Earth Day celebrates its 42nd birthday on April 22 and Earth Month is commemorated the entire month of April. The origins of Earth Day’s social consciousness date back to the early '60s. Since then, a natural lifestyle approach has gone from the fringe to mainstays in food, fashion and beauty.People gravitate to natural beauty products with good, “green” reasons that help make a difference on our planet. Organic, vegan and gluten-free products use ingredients that don’t hurt the ecosystem or animals. Many companies making these products limit their environmental impact through the use of recycled and recyclable materials for packaging and shipping materials. #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Barnouin, known for her Skinny Bitch books, just released her new book Skinny Bitch Book of Vegan Swaps. I asked her a couple of questions about her passion:Q: When it comes to beauty products, why vegan? A: When I became vegan, I started to realize that there are so many different things that contain animal products, not just food. Being vegan got to be a lifestyle for me and that meant staying away from animal products in beauty products as well as clothing. I am happy with the “greener” and animal-free beauty products. There are many great companies who make beautiful clothing and amazing beauty products.Q: What vegan products do you recommend? A: A few of my favorites are from Osea. They have great cleansers and body scrubs. Terra Firma has some good products. Jenulence Alpha Lipoic Acid Antioxidant Serum is amazing. I love ZuZu Luxe’s mascara and lipsticks, and Erth Mineral’s eye shadows are beautiful.There are many companies who choose the natural route:Face:Josie Maran brings her bohemian roots to her all-organic beauty line. Her personal beauty secret? 100% Pure Argan Oil. It’s featured in her volume boosting GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara, shimmery Argan Beautiful Eyes eye shadow and Argan Blend Concealer.Pacifica has introduced their new Color Quench Natural Moisture Lip Tint. They’re 100% vegan and cruelty-free. Shades include Blood Orange (coral/pink), Vanilla Hibiscus (pale pink), Coconut Nectar (golden raisin), and Guavaberry (berry).Eco Lips Face Stick SPF 30 Sunscreen includes many organic ingredients including sunflower oil, beeswax, cocoa butter and calendula extract.Skin Care:Joanna Vargas Skincare makes her products in small batches to ensure freshness. The Rejuvenating Serum contains anti-oxidant-rich Argan Oil to help improve skin’s elasticity, accelerate cell turnover and soften skin.18-year-old Ava Anderson’s Non Toxic line includes everything from skin care to hair care to baby products! Her Sugar Lip Scrub removes dead skin with sugar crystals and moisturizes with shea butter.Paula’s Choice just launched their Earth Sourced collection of natural products that are 98-99% natural. These include the Perfectly Natural Cleansing Gel, Purely Natural Refreshing Toner and the Antioxidant-Enriched Natural Moisturizer.Body:Juice Beauty supports organic farming and most of their products are manufactured using solar power. Their new Green Apple Firming Body Moisturizer is certified organic and has a fresh citrus scent.Lush, well-known for their commitment to the environment and their donations to charitable organizations, has a brand new deodorant. The Guv’ner is a powder deodorant. The vegan formula contains charcoal and lycopodium powder for absorption, and lavender and chamomile to keep skin soft.Suki Kramer’s suki products are all 100% organic and synthetic-free. Her exfoliating foaming body cleanser exfoliates and rinses clean with its non-greasy formula.TrueBody Products is a vegan company that features all-natural soaps from responsibly-sourced holistic ingredients, which are vegetable-based.Hands:Locally-based in Ipswich, Great Marsh Artisan Skincare uses all-natural ingredients in their line. The Gardener’s Hand Scrub is a rich blend of Dead Sea salt, avocado oil, lavender and grapefruit.Kiss My Face has launched its new and improved Peace Soap. The 100% natural castile soap donates 10% of profits from Peace Soap to the Seeds of Peace organization.eos/evolution of smooth just launched a new Berry Blossom hand lotion. The 97% natural formula is hypoallergenic, paraben-free and gluten-free.Boston area makeup artist Laurie Gail can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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