With new green beauty products emerging everyday it’s sad to see that a lot of companies today still use an array of chemicals in their beauty products that are nothing but damaging to our health.
A recent study done in the U.S. found that in the 82,000 plus ingredients used in our personal care products 1 in 8 were found to be industrial grade chemicals.
Even the smallest exposure to these types of chemicals can have serious long-term effects on our delicate bodies.
Another recent study done by the David Suzuki Foundation found that 80% of cosmetics owned by people surveyed contained at least one of the Dirty Dozen ingredients to avoid in cosmetics.
1. BHA (BUTYLATED HYDROXYANISOLE) AND BHT (BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUEN)
2. COAL TAR DYES – these will show up as “P-phenylenediamine” or “CI” followed by a number.
3. DEA (DIETHANOLAMINE)
4. DBP (DIBUTYL PHTHALATE)
5. FORMALDEHYDE-RELEASING PRESERVATIVES – Look for ingredients like DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quaternium-15, and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate.
7. PARFUM (OR FRAGRANCE)
8. PEG COMPOUNDS
10. SILOXANES – Look for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone”.
11. SLS (SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE)
Now that you know some of the main chemicals to avoid when purchasing your personal care products, we want to introduce you to 5 green beauty companies that use all natural products so you don’t have to be weary of the contents of what you are purchasing!
Here are our Top 5 Green Beauty Companies
#1 – Charcoal & Rose Petals
Charcoal & Rose Petals is operated by a 100% woman-run team and employs women in the community for honest work and fair pay.
Every ingredient used in the products is natural, from the colorants used in the soaps to the essential oils in creams and salves. One of Charcoal & Rose Petal’s favourite tricks is infusing oils with botanicals to extract their natural colours, aromas and healing properties – SO COOL!
All soaps are vegan, as well as many of their other products and none of them are sold in single-use plastics. Products that require containers come in beautiful glass jars or metal containers – which you are encouraged to reuse after finishing the product.
All recipes are original and Charcoal & Rose Petals strive to source ingredients from Canadian-based companies, as supporting and shopping from local companies is important to them.
To learn more, click the button below!
#2 – Stream2Sea
Stream2Sea is the only mineral based sunscreen on the planet that’s been tested and proven safe for freshwater fish, saltwater fish, and coral larvae, and has passed the stringent HEL Labs Protect Land + Sea certification.
All products in the Stream2Sea line have passed an extensive range of tests – from microscopic C. elegans and freshwater fish to sensitive coral larva in the Florida Keys. Since ‘reef-safe’ is not a government-regulated term, Stream2Sea has done the rigorous, expensive, scientific work to prove that their formulations are safe for our waters, making them the marine professionals choice and hopefully yours too.
Their mission is to supply outdoor lovers with products that work great, keep them feeling good and healthy, and give them confidence they are supporting a safe, sustainable, and science-based company.
To learn more about Stream2Sea, click the button below and use code “reefsafe” for 20% off on their website!
#3 – MisMacK Clean Cosmetics
MisMacK cosmetics, one of our beloved business members, is Canada’s newest and most innovative clean makeup line on the market. Their proprietary ingredient is the first of it’s kind to hit the market, it mimics the look and feel of silicone but is derived from the fatty acids of coconut oil.
It’s 100% natural, sustainable, and Eco-Certified. This amazing ingredient hydrates skin like no other, and provides professional performance without any of the icky stuff.
They have been able to capture this technology in their best selling GAIA Gloss, their new Flawless Foundations, Moisture Locking Lipsticks and anywhere else we can put it! It’s been tested on performers and actors to make sure it lives up to the high expectations of professions with HD cameras, studio lighting, and lengthy performances.
All of their products are Peta Cruelty-Free Certified, and Peta Vegan and they are also all manufactured in a Health Canada regulated facility with every ingredient being ethically sourced.
Every ingredient MisMacK Cosmetics uses is a level 1 out of 10 on the toxicity scale on EWG’S Skin Deep Data Base.
To learn more about MisMacK , click the button below!
#4 – The Green Beaver Company
The Green Beaver Co has been sought to provide healthy, natural products for the whole family since 2002!
This company was developed as a reaction by the founders to the harsh chemicals found in children’s shampoos, bubble baths and other self-care products.
“At that time, organic foods were getting to be more available however natural personal care products and household cleansers were limited. We decided to do something about it. We purchased equipment and converted part of our kitchen into a laboratory and started formulating our own personal care products without any chemicals.”
All Green Beaver products have:
They also use forest stewardship council (FSC) certified paper which is made from trees that have been sourced in an environmentally-friendly , socially-responsible and economically-viable manner.
For plastics, Green Beaver only uses recyclable, BPA-Plastic
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#5 – Rosé Toronto
Rosé Toronto is dedicated to reducing their carbon footprint and only use 100% recycled and biodegradable packaging. Rosé Toronto have also partnered with Living Ink, a biomaterials company on a mission to use sustainable algae technologies to replace petroleum-derived products, such as ink. Making all of their packaging branded with algae ink.
When developing their products, the main focus was to formulate using only active ingredients that were biologically compatible components. This way the products would be pure and free of harsh chemicals.
All Rosé Toronto products are:
– Cruelty free
– Free trade
To learn more about the Rosé click the button below!
Our tips to clean and green beauty don’t end at home, however! If you’re going to a spa, hairdresser or nail salon: consider their commitment to the environment, too. A wonderful example of a salon doing-it right-for environmentally would be The Green Hair Spa in Stratford, Ontario.
Here’s how: The Green Hair Spa is Bullfrog Powered, they specialize in plant based, ammonia free hair colour and organic beauty products. They’re also members of Green Circle Salons, an organization committed to helping salons dispose of their waste in a safe and environmentally conscious way. Their everyday items like garbage bags, toilet paper and cleaning supplies are eco-friendly, too! In addition to this – they donate $1 from every visit to the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.