Best Green Beauty Products

Eco-enthusiasts, rejoice! These natural and organic products do the job.

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October 22, 2010 3:06 PM
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PERFUME: Phthalates, synthetic chemicals, and petrochemicals can run rampant in fragrances, so look for all-natural perfumes made from florals, herbs, amber, vanilla, or resins.
TRY: Agape & Zoe Naturals in Peace, $20.
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COLORFUL MAKEUP: It's easier to rely on synthetic dye and mineral oil to create makeup—especially the tricky-to-formulate bright shades, says Karim Orange, cofounder of natural products consulting service Better Organic Choice. But thankfully, a few brands have stepped up to create great colors with no toxic ingredients.
TRY: Zuzu Luxe Eyeliner in Iguana, $14.
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TRY: Shobha Brow Pencil in Sand, $16.

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TRY: 100% Pure Pink Grapefruit Glow Lip & Cheek Tint, $15.

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NAIL POLISH REMOVER: An odorless, nondrying remover made from plants, not acetone.
TRY: G2 Nail Polish Remover, $16.
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SUNSCREEN: Zinc and titanium dioxide sunscreens that don't leave you with a geisha mask? Yes, they exist. You won't get sky-high SPF numbers with naturals, but don't let that stop you—zinc paired with titanium dioxide offers the most complete UV coverage available.
TRY: Badger All Natural Lip Balm with SPF 15, $4.

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TRY: Lavera Sun 15 Anti-Ageing Sun Milk, $25.

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AT-HOME PEELS New green technology means at-home peels correct sun damage with potent fruit acids and enzymes.
TRY: Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, $55.

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DEODORANT: As if it wasn't bad enough that most "natural" deodorants don't work, many of them contain propylene glycol. Lavanila makes a truly chemical-free deodorant that gets rid of bothersome odor using proprietary beta-glucan technology that works at the molecular level.
TRY: Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Lavender, $18.

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SUPER MOISTURIZER: An earth-friendly lotion that keeps skin moisturized for up to 24 hours and is free of petrochemicals and perfume.
TRY: Burt's Bees Fragrance Free Shea Butter & Vitamin E Body Lotion, $8.

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HAIRSTYLER: Good hold and glossy shine usually require strong chemicals, plasticizers, and loads of silicone, but a new generation of stylers uses natural waxes, plant proteins, and organic oils to tame frizz and keep strands in place.
TRY: Aveda Light Elements Shaping Wax, $24.

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TRY: Aubrey Organics NuStyle Organic Hairspray Regular Hold, $10.

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TRY: Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Finishing Gloss, $29.

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ANTIFLAKE MASCARA: Makeup artist Tina Turnbow says it's the only natural-formula mascara (made from vegetable wax!) that won't smudge on bottom lashes. Sold.
TRY: No-Miss Natural Mascara in Black, $15.
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MAKEUP PRIMER: You wouldn't think that a primer made of organic, natural ingredients would smooth your skin as well as one with silicone and synthetic filler—but it does. TRY: Vapour Stratus Instant Skin Perfector, $44.

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PORE CLEANSER: Deep cleansers typically rely on synthetic chemicals, but nature lovers can turn to charcoal, which pulls toxins out of your pores. Anything else you put on your skin won't work if your pores are clogged, says Deborah Burnes, author of Look Great, Live Green. TRY: Sumbody Coal Train Charcoal Cleanser,, $26.
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SELF-TANNER: Hot off the shores of the U.K. comes a self-tanner that uses Ecocert-approved DHA (the stuff that tans your skin) made from sugar beets in an all-natural lotion base. TRY: The Organic Pharmacy Self Tan, $60.
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HAND SANITIZER: Ditch products that contain chemical standby triclosan for a germ-busting blend of natural botanicals. TRY: Tammy Fender The Purist Antibacterial Dry Hand Wash, $14.