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Eco Beauty Tools Help You Pamper with a Conscience!

  • posted November 1st, 2010
  • Beauty

I may not be the most eco-conscious gal around, but I try to do my part. I recycle. I take public transportation (or walk!) as much as possible. I’ve even planted a tree or two in my day. But if we’re being honest, my beauty routine isn’t doing the best job at minimizing my carbon footprint. You know, tons of hairspray, more than one occasion of leaving my flat iron on for hours at a time. But despite my missteps, I am open to revamping my beautifying to fit a more green regime (a little early 2011 resolution-making perhaps?), and the first step is to upgrade my arsenal of beauty tools with more eco-conscious options! For example, switch out your usual brush set for a sustainable Eco Tools set — you’ll be surprised how soft they are! And instead of a wooden hairbrush, opt for a more eco-friendly brush made from bamboo, like this one from Sephora Brand. And if you can’t live without your hair styling tools, blow-dry and flat iron with energy-conserving heated tools like this Sedu Revolution Pro Green Dryer and this Pure Heat Earthstik Flat Iron!

– Alex Gambardella

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Cabana Wood Earrings from Alex and Ani

Cabana Wood Earrings from Alex and Ani featured on Shopalicious.comThese chain-link earrings by Alex and Ani are given a retro twist, being crafted out of wood, perfect to pair with your black maillot swimsuit and oversize shades for poolside lounging. Alex and Ani create their eco-conscious designs using reused and recycled materials, so you can indulge your fashion sense and be kind to the planet. They’re $78.00 from Alex and Ani.

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Beauty—Eco-Minded, Affordable Haircare from Depth and Alaffia

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In an effort to save a little money, I've stopped going to Sephora for my nearly $20-a-bottle shampoo (as lovely as it may be) and hitting the Whole Foods aisles. My experience with WF eco-conscious haircare has been hit-or-miss in the past; I've found that if I go too cheap, I end throwing the bottle away after a handful of uses when I can't take the profusion of fly-aways. Of late, I've come upon two brands that I like and work for me, both falling around the $10-a-bottle mark.

The first is Drench Hydrating Shampoo and Immerse Daily Conditioner from Depth Body, which has a mild and pleasant seaside scent, and is made from a blend of marine botanicals, plant-based cleansers, organic aloe vera, and, in the conditioner, natural emollients. Depth sales contribute to a non-profit which educates youth about the ocean, and it's also got the Whole Foods Premium Bodycare stamp, given to particularly pure products.

Alaffia's handcrafted, fair trade-certified Shea Butter…

My second and most recent find (it's in my shower right now) is Alaffia's Coconut & Shea Daily Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner. I love the clean and slightly earthy scent of the shampoo, with the coconut coming out more prominently in the conditioner. The shampoo is a concoction of Shea Butter-based African black soap, virgin coconut oil, lemongrass extract, pro-vitamin B5 and wheat protein. Swap the Shea Butter-based African black soap for Shea Butter and you have the conditioner.

The cornerstone of Alaffia's product range is its handcrafted, fair trade-certified Shea Butter, which you can read about online. As soon as I've used up my cleanser, moisturizer, etc, I want to try out Alaffia's other products; with many under $20, this is again more reasonable than my current facial product line-up.

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