7 Green Beauty Products You Can’t Go Back to School Without
This article is a paid partnership with HerCampus.com.
You’ve shopped all your dorm decor, and purchased a new set of headphones and enough pens to last you a lifetime, but when it comes to back-to-school season you can’t forget how important it is to refresh your beauty products too. Yes, we’re talking a whole new shelf of skin and hair-loving treats, BUT this year we’re also encouraging everyone to keep sustainability in mind during back-to-school shopping. Why: The planet is beautiful. Let’s keep it that way by creating a greener future with eco-conscious packaging and products with naturally-derived ingredients.
Consumers around the world are realizing that their carbon footprint makes a difference! We must care for ourselves and the world around us by contributing to environmental longevity. So join the conscious effort being made to shop naturally inspired, well-sourced products, while also be mindful of waste production right down to reusing or recycling every bottle and carton. We’ve still got a long way to go, but the sheer acts of shifting to environmentally considerate products, supporting companies that are doing good, and starting conversations with friends about how they can join the movement to – well, THAT makes a lot of difference and shapes a brighter future.
If you’re on board for incorporating green into your routine (honestly a no-brainer), these are the best essentials from Garnier to start with:
1. Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1
This touch of gentleness on your skin feels the BEST after a long day of classes and hours put in at the library. Garnier micellar cleansing water is designed to cleanse and remove even the toughest waterproof makeup and contains no alcohol, so even those of us with the hyper-sensitive skin won’t feel discomfort. Your pores will feel lovely and refreshed – no washing your face with soapy goo or boring face wipes here.
2. Soothing Facial Rose Water Mist
Rose water is basically soothing embodied in a bottle, and the fact that this mist smells like a fresh spring bouquet doesn’t hurt either.
Just spritz a few inches from your face to hydrate and enjoy all the benefits of this unique formula with 99% naturally-derived ingredients! Those big words actually represent something simple: an ingredient is naturally-derived if it is unchanged from its natural state or has undergone processing, but still retains more than 50% of its molecular structure from its original natural source. So, when we say that this formula consists of 99% naturally-derived ingredients, it ensures the 4% of ingredients left over are to guarantee preservation. (Yes, it is as good for your skin as it sounds.)
3. Fructis Sleek and Shine Shampoo & Conditioner
Why just survive dorm showers when you could thrive in them? Formulated with sustainably sourced Argan oil and Active Fruit Protein, this shampoo and conditioner pair helps make your locks healthy, smooth and shiny. It’s more than just glow though – this set is a staple if you’ve got frizz that needs to chill out. Just use the products in tandem for best results and say hello to long-lasting frizz protection even in 97% humidity (when using the shampoo, conditioner, leave in treatment system). Raise your hand if you’re adding this fruity TLC to your shower regimen ASAP!
4. Fructis Treats 1 Minute Hair Masks
This line of 1-minute hair masks are the definition of fast nourishment. Each has a unique extract, either avocado, papaya, banana, goji, or coconut to smooth, help repair, strengthen, protect color vibrancy, or nourish FAST. Like we mentioned above, these masks are also 98% naturally-derived, so the raw ingredients are virtually unchanged from their natural state or have undergone processing yet still retains 50% of it’s molecular structure from its original plant or mineral source. They are biodegradable too! Use them as a hair mask, conditioner, or leave-in treatment for anything you have going on that day. Whatever route you decide, your hair will love the nourishment sans silicones, parabens, artificial colorants, or animal by-products.
5. Fructis Style Smooth Blow Dry Anti-Frizz Cream
Frizz-sufferers know how real the struggle is after a blowout, so say hello to complete control and tamed flyaways with this lovely little cream. This formula protects hair from heat damage and will keep your ‘do shiny all the way from pre-class coffee to dinner with friends after your sorority meeting.
Work a quarter-sized amount through damp hair, then blow dry and style to complete the look. With the right price tag, the cream is also significantly more affordable than heading to your local blowout bar whenever you need salon style. College budget, conquered!
6. Whole Blends Honey Treasures Hair Care
Honey is a legendary nourishing ingredient known for its repairing properties, Whole Blends Honey Treasures contains honey, royal jelly and propolis to create a repairing blend for your hair. Turn your shower sessions into a wholesome haven with this shampoo and conditioner that repairs and rejuvenates hair to the ends.
7. Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme
If it isn’t good for your hair AND the environment, what’s even the point? You rarely find a dye that’s green-friendly, but this is packed with avocado, olive, and shea oils that don’t do any harm. This line comes in 63 different shades, but we love this glowing medium brown, AKA the perfect color for fall. The coloring instructions are easy to follow from your dorm or apartment and work for both full head application and root touch up, so you change your look sustainably without the stress and mess.
Now that you’re armed with a store of products to green your back-to-school routine, you can sit back, relax, and watch the ways your year and our world can improve when we all beauty responsibly! As an added incentive for using your new beauty buys thoughtfully, we suggest designing a beauty recycling bin for your roommate or your dorm floor, so that the green love can extend beyond you this year.