Go green with your beauty routine

April 30th, 2010

Trees are being cut down, animals are being tested, and toxins are being ingested.  The culprit: beauty products.

According to, the average person uses up to 15 products per day in their day-to-day beauty routine.  

Manufacturers and consumers alike are becoming more aware of the harmful substances that these products contain, and the toll they take on the environment.  

Last Thursday, April 22 was Earth Day’s 40th anniversary; now, with the growing popularity of all-natural and organic beauty products, we have more reason than ever to celebrate. 

“I want to try them,” said sophomore Kerry Fox. “However, I don’t really know much about them or what kind of products there are.”  

“Green” beauty products sometimes seem like the best-kept secret in the market.  They sound like a good idea, but many people get used to purchasing the same non-green products we always have for one reason or another.  

Spreading the word about the new trend in the beauty world will result in benefits not only for us, but also for the generations to come.

One of the keys to increase the use of organic beauty products is simply for consumers to know where they are available.  

Freshman Josette Burns, said sometimes she purchases her organic make-up at Target.  

“Other times I go to the Bare Minerals store at Beachwood Mall and buy eco-friendly products from there,” she said.

One factor that might initially deter consumers from trying green beauty products is the price. 

They sometimes sell for slightly higher than the non-green products.  

For example, an individual bar of soap from Lush Natural Cosmetics costs $5-$7, but Dove’s soap costs a little under $2 per bar.

Essentially, we are paying less to receive the added chemicals and toxins that diminish the quality of our environment when we don’t buy organic beauty products. 

Freshman Jess Hammer, said if she likes the products just as much as she likes her non-green beauty products she wouldn’t mind being charged a slightly higher price.  

Manufacturers of eco-friendly beauty products have realized that the quality of their all-natural products can’t be sacrificed or else consumers won’t spend the extra money for their environmental benefit. 

Green beauty products can be found all around us.  

For example, Burt’s Bees is an all-natural beauty product and can be found in your local drug store or grocery store.  

There are also stores such as the Mustard Seed and Whole Foods Market that sell virtually all organic and all-natural products.

Beachwood Mall contains stores such as Lush, which sells beauty products made only from food, and Sephora, which now has an entire section dedicated to selling only earth-friendly products.

Among Lush associates, favorite products includes their soothing facemasks made from products such as lettuce, chocolate or seaweed and their body butter made purely from oils and butters essential to lock in moisture and shine to your skin.  

Sephora now has an entire section dedicated to selling only earth-friendly products, as well.  

Associates at Sephora advise consumers to look for their “naturally sephora” logo that you can find on over 25 brands of their Sephora-approved natural products in stores to guarantee their natural and organic for your skin and the environment.  

This section of their store is quickly becoming more popular as consumers are discovering the quality of these products.

Many factors contribute to making a product “green” including their ingredients, the way they are packaged, and the ethics behind their production.  

However, senior Julie Papalao believes it’s an easy decision to use these environmentally-friendly products. 

“What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body.  Don’t use anything you wouldn’t eat!”