The top organic beauty products
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By Laura Vogel
Beauty products made with organic ingredients—free of man-made pesticides and fertilizers—have moved out of the tree-hugger fringe and into the spotlight, yet shopping for them can be confusing. The USDA has three personal-care-product labels: "100 percent organic," "organic" (95 percent organic) and "made with organic ingredients" (at least 70 percent organic). Obtaining certification is costly, so some lines contain a high percentage of organics, even if they don't bear the USDA label.
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The owner of Organic Fiji, Bob Rogers, was wowed on a vacation by the lustrous hair and skin of the islanders. He discovered their beauty secret: cold-pressed coconut oil, and he went on to create a line of body care created with it, all hand-crafted by Fijians. Organic Fiji's rich soap is made from 100 percent USDA certified organic ingredients. A great choice for dry or delicate skin, this rich and soothing bar has vitamins A, B, C and E—naturally occurring in coconuts—making it an inexpensive green treat.
SHOP NOW: Organic Fiji Pineapple Coconut Soap, $9
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Suki Skincare falls into the USDA organic category, made with 90 percent organic ingredients. Free of synthetic ingredients, the skincare and makeup line was created by the eponymous owner at her Massachusetts kitchen table in 2002. This vegan, natural-ingredient-packed tinted moisturizer includes the anti-inflammatory salicylic acid (sourced from white willow bark) and many natural emollients (from beeswax to grape-seed oil).
SHOP NOW: SukiColor Tinted Active Moisturizer, $51
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Created by Rhode Island–based founder Barbara Brock (a seventh-generation farmer), Farmaesthetics was first sold at an organic farm stand in 1999. This 100-percent organic oil is one of their most popular products: It only contains three ingredients—sweet soy oil, honey absolute (a distilled essence of the sweet stuff) and vitamin E. It makes for a deeply moisturizing treatment when applied to the body post-bathing, or you also add it to the tub for a decadent soak.
SHOP NOW: Farmaesthetics Midnight Honey Bath & Beauty Oil, $36
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Created by skincare expert Marie Veronique in Mill Valley, Calif., this made-with-organic-ingredients brand aims to use fair-trade components whenever possible. Veronique's most popular product is this face serum. All-natural marine-sourced ingredients, including algae and seaweed, power the product. It delivers a dewy complexion without any petroleum-based ingredients or preservatives.
SHOP NOW: Marie Veronique Organics Pacific Face Serum, $140
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You might think that following the colorful eye-makeup trend entails applying colors not found in nature. Not so. Emani is a company founded in 1998 with the aim of producing makeup that meets professional-makeup standards while being as natural as possible. This gorgeous, handmade eye shadow is crafted from natural waxes and oils and gets its pigment from minerals. It's also talc-free, gluten-free and is not tested on animals.
SHOP NOW: Emani Hybrid Crème in Love Addict, $18
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Juice Beauty—made with organic ingredients—was founded by San Francisco entrepreneur Karen Behnke. When, at 40, she became pregnant for the first time, she wanted to be as healthy as possible. Taking the BB (beauty balm) cream trend one step further is Juice Beauty's CC ("color correcting") cream. This organic tinted moisturizer is multipurpose: It's got an SPF of 30 (using minerals instead of chemical barriers to block harmful rays) and includes vitamin C to brighten skin while its tint helps your face look flawless from day one.
SHOP NOW: Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream, $39
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Orico London is a popular UK line that has just made it to our shores. Hyper-focused on purity, their body oil is comprised of 100 percent organic ingredients. The decadent skin soother is rich in vitamins, rosehip, macadamia and baobab oils. Perfect for busy mornings, it is quickly absorbed by the skin and lends a subtle, healthy glow.
SHOP NOW: Orico London Rush Hour Vibrant Dry Body Oil, $40
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DeVita Skincare was created by Arizona entrepreneur Cherylanne DeVita, PhD, after her personal battle with cystic acne. She began experimenting with skincare formulas and found that aloe vera was highly effective in improving her own skin, and her company was born. Aloe is the number one ingredient in this gentle cleanser that is USDA organic, vegan, has no genetically modified ingredients, nor any parabens.
SHOP NOW: DeVita Creamy Eye Makeup Remover, $13
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Purity of Elements is a brand-new Venice, Calif.–based line founded by mother-daughter team Sheri Poe and Danielle Birrittella. (Mom Sheri made her mark as the founder of Ryka athletic shoes for women.) They created POE to fill their own lifelong quests for natural-but-effective skincare. This POE gel mask provides an intense moisture boost via all-natural ingredients like vitamin C, orange and ginger-root extracts as well as antioxidant tea.
SHOP NOW: POE Mandarin Marine Moisture Mask, $52
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Austin-based Carina Menzies, founder of Everyday Minerals, has created a made with organic ingredients line that is also vegan and eco-friendly. Made with wild-harvested jojoba, her makeup base has a natural wax formula that is feather-light on the skin, while light-reflective mineral mica lends a radiant glow.
SHOP NOW: Everyday Minerals Jojoba Base in Sesame, $15
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Natural-beauty pioneer Laurel Shaffer is the founder of Sequoia Beauty, a 100 percent organic line focused upon organic flowers and herbs. Their Honey Berry Enzyme Mask is made of raw honey, strawberries, raw blueberries and other pure ingredients—all of which are organic, raw and sourced locally in the Bay Area.
SHOP NOW: Sequoia Beauty Honey Berry Enzyme Mask, $28