Chryso's Beauty Buys: Sweet Treats for Valentine's Day by Chryso D'Angelo, February 03 2016, 2 Comments

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Most sweethearts love flowers (make them wild!) and organic chocolates (try Organic Dark Chocolate Hearts—yum!), but if your girlfriend, sister, mom, grandma, daughter or bestie is a beauty lover, you may have to think harder about her special V-day treat. Look no further than these eco friendly products, which are sure to put a smile on her face!

Zosimos Orange and Cinnamon Shower Gel


  • Has signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and enjoys full Champion status
  • These product are not ranked on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database

Environmental responsiveness: The ZB studio reduces its carbon footprint by using 100 percent wind power and reports that it only patronizes suppliers that use sustainable harvesting practices, grow pesticide-free plants and produce Certified Organic and/or natural ingredients. Some of the groups ZB studio supports include the Denali Citizens Council and Reef Check Australia. This company does not test on animals.

Results: If she loves to soothe her senses while bathing, this blend of fresh orange groves with a zing of cinnamon is totally for her! Zosimos Botanicals whips up some of my favorite scrumptious and functional beauty products so you don’t have to worry about dangerous chemicals—simply sit back and enjoy pamper time. Other scents include Lemon Ginger, Lemongrass and Lavender, Apricot and Pear.

Ingredients from packaging: Saponified Organic Oils of Coconut, Olive and Jojoba; Glycerin/ Vegetable Gum Extract; Organic Aloe Vera; Rosemary Extract; Sweet Orange Essential oil; Cassia Bark essential oil; Neroli essential oil; Sandalwood essential oil; Annatto extract.

Practicality: $5-$15

Zosimos Blush & Bronzer Set


  • Has signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and enjoys Champion Status
  • These products are not ranked by on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.

Environmental responsiveness: When creator Krissy Ferro began making her natural makeup products, she says she checked the safety of each ingredient she intended to use on Skin Deep’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics database. Ferro’s products are, therefore, paraben-free, chemical-free and cruelty-free.

Results: A great gift during the dead of winter when most of us could use a colorful lift, this set includes one Butternut Bronzer and any shade of blush. Blush shades are: Black Cherry, Dahlia, English Rose, Hibiscus, Magnolia, Maple, Orchid, Peach and Zinnia. The powders in the blush contain minerals that are beneficial for skin. They don’t contain the irritating ingredient, bismuth oxychloride, which can make skin itchya bonus if she’s got sensitive skin!

Ingredients from packaging: Butternut Bronzer: Mica, silk powder, iron oxides, zinc oxide; Blush: Mica; Zinc Oxide (Non-nano). Contains sunscreen due to the Zinc Oxide.

Practicality: $45

Earth Lab Cosmetics Vegan Lip Stix Mineral Pencil


  • Has not signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics
  • Has not been ranked on the Compact for Safe Cosmetics

Environmental responsiveness: No animal testing, by-products, parabens, toxic chemicals, bismuth oxycholoride, or preservatives.

Results: If she loves to plump up her pucker, she’ll enjoy these fat organic, vegan, and gluten free lip pencil “STIX.” They glide on soft and smooth, with little smudging. They’re also great for creating the ombre lip look. To do, put on lipstick, then line the lips with a dark liner (the Stix come in here). Blend the liner into the center, then dab a light eye shadow in the middle of the upper and lower lip. The results is super sexy for V-day or any occasion that calls for a little extra sass!

Ingredients from packaging: Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Carnauba Wax, Candelillia Wax, Ozokerite Wax, Vitamin E, Mica, and Iron Oxides.

Practicality: $18

Ecoplum All Good Skin Care Kit


  • Has signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and enjoys Champion Status
  • All Good Zinc Sunscreen SPF33 is ranked 1 out of 10 in safety on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (low hazard); Coconut Body Lotion and Herbal Freeze Sore Muscle Spray are not ranked.

Environmental responsiveness: Elemental Herbs runs a solar-powered production facility and donates 1% of their profits to For the Planet, Save Our Snow and United Plant Savers. Leaping Bunny, PETA Cruelty-Free company.

Results: Is she a sporty gal? Help her pamper herself when she’s out in the elements with the perfect gift set. Elemental Herbs Coconut Body Lotion repairs dry skin with organic botanicals while the Tinted Lip Balm Pacific Mist with SPF 18 has a very light white hue and will protect any smacker from extreme heat or cold; Zinc Sunscreen SPF33 is made of the safest sun protection ingredient—pure non-nano zinc oxide; and Herbal Freeze Sore Muscle Spray provides pain relief for sore muscles and achy joints--it goes on cool and warms up fast for wonderful relief—a great treat post workout.

Ingredients from packaging: Lip Balm: Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 10% (Non-nanoparticle. Additional Ingredients: Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil*, Organic Beeswax*, Organic Calendula*, Organic Comfrey*, Organic Lavender*, Organic Plantain*, Organic Yarrow*, Organic Peppermint Essential Oil*, Non-GMO Vitamin E. May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides; Body Lotion: Water (Aqua), Organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Organic Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Glycerin, Organic Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Organic Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Organic Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Organic Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Organic Arnica Montana (Arnica) Leaf Extract, Organic Coconut Flavor, Passiflora Edulis (Passion Fruit) Oil, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Organic Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract, Organic Rosa Damascena (Rose ) Flower Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopherol, Jojoba Esters, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate; Sunscreen: Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 22.5% (Non-nanoparticle). Inactive Ingredients: Organic Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Juice*, Water (Aqua), Organic Camelia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract*, Glycerin, Caprylic Capric Triglyceride, Organic Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil*, Organic Mauritia Vinifera (Buriti) Fruit Oil*, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, Methylcellulose, Stearic Acid, Organic Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil*, Organic Butyrospermun Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyhexyl Glycerin. Herbal Freeze Sore Muscle Spray: Active Ingredients: Menthol (peppermint derived) USP 6%. Inactive Ingredients: Arnica*, Balsam Poplar*, Deionized Water, Organic Alcohol, St Johnswort*, Vegetable Glycerin. *Ethically Wildcrafted, Extracted with Certified Organic Sugar Cane Alcohol.

Practicality: $44