Chryso’s Beauty Guide: New Year, New You! by Chryso D'Angelo, January 04 2015, 0 Comments

The New Year is a great opportunity to try to get healthier and make a commitment to use safe cosmetics.

Whether you’ve just started exploring eco-friendly product options, or it’s second-nature, there are loads of new and fun goodies in the categories of hair care, makeup, and body items that will help you get on your way to a wholesome—yet hot!—2015!

I’ve listed five of my faves here, but that’s just a sneak peek! Check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database for millions of products and their safety rankings so you can make informed decisions about the ingredients you choose to use on your body. Why not feel informed—and relieved—as you spray, slather, and smooth them on?

FOR YOUR HAIR:

John Masters Organics Herbal Cider Hair Rinse & Clarifier

Safety:

Has not signed the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

  • Has not signed the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
  • Ranked 2 out of 10 in safety on the Skin Deep Database (low hazard)

Environmental Responsiveness: PETA, Cruelty-Free company; Ingredients are certified organic by EcoCert, Quality Assurance International, California Certified Organic Farmers, or Organic Crop Improvement Association. All are recognized by the National Organic Program for the USDA. No GMOs, artificial colors, fragrances or fillers, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, DEAs, MEAs, or TEAs.

Results: When your hair seems sad and weighed down due to the coloring or the overuse of hot styling tools, perk it up with a weekly cleanse! Formulated with eight certified-organic herbal extracts and essential oils, including organic apple and cider vinegar, it will eliminate residue buildup and leave hair soft and tangle-free.

Ingredients from packaging: Vinegar (Apple Cider), Aqua (Water), Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citrus Medica Limonium (Lemon) Essential Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Oil.

Practicality: $17

FOR YOUR MUSCLES:

Elemental Herbs All Good Herbal Freeze Sore Muscle Spray

Safety:

  • Has signed the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and enjoys Champion status
  • Ranked 1 out of 10 in safety on the Skin Deep Database (low hazard)

Environmental Responsiveness: Elemental Herbs runs a solar-powered production facility and donates 1% of their profits to For the Planet, Save Our Snow and United Plant Savers. Leaping Bunny, PETA Cruelty-Free company.

Results: If you’re planning on hitting the gym this season to make that New Year’s weight loss resolution come true, check out this all-natural sore muscle spray! Made up of herbs and organic plants, it goes on cool and warms up fast to help take the edge off whether you’re suffering from strains, sprains, soreness or cramps.

Ingredients from packaging: Active Ingredient: Menthol, USP 6%. Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Ethyl Alcohol, Arnica Montana (Arnica), Flower Extract*, Populus Balsamifera (Balsam Poplar) Bud Extract*, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Flower Extract*, Vegetable Glycerin. *Ethically wildcrafted and extracted with Organic Grape Alcohol.

Practicality: $11.99 (2 oz.)

FOR YOUR SKIN:

Zosimos Botonicals Body Butter Mini Set

Safety:

  • Has signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and enjoys “Champion” status
  • This product is not ranked on the Skin Deep Database

Environmental responsiveness: The ZB studio reduces its carbon footprint by using 100 percent wind power and reports that it only patronizes suppliers that use sustainable harvesting practices, grow pesticide-free plants and produce Certified Organic and/or natural ingredients. Some of the groups ZB studio supports include the Denali Citizens Council and Reef Check Australia. This company does not test on animals.


Results: These mini body butters will leave your skin quenched and super-supple. Plus, they are perfectly-sized to keep along your bedside, pop into every bag and leave on your desk at work. The set includes six scents—English Rose, Lemonzest (my fave), Rosemary & Chamomile, Unscented, Vanilla Bean and Lavender.

Ingredients from packaging:

English Rose: Organic Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) oil; Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut oil); Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil; Organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) seed butter; Persea Gratissima (Avocado) butter; Organic Beeswax; Rosa Damascena (Rose) floral water; Sodium Borate; Iron Oxides; Organic Castor oil; Rosa Damascena (Rose) essential oil.

Lavender: Organic Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil; Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides (Fractionated Coconut) Oil; Organic Jojoba Oil; Cocoa Butter; Avocado Butter; Organic Beeswax; Organic Lavandula Angustfolia (Lavender) hydrosol; Sodium Borate; Mica; Lavandula Angustfolia (Lavender) Essential oil.

Lemonzest: Organic Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil; Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil); Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil; Organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter; Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Butter; Organic Beeswax; Purified Water; Sodium Borate; Iron Oxides; Organic Castor Oil; Organic Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Essential Oil.

Rosemary & Chamomile: Organic Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil; Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil); Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil; Organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter; Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Butter; Organic Beeswax; Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Hydrosol; Sodium Borate; Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile Roman) Essential Oil; Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil.

Unscented: Organic Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) oil; Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut oil); Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil; Organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) seed butter; Persea Gratissima (Avocado) butter; Organic Beeswax; Purified Water; Sodium Borate.

Vanilla Bean: Organic Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil; Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil); Organic Simmondia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil; Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter; Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Butter; Organic Beeswax; Purified Water; Sodium Borate; Iron Oxides; Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Oil; Myroxylon Pereirae (Peru Balsam) essential oil.

Practicality: $28

FOR YOUR KISSER:

Laura Geller Anti-Aging Lipstick

Safety:

  • Has not signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics
  • Ranked 3 out of 10 in safety on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (moderate hazard)

Environmental Responsiveness: No information.

Results: This lipstick contains Hyaluronic Spheres that fill in fine lines on and around the lips for a more youthful appearance, while jojoba seed oil and vitamins A, C, and E keep lips feeling smooth. Plus, it’s creamy and long-lasting! My fave shade is Clove Red for that exciting pop of “wow” color!

Ingredients from packaging: Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Octyldodecanol, Polyethylene, Polybutene, Diisostearyl Malate, PVP/Hexadecene Copolymer (VP/Hexadecene Copolymer), Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate/Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Mica, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dicalcium Phosphate, Aroma (Flavor), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Polygonum Cuspidatum Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 15850 (Red 7), CI 45410 (Red 28), CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 15850 (Red 6).

Practicality: $21

FOR A CLEAN SHAVE:

Kiss My Face Moisture Shaves

Safety:

  • Has not signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics
  • Ranked 4 out of 10 in safety on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (moderate hazard)

Environmental Responsiveness: Kiss My Face was born on a 200-acre organic farm in New York’s beautiful Hudson River Valley. Although Kiss My Face products are now sold in over 19 countries worldwide, the company is still located where it began, operating independently out of a former feed store and converted barn.

Results: If you (or your guy) are looking for a clean, close shave that leaves skin feeling moisturized, check out these great shave aids. They come in eight scents, including Key Lime, Pomegranate Grapefruit, and Lavender and Shea (reviewed here). Lady’s Mantle acts as an astringent and Lavender oil offers a soothing aroma.

Ingredients from packaging: Water, Myristic Acid, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Allantoin (Comfrey Root), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Arnica Montana (Montana Flower) Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris (Lady's Mantle) Extract, Cymbopogon Schoeanthus (Lemongrass) Extract, Citrus Auranatifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, Saponaria Officinalis (Soapwart) Extract, Nasturtium Officinale (Watercress) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Hydroxyetheylcellulose.

Practicality: $7.95 (11 oz.)