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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.