Make the Green Switch #3 : Green alternatives for Burberry, EOS, ByTerry & Cover Fx

 

It’s been a little while since the last edition of “The green Switch“, so it was about time to bring it back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EOS shave cream Pomegranate-raspberry
I picked EOS, but this could be any other shaving product on the market. Conventional shaving creams are loaded with fragrances and skin irritants. It’s also not uncommon to see parabens. EOS is paraben-free yet still has silicone, mineral oil and Triethanolamine which is used as a surfactant. Triethanolamine is considered an immune and respiratory toxicant and allergen.
Price: $3.99
Ingredients: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Petrolatum, Laureth 23, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Gluconolactone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Fragrance, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Red 40 (CI 16035), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional

The alternative: Acure foaming shaving gel blue chamomille + cucumber
A very recent launch. Acure Organics’ aloe-based formula is packed with nourishing (sweet almond, castor, cucumber) and soothing (blue chamomille) ingredients. The packaging is 100% recyclable PET with a patented air compression dispenser that creates real shaving foam. While the price is a bit higher compared to conventional drugstore shaving products, this remains worth giving a shot, especially since you’re looking for a shaving foam.
Price: $8.99

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Babassu Oil Polyglyceryl Esters, Xanthan Gum, Carageenan, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Essential Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract (and) Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Ferula Galbaniflua (Galbanum) Resin Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil Phytosterol Esters, Salix Nigra (Willowbark) Extract, Arnica Montana Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol,
Azulene. 

Burberry ” Effortless” eyebrow definer
Instead of a brow pencil, I picked the Burberry eyebrow definer because it has a slanted tip which is supposedly helping achieve a more natural look.
Price: $33
Ingredients: Unavailable online (despite searching for it, but I couldn’t find it anywhere, but I don’t think I’m wrong when I say the ingredients are not green 😉
 
As you can see, Zuii Organic has the same shape as Burberry’s eyebrow definer. Zuii offers  a blend of essential oils and extracts to ensure the brows are nourished and protected. The ingredients are certified organic.
Price: $28/19. Eur.
Ingredients: COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA*, CERA ALBA*, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII*, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL*, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL*, RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR SEED) OIL*, EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) CERA*, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, MICA, TOCOPHEROL,
CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE. MAY CONTAIN (+/-) CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77019.* Certified Organic ingredients

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover Fx Custom Cover drops
Described as “a revolutionary drop formula of concentrated pigments” that you can mix with primer, moisturizer, oil etc. this product has gained a cult-status in the beauty blogopshere. Something that always came back in the reviews I found online, was how light this felt on the skin, yet providing enough coverage. Cover-Fx contains mostly synthetic emollients (I spot some Sunflower see wax and some jojoba esters but that’s about it.) PEG-10 Dimethicone shouldn’t be used on damaged skin, showing some potential liver toxicity.  25 shades are currently available.
Price: $44
Ingredients: Ethyl Trisiloxane, Caprylyl Methicone, Bis-Hydroxyethoxypropyl Dimethicone, Isododecane, Dimethicone, Mica, Jojoba Esters,
Triethylhexanoin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Silica, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Helianthus Annuus
(Sunflower) Seed Wax, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Water, Alcohol, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax, Polyglycerin-3. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

The alternative: Gressa Minimalist Serum Foundation
I’m very excited because it matches the description of the Cover drops and it also comes in a bottle with a dropper. I reviewed the Gressa’s foundation and did a Gressa makeup look (here) so you can see for yourself how awesome this product looks. Trust me, I’m not fond of foundation. I wear as little as possible, because it always feels cakey to me. Well, this is THE exception. Svetlana, the founder of Gressa filled a (huge) gap in green beauty when she launched this product, a skincare-makeup hybrid. It’s so lightweight, with a water-like texture that turns to powder upon application. Makeup has never looked so good, this is nutrient-rich makeup. It manages to provide a great coverage, while looking natural. The ultimate product for the your-skin-but-better look! No silicone needed. There are 11 shades available, but the Gressa team will make sure to determine the right shade for you. Mixing several shades to get the perfect tint works too.
Price: $54
Ingredients: *Brassica oleracea (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, GRESSA Healing ComplexTM *Silymarin, *Neem (Azadirachta indica) Extract,*Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) Extract, *Lemon Balm (Melissa officianalis) Extract, *Barberry (Berberis vulgaris) Extract, *Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) Seed Extract, *Elder Flower (Sambucus nigra) Extract, *Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia) Extract, Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate Non-GMO, Coenzyme Q10, Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, (Vitamin C), *lecithin, *glycerin, mica, iron oxides, titanium oxide. *CERTIFIED ORGANIC



By Terry Ombre Blackstar “Color-Fix” Cream Eyeshadow
A chic, sleek cream eyeshadow that comes in a pencil. Concentrated with Tahitian black pearl extract, for a “radiance-trapping multi-reflective shine”. The Tourmaline pearl extract only comes at the end of the list, the main ingredients are silicones and synthetic beeswax. The first silicone listed “cyclopentasiloxane” shows signicant concerns regarding the
harmful effects it may have on the environment (i.e. marine life). This product is rated fairly well on EWG raising no particular concern for the skin, however its composition is not environmental-friendly. Plus, you’re paying a high price for synthetic ingredients.
Price: $44
Ingredients: CYCLOPENTASILOXANE TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE MICA,POLYETHYLENE LAUROYL LYSINE, OZOKERITE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE ,OCTYLDODECANOL,SYNTHETIC BEESWAX, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, SILICA, LECITHIN, TIN OXIDE, TOCOPHEROL, TOURMALINE,PEARL POWDER, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, CITRIC ACID. MAY CONTAIN, CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES, CI 42090 / BLUE 1 LAKE, CI 77492 / IRON OXIDES, CI 77510/ FERRIC FERROCYANIDE, CI 19140 / YELLOW 5 LAKE, CI 77288/CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS, CI 77491 / IRON OXIDES, CI 77000 / ALUMINUM POWDER, CI 75470 / CARMINE, CI77007 / ULTRAMARINES, CI 77510 / FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE, CI 77400 / BRONZE POWDER

The alternative: RMS Beauty eye polish
While RMS makeup products might not come in pencils, the quality and variety of colors available give By Terry a run for their money. Infused with nourishing ingredients (shea butter, coconut, jojoba, cacao, beeswax, vitamin E), RMS eye polishes have a stunning metallic finish and are soft and creamy. The flattering palette of colors enables you to easily achieve a dewy runway model makeup look (case in point: Gisele Bündchen swears by RMS).
Price: $28
Ingredients: *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil,*Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopherol(non-GMO), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499,  Mica CI 77019

Any products you’d like to replace? Let me know in the comments below!

Take care,

Liz

 

*Disclaimer:
This post was based on my opinion and my researches. I have not personally tried the non-green versions, and I’m not claiming the green alternatives would be identical, I can speak for them, because I have tried almost all of them. I’m not making the green switch an imperative, you’re free to decide for yourself. If you enjoy any of the non-green product listed, it’s fine. These are only suggestions, in case there are some people looking to gradually switch to more gentle and greener alternatives.

Liz

Green hunter, wellness junkie and pun maker on the website, I'm on a journey towards a kinder and healthier life. @lizthegreenspirit on Instagram.

18 Comments
    1. Thanks love! Oh no, what happened? I'm really curious to hear your thoughts. If you want we can discuss it per email as well. Gressa is the only (in a non-powder form) foundation that worked for me. Definitely shows how every skin reacts differently. xx

  1. I tried and loved Gressa. Unfortunately my skin did not feel the same way. I used the sample which provided enough product for a full weeks worth of foundation. A week is all my skin needs to decide if the relationship will work out. This is such an amazing product it is hard to believe it is natural.

    1. I agree, hard to believe it's not made with any synthetic products, especially when the finish is similar ot Cover Fx. But sorry that your skin had troubles with it!

  2. Wow Liz, tu reviens en force avec cette article. Beaucoup de travail! J'aime ton disclaimer 🙂 Pour le gel douche, je n'ai pas essayé cure (je compte bien le faire maintenant), mais moi je suis fan de dr. bronner's 🙂 xx

    1. Moi aussi j'utilise Dr. Bronner, je ne l'ai pas inclus parce que la consistance de la crème à raser n'est pas mousseuse comme Acure. Merci beaucoup Julie, mais euhm cela faisait longtemps que j'avais ce post, mais il était pas fini. J'ai une dizaine de posts qui attendent d'être finis et ce n'est que maintenant que je peux m'en occuper ;D xx

  3. Great picks! I really enjoy this series 🙂 I've been all about trying brow products this year, and the Zuii pencil looks interesting. I'm curious how much of a difference the slanted tip makes. We've got one store here that stocks Zuii products, so I shall have to take a gander at it in person one day soon 🙂

    1. Thank you Caitie! Oh let me know how you feel once you see it, I think there are two shades for now. Zuii lipsticks are also worth checking 😉 xx

  4. Digging the new color scheme on the blog Liz! 😀 Admittedly, I've been tempted by the By Terry sticks as well, upon learning their low rating on EWG. But thanks for pointing out their harm to the environment, I think that's enough reason for me not to buy it. xo

  5. Love these posts. I still have a few MAC lipsticks & one blush that I can't let go of & I'm trying to find some dupes for them so I'll probably be doing a post like this soon too. I find them so helpful!

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