Beauty with a Conscience: The Allude Green Beauty Guide
Stars like Miranda Kerr and Gwyneth Paltrow give cosmetics whose list of ingredients first has to be run through a translation software as wide a berth as greasy junk food. After all, people pay critical attention to what goes into the blender when they make a green smoothie, so why not do the same when it comes to personal hygiene? Brands such as Grown Alchemist, the Organic Pharmacy or Tata Harper are proof that natural cosmetics are anything but “hippie” and just as chic as conventional products. They are deliberately produced without questionable ingredients such as parabens or mineral oils. Especially the latter is much better off in a petrol pump anyway.
In your search for good natural cosmetics, avoid tiny shops that smell of patchouli from afar and stay clear of the bleak organic market around the corner. You’ll find these six alternatives, which ensure natural beauty from New York to Paris, quite a bit more stylish.
By the way: Did you know that our fabulous Cashmere Care line was developed with natural beauty brand Speick, a company whose principles we would definitely call green and responsibly?
The Detox Market, Los Angeles
8380 Beverly Boulevard, thedetoxmarket.com
Originally, The Detox Market was supposed to be only a temporary pop-up store, which was opened in Venice in 2010. It became evident very soon, however, that the idea by founders Romain Gaillard and Valérie Grandury would last longer than a few months. Six years have elapsed between then and now. The two remained true to their credo even after so many years: cosmetics which are good for both people and the environment – without exceptions.
Oh my Cream, Paris
4 Rue des Abbesses, ohmycream.com
Annoyed by seeing the same old products in shop windows and displays of Parisian perfumeries, beauty addict Juliette Lévy went ahead and opened her own store in Montmartre. In addition to indispensable classics like the Egyptian Magic Cream you can find many unknown treasures here, such as the products of One Love Organics. After visiting the store, it is worthwhile to explore the surrounding area on foot. Sacré-Coeur is located nearby!
38a High Street, neomorganics.com
Luxury and environmental awareness are not mutually exclusive for founder Nicola Elliott. It is no coincidence that stars like Kate Moss and Sienna Miller swear by the products of the former fashion journalist for InStyle. The scents, candles and cosmetics products are not only pretty to look at but also consist of natural ingredients.
Cap Beauty, New York
238 W 10th Street, capbeauty.com
Two years ago, Kerrilynn Pamer and her friend Cindy DiPrima Morisse gave the New York-based hip store Castor & Pollux a complete makeover. While you cannot buy clothes here any longer, you’ll find exquisite natural cosmetics from Tata Harper to Dr. Jackson’s. Our insider’s tip: the facials and massages at the integrated spa. The tea that is served afterwards comes in vintage cups by Dior. (Click here for the recipe!)
Alice & White, Stockholm
Södra Agnegatan 24, aliceandwhite.com
Any product that wants to be included in the online shop Alice & White must pass a tough entrance exam: organic, innovative, preferably award-winning. It’s no wonder then that only the cream of the crop of natural cosmetics are gathered here. A must-do in Stockholm: visit the on-site showroom to sample the deliciously scented lotions, soaps and oils first hand. Info: Visit the showroom by appointment via info[at]aliceandwhite.com
Innere Wiener Straße 55, tobs-beauty.com
Light wood, marble and a golden bar. Rainer Hauber’s elegant beauty temple is a veritable feast for the eyes, but one that caters not only to women. The comprehensive range of organic products includes care products for men, children and babies. Fancy some food for the soul? The raw cocoa chocolate by Antidote will sweeten your day – without causing a guilty conscience.