My Five Favourite Eco-Friendly Beauty Must Haves (For Now!)Beauty
I am a spoiled brat. Mostly because I am the baby in my family, but also because, full disclosure, beauty companies are super generous when it comes to sending over samples for me to review. (My friends LOVE it. My husband hates it.)
But the one thing you can trust from me with The Eco Edit is that I am not beholden to any advertisers, so my beauty reviews are truly my unbiased opinion. If I do not like a product, I will not write about it. The end.
Here are five all-natural products that I love and use almost every day.
This power duo packs an exfoliating and hydrating punch to my nightly routine. The scrub, which contains brown sugar and pineapple enzymes, becomes a milky emulsion when you add a touch of water and immediately sloths off dead skin cells while it hydrates. I keep the Agave Lip Balm close at hand to extra moisture over night and then try not to forget to put it in my purse if I am out of the house the next day. I carry it everywhere!
Bite Beauty Agave Sugar Lip Scrub, $18, and Agave Lip Balm, $18, Sephora.com
With larger sugar granules, which are less abrasive on the skin but still works to exfoliate, this Toronto-made concoction is pure bliss. New to the market, this body scrub is 99 percent natural and smells sweetly of coconut at its base, with a fresh hint of lime to finish, reminding me life on a Caribbean beach. Where’s my rum and coke, with lime?
Island Joy Bajan Lime Sugar Scrub, $29, islandjoy.ca
Some all-natural SPF’s are either too sticky or too greasy, and I already have an oily t-zone in the summer, so those are a no-go. What I love about this SPF 28 is that it’s not only reef safe (which means it’s eco-friendly to the nth degree), but that it also goes on matte without leaving me skin chalky and white. It’s perfect for every day use.
MyChelle Sun Shield SPF 28 Unscented, $20, Murale
There are few serums that really rock my world, especially eco-friendly serums. So I was skeptical of Vintner’s Daughter, especially considering the hefty price tag. Well, I was wrong. This award winning, miracle worker, which is made up of 22 active botanicals, smells glam and work wonders on the skin. After plowing through a bottle in about two months (thankfully a few drops go a long way!), my face was hydrated and more even than before. The price is still a bit much (I would love it even more if it were, say, $100 cheaper!), but the next time I want to splurge, VD will be at the tippy top of my list.
Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum, $240, healthhutboutique.com
Montreal-based Subtle Green carries two products that I am head over heels for. Their cleansing milk smells fresh and deep cleans without any harsh ingredients. I also love that I can use it as an eye make remover (as the brand suggests) when I do decide to actually throw on some mascara. Skin Vitamin is an essential to my daily routine, with super hydrating organic kuikui seed, ricebran and jojoba oils, and it’s lightweight enough to go on under my SPF and fave CC cream.
Subtle Green Vienne De-Stressing Cleansing Milk, $23.95 and Skin Vitamin Moisturizing Lotion, $49.95, subtlegreen.com