The Best Toxin-Free Beauty Brands

Save Mama Earth without sacrificing gorgeousness

Now's prime time to green up your beauty product stash. Why bother? Start by taking a look at the ingredient lists on your current faves ... see unrecognizable scientific names? Parabens? Sulfates? Switching to cleaner, purer options means a cleaner, purer you (60 percent of what you apply gets absorbed). The following products and brands will help you do just that.

Andrea Manitsas is the co-editor of

By Andrea Manitsas

Aveda Beauty giant Aveda, with an extensive repertoire of plant-based products including hair, body and skin care, makeup and "pure-fume" lines, is the first beauty company to manufacture using 100 percent certified wind power. They're also one of the largest purchasers of organic ingredients in the world, with 90 percent organic ingredients packaged in post-consumer recycled content. Aveda's so staunch in their resolution that "beauty is as beauty does" that they're pursuing Cradle to Cradle certification, which means everything they produce would be either completely biodegradable or infinitely recyclable. top rated Aveda products: Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer Aveda Smooth Infusion Shampoo Aveda Petal Essence Eye Definer Aveda Smooth Infusion Conditioner Aveda Brilliant Universal Styling Crème Aveda Lip Tint SPF 15 Aveda Hand Relief Juice Beauty A company that's constantly trying to better themselves, Juice Beauty has a no holds barred attitude when it comes to making healthy skin care for your face, your body and the planet. Not only do they source local, organic ingredients, they use packaging that's 100 percent recycled and recyclable, and print everything with soy-based inks (which create far less fumes and toxins than their petroleum-derived counterparts). Free from unsound chemicals like pesticides, petrochemicals and phthalates, Juice Beauty's range of skin care can fully clean up your skin's act. The SPF 20 Antioxidant Body Moisturizer smells like delicious green apples and feels silky smooth. top rated Juice Beauty products: Juice Beauty Green Apple Body Peel Juice Beauty Green Apple Mousse Body Cleanser Juice Beauty Green Apple Nutrient Mask Juice Beauty Green Apple Cleansing Gel Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist EO With their company motto "Love Life. Live Clean," EO is certainly doing their part. Their bath and body elixirs take EO into pure, unadulterated territory. As a certified Green Business and organic manufacturer ascribing to a triple bottom line (people, planet and profit), their products are gentle yet outperform their chemically laden counterparts. If you're a shower gel user, conventional products likely contain toxic fragrances, detergents, preservatives and penetration enhancers all of which have been linked to skin irritation and even cancer. EO's range not only smells amazing, but they leave those unhealthy ingredients by the wayside. top rated EO products: EO Sanitizing Hand Wipes EO Hand Soap Jane Iredale Void of oil, talc, parabens and many chemicals generally associated with skin sensitivities, Jane Iredale's makeup is perfect for the most delicate of skin types. In fact, all products have been tested to prove there's virtually no allergy risk. Its minerals actually contain anti-inflammatories that help soothe and calm irritated skin. Falling asleep with a face full of Jane Iredale (though not recommended in general) isn't a big problem as the products are non-comedogenic (won't clog pores) and use inert minerals that can't support bacteria. Available in many shades, there's one for every skin tone. top rated Jane Iredale products: Jane Iredale Mini Dome Brush Jane Iredale Twice Blushed Jane Iredale Pure Lash Extender and Conditioner Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Eye Shadows Jane Iredale Eye Shadows Jane Iredale Multi-Gloss Kit for Lips 2 Jane Iredale 24-Karat Gold Dust in Green Jane Iredale More Lip -- Lip Plumper Jane Iredale Lip Drink SPF 15 Nude Nude is more than just another beautifully packaged, sleek line of skincare products. Backed by humanitarians Bono and wife Ali Hewson, it's not surprising that Nude's formulations are void of ingredients that are irritating to the skin or potentially harmful to the body. The minimalist packaging utilizes post-industrial recycled plastic that is recyclable, paired with non-GMO biodegradable cornstarch sleeves. And they do zero testing on animals. Let the look of this brand seduce you because Nude's insides -- filled with antioxidants, probiotics, peptides, phytoactives and bioactives that treat signs of aging and protect the skin from environmental damage -- live up to its outsides. top rated Nude product: Nude Cleansing Facial Oil Next slide: More brands that are doing their part ... More brands that are doing their part ... Alaffia Pomega5 Buddha Nose Jurlique Burt's Bees Weleda Trillium Organics Terressentials Care by Stella McCartney John Masters Organics Huiles and Baumes Aubrey Organics Alison Raffaele Sheerin O'Kho Pangea Organics Dr. Bronner's Magic "All-One!" Lush 24 Celebs Who Will Save The Earth Quiz: Are Your Beauty Products Killing the Planet? Subject Subject Subject Message Message Message /content/package/c_eco_brands/

Products Mentioned in This Story

Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist

Average Member Rating: 9.2

Juice Beauty Green Apple Cleansing Gel

Average Member Rating: 7.4

Aveda Petal Essence Eye Definer

Average Member Rating: 7.3

Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer

Average Member Rating: 7.2

Aveda Brilliant Universal Styling Creme

Average Member Rating: 8.4

Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme

Average Member Rating: 8.5

Aveda Smooth Infusion Conditioner

Average Member Rating: 8.2

Aveda Smooth Infusion Shampoo

Average Member Rating: 8.2

EO Everyone Hand Soap

Average Member Rating: 9.8

Jane Iredale Lip Drink SPF 15

Average Member Rating: 8.6

Jane Iredale More Lip Lip Plumper

Average Member Rating: 8.0

Jane Iredale 24-Karat Gold Dust in Green

Average Member Rating: 9.5

Jane Iredale Multi-Gloss Kit for Lips 2

Average Member Rating: 10.0

Jane Iredale Eye Shadows

Average Member Rating: 9.4

Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Eye Shadows

Average Member Rating: 9.0

Aveda Lip Tint SPF 15

Average Member Rating: 8.9

Jane Iredale Twice Blushed

Average Member Rating: 9.0

Jane Iredale Mini Dome Brush

Average Member Rating: 10.0

Juice Beauty Green Apple Nutrient Mask

Average Member Rating: 6.2

Juice Beauty Green Apple Body Peel

Average Member Rating: 9.5

Nude Cleansing Facial Oil

Average Member Rating: 7.8

EO Sanitizing Hand Wipes

Average Member Rating: 9.3

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Its good to know whats out there.

by nicky22 Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 04:00PM Report as inappropriate

I love Alaffia. I used their shower gel. I used to like Aveda, but for some reason...i am a bit tired of them...

by phonon56 Monday, August 13, 2012 at 02:39PM Report as inappropriate

Aveda has thebest smelling products around.

by beautybody Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 12:17PM Report as inappropriate

I love Juice and Aveda. I will be trying Nu and a couple of the other brands soon. Thanks!

by powerwoman033 Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 09:41PM Report as inappropriate

I feel bad I've only heard of like 2 of these brands before

by sportimonki13 Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 03:32PM Report as inappropriate

OOOOH AVEDA!! their products are sooooooo nice

by gloriab99 Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 12:29PM Report as inappropriate

very good to know

by LittleBunny Monday, September 5, 2011 at 08:54PM Report as inappropriate

I love love love Aveda, my dermatologist even recommended it.

by taryn.romero Friday, August 19, 2011 at 10:16AM Report as inappropriate

I love that jane was featured

by Bon_Bon Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 11:59PM Report as inappropriate

I use Aveda.

by MissPurple Monday, July 18, 2011 at 12:22PM Report as inappropriate

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