But what about fair trade beauty products?
Many people aren’t aware that fair trade beauty products exist. But they do, thanks in large part to main ingredients like cocoa butter and shea butter, which can be fairly traded from countries like Togo, in West Africa, and the Domincan Republic, in the Carribbean.
Why Buy Fair Trade Beauty Products…
Buying fair trade lotions and oils means that you’re helping support small family farmers, instead of large corporate conglomerations. Workers and farmers are paid fair wages for their crops, and the crops are grown sustainably.
For instance, fair trade, organic cocoa butter is grown in the shade. This means that no rainforest trees are cut down in order to grow the cocoa. And, no harsh chemicals are used for fertilization or pest elimination.
So, it’s definitely worth the time to find some fair trade beauty product you love, because supporting these farmers can really make a difference.
And the best news? You don’t have to look far! Here are some awesome fair trade beauty products I think you’ll love.
1. LUSH Fair Trade Foot Lotion
The LUSH line (see the picture at the top of this article) can be had for around $20 or less over at Amazon. What I love about LUSH is that you get a HUGE tub of this peppermint foot cream for $22. So, it will easily last you all summer long. The cocoa butter is fair trade.
What I like best is the LUSH site: you get a picture view for each product’s ingredients. There are no hidden items here; everything is out in the open, so you know what you’re putting on your body. Nice job, LUSH!
Mountain Rose Herbs is one of my favorite companies ever. Their products are organic and fair trade, and absolutely divine.
Their Restorative Skin Oil is for dry skin. It contains Vit. E oil, Calendula oil, Rosehip seed oil, and several other essential oils.
If you’ve never used oil on your skin before, you’re in for a treat. I’ve been using oils (like olive oil and Vit. E oils) for over a year now and love it. The oil soaks into your skin much better than traditional lotions. It might sound counter-intuitive to put oil on your face, but it’s really, really good for you.
Mountain Rose Herb’s Restorative Skin Oil retails for $10.50.
We work with a lot of artisans in Nepal, so whenever I find someone else doing the same I get really excited. I almost fell over when I found this wonderful little company, Wild Earth, making handmade soap from Nepal.
I mean, where else are you going to find Yak Milk soap with lavender and honey? Amazing.
I think it’s wonderful that we now have so many options when it comes to buying fair trade. The more we support the fair trade efforts, the more options we’ll get in the years to come. And, the more artisans, families and farmers we’ll be helping to crawl out of poverty and live a better life.
Filed under: Fair Trade Living on June 8th, 2010