Natural Beauties

Get your green on! Four successful, eco-conscious leaders in the beauty industry talk about their must-have products.
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Mathilde Thomas

Founder of French skincare line Caudalíe, Mathilde Thomas creates products that are both effective and natural. She uses potent active ingredients found in grapes, many of which are grown in Bordeaux vineyards, and has banned pthalates, parabens and other harmful preservatives from all Caudalíe products. Thomas promotes sustainable development in other areas, too: the company has lowered carbon dioxide emissions and uses recycled paper for mailings and packaging. Click through for her four beauty must-haves. >

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Caudalíe Organic Grape Water

"My Caudalíe Organic Grape Water ($8; Click to Buy) is incredibly soothing and helps my skin stay hydrated throughout the year. It’s my go-to product for travel—I use it everywhere from the plane to the beach, plus it’s 100 percent organic!"

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Ojon Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum

“I love this collection and this product ($25; Click to Buy) in particular. I use it on dry or wet hair to add shine quickly without weighing hair down.”

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Caudalíe Premier Cru The Cream

"If I could only use one product for the rest of my life, it would be my Caudalíe Premier Cru The Cream ($150; Click to Buy). [This product] does it all: brightens, firms, protects—and it includes all of my patented vine-based ingredients!"

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Le Labo: Santal 33

“Before I started Caudalíe, I was training to be a nose, or perfumer. I love the artistry behind Le Labo ($145; Click to Buy) and love that every scent’s composition is a bit different. They get it right every time.”

Tata Harper

All of the products in Tata Harper's eponymous skincare line are created on a rolling 1,200-acre farm in the heart of Vermont. She began the line when she opened up her medicine cabinet and realized "that all these products were not only harmful to our bodies, but they didn’t even deliver the results they promised." Her brand focuses on 100 percent natural, nontoxic ingredients that give results without harming women's bodies nor the environment. Click through for the products Harper can't live without. >

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Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum

"Our Rejuvenating Serum ($150; Click to Buy) is our number one anti-aging treatment; it contains an ingredient that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, creating an overall radiant look!"

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Kjaer Weis Creme Blush in Blossoming

"I love this blush ($54; Click to Buy) because it is made with all natural ingredients and provides a fresh glow. It is scented with vanilla from Madagascar, making it truly heavenly!"

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Tata Harper Aromatic Irritability Treatment

"Our Irritability Treatment ($65; Click to Buy) is fantastic because you can carry it with you wherever you go. And whenever you are feeling stressed, apply it to your pulse points, breathe deeply, and you will become more centered and relaxed."

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Rahua Finishing Treatment

"Also 100 percent organic, this oil ($45; Click to Buy) penetrates the hair to rebuild even the most damaged locks. Plus it gives [the hair] amazing shine."

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Barbara Close

Esthetician, aromatherapist and herbalist Barbara Close launched her Naturopathica skincare line in order to educate women about the ingredients in their beauty products. Synthetic ingredients that fall under the ubiquitous category of "natural" can still be irritants and allergens. Close sought to create a brand with truly organic components and sustainable values. Naturopathica products are thus certified organic by Ecocert, dermatologically tested and packaged in 100 percent recycled plastic. Click on to check out Close's four favorite products >

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Naturopathica Plant Stem Cell Serum

"This [serum] ($48; Click to Buy) is formulated with new, cutting-edge technology that uses super-concentrated extracts of Echinacea and Butterfly Bush to plump the skin. The coolest part about it is that you use it for only 30 days, four times a year as a seasonal booster to give your skin the glow it craves."

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Osea Ocean Cleanser

"This gorgeous marine-based cleanser ($48; Click to Buy) is for all skin types and smells amazing. Leaves skin smooth and tingly without nasty chemical surfactants."

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Naturopathica Vitamin K Brightening Eye Serum

"If you are a traveler like me, this [serum] ($72; Click to Buy) is a must. It helps with dark circles and puffiness under the eyes but also has mica and silica to act as a concealer."

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bt-Micro Peel and Penetrate Facial Tool

"This indispensible tool ($279; Click to Buy) uses ultrasonic and microcurrent technologies to remove surface dead skin cells and increase product penetration, leaving your skin plump, hydrated and smooth. I use it once a week with our Plant Stem Cell Serum to give myself a natural face lift."

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Karen Behnke

Health and wellness are no strangers to Karen Behnke, founder of Juice Beauty. Having helmed two successful companies in the healthcare sector of finance, she launched her line of highly efficient and organic beauty products after learning that skin absorbs over 60 percent of what is placed on it. Behnke's brand is known for its efficacy and wide range of products, which include everything from body care to makeup. Click on to find out Behnke's go-tos! >

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Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel

"This product ($45; Click to Buy), rich in organic malic, citric and tartaric acids from fruits, refines and leaves my skin with an enhanced tone and texture. I love to 'peel/exfoliate' on Sunday nights...and sometimes I have a peel party with my husband!"

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SpaRitual Nail Lacquer in Clearly

"I wear SpaRituals nail care products ($10; Click to Buy) for their performance as well as the purity of their ingredients. I wear clear nail polish when I'm on air or on TV."

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Juice Beauty SPF Tinted Mineral Moisturizer

"I can’t live without our SPF Tinted Moisturizers ($29; Click to Buy) as they are multi-tasking: mineral coverage plus full-spectrum, non-chemical sun protection plus rich moisturizer plus rich antioxidants to feed my skin."

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Giovanni L.A. Hold Hair Spritz

"This hair spray ($9; Click to Buy) provides performance with the least amount of unnecessary chemicals."


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First Published February 17, 2012

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