Clean and Green: Eco Beauty Finds

Clean and Green: Eco Beauty Finds

The beauty industry pollutes – a lot. From farming and forestry to packaging and shipping, every step of the beauty product life cycle takes a toll on the planet. And with the global cosmetics market projected to reach $863 billion by 2024, there’s no end in sight for this destructive cycle. 

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As consumers, what can we do to make our beauty routines more clean and green? First, we need to understand the environmental impact of the beauty industry and the way our personal choices can collectively make a difference. Here’s a closer look at some of the most pressing problems:

Water Pollution:

The chemicals used in cosmetics and skincare products often end up in our waterways, where they can damage aquatic life and contaminate drinking water supplies. Several crucial industry ingredients such as UV filters, parabens, and triclosan are found in waterways posing harmful effects on the habitat and inhabitants. So too does the single-use plastic packaging abundantly found throughout the industry. 

Air Pollution:

It’s not just the manufacturing of cosmetics that have an impact on air quality. Although their reliance on the petroleum industry and subsequent manufacturing footprint should not be passed over. One study found that “cosmetics, cleansers, and other household products created 38% of the VOC (volatile organic compounds) emissions… in city air.” 

Land Pollution:

From manufacturing to disposal, beauty products create mountains of waste that end up in landfills or are incinerated, releasing harmful toxins into the atmosphere. Each year roughly 120 million units of packaging are produced globally for the industry. Some reports estimate that this packaging equals 70% of the beauty industry’s waste. One of the reasons it’s difficult to pinpoint just how much waste is created is due to the lack of oversight. Products that sit on retailers shelves, in customer drawers, discontinued, or expired are often not included in these estimates. The pollution problem could be much bigger than we think. 


The chemicals found in beauty products not only harm water habitats but a few have been found to affect the wearer as well. Parabens which are used as preservatives can mimic estrogen in the body and disrupt hormones. They have been linked to cancer. Phthalates, commonly found in fragrances to make them last longer, can also disrupt hormones and have been linked to reproductive problems, cancer, and obesity. Mercury – yes Mercury has been found in dangerous levels in some skin lightening creams sold on popular e-stores. As a neurotoxin it has the potential to damage brain and kidney function.

What Are Clean and Green Cosmetics?

In the last several years there has been a marketing boom with products labeled “clean”, “organic”, “natural”, “sustainable” the list goes on. Many of us may be tempted to imagine that companies are providing better for consumer and planet products. But, with little to no oversight, and a lack of agreement on what these terms are, companies are defining their own definitions. Enter greenwashing. 

Generally speaking, clean makeup refers to products that are made without any harmful ingredients or chemicals. This includes anything from skincare products to makeup and hair care items.  A few ways to identify authentic clean beauty products include firstly checking the ingredient list on the product. (A list of harmful chemicals can be found here)

Secondly, certifications do exist. Look for labels from organizations like EWG Verified™ or COSMOS Standards. These labels indicate that the product has been vetted by an independent organization and found to meet certain safety standards.

Green Cosmetics

Green makeup and beauty products are those that are made with environmentally-friendly ingredients, packaging, and manufacturing processes. This can include anything from organic or natural ingredients, to recycled packaging.

What are some of the benefits of using green cosmetics? For starters, you can feel good knowing that you are helping the planet and more often than not propping up small businesses. Additionally, green products tend to be better for your skin since they aren’t full of harmful chemicals.

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Blue Beauty Is On The Rise

Also known as ocean friendly cosmetics, blue beauty is used to describe products that are free of harmful chemicals and pollutants which may otherwise be harmful to marine life. This includes items that are biodegradable, non-toxic, and free of microplastics. They are products that are made with natural ingredients that are gentle on the skin and safe for the environment. 

If you’re looking for an ocean friendly makeup or beauty product, be sure to check the label for information on the ingredients used along with certifications like Blue Green Earth or Marine Stewardship Council. 

Clean and Green Beauty Brands

When it comes to makeup and beauty, there are countless brands to choose from. It can be overwhelming trying to figure out which ones are the best, especially if you’re concerned about finding products that are clean and nontoxic.The good news is if you are looking to make the switch towards more clean and green products there are plenty of options available. 

To help narrow down your search, we’ve put together a list of our top recommendations for clean makeup and beauty brands. These brands have all been vetted for their commitment to using safe, organic, and environmentally-friendly ingredients in their products. Many also include refillable or earth friendly packaging, sourcing and manufacturing. 

Tata Harper

This clean beauty brand focuses on using natural ingredients and botanical extracts in its products. Their formulas are 100% non-toxic and free from artificial dyes and fragrances. Additionally, a bulk of their packaging is made of glass. Shop Tata Harper

We Recommend: Clarifying Moisturizer

RMS Beauty

RMS Beauty uses organic ingredients like raw coconut oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, and essential oils in their makeup to leave skin looking healthier than ever. Shop RMS 

We Recommend: ReDimension Hydra Powder Blush


Lush has long been at the forefront of sustainable beauty. Around 90% of its packaging is recycled with many of their products having no packaging at all. Zero waste win for all! Shop Lush

We Recommend: Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo Bar


Axiology is committed to zero waste but they don’t stop there. They are also vegan, plastic-free, and cruelty free. They shun palm oil and animal testing and source many of their ingredients through fair trade networks. Oh and they offer refillables which means you don’t have to feel one ounce of guilt when wearing one of their incredible lipsticks. Shop Axiology

We Recommend: Lip to Lid 3 in 1 Balmies (Multiuse)


You may have seen Farmacy if you are a frequent Sephora shopper. They have successfully broken through the conventional beauty scene and can now be found almost everywhere. The company committed to waste-free packaging by the end of 2022, the use of non-virgin materials by 2021, and 100% conflict-free ingredients. Their products forgo the use of parabens, sulfates, SLS, and mineral oils among others. Shop Farmacy

We Recommend: Clearly Clean Makeup Cleansing Balm

Lily Lolo

This mineral cosmetics company is free of harsh chemicals, dyes, and fillers. Their products are formulated for any skin type meaning there is no clogging or irritation and leaves a natural finish. If that wasn’t good enough their containers are 100% recyclable. Shop Lily Lolo

We Recommend: Laid Bare Eye Palette

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5 Free Nail Polish and Other Non Toxic Brands

5 Free Nail Polish and Other Non Toxic Brands

Best Toxic Free Nail Polish for Fall, 5 Free Nail Polish & More


Finding toxic free nail polish doesn’t mean you have to give up on your favorite colors, finishes, or wearability. But toxic free nail polish means you will give up those nasty chemicals which get absorbed into your body (yuck).

Personally, I get a little too excited for fall style firstly because I love to layer and there is nothing better than a comfy sweater and secondly, because I’m not outside working in the garden which means I get to break out my favorite toxic free nail polishes and coordinate my looks from head to nails.

Without going on anymore here are my favorite non toxic nail polishes for fall.

Best Toxic Free Nail Polish Brands & Colors

Cote $18

Free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBT, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, TPHP, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide/Epoxy Resin, Parabens.

Best Toxic Free Nail Polish for Fall

Cote has been a cult 9-toxic free nail polish brand for years. What’s more is they are gluten free, vegan, and poured in the United States. Oh, and if you happen to be in Los Angeles or New York make sure to stop into their studios for exceptional pedicure or manicure.

Fall Color Pick: Adobe Clay


JinSoon $18

Free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde resin, Camphor, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide, Triphenyl phosphate, Parabens, Lead.

Best Toxic Free Nail Polish for Fall

JinSoon has been a personal favorite after testing it last year mostly because it’s long lasting with stunning pigments. While red isn’t everyone’s color sometimes you want your nails to match the occasion: apple picking anyone?

Fall Color Pick:  Coquette

Chanel $28

Free of Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor.

Best Toxic Free Nail Polish for Fall

If Chanel is a brand favorite of yours you will be relieved to know their Le Vernis is a five free toxic free nail polish. Brand lovers rejoice! While a bit pricey Chanel nail polish carries with it a great reputation for long lasting wear that is absolutely stunning.

Fall Color Pick: New Dawn

Dior $28

Free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor.

Best Toxic Free Nail Polish for Fall

Dior is another cult favorite that is thankfully five free. Vernis Gel Shine and Long Lasting Lacquer is just what it sounds like – perfect for those who are prone to chipping. And that color: swoon.

Fall Color Pick: Nuit

Butter London $10

Free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide, and Triphenyl Phosphate.

Best Toxic Free Nail Polish for Fall

Butter London was my personal gateway into the world of toxic free nail polish simply because it is available at Ulta. Since then it has become an absolute favorite brand and the price point is absolutely perfect. If you’re looking for Pantone’s color of the year they have you covered.

Fall Color Pick: Mauvelos

Smith & Cult $18

Free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide, and Triphenyl Phosphate.

Best Toxic Free Nail Polish for Fall

Smith and Cult is relatively new to me but their perfect nude shades and toxic free approach make this brand a no brainer. On top of that they are an absolute favorite among  top beauty bloggers for the longest no-chip wear out there.

Fall Color Pick: Ghost Edit

LVX $16

Free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Xylene, and Parabens.

Best Toxic Free Nail Polish for Fall

LVX is absolute luxury without a heft price tag and it’s one of the most popular seven toxic free nail polish brands out there so you’ll want to get yours before they sell out which is frequent. LVX polishes also have a remarkable dry time with a self leveling that makes home application a breeze.

Fall Color Pick: Prussian

Ella + Mila $12

Free of Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, TPHP and Xylene.

Best Toxic Free Nail Polish for Fall

Ella + Mila is know for ultra luxurious pigments but while they are somewhat lesser known on the nail scene but you really don’t want to pass them over. Guaranteed to become a favorite brand not only for the toxic free commitment but also because of rich pigments and an easy two coat application.

Fall Color Pick: Cup O’Latte

Tenoverten $18

Free of Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Toluene, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, and Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP)

Best Toxic Free Nail Polish for Fall

Tenoverten is a brand you’re going to want to remember. Rich pigments, streak free, with many metallic options makes this one a smart investment. Don’t forget to check out their fast drying spray which not only speeds along the process but is incredibly nourishing for your skin.

Fall Color Pick: Mulberry

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