The beauty world can be a complicated place, especially if you’re looking to ditch products with intimidating lists of ingredients and make the switch toward eco-friendly makeup and skincare. The return of the Indie Beauty Expo brought hundreds of independent retailers from around the world to showcase their amazing, one-of-a-kind products in the heart of Los Angeles. This year, our team of editors attended the IBE in Los Angeles and scouted the best beauty products from independent retailers that don’t compromise quality ingredients for their carbon footprint. Here are some of our favorite brands from IBELA.
Little Moon Essentials
The body care by Little Moon Essentials is “made by the phases of the moon” in Colorado. We love to spray the energizing mist at our desks when the climate news becomes too much to bear, and we enjoy the fun scent names (like Tired Old Ass).
We always keep lip balm on hand, and our current go-to is Kind Lips. Not only are these hydrating and kind to the planet; the company also donates 20 percent of profits go toward anti-bullying organizations.
Love Sun Body
Menstrual cups can be intimidating, but Lunette offers soft cups that hold for 12 hours and do not leak.
Dirt Don’t Hurt
Nature Lab Tokyo
Pure Mana Hawaii
These Australian-based natural deodorants are vegan and cruelty-free, and guarantee your pits will be free of aluminum, parabens, alcohol and other nasties. KIND-LY also offers an armpit detox for the transition to natural deodorants.
Sway offers natural deodorant, an armpit detox and skincare that is good for you and the planet. Founder Rebecca So just launched skincare at the event, and we are raving over everything: toners, moisturizers, serums and all.
From the bamboo lemongrass scrub to the hand therapy cream to the muscle ease, we loved Lather’s eco-friendly products approved by PETA and Leaping Bunny. Plus, Lather is a carbon-neutral business and uses green packaging.
Herbal Dynamics Beauty
This plant-based beauty brand embraces nature with every product. Try the refreshing rose water face toner, which applies like a mist, or the overnight recover mask, which will leave the fragile skin on your face softer than ever.
Spinster Sisters Co
milk + honey
Olive + M
We fell in love with Northlore, as all its products are completely eco-friendly, from packaging to ingredients and even shipping. The glacier salt soak is all the rave for its detoxing and skin nourishing properties.
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