The skin is our largest organ, and it absorbs about 80% of the elements it's exposed to. Because of this, we've researched the best brands committed to nontoxic, all-natural ingredients so we can honour our bodies as we bump up our beauty shelves for fall. Each brand aims to enhance our look without endangering our skin or overall health in the process. Keep scrolling for five brands who've made it easy to get glam responsibly.
Herbivore uses all plant-based, organic, and food-grade ingredients each chosen for their individual therapeutic impact. The brand's cold-pressed Lapis Facial Oil ($72) holds a component called azulene, which reduces redness in the complexion. We love using it with Herbivore's Blue Tansy Resurfacing Mask ($48) for a full facial makeover.
Founder Rose-Marie Swift has been a makeup artist to celebrities and major publications for more than 20 years. After a personal health issue, she's dedicated herself to creating a line of makeup that works with the skin, using only ingredients that are pure and nourishing. RMS is perhaps the most open about its precise ingredients, listing a full breakdown and digestible explanation for each on its site. We especially love Beauty “Un” Cover-Up ($36) for blemishes and Cream Eye Polish in Lunar ($28). Both moisturize and quench the skin as they beautify, instead of clumping on top.
Skincare line Grown Alchemist fights aging by arming the skin with organic botanical ingredients. You won't find anything harmful here. The line's Detox Serum Antioxidant ($60) is perfect for city dwellers. It detoxifies the skin of free radicals metabolized by diet and air pollution. For sensitive skin, we stand behind Gentle Gel Facial Cleanser ($40). It's packed with geranium leaf, bergamot, and rose bud that extract impurities without causing irritation.
Fig + Yarrow's Facial Care Kit ($76) has probably the most useful travel products we've seen. The small-batch, handcrafted, organic health and vanity products contain a combination of natural roots, leaves, flowers, minerals, and oils each selected for their specific beauty and health benefits. No suitcase is properly packed without it.
Finding a complete makeup line comprised of all natural formulas that do not contain any harmful or artificial chemicals and still looks good on is tough. W3II People's Expressionist Mascara ($34) not only works well but contains no fillers, propylene glycol, petrochemicals, or petroleum byproducts. The same is true of the line's Universalist Multi-Stick 3 ($35), a tinted color wand you can apply to the cheeks, eyes, and lips.
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