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Six Ways to Get Green & Gorgeous For Under $20

Posted By ecodiva On 05/06/2009 @ 6:54 am In Frugal Living | 17 Comments

Growing up, my mother was pretty strict when it came to wearing makeup. In fact, I was not allowed to wear even something as benign as lip gloss until I was 15 years old. All the while, my girlfriends were glossing, blushing and getting made up in NYC style. So naturally, by the time I was 14, I began wearing it on the sly. Having an older sister, it wasn’t that difficult to find spare eye shadow or lipstick around the house. In the dim lighting of the high school girl’s bathroom I applied the forbidden fruit. Looking back, I can thank my mom for keeping me from harming myself with unnecessary chemicals even earlier than I did.

I’ve learned a lot since then. I no longer have to sneak around to apply my eye-shadow or blush. Instead, I make sure to go organic every step of the way and avoid ingredients which have been proven to be bad for our skin and our health. Here are a few finds that won’t hurt your wallet and help you turn your makeup bag green, one step at a time.

1. Physicians Formula Organic Wear – Bronzer

This is a 100% Natural Origin Bronzer that retails for around $13.95. It’s a lightweight liquid bronzer that contains organic fruit water, jojoba seed oil, sunflower seed oil, avocado oil, and shea butter.

  • Why it’s eco friendly: 100% certified organic content, no parabens, no synthetic preservatives, no GMO’s, no animal cruelty
  • Where to buy it: A pharmacy chain near you should carry this line.

2. ecoTOOLS 5 – Piece Brush Set

ecoTOOLS sells earth-friendly beauty products and they have a 5-Piece Brush Set that includes a mineral powder brush, a concealer brush, eye shading brush, and baby kabuki in a hemp linen & cotton cosmetic bag for $11.99.

  • Why it’s eco friendly: Made from highly sustainable bamboo, animal free, recycled aluminum.
  • Where to buy it: Drugstore.com [3], Walgreens.com [4] and other pharmacy chains.

3. Zoya Nail Polish

Zoya Nail Polish retails for around $6.00.

  • Why it’s eco friendly: No dibutyl phthalate, No toluene, No formaldehyde
  • Where to Buy it: FutureNatural.com [5]

4. Dr. Bronners Organic Lotions

Dr. Bronners sells an entire line of organic personal care products, with their organic lotions retailing around $9.99 a bottle.

  • Why it’s eco friendly: Certified USDA Organic, free of petrochemically modified ingredients and preservatives.
  • Where to buy it: DrBronners.com [6] and natural food stores near you.

5. Juice Beauty Lip Trio with SPF8 – $15.00

Juice Beauty also offers organic personal care products including great lip care moisturizers that combine organic ingredients with SPF protection. The trio-pack retails for around $15.

  • Why it’s eco friendly: 100% recycled packaging, never tested on animals, up to 95% certified organic content, NO parabens, pesticides, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, no artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances and no phthalates.
  • Where to buy it: Beautorium.com [7]

6. Physician’s Formula Organic Wear – Mascara

Physician’s Formula makes another appearance on the list for the mascara product, 100% Natural Origin Mascara. It retails for around $9.95.

  • Why it’s eco friendly: 100% Recyclable Eco-Brush, 100% Free of Harsh Chemicals, Synthetic Preservatives, Parabens, Clumping, Smudging, Flaking, Fibers & Dyes.
  • Where to buy it: A pharmacy chain near you should carry this line.

This is just a small list of great products available today to help you go organic. If you are wondering how your current products stack up…or if you are considering an organic product that is not on this list, check out CosmeticDatabase.com [8] where you can search the product safety score based on product OR ingredient.

Visit me at theEcoDiva.blogspot.com [9] for daily reviews and interviews on Ethical Luxury and turning your world green, one step at a time.

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