If you’re looking for ways to infuse your beauty routine with socially-aware, environmentally-friendly products, then these two green businesses certainly will inspire – one that creates artisan, organic skincare products from sustainably harvested Amazon rainforest ingredients, and one that stresses natural inspiration to bring beautiful outdoor scents and ingredients into your bathroom experience.
Wembé Organic, Sustainable Rainforest Skincare and Handmade Soaps
Wembé is a new organic, vegan, earth-friendly, wild organic bar soap and skincare company working to make a difference for you and for those creating their artisan products. Their product line is diverse, including things like Organic Loofah Soap made with thyme and almond essential oils, Organic Passion Fruit Soap infused with fresh maracuja and cupassu butter, and Organic Black Clay Soap for an at-home mud bath spa treatment. They’ve also recently launched an Organic Moisturizing Stick that provides nourishing moisture for the face and other delicate areas, made with essential oils, rosehip oil, and beeswax.
Check out these health and environmental attributes: all products are free of silicone, petroleum products, parabens, sulfates, phenoxythanol, polyethylene glycol, synthetic fragrances, and artificial dyes. They are also made from organic, locally-grown plants in Paraguay (principally from the Amazon rainforest where they are harvested sustainably), and are gluten free, too.
And Wembé is working hard to contribute to the Paraguayan communities with which it works. Despite the fact that local labor regulations are lax and poorly enforced, Wembé sets the bar extremely high. They hire only 20 people and pay them wages that are 20% to 30% above market standards. They also provide training to help each worker advance, and ensure all safety precautions are taken to protect the employees and the local environment.
Plus, the plant is powered only by hydroelectric power and everything is made from local spring water. And all of their products adhere to cruelty-free and vegan principles, the company is a Green America Approved Business, and they’ve signed the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics agreement
This green business was listed in the GreenDeals.org Top 6 for 2012.
PRIMAVERA, Certified Organic Skincare for Bringing Nature Closer
Another nature-based skincare company, PRIMAVERA has recently become available to American consumers, offering you the chance to incorporate nature into your everyday life through their certified organic line of skincare and aromatherapy products. With a claim that their projects contain the highest certified organic ingredient percentage available on the market, their four product lines – body care, face care, wellness therapy, and home fragrance – offer an immerse-yourself-in-nature experience in the privacy of your own bathroom.
PRIMAVERA ensures the natural, organic qualities of their ingredients in several ways. First, they work with 18 organic farms worldwide, all of which must meet their stringent environmental standards. That means they stress biodiversity, crop rotation, chemical-free pest control and soil amendments, and GMO-free seeding. The ingredient list for the entire company is also relatively short, consisting of only 125 different components, including essential oils used for centuries by traditional cultures, seed oils with vital nutrients, and plant extracts each with unique health benefits.
They also ensure that all of their ingredients are certified by Natrue, an international nonprofit association that provides a labeling standard to ensure consumers that products are as natural as possible. And to top it all off, they ensure no animal testing, and use eco-conscientious packaging such as carton-free packaging to reduce waste and recyclable glass bottles.