and facial care products, Dr. Hauschka's holistic personal care line uses plant ingredients that have been grown biodynamically, organically, or ethically wild-harvested. Dr. Hauschka's Cleansing Cream, $22.50, works as a deep cleanser and exfoliant, and their Cleansing Milk, $31, is a super-gentle formula that doubles as an effective makeup remover. Dr. Hauschka also has a full cosmetic line, which contains no synthetic dyes, artificial fragrances, or petrochemicals. Their lipsticks are especially notable: natural plant extracts and mineral pigments produce natural colors (no hot pink here), and its mineral base acts as a natural sun filter.

Terressentials

100% USDA certified organic, Terressentials face, body and haircare lines are the closest thing we've found to pure personal care on the market. Their cool mint organic Body Wash, $11.75, cleans your body and clears your head with a wake-you-up minty scent, and their chemical-free Flower Therapy Daily Renewal Facial Lotion, $19.95, contains organic green tea, which helps eliminate free radicals and safeguard healthy skin cells.

Jurlique

Made from organic and biodynamic herbs grown on South Australian farms, Jurlique's hypoallergenic and pH-balanced skincare line is especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin. Jurlique's Foaming Facial Cleanser, $35, rinses off easily and leaves skin feeling clean and hydrated, and their Ultra-Sensitive Day Moisturising Lotion, $75, is a fragrance-free, exceptionally light formula based on plant-derived ingredients.

Farmaesthetics

Free of artificial preservatives, parabens, dyes, and chemicals, the Farmaesthetics skincare line includes herbs and flowers that are organically grown on small American farms and are compliant with NOSB standards. Their products, which come in classic glass apothecary bottles, are also hypoallergenic, making it ideal for sensitive skin. Their Nourishing Lavender Milk, $25, combines lavender essential oil with calendula, an herb known for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, which helps speed the healing of cuts and scrapes and soothe sunburns.

Avalon Organics

Operating under the motto "consciousness in cosmetics," Avalon Organics hair, bath, and skincare lines includes everything from shaving cream to deodorant and are free of all toxic synthetic preservatives, petroleum-based ingredients, and parabens. Their Vitamin C Rejuvenating Oil-Free Moisturizer, $19.95, contains antioxidants that protect against visible aging due to sun exposure, and their Ylang Ylang Glistening Shampoo and Conditioner, $7.95 each, have a delicate floral aroma and mica minerals that add shine to your mane.

Originally published on LHJ.com, March 2006.

 

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