We're about to start a new year, and we're all on that mindset of starting new chapters in our lives. Why not start by thinking of all the ways we can be good to ourselves? One of which is to weed out those beauty products full of chemicals and replace them with good-for-your-skin (and the environment) alternatives. The fact is, our regulatory systems don't do enough to make sure the beauty industry leaves out irritating and carcinogenic components. But you won't see some of those dirty words like parabens and phthalates on our list. Your skin will thank you by being brighter, clearer and even more gorgeous than it's been before.
Stila All Day Beauty Balm
Cruelty-free, paraben-free and oil-free, Stila could have stopped there. Instead, they created 10 benefits for your skin in this one Beauty Balm. It builds collagen, won't clog pores, and reduces skin inflammation, just to name a few.
Lippy Girl Lipstick
These organic lipsticks moisturize and nourish lips with organic beeswax, jojoba oil, grape and castor seed oil. And they give you a perfect satin finish. Rather than get their coloring from chemicals, they're tinted with plant ingredients. Lippy Girl Lipstick $15.66 at Lippy Girl
Logona Eye Shadow
This environmentally friendly brand has made a mineral-based shadow that contains pure essential oils for smoother application and finish. And you can buy it at drugstores!
Organic Wear Mascara
This mascara is made by the well-known Physicians Formula brand. No parabens, no GMOs and cruelty free.
Chantencaille is a rare breed of high-end brand that cares about the environment and your skin. They create cruelty-free products without unwanted mineral derivatives or lanolin. They also have specific products that donate proceeds to a variety of overseas charities that work to protect and preserve wildlife.
Zoya Nail Polish
Zoya polishes don't contain the harmful phthalates and toxic ingredients, such as toluene, camphor and formaldehyde, that are typically found in nail lacquer. Plus, they've got dozens of gorgeous colors from beautiful solids to pretty, sparkly shades like this one.
Saffron James Fragrance
This editor favorite line of perfumes was started by a former beauty editor at Elle. Free from preservatives, each scent is made from the native flora of Hawaii. It's kind of like taking your fantasy vacation with you wherever you go. Even at the office.