Our top picks for all natural moisturizers with ingredients you can recognize without needing a biochemistry degree.
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The US has a disclosure problem, at least regarding cosmetics. There are minimal regulations about transparent labeling that apply to manufacturers of personal care products. Unfortunately, that means consumers can’t always be sure of what’s in a product.
And, because you’re likely to use moisturizer daily, that could mean you’re unwittingly exposing your skin to a bunch of undesirable chemicals every day. Worse yet, many moisturizers deliberately contain ingredients that help enhance absorption!
How to choose a clean moisturizer
So, what can you do to ensure you’re using a ‘clean’ moisturizer?
A good approach is to choose products that only contain ingredients you can recognize without needing a biochemistry degree. Also, be on alert for companies that heavily rely on a single natural ingredient to market their product but then list it at the bottom of the ingredients list. Focus on the first five ingredients in any given product, as these are the ones present in the greatest quantities. If any of these are bad news, shop elsewhere.
If you’re curious about the safety of other chemicals listed in moisturizers, check the European Commission’s Cosmetics Database. If it’s listed under the banned or restricted categories (Annex II and Annex III), it’s best to avoid the product even if the chemical isn’t banned or restricted in the US.
Look for these certifications
Watch for these labels, certifications, and partnerships when shopping for moisturizers:
- USDA Organic
- Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC)
- Made Safe™ certification
- EWG Verified™
- The Safe Cosmetics Business Network
- Champion status member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
- The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (the Leaping Bunny program)
- Environmental Defence Just Beautiful pledge
- Humane Society International – #BeCrueltyFree
- 1% for the Planet
- B Corp status
- Fair Trade
- FSC certified – check for 100% PCW chlorine-free paper
- ECOCERT/COSMOS certified packaging materials.
The best all-natural moisturizers: our top picks
Despite all the confusion surrounding labeling and ingredients with moisturizers, they remain a product that most of us need. We put in over 50 hours of research to compile this list of the best natural, non-toxic, and eco-friendly moisturizers.
Highlights: Long-lasting, preservative-free moisturizer that is affordable and effective, made with 100% natural ingredients, available in recycled aluminum, glass, and recycled BPA-free plastic from an ethical, eco-friendly, vegan-friendly company.
- Simple ingredients
- scent-free options
- completely recyclable packaging
- Inclusive labels and branding
- Natural products may melt, settle during shipping
- No preservatives, won’t last as long as other products
Just the Goods is an extremely dedicated eco-friendly company that has been in the business of making non-toxic, sustainable personal care products since 2009. I’m impressed with their commitment to sourcing sustainable packaging and using ingredients that balance eco-friendliness and affordability. Founder Milena Placentile has clearly done her research to figure out appropriate packaging solutions that work even deep in a Winnipeg winter.
Just the Goods vegan hand + body lotion is an unscented, long-lasting, preservative-free moisturizer. It’s made with a grapeseed oil base and 100% natural ingredients and is shipped in recyclable plastic bottles or BPA-free aluminum bottles (with or without a pump), depending on the size you purchase. The lotion is preservative-free and should be stored in a cool, dark place and kept tightly sealed between uses.
Just the Goods vegan body butter is an all-day moisturizer with a shea butter and grapeseed oil base and packed with tapioca starch and apricot kernel oil rich in vitamins A, C, and E. Together, these ingredients create a rich moisturizer to help skin heal and relieve irritation without blocking pores or feeling greasy.
Just the Goods body butter is available in six EWG VERIFIED™ varieties:
- Lavender, bergamot, ylang-ylang
- Lemon & coriander
- Pink grapefruit & black pepper
- Playful (clove essential oil + vanilla absolute)
- Spicy nights (cinnamon, ylang-ylang, sweet orange)
- Unscented (which is also available nut-free).
I purchased the unscented variety. Despite the description, it has a pleasant, nutty scent that dissipates soon after use. The butter itself is firm and takes some effort to scoop out. I was amazed at how quickly it melted into my skin. Hours later, my hands still felt moisturized, even after a dog walk in unseasonably cold Michigan fall weather.
Just the Goods also offers sample sizes of this product. Samples are packed in resealable HDPE plastic pods, while full-sized products are offered in 65 g/2.29 oz (filled by weight, not volume) in a 125 ml glass jar. The ingredients are whipped to add air but may melt or settle depending on the time of year you buy the product and where it’s stored.
Note: these all-natural products are made without artificial emulsifying agents. This means the shea butter may melt during shipping. This has no effect on its functionality once the lotion resolidifies. If it arrives melted, let it rest in your fridge for one hour before use.
Just the Goods is a proud partner of several non-profit organizations committed to holistic consumer health, environmental protection, and kindness to animals. Just the goods is EWG VERIFIED™ and a member of:
- The Safe Cosmetics Business Network and is a Champion status member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
- The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (the Leaping Bunny program)
- Environmental Defence (Just the Goods has taken the Just Beautiful pledge)
- Humane Society International (Just the Goods is a #BeCrueltyFree)
All Just the Goods products are made without petrochemicals, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or artificial fragrances, dyes, and flavors. Everything is handcrafted using vegan plant and mineral-based ingredients. Even the branding uses simple packaging so as not to alienate anyone based on gender or other personal characteristics (which is why they don’t make ‘antiaging’ products).
None of the products are tested on animals and all products are vegan-friendly. Their packaging is also eco-friendly, as they make a point of reusing packaging materials like shipping boxes and packing peanuts whenever possible. When they do have to use new packing materials, these are exceptionally eco-friendly. In more than a decade of being in business, Just the Goods has never purchased new foam peanuts or bubble wrap and instead use plastic-free mailers stuffed with post-consumer paper and industrial-grade tissue that is made from unbleached recycled content.
Just the Goods also operates an eco-friendly office that prioritizes reusing everything multiple times before recycling. The brand also sells optional reusable pumps, spray tops, and flip tops to help you reuse bottles you already have.
Ingredients (hand + body lotion): Ingredients: aqua (water/eau), vitis vinifera (grape/pépin de raisin) seed oil, ethoxylated sorbitan ester (vegetable based emulsifying wax/cire émulsifiante végétale), vegetable glycerin/glycérine végétale, tocopherol (vitamin e – non GMO soy/vitamine e – soja sans OGM).
Ingredients (vegan body butter – lavender, bergamot + ylang ylang / beurre corporelle végétalienne – lavande, bergamote + ylang-ylang): butyrospermum parkii (shea butter/beurre de karité), vitis vinifera (grape/pépin de raisin) seed oil, prunus armeniaca (apricot/abricot) kernel oil, manihot esculenta (tapioca) root starch, lavandula angustifolia (lavender/lavande) oil, citrus bergamia (bergamot/ bergamote) fruit oil, canaga odorata (ylang ylang)flower oil, citral*, isoeugenol/isoeugénol*, benzyl salicylate/le salicylate de benzyle*, geraniol/géraniol*, farnesol*, linalool*, benzyl benzoate/benzoate de benzyle*, d-limonene/d-limonène* – *component of essential oil/composant d’huile essentielle
Ingredients (vegan body butter – unscented / beurre corporelle végétalienne – nature): butyrospermum parkii (shea butter/beurre de karité), vitis vinifera (grape/pépin de raisin) seed oil, prunus armeniaca (apricot/abricot) kernel oil, manihot esculenta (tapioca) root starch
Highlights: Ultra-concentrated serum that is 100% natural, non-toxic, vegan-friendly, EWG-verified, and cruelty-free with minimal packaging in recyclable containers.
- Highly concentrated formula
- Family-owned and operated
- No fillers, synthetic materials
- Sustainable packaging
- Can be messy to store
- Floral scent may be polarizing
- More pricey than comparable brands
Qēt Botanicals was founded by Lisa Brill and remains a family-owned and operated business focused on personal health and environmental sustainability. The brand uses minimal packaging and recyclable containers, never tests on animals, uses no animal parts or by-products, and creates formulas using organic and sustainably wild harvested ingredients certified by Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO) and recognized by the National Organic Program for the USDA.
All ingredients are 100% natural, non-toxic, and fully disclosed, and all products are ranked in the safest category of Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep® database. The company has received numerous awards for their products and for their sustainable packaging.
Qēt Botanicals Ultra Garden Serum for Body is a concentrated blend of moisturizing botanical oils that includes almond, avocado, lavender, and jasmine. As an emollient, this body serum can penetrate dry areas and nourish skin for all-day hydration. There’s no water, synthetics, or fillers, and the serum leaves skin feeling soft and fresh.
The serum arrives in a small glass jar with a spray bottle top included separately. The idea is that you can remove the spray top to better seal the spray between use. However, I found that the internal straw gets greasy enough that I would rather leave it within the container. It has a sharp, floral scent that dissipates quickly after use. I was pleasantly surprised by how well it spread and soaked into my skin without a hint of greasy residue. As noted by the company, you’ll get better results by applying it with wet hands so you can spread it more easily.
This product won the Earth Day Beauty Award for Best Body Serum and is perfect for hands, feet, and anywhere else you’d like to use it (topically). There’s no heavy scent, and because the product doesn’t contain water, a little goes a very long way. You only need a partial pump added to damp skin or mixed with a little water on your hands to cover a lot of skin. You can also use this serum as a bath oil.
The serum is available in sample sizes as part of a Body Softening Suite kit which includes three body serums and a Blooming Tea Bath. These are great for travel and for gifts!
Because the serum doesn’t contain water, it is eco-friendly in that it reduces shipping weight and associated carbon emissions. And the lack of water also means there’s no need for chemical preservatives. Qēt Botanicals is a member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and strictly adheres to the Red List Chemicals of Concern, as well as avoiding hundreds of other harmful ingredients. The company is also Green American Business Certified
Ingredients: Prunus Dulcis (Almond) Nut Oil*, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Oil*, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Brassica Oleracea (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Tocopherol (Non-GMO Vitamin E), Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Flower Oil, Vanilla Planifolia (Madagascar Vanilla) Bean Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Flower Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil*, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Oil*. *Organic Ingredient
Highlights: EWG Verified™, eco-friendly, vegan, cruelty-free, and certified by PETA and ECOLOGO as sustainable and biodegradable, this baby-friendly moisturizer is soothing and regenerative and great for sensitive skin.
- Certified vegan, cruelty-free
- Soothing for sensitive skin
- Works for babies and adults
- partners with many sustainability-minded nonprofits
- Lotion packaging is hard to dispose of
ATTITUDE® is a Canadian company making natural personal care and household products that are EWG Verified™, eco-friendly, vegan, cruelty-free, and certified by PETA and ECOLOGO as sustainable and biodegradable. Attitude’s Natural Body Cream Baby Leaves™ with Almond Milk is calming and regenerative, has antioxidant activity, and can help soothe irritated and sensitive skin. This makes it ideal for babies and adults alike.
This body cream is dermatologically tested (but not on animals), non-irritating, and hypoallergenic, and is specifically formulated for dry and sensitive skin. It is free of parabens, phthalates, triclosan, and other endocrine disruptors, contains no harmful preservatives, artificial perfume, or fragrance, and is infused with a soothing almond milk aroma. The formula also features moringa seed extracts purported to limit the adhesion of pollutant particles.
Attitude is a relative newcomer to the industry, as it was founded in 2019. The owners set out with a firm stance on single-use plastics (as in, they don’t like them!), and while they do still package some products in recycled and recyclable HDPE #2, they aim to use biodegradable materials where possible and are keen proponents of bulk sizes and refills. I just stocked up on their two-liter shampoo, which I also love! These bulk packs cut down on about 80% plastic compared to smaller bottles. The bulk packaging is also BPA-free and is made with recyclable #7 plastic and FSC-certified cardboard.
The company makes a wide range of products, including cleansers, conditioners, lotions, and even sunscreen, which are free from ecotoxic chemicals that can damage coral reefs and other ecosystems and are also free from nanoparticles. ATTITUDE also makes a Regenerating Super Leaves Natural Body Cream that’s worth checking out.
Attitude plants a tree for every product sold, with partnerships with two major non-profit organizations specializing in reforestation: Eden Reforestation Projects and One Tree Planted.
Ingredients: Aqua / water / eau, dicaprylyl ether, caprylic / capric triglyceride, coco-caprylate/caprate, cetearyl olivate, glycerin, tapioca starch, sorbitan olivate, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, isoamyl laurate, stearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, levulinic acid, p-anisic acid, sodium levulinate, citric acid, xanthan gum, calendula officinalis flower extract, vaccinium angustifolium (blueberry / bleuet) leaf extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, moringa oleifera seed extract, maltodextrin, linalyl acetate (herbal), vanillin.
Highlights: Simple and natural, this super skin-friendly cream consists of certified organic shea butter and sunflower oil and is packaged in eco-friendly recycled and recyclable materials.
- Very simple formula
- Recyclable packaging
- Made by hand
- No option for scents
- Often goes out of stock
Soap for Goodness Sake is a low-key but highly successful company that keeps things simple with products made of just a few natural, skin-friendly ingredients. Their Shea Butter Crème consists of only certified organic shea butter and sunflower oil, with no added scents or preservatives (so store it in a dark, cool place and use it within six months).
The Shea Butter Crème comes in an 8 oz container. It is best used by scooping a small amount out with a bamboo scoop and then warming the cream in your hands before applying it to the skin.
Soap for Goodness Sake is a Green America Gold Certified Business and strives to use organic ingredients wherever possible. They only use sustainable organic plantation palm oil in those products that call for it, and they also favor 100% PCW chlorine-free paper that is FSC certified.
Most products are made almost entirely by hand, which reduces energy use and their carbon footprint. The company also sells shampoo bars and other products that allow for much less packaging than water-based toiletries. The company reuses packing material wherever possible and also favors USPS packaging with cradle-to-cradle certification as eco-friendly. Some products come wrapped in cellulose bags made with natural wood fibers from sustainable forestry; these bags are biodegradable, home-compostable, and carbon-neutral.
These natural soaps and skincare products do not contain synthetic fragrances, dyes, artificial preservatives, parabens, phthalates, Cocamide MEA, Cocamide DEA, TEA, propylene glycol, aminomethyl propanol, petrochemicals, or other undesirable ingredients and are also free from animal fat, Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS) and detergents.
Ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil*.
Highlights: EWG Verified, lightweight, and great for sensitive skin, from a B Corporation and made in a zero-waste factory.
- Good for sensitive skin
- B-Corps certified
- Intentional about water usage
- Favors organic, sustainably farmed ingredients
- Packaging is challenging to recycle
EWG Verified, lightweight, and great for sensitive skin, the Everyone Nourishing Face Moisturizer is another excellent choice. The formula includes quinoa protein, kombucha, organic argan oil, and replenishing hyaluronic acid, as well as an organic herbal blend of aloe vera, calendula, chamomile, and white tea extracts.
Everyone is a certified B Corporation that has been making great skincare products for more than 25 years. The company favors the use of organic and sustainably farmed ingredients, and they research, develop, test, blend, bottle, market, and ship all their products from their family-owned, zero-waste factory. They never use synthetic colors, dyes, or fragrances, are committed to the non-GMO movement, and all Everyone products are vegan and certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny.
Acknowledging that the natural beauty industry is water intensive, Everyone installed new equipment on their reverse osmosis filter that allows them to reduce wastewater and increase usable water for manufacturing by 37%. They also installed drought-tolerant landscaping and drip irrigation around their facility and low-flow toilets in their restrooms. They have a closed-loop water system for heating and cooling their manufacturing tanks and have set a water reduction target of 12.5% for one full year after the installation of the water-saving process.
Everyone also donates to local charitable organizations and gives employees paid time off to volunteer.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vegetable Glycerin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sorbitan Olivate, Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Cetyl Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Quinoa Protein, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Oat Beta Glucan, Sodium Hyaluronate, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, EO® Organic Herbal Blend [Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Organic Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, and Organic Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract], Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Organic Theobrama Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Allantoin, Centella Asiatica Extract, Essential Oil Blend [Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Oil], Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil , Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Beta-Carotene, Organic Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Phytate, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin
Highlights: Vegan, EWG Verified, and packed with healing herbs and nourishing nutrients, in ECOCERT certified packaging.
- Company switched countries (Netherlands to USA) to maintain vegan status
- Known for being a sustainability trendsetter
- Formula contains St. John’s wort, may increase skin sensitivity.
Vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and EWG-verified, Paul Penders Hydrating Control Serum is another excellent choice for keeping skin feeling soft and looking radiant. This serum is a rich source of vitamins, ceramides, and liposomes, with antioxidants to help quench free radicals. It also features Paul Pender’s signature formulation LevensESSENTIE Gold® – a mixture of 22 organically grown herbs to support skin health.
I will note that this formula contains St. John’s Wort, albeit in small amounts. This herb makes skin more photosensitive, so be careful if using this skin prior to significant sun exposure.
The Paul Penders story is fascinating. Allegedly, in 1984, the Dutch company got the attention of the Dutch government because they refused to test their products on animals, as required by law. Two of Paul Penders’ aunts, who were nuns, attempted to help him circumvent this requirement by testing the products themselves at their monastery. But the government wasn’t happy and told the company to test on (non-human) animals or close. Refusing to give in, Paul Penders moved his factory and operations to America, bringing the family with him.
All Paul Penders products are EWG Verified, and they’ve been making cruelty-free products for more than 50 years. They use ECOCERT/COSMOS certified packaging materials that are BPA-free and phthalate-free, as well as latex-free and free from heavy metals. Products are also Halal certified.
In 1982, after receiving FDA approval to make cosmetics not tested on animals, Paul Penders helped lead to movement for cruelty-free cosmetics in the United States. And in 1985, Paul Penders became the first big name to remove all chemical colors from cosmetics.
Ingredients: Aqua*, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) extract, Caprylic/Capric triglycerides, Cetearyl olivate, Sorbitan olivate, Linum Usitassimun (Linseed) seed oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) oil, L. ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), Essential oil of Citrus medica limonum (Lemon), Angelica archangelica (Angelica) powder**, Arnica montana (Arnica) flower powder**, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) flower powder**, Matricaria recutita (Chamomile) flower powder**, Sambucus nigra (Elderflower) flower powder**, Zingiber officinalis (Ginger) root powder**, Panax quinquefolium (Ginseng) root powder**, Lonicera japonica (Honeysuckle) powder**, Humulus lupulus (Hops) powder**, Equisetum hyemale (Horsetail) powder**, Juniperus communis (Juniper) fruit powder**, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) flower powder**, Melissa officinalis (Lemon balm) leaf powder**, Urtica dioica (Nettle) powder**, Centella asiatica (Pennywort) powder**, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) leaf powder**, Rosemarinus officinalis (Rosemary) powder**, Salvia officinalis (Sage) powder**, Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort) powder**, Curcuma longa (Turmeric) root powder**, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch hazel) powder**, Archillea millefolium (Yarrow) powder**, , Ceramide III, Phyto-tocotrienol (Vitamin E), Carotene extract, Ananas comosus (Bromelain) extract, Carica papaya (Papain) extract, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Caprylhydroxamatic acid (amino acid) (and) Glyceryl caprylate1. *Mnt. Everest water. 1Antioxidants (coconut derived acting as natural preservative). °limonene, °Citral (°occur naturally in essential oils). **LevensESSENTIE Gold ® from 22 organic herbs
Highlights: Perfect for stretching skin! This all-natural, eco-friendly moisturizer includes mostly certified organic ingredients and comes in a reusable container from a company with a robust recycling program.
- Ideal for pregnancy and postpartum use
- Containers are easy to reuse
- Relatively expensive for the size
Finally Pure makes natural, organic, non-toxic, and affordable personal care products. The brand is stringent about sourcing ingredients from renewable, fair-trade, and sustainable suppliers. Their Pregnancy Nutrient-Rich Hand & Body Lotion is vegan-friendly and specially formulated to be safe in pregnancy but is also great for everyone looking for a nourishing moisturizer.
Made with organic mango butter and organic sunflower, avocado, pomegranate, and calendula flower oil, this moisturizer soothes and softens itchy and dry skin. It can also be used daily to help support stretching skin.
Every ingredient in Finally Pure products is EWG rated ‘1’ – the best safety rating – in the Skin Deep Database. Their body butters and lotions use mango, cocoa, shea, and kokum butter for all the bases and include wild-crafted and/or organic ingredients whenever possible. Their products are also PETA-certified cruelty-free.
Finally Pure also has a recycling program where they package products in easily re-usable containers and have an internal recycling program that uses recycled products for paper and packaging whenever appropriate.
Ingredients: Water, *Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, *Vegetable Glycerin, Sodium Anisate (derived from fennel), Sodium Levulinate (derived from NON-GMO corn), *Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil, *Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Oil, *Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), *Calendula Officinalis (Pot Marigold) Flower Oil *CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Highlights: A multipurpose moisturizer perfect for hydrating after a bath or a day in the sun.
- Fragrance-free option
- Ideal for babies and adults
- Available through a subscription
- Bottle isn’t easy to reuse or recycle
Dolphin Organics Fragrance-Free Baby Lotion is a multipurpose moisturizer perfect for hydrating after a bath or a day in the sun, and it’s not just for babies. This moisturizer soothes and heals, has a creamy base, and contains organic aloe to calm irritated skin. It’s EWG Verified and contains natural, certified organic ingredients such as calendula flower.
The founders of Dolphin Organics are keen environmentalists who created the company in part to ensure they had non-toxic, eco-friendly products to use with their twin daughters. Sick of big brands making big claims with nothing to back them up, the company set out to make a line of personal care products for babies and young children made only with natural and organic ingredients. Their products contain no artificial preservatives or other ingredients, and transparent labeling ensures you know what’s in the bottle.
Dolphin Organics offers a bimonthly subscription to help you save and to make sure you’re never short of moisturizer. Their products are Leaping Bunny certified, cruelty-free, and vegan.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (From Concentrate & Certified Organic), Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Simmondsia Chinensis(Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Sterate Se, Capryloyl Glycine, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Yucca Schidigera (Yucca) Root Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Sorbic Acid.
Highlights: Sustainable, simple, and perfect for chapped lips and skin, and from a company committed to environmental stewardship. Note: Contains beeswax (not vegan).
- Easy to reuse and recycle the container
- Thick, multi-use balm
- Women-owned company, donates to sustainability-minded charities
- Claims to be vegan but contains beeswax
Organic to Green is on a mission to make the personal care product industry more sustainable. It considers the principles of economic, social, and environmental sustainability (i.e. profit, people, and planet) in all it does and makes natural, fair trade, locally sourced, therapeutic grade products accordingly.
The Arctic Skin & Lip Coco Shea Vanilla balm is a moisturizing butter that works for lips and skin, helping to repair dry skin that’s been exposed to the elements (sun, wind, rain, or cold!). It’s packaged in a post-consumer resin jar and features coconut oil, shea butter, and sunflower oil as well as beeswax and vanillin, meaning it’s not vegan, alas. This balm is great for deep hydration for hands, elbows, body, feet and face.
Organic to Green partners with 1% for the Planet and is big into reusing materials wherever possible. This includes the use of post-consumer plastic instead of glass which can have a larger carbon footprint due to weight and processing resource use. They even work with www.ReUseCycle.com to source bottles for reuse. These are thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and then filled with organic products for a second lease on life.
Organic to Green is also a woman-owned company and a verified WBENC member. WBENC is the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs. The company says that they’re cruelty-free and vegan, but beeswax isn’t vegan, so this is a bit of an oversight. That said, they do donate 10% of their profits to organizations supporting charitable work, such as Stewart House (a children’s charity).
Ingredients: *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Wax) Seed Wax, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Beeswax, Vanillin (Vanilla Food Grade). *Certified USDA Organic Ingredients
When choosing an organic moisturizer, consider asking the following questions:
- Does the product contain synthetic and toxic chemicals that may have adverse effects on your health and the environment?
- Does the product actively damage skin? Does it support skin health?
- Are any toxic chemicals or undesirable manufacturing practices that can harm workers and the local environment?
- Is the company transparent about its ingredients and practices?
- How is the product packaged? Is this refillable, reusable, recycled, and/or recyclable and, ideally, not plastic?