Shake Up Your Makeup

Try these healthy cosmetics to look naturally flawless.

| August/September 2006

  • Arbonne
  • Ecco Bella

  • Earth’s Beauty
  • Dr. Hauschka
  • Lavera Naturkosmetik

In these pages, we often offer recipes to makeyour own simple, toxin-free skin- and body-care products out of theherbs you grow at home. But making more complicated cosmetics —like mascara and foundation — might be too difficult ortime-consuming for many of us. Luckily, the number of companiesoffering natural, herb- or botanical-based and chemical-freecosmetics seems to increase every day. And while these increasingoptions give you easier, more widespread access to naturalcosmetics, they also can increase the confusion and muddle as yousearch online or in your health-food store. Here are a fewcompanies that offer high-quality, natural cosmetics that our staffhas tested.

(949) 770-2610

Who they are: Arbonne manufactures anddistributes a complete line of pure Swiss skin care, colorcosmetics, nutrition and aromatherapy products. Every product isbotanically based, pH correct, hypoallergenic,dermatologist-tested, never tested on animals, and formulated withno animal products or byproducts, mineral oils, dyes or chemicalfragrances.

What they offer: Arbonne has an incredibly widearray of cosmetics, including foundation, concealer, powder, eyepowders and pencils, mascara and lipsticks. Their colors rangewidely in every category, and their packaging is attractive. Plus,you know you’re doing something good for your skin when theproducts, such as the concealers, include natural ingredients likegreen tea, chamomile, ginseng, cucumber and arnica.

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

Prices: About Face Line Defiance: $26; AboutFace Concealer: $16; About Face Blusher: $12.50; About Face LashDuos: $18.

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