Top 8 Fair Trade Beauty Items

Buy right to improve life in indigenous communities

There is a plethora of beauty products on the market. Choosing the right ones - that are cruelty free and benefit others - allows you to know where your products come from and how they impact the world. Fair trade beauty items are one of the ways to know you're making a smart choice.

Many already know that fair trade means a company has purchased quality ingredients or goods at fair prices that prevent the exploitation of workers, but it also means there's a wide range of positive benefits for the community. The goal behind fair trade is sustainability. This means improving the quality of life in indigenous communities while preserving the planet's resources. This form of global trade benefits everyone because companies can ethically source quality ingredients, the community finds a way out of poverty, and you know where the product came from and that your purchase is helping to create a better world.

Green beauty goes beyond recycled packaging and natural ingredients. It's about social responsibility, and a company using its products, money and influence to institute global change. With that in mind, here are eight of the top fair trade beauty products to consider.

Top 8 Fair Trade Beauty Items

Aveda's Uruku Lip Pigment

This lipstick lifts the spirits of millions. Aveda's founder encountered the Yawanawá tribe in Brazil and discovered the tribe was dispersed after losing much of its land to rubber plantations and was on the verge of extinction. To support the tribe, Aveda began purchasing antioxidant-rich urukum seed from the tribe, which the tribe uses for body-painting rituals because of its vibrant red pigment. Aveda has created a Uruku makeup line, and its initiated local social projects and school development and has provided equipment for urukum production.

Top 8 Fair Trade Beauty Items

Lush Fair Trade Foot Lotion

Slather this over your dry feet at night and your heels will be soft and smooth come morning. It features refreshing arnica and mint infusion for sore feet. It's pink, perky and minty, and contains mega moisturizing organic Fair Trade cocoa butter. An added double dose of revitalizing spearmint and peppermint makes sore feet feel cool and helps to relieve aches and pains after being stuck in shoes. Soothing arnica and marigold herbs take away the weariness and get your feet ready for another run in the rat race.

Top 8 Fair Trade Beauty Items

The Body Shop Honey & Oat 3-In-1 Scrub Mask

Use this 3-in-1 mask weekly to cleanse, polish and moisturize normal to dry skin.

It contains Community Fair Trade honey from the UNESCO Sheka Forest Biosphere Reserve in the southern region of Ethiopia, where African bees distil the nectar of rainforest flowers to create a distinctive floral honey. To collect this precious honey, The Body Shop works with the ‘bee whisperers’ of Beza Mar, a group dedicated to improving the livelihood of Ethiopian beekeeping communities and maintaining their traditional, natural way of working with bees.

Top 8 Fair Trade Beauty Items

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Eye Makeup Remover Pads

These natural eye makeup remover pads are saturated discs that are durable, oil-free and smell like lavender.

Easily remove your eye makeup while moisturizing the delicate area around the eye without leaving any greasy residue.

Top 8 Fair Trade Beauty Items

Chivas Fair Trade Lemongrass Goat Milk Soap

This handmade, small-batch goat milk soap comes in a range of scents, but our favorite is a blend of lemongrass, eucalyptus and citronella essential oils which naturally deter insects. The addition of calendula helps to soothe irritated skin. It also includes fair trade shea butter.

This blend is moisturizing, nourishing and gentle for dry or sensitive skin. Made for your hands, body and even your face.

Top 8 Fair Trade Beauty Items

Happy Feet Fair Trade Gift Set

This adorable gift set was made by fair trade artisans in Bali. The set contains one foot-shaped carved pumice stone, one foot-shaped nail brush with foot carved on wooden handle, and one foot-shaped carved jasmine soap. It's charming and helps support fair trade.

Top 8 Fair Trade Beauty Items

Kahina Brightening Serum

You can increase luminosity and refine skin tone and texture with this organic-certified treatment complex. It contains a blend of rare white lily, Japanese wakame seaweed, and powerful antioxidants in argan oil, maritime pine, and green tea.

Even better, 100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin, and 73.8% of the total ingredients are from organic farming. The formula is certified natural and organic by ECOCERT Greenlife according to ECOCERT Standard.

Top 8 Fair Trade Beauty Items

Nu Skin Epoch Baobab Body Butter

Use this body butter to keep your skin smooth and supple. Nu Skin Enterprises is known for its quality skin care as well as its outreach to others less fortunate across the globe. Its Force for Good Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to improving quality of life in indigenous communities. Nu Skin is involved in hundreds of humanitarian projects in more than 50 countries, including one in Malawi, Africa.

With each purchase of Epoch Baobab Body Butter, Nu Skin plants a baobab or fruit tree in Malawi, which will help further preserve the environment.

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