Eco-friendly and Safer Makeup Brands for Tweens, Teens and Moms

by , 10/03/13

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Beauty Without Cruelty

Beauty Without Cruelty (BWC) is a fully vegan, cruelty-free company, meaning they don’t test on animals or use animal products in their goodies. BWC makes all kinds of body care products including a full line of cosmetics.

Pros:

  • The vast majority of their cosmetics score very safe at Skin Deep.
  • They have a fairly wide range of color choices in their makeup line.
  • All of the BWC cosmetics are fragrance free.
  • Many BWC cosmetics are gluten-free.
  • Full product ingredient lists available.

Cons:

  • Hard to manage website.
  • Very expensive.

Costs – Expensive

  • Expensive for the average teen – or even the average adult. I’m talking $20+ for one eye shadow, $30+ for blush and $16+ for lip gloss.

+ Beauty Without Cruelty

+ Skin Deep Ratings

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Maia’s Mineral Galaxy

Maia’s Mineral Galaxy’s makeup line is natural mineral-based and made with non-nano particles. All their mineral cosmetics are produced from loose powders that have no fillers added and their range is large and mostly affordable.

Pros:

  • Cruelty-free – no animal testing of any kind.
  • Large range of cosmetics.
  • Excellent Skin Deep score.
  • Cosmetic products are non-synthetic, non-fragrant, non-toxic, and chemical and artificial color free.
  • Offers tiny samples so you can try before you buy.
  • Mostly affordable – even for teens.

Cons:

  • Website could be easier to manage.

Costs – Mostly Affordable

  • Fair prices on most products such as eye shadow for $14, $11 for concealer sticks and $10 for lip gloss. They also have a few higher prices though such as $18+ for blush and $34 for finishing powder.

+ Maia’s Mineral Galaxy

+ Skin Deep Ratings

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Afterglow Cosmetics

Afterglow Cosmetics offer natural color cosmetics, free of many of the synthetic preservatives, bismuth oxychloride, petro-chemicals, synthetic dyes and fillers found in traditional cosmetics. They have an outstandingly large range of cosmetics too.

Pros:

  • Cruelty-free company.
  • Partner of The Conservation Fund and its Go Zero program.
  • The main materials used in their packaging are recyclable plastics and aluminum and all products are shipped with minimal packaging. They also internally repurpose or recycle all incoming packing material and paper.
  • Mostly paperless company. When they do print they use FSC printing standards and soy inks when possible.
  • Affordable starter kits available if you’re new to minerals.
  • Organic Exclusives Program in place so you receive points good for new makeup with each Afterglow purchase.
  • Useful, easy to manage website in place.

Cons:

  • Decent rating at Skin Deep, though about half their products score a 3, which isn’t that bad, but not as good as a 1 or 2.
  • Expensive for the average teen.

Costs – Expensive

  • Typical costs include $26 for blush, $24 for lipstick, $18 for eye shadow.

+ Afterglow Cosmetics

+ Skin Deep Ratings

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One Response to “Eco-friendly and Safer Makeup Brands for Tweens, Teens and Moms”

  1. bharrelson63 says:

    What happened to Aveda cosmetics? Why aren’t they on your list? Paraben free, no animal testing. Great, green company. Check them out at Aveda.com.

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