“But Sue, I have a gift card to ___________ beauty store I can’t just let it go to waste”
I hear you my peoples but my response is two things:
- yes you can. BOOM. simple. don’t support them.
- I cannot turn down gifts for free shopping so I don’t assume others can too, but there are some hidden (very hidden) gems out there that you can use.
I had a very good friend ask me this question once and I then lost 4 hours of my life researching this. Embarassing facts about Sue #1…
This time warp of beauty research did however get some great resources if you ever in the position where you need to shop somewhere dirty (snicker), but want to #gogreen. It also addresses the issue of convenience when you want a green beauty product RIGHTTHISSECOND.
Look I get why people like Sephora. I too used to enjoy Sephora going in and trying things and getting help from people with an insane amount of makeup (to be fair, I don’t blame them, if I didn’t care about my skin and worked in Sephora I would go nuts and put everything on my face too. ALSO, tolerance, let them be who they be). Here’s why I don’t like Sephora….
- Created by? A MAN.
- CEO? A MAN.
- Skin care experts don’t know that much about the ingredients in products or combinations of products.
- They have approximately 654,457,127 products and all of them are amazing? NOPE. You still have to do your research before.No honest reviews in-store
- CEO? A MAN.
Anyways, sometimes you miss the old days of going to the candy store like shop, or sometimes you have a gift certificate, or sometimes you ran out and this is the closest place here’s a gallery of products for you to use!
“Butter LONDON has always been dedicated to creating high-fashion color without compromise, so we never add formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, phthalates, or parabens to any of our products.” ***There are water based, 5 free nail colors out there, but 4 free ain’t bad.
Clinical Essential Oil Therapist and founder of 21 Drops, captured the proven, effective powers of natural essential oils and made them relevant for today’s world. ***again, limited choices because kiss my butt I’m Sephora. Do you know where these oils are from? me neither…NOW, they could be totally legit, no quitting, but I don’t know and they don’t tell you.SKETCH.
Bite lip products are handcrafted one at a time to provide nourishing, restorative benefits. These lipsticks contain natural and organic ingredients—moisturizers and protective antioxidants like resveratrol, organic fruit butters, and Manuka honey. ***the kicker with bite? To get color they still use some bad ingredients like Carmine. SO while there’s a lot of good, there’s also some ingredients you don’t want on your lips all the time.
This 100% Pure Argan Oil is a legendary oil that’s rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, and grown organically in Morocco. With its multitasking benefits, Argan Oil can be used for many areas including hydrating and nourishing skin, as a daily moisturizer, skin treatment, treating spilt ends, and softening cuticles. It’s gentle enough to use on all skin types and is believed to help with skin conditions including acne. Argan Oil easily absorbs into skin to give you a youthful, dewy glow, and has astonishing healing, conditioning, and antiaging properties to keep your skin and hair nourished and revitalized and to keep you looking beautiful from head to toe. ***note! not all of her products are as clean as this one. Honestly, there are better Argan Oils out there like Kahina Giving Beauty where you know both the quality of the ingredient AND the women who harvest it for you, who part of your money goes to.
Manuka Doctor combines the potency of patented purified bee venom with the healing benefits of certified Manuka honey for authentic skincare solutions that combat various skincare issues, including acne and signs of aging. Using high-performing ingredients from the hive and expert scientific research, Manuka Doctor offers nature-inspired, scientifically enhanced formulations that are refined, concentrated, and 100 percent bee friendly. ***note! There’s only one product from this because screw you thats why. Also, this product does use royal jelly which is a natural bee product, but most times a better alternative product is aloe or something plant based.
“When I set out to create my own skincare line, I wasn’t looking to replicate products that were already on the market. My founding mission was to give the skincare industry a fresh start with highly effective and luxurious anti-aging beauty products that were completely free of synthetic and chemical ingredients. I believe people deserve beauty products that deliver the results they want, without putting their health at risk. As a company we seek to challenge the assumption that ‘natural’ means less effective. I’m passionate about promoting a modern, health-conscious natural beauty industry that’s committed to safety, honesty, and sustainability.” – Tata Harper
Well this is easy enough! Nothing to absorb with a tool. While their tools aren’t eco, or small business in anyway, they at least are putting chemicals into your skin and helping you get beautiful hair and skin with your good products
Some people don’t like Ulta because they have Covergirl, Maybelline, etc. in the store and it’s not the posh experience they were hoping for.This doesn’t bother me, not to mention there’s a great range of Green Products, More than you’d expect…. check them out in the gallery below!
100% products are truly 100% Pure-no synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, harsh detergents or any other unhealthy toxins *** THis is another one of those company’s who do a lot , but there’s not a lot here. I love their makeup too, but it’s not at many of their store locations. SAD FACE.
Badger is a family business making certified organic and truly natural skin care products. We blend organic plant extracts with beeswax and minerals to make healing balms, safe mineral sunscreens, lip balms, bug repellents, skin moisturizers, and other personal care products that work, smell, and feel great. Our sunscreens combine zinc oxide with certified organic and natural ingredients, are highly rated for their safety and efficacy, and have established Badger as a leader in natural cosmetics. *** badger is another company that does a lot and has a lot, but not all of their products are represented at Ulta
butter LONDON has always been dedicated to bringing you high-fashion colour without compromise, so we never add Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, phthalates or parabens to any of our products.
The EcoTools® collection of brushes has everything you need to apply your makeup beautifully. They have incredibly soft bristles, sleek bamboo handles, recycled aluminum ferrules, and are 100% cruelty free.
I love me some Juice. Juice has some of the best working, best SMELLING products out there, and they’re at a great midrange price if you don’t want to or can’t lay out some cash. They also have a great range of both skin care and makeup products including the stellar Stellar CC cream.
100% Organic Hair Removal In harmony with nature – in harmony with your skin. Smooth skin in three easy steps without the pain of waxing.
NVEY ECO explodes the myth that going green reduces the performance and application of make-up, with the development of unique production methods that retain the organic profile, while delivering the high performance colour and long lasting characteristics that NVEY Make-up is known for internationally. Nvey Eco is one of the FUN brands. Want green eyeshadow? no not organic-green bright neon green for a fun look? go to Nvey Eco, it’s the makeup forever for non-tox beauties
Pacifica skin care and color is formulated with natural ingredients your skin craves. Our skin care and color is formulated without: Animal testing, animal ingredients, FD&C color, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, benzene, mineral oil, petroleum, peanut oil, triclosan, and other ingredients you do not want on your skin. Fragrances Brook Harvey-Taylor personally develops all of our scents using the highest quality ingredients including essential and natural oils from all over the world to create Pacifica’s proprietary perfume blends. Pacifica does not support the use of naturals that are threatened or where the harvesting of the plant endangers biodiversity or causes other environmental issues. Pacifica adheres to strict IFRA standards, a self-governing organization that sets safety standards for all natural and non-natural aroma compounds *** note, Pacifica has a huge variety of products and only about half of them are offered through Ulta
A great drugstore brand that comes it at a super low price and also has great ethics regarding recycle-ability (it’s word) of their packaging.
But what about_______?
I knew it! I knew you were going to ask me that! There were many many brands at these two locations that were MOSTLY green, clean, or organic. Here’s the thing. Spend what you have to there, then get out and get those products that aren’t mostly green they’re TRULY green.
Now get on it and #gogreen