Erin's Green Beauty Favourites

I was careful to title this as "green" skincare, and have tried my best to include the most up-to-date information about the brands and any certifications that they have. Since there's no one international regulatory body for organic standards, it can all get a bit confusing. I'll simply say that I love these products and they work for me. It's a big bonus that these brands strive to be organic, non-toxic and/or cruelty-free.

Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser – I'm happy to have this ultra-luxe cleanser as a part of my skincare routine. Brands like Tata Harper are helping to change perceptions of natural skincare as being the antithesis of luxury. I picked this up at Sephora in the beginning of May and did a full review, but long story short, this cleanser helps clear congestion due to environmental pollution and is still gentle on my dry skin.
Claim to green fame: 100% natural and non-toxic, environmentally sustainable business practises, recyclable glass bottles, treeless labels, cruelty free certified by Leaping Bunny Association, 100% vegetarian certified by American Vegetarian Association. Read more here on their website.

Hurraw! lip balm in Chai Spice – I love the authentic, spicy chai scent of this lip balm. It's not greasy and really absorbs into the lips. I've also done a more in-depth review.
Claim to green fame: Fair trade, organic, vegan and raw ingredients. Ingredients list that details which are organic is available online. Read more here.

Burt's Bees Vanilla Bean Moisturizing Lip Balm – The original Burt's Bees balm contains peppermint oil which irritated and dried out my lips, but this vanilla version is delightful. I love that it's 100% natural, too. Read more of my thoughts here.
Claim to green fame: On average, products are 99% natural; over half are 100% natural. Sends zero waste to landfills. Annual sustainability reports made available to consumers. Read more here.

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Cream – I had no idea what a kukui nut was when I bought this, but have since found out that the tree is the official tree of Hawaii. Cool! The smell is very warm and nutty smell without being too sweet. There are also two other amazing scents to try: coconut and papaya mango. Shea and cocoa butters make up the base of this rich body cream that absorbs in nicely and leaves a lingering scent.
Claim to green fame: Certified organic, 100% vegetarian, no animal testing. Animal products are limited to ingredients that are naturally created by and have no future use to the animal, such as beeswax. Products are made without a long list of nasties, including artificial colours, aluminium, mineral oil, and more. Read more here.

Pai Skincare Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil  – This quick fix facial oil is one of my go-to products when my skin is having a crisis, and I know Katherine also likes this oil. Trans-retinoic acid (form of vitamin A) helps treat acne, pigmentation and aging skin.
Claim to green fame: All products made with sensitive and allergy-prone skin in mind. Only use naturally-derived ingredients approved and certified organic by the UK Soil Association. No animal testing, and do not source from companies that test on animals. Never includes "parfum", an umbrella term that allows manufacturers to include up to 200 synthetic chemicals undeclared. Read more here.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap – Katherine and I both use this powerful liquid soap for cleaning makeup brushes, but it's suitable for lots of other purposes. These are "pure-castile" soaps, which means it's vegetable oil-based soap, not a blend of synthetic detergents. These are affordable and this mini cost around $3 and has lasted a few months. I like the unscented one because there are no essential oils and there's double the olive oil, which helps condition brush hairs.
Claim to green fame: Sources major raw materials from certified Fair Trade and organic projects around the world. Read more here. Certified vegan, except for the balms, which contain organic beeswax. No animal testing and cruelty-free certified with the "Leaping Bunny" seal. Read more here.

Weleda Skin Food – This amazing product appeared in my February favourites earlier this year. I love using this at night as an eye cream, but it's good virtually anywhere  – dry hands, elbows, cuticles, chapped heels... Emollient plant oils and lanolin make up the base.
Claim to green fame: Nothing synthetic, no animal testing, certified organic by NaTrue organization, non-GMO. No parabens, phthalates, or SLS. Read more here.

For even more "green" options and lots of helpful reviews, check out The Beauty Proof. Jacqueline lists her favourites in every skincare category and that list kickstarted this post. As well you absolutely have to check out her page on how to pick a healthy product.

What natural skincare brands do you use?