Shake Up Your Makeup

Try these healthy cosmetics to look naturally flawless.

| March/April 2006

As Herbs for Health readers, you are interested in natural alternatives to sometimes harmful pharmaceutical medicines and chemical cleaning products. And it follows that you want to reduce chemicals in your day-to-day skin care and cosmetics. That’s why we offer you homemade recipes for natural herbal skin care, hair care and cleaning products in almost every issue.

But, making your own cosmetics — especially more complicated ones like mascara and foundation — may be too difficult or time-consuming for some readers to manage. Luckily, the number of companies offering natural, herb- or botanical-based and chemical-free cosmetics seems to increase every day. And while these increasing options give you easier, more widespread access to natural cosmetics, they also can increase the confusion and muddle as you search online or in your health-food store. Here are a few companies that offer high-quality, natural cosmetics that our staff has tested.

Arbonne International, (949) 770-2610,

Who they are: Arbonne manufactures and distributes a complete line of pure Swiss skin care, color cosmetics, nutrition and aromatherapy products. Every product is botanically based, pH correct, hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, never tested on animals, and formulated with no animal products or byproducts, mineral oils, dyes or chemical fragrances.

What they offer: Arbonne has an incredibly wide array of cosmetics, including foundation, concealer, powder, eye powders and pencils, mascara and lipsticks. Their colors range widely in every category, and their packaging is attractive. Plus, you know you’re doing something good for your skin when the products, such as the concealers, include natural ingredients like green tea, chamomile, ginseng, cucumber and arnica.

Any drawbacks? Like many natural cosmetics, Arbonne products can be a bit higher on the price scale than many drugstore makeup products. But their high-quality, skin-friendly products make it reasonable to spend the extra cash.

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