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liiv-botanicals.jpgGoing green is a huge trend in the marketplace these days, but sadly we don’t often see a huge beauty corporation invest in a truly “green” line of skincare. Green products cost more than their mainstream counterparts: the ingredients are more expensive, the packaging costs more and the target market is smaller.

So I have to applaud my employer and one of the largest beauty companies in the world, Avon, for taking the green plunge. Avon’s new line of skincare and bodycare, Liiv Botanicals, only features products that are preservative-free and dye-free. All of the facial products are also fragrance-free.

The product formulas, containing powerful ingredients like Portulaca and Banaba extracts, capture active plant extracts to deliver rejuvenating benefits directly to the skin. The Vital Day Cream with SPF 20 is a lightweight, soothing moisturizer that boasts healthier clarity and improved skin tone in just 3 days. I’ve used it and can honestly say that my skin did have a renewed brightness and clarity. At only $15, it’s a great green value and the rest of the line is just as reasonably priced.

So consider saving your skin from some unnecessary synthetic ingredients, saving the earth from some non-biodegradable chemicals and saving yourself a few dollars at the same time. You can explore the Liiv Botanicals line here.

8 Responses to alex’s beauty diary: eco skin

  • myhouseof6 says:

    These sound great but they contain sodium laureth sulfate, isn’t that the #1 ingredient we are trying to avoid, due to its possible carcinogenic effects?

  • alex says:

    Sodium laureth sulfate, SLS, is a surfactant, an ingredient that makes things foam. It is found in a wide variety of personal care products as well as household cleaning products. SLS has been shown to cause skin irritation and has also been linked to more serious health conditions. The Liiv Botanicals body wash and facial cleanser do contain SLS and should therefore be avoided by anyone who is trying to stay SLS-free. The Liiv Botanicals day and night creams, however, do not contain any SLS and are very gentle on the skin.

  • alex says:

    One final note about SLS. This is a very common ingredient and probably one that has been in touch with your skin numerous times in your life. I don't want to give the impression that SLS will definitely cause skin irritation in any one who comes in contact with it. Many people have no reaction to it at all. It is something, however that is absorbed by the skin and into the bloodstream. The fear that consumers have today based on scientific study and/or speculation is that over long periods of time SLS, like many other common synthetic ingredients, builds up in the body and can lead to serious health problems. Truly green beauty products, like Aubrey Organics, generally use vegetable-based surfactants to create a foaming result, but as mentioned in the beauty post those ingredients cost more. That's why mass market beauty brands like Avon, Olay, Dove and many others still use SLS.

  • myhouseof6 says:

    Hi and thank you for your response. You sound like somebody who is knowledgable on the subject. Im just starting in my organic quest. I work at a pediatric hospital and am having a hard time convincing colleagues that SLS is not really a good thing. Do you have any good websites to pull research off of?

  • alex says:

    A website that I like a lot is Natural Health Information Centre: http://www.natural-health-information-centre.com/
    I recommend trying this website first for information on questionable ingredients. If I can't find what I'm looking for on this website, I usually just google the ingredient which almost always turns up great results. Good luck on your organic quest.

kelcey kintner