A Skincare Lover’s Guide to the Most Ethical Brands

More likely than not, at 12 years old the most exciting part of your pre-school ritual was washing your face with your Clean & Clear cleanser. Something about the act made your morning routine feel complete and – if you had the “morning burst” variety- more awake. Throughout the years, your skincare routine has likely changed, whether it’s because your skin is evolving, or simply because you wanted to try something new. Well, if you’re still in the business of trying something new, what better items to trial than those that positively impact the world. To make your life easier, here’s a few you might want to look into, not only for their exquisite quality, but also for their ethical branding.

1) Pacifica

Where to begin with this supernova of a skincare brand. For starters, each and every product Pacifica carries is entirely vegan and cruelty free, making for a very proud PETA. Their product packaging is recyclable, and considering the devastating effects of over-packaging (something we’ve previously discuss in detail here), this is already a huge step for the eco-cosmetics industry. Plus, all their skincare is formulated with only natural ingredients, which means you’ll be getting a whole lot less of phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, triclosan, and several other ingredients we could never pronounce. And if you’ve already got a collection of cleansers and moisturizers, you can always try their nail polishes, perfumes, and candles!

Try their bestseller: Dreamy Youth Day & Night Face Cream, $16.

2) L’Occitane

With an annual budget of 1 million Euros, the L’Occitane Foundation has two primary objectives: to support visually impaired people worldwide, and to support the economic emancipation of women in Burkina Faso. The foundation was created in 2006 and has since also been carrying out several initiatives to better the community, including a project to aid with reconstruction in Japan following the 2011 tsunami. Their commitments also extend to social responsibility, responsible purchasing, and sustainable development. Not to mention, their skincare is derived primarily from flower, plant, and tree extracts, making for 100% natural – and often organic – products.

Try their bestseller: Immortelle Precious Cream, $62.

3) Odylique

As of 2008, this brand received the Ethical Shopping accreditation. This is something the Ethical Shopping Organization awards to companies that actively promote positive environmental, human rights, and animal welfare practices. Their products are entirely organic, hand-made (extra points for their fair trade sourcing, too) with pure plant oils and biodynamic herbs. Not a single one of Odylique’s products are tested on animals, nor do they use artificial fragrances, colorings, or synthetics. They also happen to be the creators of the first ever Soil Association certified shampoos (soil association = a charity that works to preserve soil through organic sourcing)!

Try their bestseller: Rose 3-Piece Gift Set, $30

From animal welfare to powerful initiatives to sustainable sourcing, skincare has never been so ethical. So, next time you find yourself running out of your essentials, give these brands a try!

Information Gathered From: Ethical Consumer


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