Clean, nontoxic and artisan made beauty products aren’t always easy to find. Especially in sizes or formats that are easy for travel. This summer, clean out your makeup bag and make room for the following beauty and wellness essentials that are compact, natural and made with the best of intentions.
Reef-safe, mineral based, water resistant and antioxidant rich, MyChelle Dermaceuticals has a line of sun protection products that are good for you and our oceans. For nearly 20 years, MyChelle has been a pioneer in clean and conscious skin care products that are ethically sourced with high-performance ingredients. An ongoing collaboration with the Coral Restoration Foundation ensures that sun protection products were made without marine-toxic ingredients and for a limited time, a percentage of proceeds will be donated to the foundation to further coral reef research and preservation.
Nothing says summer like coconut oil. Sustainably sourced from small family farms in the Philippines, Kopari beauty products are all natural and smell divine, making it the optimal coconut oil for all things beauty. Produced in stainless steel and cold pressed to lock in essential vitamins, nutrients and fatty acids, this is not your grocery store coconut oil. Ideal for travel, their Coconut Melt is the ultimate multitasker, perfect for moisturizing, make-up removal and hair hydration. The travel-friendly version comes in the form of a wipe for mess-free hydration, so simple, yet game changing. And their aluminum-free deodorant? It’s pretty much perfect…if you want to smell like summer all year round.
A natural beauty line that crowdsources solutions to common problems, Volition is the ultimate collaborator. They look to their community to come up with ideas for clean beauty products, vote on them and then they put their global network of chemists to work to bring those creations to life. Perfect for travel items like the Daily Vitamin Glow Booster (an antioxidant cocktail of fruit and veggie extracts), the Prismatic Luminizing Shield (SPF 50 cream that makes skin luminous) and the Celery Green Cream (hydrating and detoxifying all in one) are pocket sized and necessary additions to your summer repertoire.
Organic Skin Co.
The tricky thing about packing makeup is how much space it takes up. The Organic Skin Co., a New Zealand based company has taken that hassle out of the equation with their packable palettes. Cream based eyeshadows, lip stains and foundations come in refillable and interchangeable pods that are all natural, organic and sourced from sustainable farms in India. And because they’re uber passionate about the environment, they plant one tree with the purchase of every product (and take the time to explain the reasons why on their website). Love.
Some of the best products are usually created by someone solving a personal problem. We love FOURyou because it was created by a mom who wanted a nontoxic, non-medical option to treat her daughter’s eczema and her son’s surgery scars. Named after the four members of their family, the small batch product line consists of four simple products with four main (natural) ingredients, sourced from four global locations and a portion of proceeds goes to their favorite, you guessed it, four charities. Try the body butter and wellness balm for instant, on-the-go hydration for any part of your body.
milk + honey
Initially launched as a spa, milk + honey has grown to include a hyperclean product line that enables you to recreate their spa experience at home. The travel-sized Everything Oil is an intoxicating blend of organic ingredients that include almond, jojoba, rosehip fruit, primrose argan and neroli oil, while the Rose Hydrating Mist is a must-have before any flight.
A celebration of the handmade, Le Labo fragrance creations have the ability to stay with you, long after your first encounter. Perhaps it is the natural artisanal quality, perhaps it is the attention to detail, perhaps it is the fact that their signature scents flood some of our favorite hotels (like 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge). According to their manifesto, the fragrance company believes in the soulful power of thoughtful hands: hand-picked roses, hand-poured candles, hand-formulated perfumes and handshake agreements. We believe in taking their unforgettable vegan scents with us wherever we go, so luckily their travel tube perfume set and amulet are perfectly packable.
Classifying all of their ingredients as natural, organic or essential, Ampersand has created a line of serums for every skin concern. Use the serum finder on their site to find the one best for you or layer several serums for a multiplier effect. With ingredients like algae powder, white willow bark extract and pearl powder, the serums work together to nourish, soothe and rejuvenate skin, all in a one ounce bottle that easily fits into your carry-on.
First, she brought us Suja Juice and made it easy to drink our organic vegetables. Now, entrepreneur Annie Lawless has made it easy to look good and feel good about the makeup on our face. Lawless Beauty is clean AF, meaning ‘always free’ of toxic ingredients, naturally. Choose one of their highly pigmented liquid lipsticks, eyeshadows or foundations to set your summer look.
A sustainable beauty line with roots in the Amazon rainforest, Costa Brazil is a supermodel favorite. Their Kaya Jungle Firming Body Oil is made from a laundry list of exotic Brazilian ingredients like kaya, cacay, brazil nut, buriti oil, cupuaçu and murumuru, sounding more like a cafe menu than a beauty product. A healthy dose of this might just make you feel like an Angel on the beaches of Rio.
Refillable, plant-based deodorant line Myro wants to make it easy to go green with their fresh line of nontoxic products. The idea is simple, reduce excess plastic waste involved with purchasing a new deodorant every time you need a new one and switch to their refillable pods that come in a slick handy case. They even have a convenient subscription service to keep you on track and smelling as fresh as a Chill Wave, or like cucumber, jasmine and spearmint.