After making a selection of the best eco-friendly restaurants and cafés in Madrid, I continue the #ChangefortheBetter challenge supported by Kelloggs’s. This time I’ll choose some nice beauty labels that take care of the planet and support solidarity. Nail polish, shampoos, facial creams, essential oils, manicures, beauty treatments… Cosmetics without chemical components and elaborated with natural ingredients.
Hand in hand
The spirit of sustainability is also based on solidarity. That’s what Courtney and Bill do, the founders of Hand in Hand. They use natural products in the making of their famous soap bars, and they also collaborate with the Clean the World NGO and for every soap bar the sell, they donate another one and provide the water a person needs for a month to a sub-developed country to foment hygiene and health practices, avoiding lots of child deaths. So far, more than 65.000 soap bars have been donated to the children of Port-au-Prince (Haiti). Also, they contribute to re-foresting with the benefits they obtain. The soaps are 100% vegetal, vegan, organic, gluten-free, paraben-free, biodegradable, and with fair trade seal. The packaging and the shipping meet the sustainability standards.
The product itself, the production process and the packaging (recyclable and re-usable) respect the environment. The ingredients are 100% natural, without parabens and conservants, and are not tested on animals. The label was founded by Linda Nicolau in 1993, in Mallorca. You can find their products online too.
Nail polishes have the negative side of containing toxic substances in order to achieve those vibrant and colourful tones that last long. Kartika Luyet, ex-model and founder of Kure Bazaar, though that this wasn’t right, and launched a label of natural nail polishes to have her nails polished while being pregnant. As they tell in Laconicum (best beauty online store ever), the first thing Kartika did was getting rid of the four most damaging components: toluene, formaldehido, ftalatos and synthetic camphor. This concept is known as “4Free”. She investigated to get the maximum amount of natural ingredients that proportioned shine and permanency, and she found the special qualities that wood core, cotton, potato, wheat and corn have. It took two years to achieve the perfect formula.
This British label was born with the purpose of taking care of the most sensitive skins by using components obtained from plants. Pai has won several prizes and is sold worldwide. You can find it at Laconicum too.
Green for Chic
This space located in Federica & Co (Hermosilla 26, Madrid) offers a selection of eco-friendly cosmetics with labels such as L’Occitane, Kusmi Tea, the Erborian BB creams, the dry papers by Matte Perfect, the nail polishes by Uslu Airlines (every color is named after the initials of an airport: JFK, LAX…), the gels by Compagnie de Provence…. A great place in which they will asesorate you in the best way possible. If you are not in Madrid, you can also find their products online.
A hairdresser that only uses natural products such as henna, gassoul, turmeric, indigo and essential oils, perfect for recovering the original shine of your hair. It’s in Barcelona. More info here.
At the manicure salon Twentynails in Madrid they offer several manicure treatments with natural ingredients that sound delicious: Honey, Milk and White Chocolate Manicure; and Mango and Mandarin Manicure.
I discovered this label thanks to Tamara from itHunter, one of my favourite blogs. Juniper Ridge is a line of fragrances, soaps and incenses that excursionists and hikers elaborate with the flowers, plants and wild herbs they recollect in their trips around California. Moss, bark… Anything. They later distil them without using chemical components nor artificial fragrances. The label was founded in 1998 by Hall Newbegin (what a cool surname), a mountaineer and mushroom-forager, and now they form a staff of 15 people. One of the routes they most explore is the Big South, which you can find in the way of L.A. to San Francisco.
The creators explain: “A hundred years ago, all perfumes were made this way. Today we’re the only ones who handle every step of the process ourselves. We go camping. We crawl around in mountain meadows. We smell the wet earth beneath fir trees, and spend whiskey-fueled hours geeking out over the scent of wind off a glacier. We make our fragrances throughout the West Coast—on dirt roads and trails, around campfires, and in our Oakland, California workshop. All to capture the quiet beauty of the Mojave Desert at sunrise, or a late-season Sierra trailhead with winter right around the corner.”
Discover their products on their website.