Without knowing it, some of even the most basic of our beauty products can cause harm to the environment. Ingredients in our everyday bars of soap or in bottles of shampoo and conditioner can contain chemicals that work against our Earth’s natural resources. To combat these adverse effects, companies like Lush and The Body Shop have recently launched lines that provide consumers with a more environmentally sustainable approach to bathtime.
Realizing the rapid depletion of rainforests in Indonesia due to the high demand for palm oil (a common base for soaps), Lush introduces a new lineup of palm oil-free bars with an alternative base. Using a blend of sunflower oil, rapeseed oil and coconut oil to still give you the emollient properties of palm, the soaps are just another step further in Lush’s continuing campaign for a greener beauty industry.
The Body Shop, on the other hand, puts the focus on hair. Proving that healthy, shiny hair need not be achieved with sulfates, silicones or parabens, the new line called Rainforest Hair Care does away with the aforementioned chemicals which flow from household drains to the open oceans, polluting marine life. The four formulations—Shine, Balance, Radiance and Moisture, tackle all hair types and are rich with pracaxi oil, a fully biodegradable alternative ingredient for hair care products.
Although going green in every aspect of our lifestyle may seem like an impossible task, consciously introducing new practices into our daily routines can bring us a step closer. Although it’s too late to totally reverse all the damage on the environment done, we can help to stop the continuing destruction. Products like these from Lush and The Body Shop show you that going green doesn’t mean compromising quality, but rather doing your own part to respond to the glaring signs of the times—while smelling sweet at that!
Click on the photo gallery too see the new lines from The Body Shop and Lush.