10 great blogs covering sustainable, nontoxic and vegan beauty.
If you’ve ever stared blankly at an array of beauty products in the drugstore aisle and felt hopelessly clueless about which brands are the real McGreen, this is for you.
When I’m wondering whether the newest “organic” mascara is green or greenwash, or how to translate the latest makeup trends into real-life looks with non-toxic products, I turn to these 10 top green beauty blogs, written by both experts and everyday women who cut through the chemicals and share what they find.
Erin and Stancie, the sisters behind Fig + Sage, are just plain passionate about organic, non-toxic beauty, and they want to help us all discern the truly gush-worthy products from the disappointing (or worse). Case in point: a recent post on ‘6 Things that Irritate Me‘, which includes “Brands that get annoyed, defensive and rude when you ask them to prove the validity of their claims. If that kind of response isn’t suspicious I don’t know what is.”
Helmed by Inhabitat founder Jill Fehrenbacher, Ecouterre showcases more than just the latest in innovative and quirky sustainable fashion design – it’s also a helpful source of information about natural and organic beauty, whether highlighting their favorite products or shedding light on the latest beauty-related studies. Bonus: tips for guys, too!
Author of best-selling green guide Gorgeously Green, Sophie Uliano is an expert on ditching toxic ingredients and being more environmentally friendly without sacrificing style and glamour. She brings the same tips that made her book so popular to her blog, A Simply Gorgeous Life, discussing both store-bought products and skin care recipes you can make yourself.
Delicious-smelling perfumes made from essential oils, firming facial serums, fun freebies and more can be found at orGLAMic’s Health & Beauty blog. Founded by television host and former Miss Los Angeles Sandra Sanchez, orGLAMic focuses on sustainable alternatives for women (and men!) who love luxury.
Do we really need to use toners? What are the hottest new shades of non-toxic nail polish? What’s the deal with that new USDA certification program for ‘natural’ products? You’ll find the answers to all of these questions at the Nature of Beauty Blog, run by the organic beauty shop of the same name. Founder Terri Bly is super-picky about the products she chooses to sell, and her insight is definitely worth a read.
Looking to downsize your carbon footprint? Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff wants to help you shrink it down to a tiny pointed heel with EcoStiletto, a green blog with a focus on style and celebs. Check it out for interviews with stars like Chloe Sevigny and Daryl Hannah, lists of the greenest products in drugstores and department stores, plastic-free skin care lines and sustainable beauty that gives back.
Josie Maran Cosmetics
Sure, Josie Maran is blogging about her own products – why wouldn’t she? But the model, green activist and eco-beauty entrepreneur gives us a cool inside take including demonstrations and suggestions for using them, and the occasional coupon code or heads up on a sale. Her posts that match up the latest runway trends in makeup with products that can help you get the same look are extra helpful.
Organic Beauty View
The Organic Beauty View blog is a great source of seasonal beauty trends, skin care tips and lots of top 10 lists for everything from organic shampoo to non-toxic mascara. Get your natural beauty questions answered by Emma Pezzack, founder of Futurenatural, a Sephora-like emporium of natural and organic beauty products.
Looking for products that are not just cruelty-free, but totally vegan? At the Vegan Beauty Review, blogger Sunny tries out eyeshadow primers, soap, nail polish – pretty much any product you can think of. More so than ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ products, Sunny focuses on those that don’t include a single drop of any animal product. “I want the world to know that you can be vegan and cruelty-free and still be über girlie and have fun.”
Full disclosure – I write beauty posts at Eco Chick. But that doesn’t mean I can’t say the site rocks. Founder Starre Vartan, author of The Eco Chick Guide to Life, strikes a refreshing balance covering the best of the best luxe green beauty lines and cheap and easy DIY beauty recipes and tips.
Finally, you can always peruse the many expert beauty articles of our own beauty editor, Katherine Butler. Looking good, lady!