Being green isn’t just about reusing plastic bags and turning off your lights; it’s also about being green with your beauty regime. There are now numerous brands that strive towards protecting the planet whilst perfecting your pores and pampering your locks. Be it by recycling packaging, supporting environmental products, or shunning chemical nasties that can harm the planet (as well as your skin), it’s never been easier to do your bit. So, in celebration of today being Earth Day, kick-start your quest to get gorgeous whilst going green with the best eco-friendly beauty brands available.
Click through the gallery to discover the cosmetics that care.
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Davines uses renewable energy to power its offices (and soon all its salons too), and works to compensate CO2 emissions by being involved in projects that help safeguard forests around the world. It even has a ‘Sustainable Beauty Day’ when salons style clients’ locks in return for contributions to environmental projects, chopping hair to help combat the effects of chopping trees.
Supporting fair trade and community trade initiatives, Lush combats the over-packaging problem by creating products that can be sold ‘naked’ – package free. And if you do pick a product that comes in a pot or tub, you can exchange five empty containers for a free facemask. The new Lush store in Abu Dhabi’s Yas Mall was built entirely using local reclaimed timber and is the first store in the country built using recycled resources.
Lush ‘Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser,’ AED 73/SAR 75, The Dubai Mall
Completely biodegradable and safe for the environment, these super sponges are produced with minimal impact on the planet’s resources. They proudly carry the Leaping Bunny and Vegan Society symbols to show their commitment to producing natural, cruelty-free skincare that not only gives you gorgeous skin, but does so whilst being eco-friendly and fabulous.
Konjac face sponge, AED 60/SAR 61, Organic Foods & Café, Al Quoz
Love your locks and the planet with these 100 percent natural hair heroes. Created by Fabian Lliguin, an avid humanitarian and renowned stylist and colorist, Rahua supports Amazonian tribes by purchasing native oils directly from the tribes who produce them. These indigenous women source the oils using ancient techniques passed down through their ancestral knowledge.
Rahua ‘Elixir’, AED 1,075/SAR 1,098, Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates
The Body Shop
When it comes to being eco-friendly, The Body Shop does it all. It has 25 Community Fair Trade suppliers around the world and an Ethical Trade program, is strongly opposed to animal testing, and is committed to protecting the planet. It has pledged to reduce CO2 emissions and electricity consumption by 50 percent and domestic water consumption by 25 percent by 2020.
The Body Shop ‘Shea Body Butter’, AED 75/SAR 77, The Dubai Mall
Kiehl’s doesn’t only protect the planet on a global level (it has donated over 2 million dollars to environmental causes) but also on a local one. A member of the biggest environmental group in Dubai, the EEG, it is part of the ‘Clean Up UAE’ project. Its ‘Recycle and Be Rewarded’ program lets you exchange empty packaging for free goodies – they’ve collected and recycled over 2 million empty bottles and jars so far!
Kiehl’s ‘Midnight Recovery Concentrate’, AED 217/SAR 221, The Dubai Mall
Makeup lovers rejoice, for you too can play a part in protecting the planet every time you purchase a product from MAC. With the ‘Back to MAC’ program, all you need to do is collect six empty containers (glass or plastic), return them to any MAC counter for recycling, and you can pick a free lipstick of your choice. That’s right, a free MAC lipstick – as if you needed a better excuse to get your eco on.
MAC ‘Lipstick in Lady Danger’, AED 108/SAR 108, The Dubai Mall
Creating cosmetics that care, Caudalie’s products contain no nasties (so they won’t harm your pores or the planet) and use only natural and environmentally friendly active ingredients. All packaging is recyclable and made from 50 percent recycled plastic or paper, and in 2012 creator Mathilde Thomas pledged to donate one percent of the brand’s turnover to environmental protection and ecology charities, every year.
Caudalie ‘Divine Oil’, AED 164/SAR 167, all leading pharmacies