April 22 marks the 45th annual Earth Day. Why not celebrate Mother Earth by doing some eco-minded shopping that also saves some green (and by green, we mean cash)? There are plenty of healthy, eco-green products that cost $10 and under, and many can be found at your local drugstore, or by clicking the product links below. Here’s our top 10 list of ways to save the environment – and our face – while saving a few dollars, too!
1. It’s time to say hello to that glowy complexion that was hiding during the long weeks – err, months – of winter. Say Yes to Grapefruit Face Brightening wipes ($6) will do the trick with a powerful blend of vitamin C, lycopene, and botanical oils to exfoliate and brighten. As an added bonus, the towelettes are compostable and save water. Double the earth-saving goodness.
2. Skin can get a bit temperamental as seasons change and a good facial exfoliator, like Giovanni’s Purifying Facial Scrub ($10), is one of our eco-beauty drugstore favorites. It banishes flaky skin, detoxes with charcoal and volcanic ash, and renews cells with antioxidants like acai and goji berries. Hypoallergenic and free of sulfates, it’s as good for you as it is for the earth.
3. If this in-between weather is causing blemishes, Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Spot Treatment ($10) will have your skin behaving in no time. Ingredients like tea tree oil and calendula help soothe and heal skin while salicylic acid treats those unwanted spots.
4. Eco-friendly shampoos that work as well as salon counterparts aren’t easy to find. We’re loving the range from Mineral Fusion ($10), which includes an assortment of cleansers for a variety of hair concerns, formulated without sulfates, parabens, or animal byproducts. Bonus: Each shampoo has a complimentary conditioner at the same price point, too.
5. With summer just around the corner, we’re prepping to get some color – be it from the sun or a bottle of faux tan. Either way, Lush’s D’Fluff Shaving Soap ($10) moisturizes skin with fresh strawberries, egg whites, maple sugar, coconut and rosehip oil for a smooth and silky finish. Fair trade cocoa butter adds extra protection against redness post-shave. Perfect for bare legs or as a prep before you self-tan.
6. As temps rise, we take a more natural approach to our makeup routine, which always starts with a great mascara and lip balm. Physician’s Formula 100% Natural Origin Jumbo Lash Mascara ($6) is a rather impressive eco-chic option that defines, adds volume, and is made with 70% organic ingredients.
7. At just $3, and in a range of fabulous flavors – like Pomegranate Raspberry and Sweet Mint – we’re stashing EOS Smooth Sphere lip balms in our purses, desk drawers, and glove compartments. With their signature shape, these petrochemical-free balms are easy to find at the bottom of a busy tote bag, and packed with vitamin E and shea butter to keep your smile – and the earth – looking good.
8. For polishes that skip harsh chemicals without sacrificing fabulous staying power, ZOYA ($9) is our go-to for eco-manis and pedis. With hundreds of colors to choose from, we’re loving the Spring 2015 Collection that includes baby blue Lillian, rosy pink Eden, and lemon yellow Daisy.
9. We’re swapping heavier winter fragrances for lighter, springtime scents – and the solid perfume collection from Pacifica ($9) offers eco-chic options perfect on their own or layered. With over a dozen scents, including Tuscan Blood Orange, Malibu Lemon Blossom, and Tahitian Gardenia, the solid perfumes are made with organic soy and coconut wax and packaged conveniently to throw in your purse or carry-on.
10. While a signature scent is always a good idea, it never hurts for your home to have one as well. The crisp, clean candles from Mrs. Meyers ($10) are available in lavender, basil, lemon verbena, and geranium. Essential oils are blended with a soy and corn wax (and a cotton lead-free wick), and poured into reusable jelly glasses. After burning 30-plus hours, put the glass to use as a bud vase or toothbrush holder. Reuse, recycle, enjoy!
Happy Earth Day!