Top enviro-friendly beauty lines to try this summer.
With everyone from chemists to supermodels (Josie Maran’s argan oil-enriched cosmetics line comes to mind) developing natural beauty products, updating to a chic green skin care beauty routine has become a walk in the park—or a vast, plant-filled garden. Here are our top five picks for eco-friendly skin care brands when switching up your beauty regimen this summer—naturally.
Beauty brand: Éminence Organic Skin Care
Beauty beginnings: The luxe spa line began as a family business in Budapest in in 1958, where the use of herbs, fruits and plants in natural remedies was passed on from previous generations.
Why you should know them: Ingredients are handpicked and prepared with thermal hot spring water to create skin care, body and cosmetic lines. Available in select spas and salons across Canada.
Natural standout: The line prides itself on using ingredients from biodynamic farming practices—the harvest includes chamomile, Seabuckthorn and cornflower.
Best buys: Tinted Moisturizer SPF 25 (approx. $48), in three shades, contains linden tea and shea butter. The Chocolate & Cherries Jubilee herbal spa tea is the edible luxe equivalent.
Beauty brand: Kibio
Beauty beginnings: The French-based organic skin care line was purchased by Clarins shortly after its inception in 2010, becoming one of the leaders in natural beauty.
Why you should know them: Based on ‘Ki’ principles— the energy of life in Asia that focuses on traditional medical practices,— the beauty brand creates skin and body care products with a holistic approach.
Natural standout: Chocked full of anti-aging lotions, radiance creams and exfoliating body scrubs with delicious-sounding ingredients like cranberry, lemongrass and apricot kernel.
Best buys: Ki-Crème Hydration & Radiance (approx. $22), made with shea butter and kiwi for moisture and a natural glow.
Beauty brand: Yes To
Beauty beginnings: Natural fruit-and-veggie based beauty line Yes To began with Carrots in 2005, and expanded to include Tomatoes and Cucumbers in 2008; Blueberries were added to beauty basket in 2010.
Why you should know them: Four brands for targeted skin and hair beauty remedies: Carrots (nourishing for normal-to-dry), Cucumbers (sensitive and colour-treated), Tomato (combination and acne-prone), Blueberries (age-damage and mature skin).
Natural standout: Apart of from the obvious namesake ingredients? Products are concocted with varying combos of beeswax, coconut and fruit oils, all paraben and petroleum free. Best buys: Yes to Carrots Daily Moisture Body Lotion ($8.99) and Yes to Blueberries Intensive Skin Repair Serum ($21.99), for your complete food group coverage.
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