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Best Natural Personal Care of 2018

Updated: Feb 8, 2019

Below is a list of winners from the 2018 Eco Excellence Awards in the Personal Care category. They have all showcased excellence in sustainability, safety, social responsibility, and health and wellness. For the full list of our 2018 Eco Excellence Winners please refer to this page.

Feminine Care - theCream Personal Relief Cream

theCream is a revolutionary way of thinking about skincare, based on nourishing and energizing skin cells with nature’s most powerful life-giving food - Colostrum. The Colostrum, collected under the most stringent and ethical processes, is known to limit the deterioration of cells associated with the aging process, assist with cell growth and reproduction, and regenerate skin tissue. While water is the most common #1 ingredient in competitor's products, theCream Personal Relief Cream is formulated with 70% colostrum. This Personal Relief Cream was designed for women who are experiencing menopausal/hormonal related dryness or discomfort. It is ultra nourishing and helps to rebalance moisture with out any harmful chemicals. Check it out here

Why we love it: The staff at NCW all use a variety of theCream skin and personal care products. We do not have to worry about side effects as they contain no harmful chemicals, parabens, nor preservatives. A natural personal relief cream is so important as more and more illnesses and diseases are now being linked to feminine hygiene products that use chemicals. theCream's Personal Relief Cream should be a first choice for all women who need it.

Hair Care for Him - Frutose Hair Care Grape Seed Oil

Frutose Cosmetics is an all natural, vegan friendly, cruelty-free and handmade line for those who want to experience a completely new healthy style by adopting fruit derived cosmetics as their main beauty routine and for those who want to enhance their skin by applying cosmetics formulated with many vitamins, minerals, nutrients, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and delicious fruit extracts. Frutose's Hair Care Grape Seed Oil is one the best kept secrets. Why Grape Seed Oil? Grape Seed Oil is one of the lightest fruit oils available and due to its rapid absorption and excellent emolliency it will provide moisturizing and conditioning benefits that won't leave your hair feeling greasy. Containing antioxidants and lineolic acid, it will help to nourish, restore strength, shine and hair growth. Check it out here

Why we love it: There is nothing like bringing untouched nature into our homes for our benefits. Most personal care companies claim to use real fruit extracts, but don't mention petro-based cosmetics, animal derived ingredients, non-ecological concepts, artificial colors, synthetic fragrances and harmful chemicals that are existing in the same product. The Grape Seed Oil has no harmful chemicals that will damage your hair and skin. Plus the sustainable model of using real fruit will make you feel better about your purchasing decision, while simultaneously making your hair smell delicious!

Hair Care for Her - SEED Daily Hair Cleanser

SEED's bottle wrapping is the first thing that will catch your attention about this product. Seed Phytonutrients is the first brand to launch a shower-safe, paper bottle made completely from 100% recycled post-consumer paper. The revolutionary paper bottle has been treated with a mineral complex extracted from clay so you can safely take it in the shower.  This is just the outside, what's inside is even better. When you finish the bottle, crack it open and find a package of heirloom seeds to grow in your own garden.

The key ingredients in the shampoo are Camelina Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Coconut, and Turmeric. Seeds are the key ingredient because it is most concentrated part of the plant, and an ideal choice for top quality ingredients. It’s where a plant’s nutrients are encased and protected from environmental elements so they remain in their purest form. Which is a meYou will fall in love with the smell and your silky smooth hair after using the Daily Hair Cleanser.

Why We Love It: Everything Seed does is with the purpose of furthering their four brand obsessions: preserving seed diversity, promoting natural beauty, supporting organic farms and farmers, and leading environmental sustainability. They work with organic farmers that may not realize their USDA certification without financial support, they use 100% post-consumer recycled paper bottle, and empower the consumer to start a healthy garden at home. We love it all!

Hair Care for Baby - Baja Baby Unscented Shampoo & Wash

Baja Baby were able to keep the spotlight on them for two years in a row. Jenni's and Kelly's (founders and moms) mission was to create baby products for the moms that appreciate the care and natural/organic treatments they receive at luxury spas. They use only the safest, high-quality ingredients with no parabens, sulfates or phosphates to ensure our products are good for all ages and all skin types. For them, it all about the quality of each raw ingredient that we source. They don't make our decisions based on the cost of an ingredient. They make them based on where and how the ingredient was made.

An example of this would be their preservation technique. They don't use any chemicals to preserve our products. Instead, they ship a trio of live enzymes from Switzerland all the way to Canada. This choice is 8 times more expensive than that of any other option on the market. However, it is unequivocally the safest and most natural way to preserve their products. Check the Unscented as well as their two scented shampoo and body washes here

Why We Love It: When moms want something want something better for their children they will move mountains or even cross seas to get it. In the case of Baja Baby, founders Jenni and Kelly literally did that. We love how dedicated they are to the well-being of other moms and children. Investing so much in the raw ingredient so that bath time can be relaxing, and if for some reason it did not turn out that way for you, they will offer a complete refund. This is a company that truly cares about the end consumer.

Oral Care - Dr. Sharp Wild Berry Kids Toothpaste

Since 1906, Dr. Sharp has distinguished itself in the pursuit of excellence in complete oral care. Renowned aesthetic dentist Dr. Bruno Sharp brought together decades of clinical experience and family tradition that spans over four generations to create a carefully formulated, fluoride-free toothpaste line including a Wild Berry Kids toothpaste that safely meets the every day needs of children of all ages, from baby to adulthood. It is free of fluoride, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Parabens, Gluten, Alcohol, Metals and is Non-GMO and Vegan. It contains Xylitol, Green Tea and other natural extracts with soothing properties and natural flavors. It is socially responsible, environmentally friendly BPA-FREE and recyclable packaging. Check it out here

Why We Love It: Brushing your child's teeth can be an agonizing experience, we have the teeth marks to show it. When it comes to tooth paste parents worry about what their child is going to end up swallowing. Dr. Bruno Sharp has created one of the safest toothpastes, with a nice flavor, to use with your baby so you do not have fret about how it could damage your baby's body after swallowing it.

Skincare for Him (also her) - Wren Natural All Natural Deodorant

What started as a major diet overhaul, turned into a natural skin care line. Founder Danielle Brabson was empowered after reshaping her diet with organic whole foods and thought "if I feel this good changing what I put IN me, what about what I put ON me?" That question led to hundreds of trials and massive revelations to eventually land on Wren Natural. Wren Natural concise line of skin care essentials that use only the best ingredients for you. And when it comes to the All Natural Deodorant you won't find any aluminum, GMOs, or other harsh chemicals you will find in the major brands, it is 100% natural deodorant. Check it out here

Why We Love It: It's always so hard to find a good natural deodorant. When we say "good" we mean one that lasts long, controls perspiration, smells fresh, and doesn't leave any rashes. Wren's Natural All Natural Deodorant checks off all these qualifications. On top of that, when you purchase from Wren Natural you will be contributing to URBANFARMU (program dedicated to empowering people to grow organic farms at home and in their community).

Skincare for Mom - Pacha Soap French Lavender Whipped Soap + Scrub

Pacha Soap Co. isn't your average soap company. Their packaging and soap colors will pique your interest, their ingredient list will warm you, but their company mission will win your heart. The French Lavender Whipped Soap + Scrub is 10 fl oz Lavender Essential Oil mixed with nourishing, unrefined shea butter will leave your skin feeling relaxed and refreshed. It contains pumice and organic, fair trade sugar that will exfoliate your skin, leaving it smooth and soft. The smell from the calming lavender will make this soap a staple of your bathtub ritual. Every time you purchase the whipped soap you will help fuel clean water initiatives, small-scale soap shops and other sustainable ventures in developing countries! Check it out here

Why We Love It: Pacha Soap Co.'s mission is spread goodness across the world. They are doing this by way of four initiatives: ethical sourcing of ingredients, clean water initiatives, hygiene education, and small business opportunities. Through the help of customers they have supplied 14 underdeveloped communities with clean water wells, 4000 people have drinking clean water for the first time, funded 8 sustainable soap shops, provided 3.8 million soap bars to schools, and created 256 jobs in the process. Unlike the great companies that are doing 1 for 1 programs, they are going next level to train and empower villagers to dig their own wells and create their own soap shops that way they can earn and grow together as a community. What an awesome vision and mission to have!

Skincare for Kids/Teens - Prep U Charcoal Deodorant

Ready to take on the smells of boyhood? Prep U’s products are also empowering boys with an age appropriate brand and messaging to guide them through the transitional years between toddler and teen. Two parents worked fast and tirelessly to rid the stink of their aging boys without the masking of popular body sprays, or reapplication of baby skin care. Prep U’s lineup of personal care products formulated to be tough on odors while using safe, natural ingredients and essentials oils. Their safe, all-natural Charcoal Deodorant is made for sensitive skin with an added bonus of activated charcoal to draw out odor-causing bacteria and toxins. Aluminum and paraben free, Prep U’s all-natural charcoal formula is safe for everyday use. The essential oil scent is gentle enough for young skin but strong enough to leave boys feeling good about smelling good.

Why We Love It: It takes a personal problem to craft a really good solution. When it comes to those transitional year's of boyhood, this is it. Activated charcoal gets deep into our pores to remove toxins, balances oily-skin, and even speeds the healing of skin irritations. This deodorant works so well on many levels that your will become your boy's favorite parent after just one use.

Wipes - C'est Moi Gentle Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes

While the aforementioned Prep U brand is focused on educating young boys on healthy skincare, C'est Moi products are made to uplift and educate girls on the importance of healthy skin care habits, while supporting and nurturing the beginning of their beauty journey. They care so much that they created their own "No Way" list documenting 1400 ingredients that are banned from the EU and 30 ingredients currently banned from the U.S. for customers to reference. So, of course their Gentle Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes are hypoallergenic, paraben free, pthalate free, sulfate free, and fragrance free. Utlizing organic aloe, glycerin, green tea and cucumber extract work to gently cleanse the skin and remove makeup from both the eyes and face. Best of all, these wipes are biodegradable. Check them out here

Why We Love It: Almost every person deals with face bumps, acne, dryness, etc when they are entering their teenage years. This can be a side effect of what we eat, how we process our emotions, or a reaction to harsh chemicals we apply to ourselves or that are in our environment, amongst other things. C'est Moi wipes are composed of clean ingredients that you can trust to remove makeup from your face without leaving behind toxins in your pores.

Make-Up - Sappho New Paradigm CC Cream

Formulated by an Emmy nominated makeup artist, the New Paradigm cream is composed of light diffusing minerals, making their CC cream feel feather soft and leaves your skin looking fresh and moisturized. With an extra serving of organic aloe juice to hydrate, decrease inflammation, ease redness, and diminish the appearance of small lines, their CC cream can work alone on its own or work under your favorite foundation as a primer. All of Sappho's products are 100% Vegan, they do not use any FD&C dyes in any of their products including shadows, and they are free of gluten, soy, dimethicone, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, petrochemical preservatives, and talc. Not to mention, they are manufactured in a 0% carbon footprint manufacturing plant in Canada. Check them out here

Why We Love It: We love the light-medium coverage and matte finish of this cc cream. Doesn't leave my face looking overly shiny like others. Blends well with your natural skin color to give it a smooth, even tone. And a little bit goes a long way!

Sanitizer Alternative - Olika Birdie

Meet Birdie. It's been called the "world's most beautiful hand sanitizer" by Fast Company, and we don't disagree. However, there is more to this birdie than its luxurious looks. This sanitizer is formulated with 7 naturally-derived ingredients: alcohol, water, glycerin, aloe vera and the essential oils of lemon, spearmint and bergamot. The three essential oils produce a soothing scent, while the glycerin and aloe vera help seal the moisture and prevent dryness in your skin. For those on-the-go with Birdie, you will uncover a dry wipe compartment on the bottom of the sanitizer so you can create wet wipes. This is a Birdie you will want to own. Check it out here

Why We Love It: Hand sanitizers have arrived. The Olika Birdie is the perfect combination of style, sophistication, and ingredients. It's hand sanitizer you won't lose because it looks so darn good! And if you travel it is TSA Friendly. Hand sanitizers have arrived.

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