Help Beautify Mother Earth (as well as yourself)

by andrea claire   Whether biodegradable, renewably resourced, locally derived, carbon-footprint-reduced or e) all of the above; being chic and beautiful also means keeping Mother Earth beautiful. STEAMCREAM (pictured as 1) is a completely vegan cream for the face, body and hands formulated with a unique, hot steam process committed to the three “R’s”: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The ingredients are cruelty-free with neither products nor ingredients ever tested on animals. These luxurious creams also come in limited edition, collectible, aluminum tins with unique artwork designed in Japan. Having such beautifully designed packaging encourages customers to recycle or re-use the trendy tins, making them even more eco-friendly. Check them out at Collective Wellbeing (2) has a collection of hair, skin and body care all committed to beauty and the environment. With a zero carbon footprint, they regularly take steps to complete an extensive “carbon audit” to calculate and purchase offset credits from alternative energy suppliers. They purchased many in the last few years from wind farms and solar energy providers. By doing so, Collective Wellbeing has done their best to eliminate the company’s carbon footprint. “We believe that an enterprise has a greater responsibility to its community than turning a profit. We strive to constantly reduce the impact of our operations by reducing our consumption of energy and raw materials, recycling and reusing materials whenever possible, and entirely eliminating our greenhouse gas ‘footprint’ through use of alternative energy credits.” As a member of 1% For The Planet, 1% of all annual sales go to environmental nonprofits via and Kevin Murphy (3), a superstar hairstylist with mentions in Vogue as “inventor of the beach look.” You know you’ve become an influential hairstylist when Vogue gives you such billing. Murphy uses his influence and beliefs in proudly collaborating with Al Gore’s climate change leadership program, The Climate Project. Founded in 2006, and hosted in Australia by the Australian Conservation Foundation, The Climate Project is a nonprofit global organization dedicated to educating the public about the science and impact of climate change and to work towards solutions at a grassroots level worldwide. In January of this year, Kevin Murphy was one of the 350 participants from 21 countries selected to attend The Climate Project’s 2011 Asia-Pacific Summit held in Jakarta, Indonesia as a representative from Australia. All of Murphy’s products are biodegradable, paraben-free and sulphate-free and contain essential oils that act as biocatalysts, performing natural, regenerative, moisturizing and strengthening functions. The range is based upon an environmentally friendly Australian philosophy, and all packaging is 100% recyclable. Sacred Nature Collection from [Comfort Zone] (4) is an ecofriendly line that is certified by Ecocert. While combining the highest quality ingredients and the most advanced technology with Italian style and elegance, Sacred Nature is not only eco-friendly by being made with organic ingredients and 100% recyclable; it’s also very chic with luxurious ingredients. Check out Ecocert at and for more locations to purchase Sacred Nature at La Prairie’s latest development, Advanced Marine Biology Day Cream (7), an anti-aging cream with natural ingredients collected from the sea, will protect your skin from damaging free radicals, maintain your skin’s elasticity and restore its youthful radiance. “Just as we need to protect the sea, we need to protect our skin; Advanced Marine Biology Day Cream SPF 20 does just that. With the entire Advanced Marine Biology Collection, La Prairie exemplifies how we can responsibly reap the benefits of our ocean’s resources,” states Céline Cousteau, granddaughter of the legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau and Special Ambassador for the Advanced Marine Biology Collection. Oribe Hair Care introduces NEW Ultra Rich Shampoo (5) a supremely soothing, sulfate-, paraben- and sodium chloride‐free cleanser paired with his Ultra Rich Conditioner (6), an ultra‐hydrating, paraben-, sulfate- and sodium chloride‐free conditioner that adds supreme softness and shine. Why are parabens bad? Parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen, which is known to play a role in the development of breast cancers. “Parabens can be found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, cleansing gels, personal lubricants, topical pharmaceuticals and toothpaste. They are also used as food additives in some products. Basically, a huge percentage of the products you buy for everyday use contain some form of paraben, so it can be difficult to find products that do not use them.” Sonia Kashuk has a Bamboo Chic (8) collection of cruelty-free, natural bristle makeup brushes. The handles are cut directly from bamboo stalk which is a sustainable resource. Contact Andrea Claire with your Glow questions at