It’s 2018, which means eco-friendly, fair trade and organic products aren’t afterthoughts in our consumer choices—they are ethical choices we make while purchasing products. Organic products require at least 95% of their components to be naturally sourced and chemical free. This means that the product is made with minimal chemical pollution. Plus, the use of natural components makes organic products better for your overall health and wellness.

This is especially true of organic beauty products: their natural ingredients mean that they are gentler on your skin than chemical-based products. They are ideal for people with sensitive skin or people who are looking for environmentally-friendly products. If you are just starting your foray into organic beauty, here are 5 organic beauty products worth trying in 2018!

Pronounce Body Butter

Pronounce began with a woman’s home experiments with skin care products for her son who was battling eczema. The line began with the explicit purpose of creating non-toxic skin care products for all. Perhaps one of its best products is Pronounce Body Butter, which is a must-try for anyone with dry skin. Made with coconut oil, cocoa butter, jojoba oil and lavender and sandalwood essential oils, this fantastic body butter has voluble amounts of natural Vitamin E for the skin. This combination of oils and nutrients strengthens and nourishes your skin from within, without the damage of harsh toxins. It’s safe for babies and the elderly, which make it the ideal moisturizer. Plus, the natural sourcing means there is minimal chemical waste produced!

Bonus: Pronounce also has a line of amazing non-toxic deodorants and sunscreens made for cancer survivors that are definitely worth checking out!

African Black Soap

One of the best parts about organic products is that to make them, companies often turn to and promote the beauty regimens of different cultures. Take the African Black Soap. Originating in Ghana, this soap is made from a traditional recipe that combines charcoal and the ash of locally harvested trees. This soap is not factory-manufactured but is made by hand. Most companies that make this soap practice fair trade, guaranteeing ethical wages and work conditions. To make this soap, workers roast the leaves of cocoa, palm and plantain trees and mix them with Vitamin E rich palm oil, coconut oil, and shea butter. This combination gives the soap antibacterial and antifungal properties, which is very helpful for anyone battling skin diseases such as acne and eczema. This soap also works as a great exfoliator, leaving your skin pollution-free and fresh!

EVXO Natural Foundation

Organic beauty products have gone well beyond skincare—there are some great cosmetics you can use too! Just try the EVXO Natural Foundation! EVXO creates vegan products and is against animal testing. As such, the products it makes are cruelty-free, and eco-friendly because it employs minimal toxic materials. The EVXO Natural Foundation, in particular, is a great investment because it provides a great base for your makeup, without harming your skin. Made with aloe vera and shea butter, it leaves your face feeling healed and hydrated. Its organic composition means you can repeatedly use it without any fears of skin damage!

Era Organics Revive + Exfoliating Face Scrub

The next best thing you can do to literally eating healthy food that is good for skin (like nuts and berries) is investing in the Era Organics Revive + Exfoliating Face Scrub. Made with walnuts, Manuka honey, and orange oil, the Face Scrub gently exfoliates your skin, leaving it fresh and supple. Its ingredients make it great for eliminating wrinkles and stretch marks and keeping your skin hydrated. All the products at Era Organics are sulfate-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free and vegan, which make them quite an ethical purchase. After exfoliating, finish up with the Era Organics Face Moisturizer to leave your skin well-hydrated!

Hustle Butter Deluxe (Tattoo Lotion)

One of the instances, when your skin is at its most sensitive, is when you get inked. After you get inked, your skin needs to heal, so that your tattoo stays in place without any complications. Most tattoo lotions are petroleum-based, which makes them clog your skin pores. A much better alternative is the Hustle Butter Deluxe. The shea butter and coconut oil present in it moisturizes your skin and their antibacterial properties fight off possible tattoo infections. The cherry on top is that the brand is vegan and cruelty-free!

Paris Lash Academy

Doing your lashes without any toxic products can be a challenge. Not just any products can be applied to your eyes. They have to be gentle and still actually work well to make your lashes beautiful. You can learn more about this at the Paris Lash Academy.

When you buy organic products, you aren’t just buying products that are natural and good for you, but which help make the world a better place. Start your journey with a few of these products this summer, and the earth and your skin will thank you!

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