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August 24, 2011

6 Earth-Friendly Beauty Brands to Get Behind

From sustainably farmed body butters to sulfate-free shampoos, this fresh crop of brands won't leave you hanging in the results department.

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Photo Credit: Jeffrey Westbrook/Studio D

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The Buys: With the new Extracts Bath and Body Care collection (hitting Target shelves this month), Brit pharmacy brand Boots goes green without getting full-on granola. Think sophisticated, yummy-smelling cleansers, scrubs, and creams (above) made with sustainable raw materials like organic cocoa and shea butters, and spiked with fragrant bergamot and rose hip essential oils. We're obsessed with the wonderfully foamy Cocoa Butter Body Wash ($7) — it leaves the driest limbs smooth.

The Source: Conacado cooperative, the Dominican Republic — based purveyor of cocoa to major chocolatiers like Nestlé and Green & Black's, has recently signed on to supply community-traded beans to Boots for cocoa butter.

Feel-Good Factor: Earth-friendly manufacturing practices — like rain-watering methods, solar crop drying, and the use of fuel derived from dried coconut shells — make the Conacado co-op sustainably sound. The company also guarantees its farmers a fair market price and safe working conditions while funding a microloan program for local entrepreneurs and building community learning centers for children.

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