Earth Day 2015: My Favourite Green, Cruelty-Free Beauty Picks

I like to seek out brands who are doing their best to produce ethically-sourced and made products.
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I like to seek out brands who are doing their best to produce ethically-sourced and made products.

As I get older, I become more and more conscious of the responsibility I have to buy and use products that are not only gentle to my body but gentle to the Earth, too. While I'm not perfect (who is?), I still like to seek out brands who are doing their best to produce ethically-sourced and made products that will not only boost my outer appearance, but make me feel good about my choice in using them.

Hanging with a green friend and showing off freshly-washed and bouncy hair (thanks to Rahua) and sheen-y skin (thanks to RMS).

Hanging with a green friend and showing off freshly-washed and bouncy hair (thanks to Rahua) and sheen-y skin (thanks to RMS).

When it comes to clothes, there's the tried-and-true option of wearing second-hand (you're recycling!) or finding lines that do their best to reduce their carbon footprint and use recycled materials -- the sexy and stylish Reformation comes to mind.

These products are kind to the Earth, and they make you pretty too! Clockwise from top centre: Rahua Voluminous Shampoo, Tata Harper Moisturizing Mask, RMS Beauty Living Luminizer and 'Un' Cover-Up, May Lindstrom 'the Problem Solver' Correcting Mask and Davines OI All In One Milk.

These products are kind to the Earth, and they make you pretty too! Clockwise from top centre: Rahua Voluminous Shampoo, Tata Harper Moisturizing Mask, RMS Beauty Living Luminizer and 'Un' Cover-Up, May Lindstrom 'the Problem Solver' Correcting Mask and Davines OI All In One Milk.

But beauty is my number one bag, so here are my current favourite picks for green and groovy products that will not only make you feel gorgeous, but will make Mother Nature love you, too. Bonus? All of these products are cruelty-free, too, because our animal friends are a hugely important part of the planet, too!

Davines OI All In One Milk ($15, davines.com) 


Yes, Davines wants to give you beautiful hair, but they want to do it sustainably, too. Relying on the wind, sun, water and soil to power their operations, it's extremely important to them to lower their carbon dioxide emissions as much as possible. The OI All In One Milk is one of my favourite post-washing products. Spritzed on to damp hair, it detangles, protects, softens, smoothes and gives shine,

Rahua Voluminous Shampoo ($32, rodales.com)

This paraben- and sulfate-free formula's star ingredient is rahua oil, collected by women from the Quechua-Shuar tribes of the Amazon rainforest for years to give them strong, shiny and healthy hair. The ingredient is sustainably farmed in partnership with the inhabitants of the local tribes and processed using their traditional methods. The shampoo leaves my hair perfectly clean of any product buildup (I use a lot of styling products ...) yet so, so soft, and encourages my natural curls to come out of hiding.

RMS "Un" Cover-Up ($36) and Living Luminizer ($38, both rodales.com)

After finding herself incredibly ill with a diagnosis of having high levels of metal in her blood, makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift set out to create a line that was high-performance and healthy. Formulated with organic, non-GMO ingredients I can pronounce and houses in recyclable glass pots, these products are kind to the environment, your body, and your face. The "Un" Cover-up is buildable, meaning I can apply all over for a sheer wash of colour-correction, or layer it up to hide a chin breakout. And the Living Luminizer is my holy grail of highlighters, creating a dewy, lit-from-within finish that isn't freakishly sparkly.

Tata Harper Moisturizing Mask ($110, tataharper.com)

I love Tata's products, because they're no B.S. Every ingredient that goes into each formula has a purpose and works toward making your skin better and healthier. There are no pointless fillers thrown in -- just reliable ingredients harvested from her Vermont farm, ingredients that deliver results. 

My incredibly dehydrated skin survived this past winter thanks to my favourite Tata product, the Moisturizing Mask. When my face gets flaky and tight, I apply a thick layer of this nectar before bed and let it sink in overnight. When I wake up, my skin is plump, dewy and soft to the touch thanks to Hyaluronic Acid, tamanu oil and soothing calendula and arnica.

May Lindstrom "The Problem Solver" Correcting Mask ($90, rodales.com)

While I keep my skin hydrated with the above, I'm still prone to the occasional hormonal breakout along my jawline. To give my skin a thorough yet gentle clean-out and scare away blemishes, I rely on 'The Problem Solver' Correcting Mask from May Lindstrom. 

This organic powder mask, handcrafted in small batches in May's L.A. studio, activates into a mousse-like paste when you add water or May's "Honey Mud," combines clays, purifying charcoal powder and turmeric, and warming ingredients like cinnamon and clove that tingle as they invigorate. You can use it as a spot treatment on stubborn zits or all over to give yourself a happy glow.

Is it important to you to buy environmentally-friendly products? What are your favourite earth-friendly beauty buys?