Socially responsible beauty brands
Look good with beauty products that do good
I have insanely high standards when it comes to beauty. Not only should they make me look and feel good, but they should do their fair share of good, too.
Support products that support a cause, whether it’s to raise funds for a benefit or to create humane, safe, and just work conditions. Look for ingredients certified by the UK Fairtrade Foundation and brands that are as socially responsible as they are business-savvy.
1. Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser. A percentage of the sales of this one-step facial cleanser funds the Hope and Grace Initiative’s community-based health efforts all over the world.
2. Jane Iredale Smell the Roses Hydration Spray. Made with organic Rose Damascena Flower Water, this limited edition facial spray supports breast cancer awareness. One hundred percent of its profits go to the Living Beyond Breast Cancer organization.
3. Neal’s Yard Remedies Jasmine and Ylang Ylang Body Cream. Made with Fairtrade-certified organic honey, apricot kernel, jasmine, and organic ylang ylang, this thick, subtly fragrant cream takes a while to be absorbed by the skin. It’s worth the wait, though, as your skin will feel soft throughout the day.
4. Burt’s Bees Lipstick. Ten percent of the revenue from online purchases of this intensely moisturizing and beautifully pigmented lipstick goes to Burt’s Bees’ Greater Good Foundation, which then donates to select well-being partners like Habitat for Humanity and the Triangle Land Conservancy.
5. Limited-Edition Blue Heart Crème De La Mer. The nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™ comes this year in a limited edition Blue Heart jar design that pays tribute to the ocean.
6. Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Healthy Glow Baked Powder. Not only does this lend a matte sheen to the skin, but it also contributes to cancer research. All of its profits go to the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund to aid efforts in treating the fifth most common cancer among women.
7. Lush Peace Massage Bar. Its Fair for Life-certified olive oil is sourced from a women’s cooperative in Galilee, Israel, while its FLO Fairtrade-certified cocoa butter comes from the Peace Villages of San Jose de Apatardo in Colombia. As ingredients are kept in solid form, Lush avoids using chemicals and preservatives typically found in liquid soaps.
8. The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Gently Exfoliating Cream Scrub. Aside from enriching this scrub with almond oil from the Alicante region of Spain and honey from the UNESCO Sheka rainforest in Ethiopia, The Body Shop also works with “bee whisperers” of Beza Mar, a group dedicated to improving the livelihood of Ethiopian beekeeping communities.
9. L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. In sourcing its shea butter, the French brand has been practicing fair trade with women’s cooperatives in Burkina Faso since 1981.