3rd Annual Beauty with a Conscience Awards
Deciding what goes on your body in the form of lotions, potions, perfumes, hair products, cosmetics, and foot creams can be an overwhelming task—especially if you are a health conscious consumer who looks out for tricky ingredients that can actually damage your body rather than enhance it.
That’s why our editorial staff has been collecting all kinds of beauty products over the last several months from companies who pay close attention to what ingredients constitute their goods. We adhered to a strict ingredient list in choosing the products we felt were right for you, using our list of 15 Toxic Ingredients to Avoid in Skincare and the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database as guides.
The following list contains our top picks with the most wholesome ingredients for your body.
W.S. Badger Vanilla Orchid with Citrus & Jasmine Antioxidant Body Oil moisturizes, balances, and firms skin. This oil spreads evenly and smoothly with USDA organic, cruelty-free, simple, and wholesome ingredients ($22, 4 oz, badgerbalm.com).
We also like Natralia Dry Skin Lotion ($9, 8.45 oz, vitasprings.com) and Aura Cacia Jojoba Skin Care Oil ($27, 4 oz, auracacia.com).
Best Body Scrub
Terra Dolce Floridian Body Scrub
Smell like a Florida citrus field and shine like the sun with this body scrub! It improves circulation, smoothes skin, and makes you glow with its shea-butter and sugar formula ($25, 16 oz, terradolcespa.com).
We also like Larénim Mineral Bamboo Skin Polish ($26, 4 oz, larenim.com).
Best Body Soap
Whole Truth Healthy Beauty Lemon Sense Essential Oil Bath Bar Made from citronella essential oil, avocado oil, chamomile tea, lemon peel, and oatmeal, this bar soap is a treat for your skin. Made with organic ingredients ($7, 5+ oz, wholetruthsolutions.com).
We also like Buck Naked Goat’s Milk Bar soap ($5, 7 oz, udderlyamazing.com) and John Masters Organics Bare body wash ($17, 8 oz, johnmasters.com).
Best Foot Moisturizer
J.R. Watkins Smoothing Foot Scrub Antioxidant Made in the small town of Winona, Minnesota, this food scrub loosens dry skin, allowing bright, healthy feet to shine ($11, 12 oz, jrwatkins.com).
We also like derma e Intensive Therapy Foot Crème ($20, 4 oz, dermae.com).
Best Facial Toner/Cleanser
Brittanie’s Thyme Facial Freedom is as close to nature as you can get in a bottle. A blend of organic herbs soothes, cleanses, and relaxes skin. It smells awesome, too! ($7, 4 oz, brittaniesthyme.com).
We also like J.R. Watkins Daily Cleansing Cream ($11, 6.4 oz, jrwatkins.com) and Collective Wellbeing Corrective Cleanser ($5, 1 oz, collectivewellbeing.com
Best Facial Moisturizer
Frangipani Shea Butter Softening Lotion softens skin like no other and is certainly all-natural. The scent awakens and refreshes, while the shea butter and vitamin E moisturize ($5, 1 oz, frangipanibodyproducts.com).
We also like PhytoActive Cellular Firming Cream ($65, sunshinebotanicals.com).
Dr. Hauschka Lavender Dreams Eyeshadow Natural mineral ingredients support the delicate skin of the eyelid with a balanced palate of beautiful, vibrant colors. Pair with Dr. Hauschka’s Eyeliner Duo Plum/White for an exquisite appearance ($45, 0.24 oz, drhauschka.com).
Paul Penders Natural Cream Lipstick A splash of color on the lips enhances everyone’s natural beauty. Paul Penders lipstick allows you to chose from eight hues made from the most natural ingredients ($19, 12 oz,paulpenders.com).
Afterglow Lip Love Stick Available in 19 matte, shimmer, and sheer shades, this nourishing lipstick is paraben-free and made from 100-percent natural ingredients ($24, afterglowcosmetics.com).
Best Eye-Care Product
Sunshine Botanicals PhytoActive Stem Cell Eye Cream Using plant stem cell technology, this cream stimulates the production of healthy skin and improves firmness ($75, 0.5 oz, sunshinebotanicals.com).
We also like Marie Veronique Eye Serum ($80, 1oz, mvorganics.com) and Nature by Canus Firming Eye Cream ($16, 0.5 oz, canusgoatsmilk.com).
Best Everyday Shampoo and Conditioner Combo
John Masters Organics Bare This fragrance-free shampoo is perfect for all hair types and provides gentle cleansing with organic extracts of jojoba oil, white tea, and chamomile ($15, 8 oz, johnmasters.com).
Best Shampoo for Dry Locks
Longhairlovers Luxe This SLS-free/Color Safe shampoo and conditioner duo strengthens and hydrates hair naturally with organic Babassu oil and emu oil, encouraging faster, healthier growth and stronger strands ($22, 8 oz, longhairlovers.com).
We also like Collective Wellbeing ($5, 1.5 oz, collectivewellbeing.com).
Best Styling Aid
Longhairlovers Luxe growth-promoting shea-mu hair butter allows for luxurious locks. This hair butter protects your hair from harmful environmental factors that can damage and prevent optimal growth. Shea butter and hemp seed oil add serious shine ($34, 2 oz, longhairlovers.com).
Best Shampoo for Itchy Scalp
Nouri Shea Shampoo and Conditioner gets rid of your itchy scalp and keeps you hydrated. Tea tree oil, a natural antifungal/antibacterial agent, goes to work in calming your flaky scalp ($23, 16 oz, nourishea.com).
Best Shampoo and Conditioner for color-treated hair
Malibu Color Wellness Kit—Shampoo, Conditioner, and Color Prepare
Maintain long-term vibrant color with this color wellness kit. It’s 100-percent vegan and comes with Color Prepare, a formula designed to draw toxic minerals to the surface of your hair, where they can then be washed away ($30, 9oz shampoo and conditioner, 3 Miracle Repair Packets, malibuC.com).