Eco-friendly cosmetics

Look good and adopt a glow of moral superiority with this selection of six of the best 'green' cosmetics

Everything – from the reusable bags at Carrefour to the vile (but healthy) wheatgrass shots at Pulp Juice Bar in Mall of the Emirates – is going green. So it’s no surprise that our cosmetics have jumped on the eco bandwagon. Throw out your red lippy, urges Anna Whitehouse, as she gives us all a green slap across the chops.

Aveda Uruku Eye-Lip Colour Liner
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A product that comes in recycled paper packaging automatically gets the thumbs up from us. But a brand that goes one step further and uses eco friendly colourants in its design gets a special green prize. On the make-up front, Aveda has always been a name synonymous with natural (they kicked off the whole mineral make-up trend), but they’ve really upped their game now with this liner. Not only does it work better than some of its chemical-ridden rivals, but it’s made out of plant-based pigments that actually give a more defined and longer lasting look. Worried about the pencil? It’s made from responsibly sourced cedar wood. Hear hear, we say. (The liner comes in recycled paper packaging and is available in three shades: Kava, Verona, and Morena).

Smashbox Green Room Bronzer
Dhs103 at Faces (04 340 8179), BurJuman.
We were so happy when Smashbox hit Sephora. Everything from its Japanese cartoon-inspired packaging to its cream blush sticks is a winner in our eyes, but it’s more than just a pretty face. On an eco level, you’ll be happy to know that for every purchase of Smashbox Green Room products (the line also has a primer, eye shadow, and lip gloss), Trees for the Future will plant a Moringa tree in a developing country. Also all the packaging is either biodegradable or recyclable. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Tarte Natural Swirl Cheekstain
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Now, we are firm fans of Benefit’s Benetint – it’s a watery substance made out of colour and rose water that gives you a bourjois glow – but now there’s a new contender in the field. If you want that flushed look but want to nurture Mother Nature at the same time, Tarte offers a hearty contender in the form of its all natural cheek stain. It’s made from pigments derived from fruit and minerals and is preservative-free, mineral oil-free and paraben-free all at once. On top of that little triad, Tarte donates money to help preserve the Amazon Rainforest through Sambazon’s Sustainable Acai Project. We feel humbled.

Korres Sweet Orange Sunscreen Face and Body Milk SPF25
Dhs109 at Areej (04 340 5223), Mall of the Emirates.
The Greek brand Korres landed in the emirate last summer. Since then it has garnered such a following among Dubai’s beauty editors and product junkies that we fully expect to join a waiting list at any given shopping jaunt. The reason? Korres uses natural ingredients instead of synthetic products, which include body products, skincare, and makeup too. Our product du jour is the Sweet Orange Sunscreen Face and Body Milk SPF25, which is packed with orange and jojoba oils, and contains loads of antioxidants. Its Cherry Full Colour Lip Gloss (Time Out had a sneaky preview on a recent jaunt to New York) is also one to watch out for.

Nature Girl Flower Infusion Shampoo
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True to its name, Nature Girl is all about helping out Mother Nature. And they make it so easy with the floral packaging and glorious wafts of rose, fuchsia and lavender in every bottle. But it’s the ingredients that really catapult this brand into the eco limelight: It’s sulphate-free, made from vegetable oils and uses flower essential oils. There’s not one ingredient used that harms the environment, leaving you with flowing, silky tresses and a clear conscience.

Dr Hauschka Skin Care Toned Day Cream
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While this glorious product is not available in Dubai (just give it time, give it time), it’s such a winner that it would be a sin to leave it off the list. The people at Dr Hauschka are all about the anti-synthetic additives and abhor that whole animal testing malarkey. Plus, the brand also uses responsibly sourced ingredients and eco-friendly packaging, so much kudos to them. We’re loving their Toned Day Cream because it gives you the kind of healthy glow that could only have walked off a catwalk or spent a day at the Park Hyatt’s Amara Spa. It’s lightweight too, so it’s perfect for the steam bath summer.

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