The whole world's turning green as consumers display a burgeoning interest in products that are good for them and the earth. Here's a round-up of the latest and greatest eco-conscious products for hair, face, body and beyond — all tested and approved by me, of course!
Agoodnightkiss Organic Tub Tea Blend Sachets
There is little else as soothing as a warm cup of tea to soothe and relax after a hard day. Agoodnightkiss has taken that cup of tea to a whole new level with their Organic Tub Tea Blend Sachets. This natural and botanical product, packed with concentrated essential oils creates an aromatic bath to ensure a good night's rest. Not only does this product rock you gently to sleep, it can also improve your health in a myriad of areas. By basking in this specially formulated mix, you can soothe aching muscles, eliminate toxins and aid in digestion. Prices vary, see agoodnightkiss.com for more information.
Innersense Color Radiance Daily Conditioner (for color-treated hair)
For those of us who can't resist the latest trends in hair color or have given in to camouflaging stubborn grays, there is nothing better than a radiant dye job. There is nothing worse, though, than the gradual fade from perfection that can result from improper home maintenance. Coming to the rescue is Innersense's Color Radiance Daily Conditioner that promises to keep hair shiny and buildup-free. What's more, Innersense uses only purely organic ingredients and essential oils to leave your hair healthy and smelling great. Lather in the smooth, clean-smelling conditioner (with its just-a-hint-of-cinnamon scent) and rinse away to reveal clean, brilliant hair that'll preserve your color while moisturizing and strengthening to boot. Get it for $25 at innersensebeauty.com.
Tarte Double Dose Berry Boost Gloss
Fortified with a t5 super fruit complex (that employs five "superfruits:" goji, acai, maracuja, acerola and pomegranate) at its core, Tarte's Double Dose Berry Boost Gloss delivers concentrated color along with moisturizing high gloss.
This Double Dose has it all: color, shine, and peppermint freshness all within fashionable and original packaging. In addition to the Double Dose's functionality as a lip gloss force to be reckoned with, purchasing this product does more than complement an out-on-the-town makeup application. Sales from this product benefit Sambazon's Sustainable Acai Project, a member of the Organic Trade Association and the Fair Trade Federation that ensures protection of the Amazon rainforest as well as improved living and working conditions for its natives.
This gloss is available in four different colors and can be purchased for $21 at tartecosmetics.com.
Jurlique Lavender Hand Cream
Jurlique cultivates all its own ingredients using a biodynamic method of farming. Their natural, organic environment exists with the sole mission of giving back to the earth while delivering lush and luxurious products. If we're looking to take a hint from Jurlique, giving back is a virtue.
You can start getting virtuous by using Jurlique's Lavender Hand Cream to give your skin back the moisture lost in a day's work, all while spurring Jurlique's efforts to be a self-sustaining supplier of lavish products. Lavender, calendula and viola enhance this rich cream to protect, moisturize and restore smoothness to overworked hands. This hand cream is available for $25 on jurlique.com.
— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of TampaBayBeauty.com, a guide to all that is hip and happening in local beauty. Need beauty advice? E-mail Carolyn at email@example.com.