7 Eco-Friendly Beauty Brands You Wouldn't Expect

7 eco-friendly beauty products7 eco-friendly beauty productsOur skin can absorb over 60% of what we put on it - that goes for moisturizers, foundations, even lipstick.

But do you know what your skin is absorbing?

In celebration of last weekend's Earth Day, I thought I'd share some of my favorite natural/organic beauty brands that I've actually used and loved. (I've used my fair share of natural deodorants, shampoos and lipsticks that sadly haven't cut it.)

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More and more beauty brands are taking a healthier, more eco-focused approach to not only their products, but also their manufacturing. Wind-powered factories, Post Consumer recycled packaging, fair trade practices through organic farms, etc.

Take a look at 7 of my favorite eco-friendly beauty brands that are as effective as they are healthy:

KorresKorres1. Korres
This just might be my favorite beauty brand in existence. Everything that they make - from their masks to their lip glosses - are some of the best I've ever used. And the fact that they're one of the most eco-friendly brands out there only adds to their appeal. Korres only uses biodegradable ingredients (which means no mineral oils or silicones), recyclable packaging, and eco-friendly manufacturing practices (such as using a steam generator to heat their facility, rather than electrical heating).
Buy Korres products

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Burt's BeesBurt's Bees2. Burt's Bees

Burt's Bees is committed to natural materials - from their 99% natural formulas (about half of their line is 100% natural), their Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) packaging, and their commitment to preserving animal and human rights with free-trade and fair working conditions.
Burt's Bees' biggest goal is to be "the greenest personal care company on earth," which they're hoping to achieve by 2020 with a variety of initiatives - including becoming a carbon-free company that operates on 100% renewable energy. They want no waste in landfills, and they want their manufacturing facilities to be LEED certified.
Buy Burt's Bees products

TarteTarte3. Tarte

Tarte is one of my favorite beauty brands, regardless of the fact that their line features wholesome, natural ingredients. Take their wildly popular cheek stain, for instance, which is a water-based formula with "Skinvigorating" ingredients like a T5 Super Fruit Complex (goji, acai, maracuja, acerola, and pomegranate) and mineral-derived pigments. (No parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or petrochemicals.)
Buy Tarte products

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Jane IredaleJane Iredale4. Jane Iredale

Jane Iredale PureGloss in Soft Peach is, hands down, the best lip color I've ever used. (And most of their lip colors are vegan and gluten-free!) Their mineral makeup collection, in general, is designed to be as healthy as possible for your skin.
Buy Jane Iredale products

Yes to CarrotsYes to Carrots5. Yes to Carrots

This is a fantastic skincare line that's packed with organic fruits and veggies with no parabens, petroleum, SLS, and phthalates. They have four different lines: carrots to "nourish", cucumbers to "soothe," tomatoes to "clear," and blueberries for "age refresh."
Buy Yes to Carrots products

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Juice BeautyJuice Beauty6. Juice Beauty

A favorite of mine, Juice Beauty is committed to using certified organic ingredients, as well as applying their Eco Values to every aspect of production - including manufacturing with solar energy, packaging with recycled paper and soy ink, and supporting USDA certified organic farmers. Plus their products are as effective as they are healthy.
Buy Juice Beauty products

AvedaAveda7. Aveda

Aveda might be the most popular natural beauty brand in the world - used in salons and spas across the country. Aveda has a "green ingredient promise," which means they only use naturally derived ingredients, with 90% of their ingredients certified organic. They also use Post Consumer recycled packaging, as well as 100% wind power in their manufacturing.
Buy Aveda products

- By Michelle Horton
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