Skincare


Ethical shopping guide to Skincare, from Ethical Consumer

Ethical shopping guide to Skincare, from Ethical Consumer


This is a product guide from Ethical Consumer, the UK's leading alternative consumer organisation. Since 1989 we've been researching and recording the social and environmental records of companies, and making the results available to you in a simple format.

The report includes:

  • Ethical and environmental ratings for 58 skincare products covering moisturiser, lotions and cleansers etc
  • Best Buy recommendations

 

This product guide is part of a Special Report on Cosmetics & Toiletries.  See what's in the rest of the report.

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Best Buys

as of Sept/Oct 2012


As our ratings are constantly updated, it is possible that company ratings on the score table may have changed since this report was written.


Best Buys are Yaoh, Essential Care, Badger, Bulldog, Green People, Caurnie, Faith in Nature, Honesty, Pure Nuff Stuff, Bentley Organics, Little Satsuma, A.Vogel, Neal’s Yard, Natural Empathy, Weleda, Lush, Lavera and Urtekram.

Neal’s Yard and Lush have their own high street shops and the others are available from health food shops or by mail order.

Lush make skincare bars with no packaging.


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Skincare

 

 

Soap and water might be enough for some, but a large proportion of the population uses some kind of skincare products to moisturise, cleanse or to smooth over the bumpy bits. Although the big names may dominate the market in terms of units sold, we’re seeing an increasing number of companies offering more ethical alternatives.
 

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Vegans might want to avoid animal derivatives in their skincare products. Ingredients to watch out for include honey, beeswax, silk, collagen and lanolin.

 

 


Company profile

 

L’Oréal, which is part owned by Nestlé, also has a number of brands in this sector and beyond. The company is the subject of a boycott call from Uncaged, again over animal testing. It is heavily involved in nanotechnology and is the top nanotechnology patent-holder in the United States.[2] The company also has operations in 11 oppressive regimes and 4 tax havens.
L’Oréal also owns the Body Shop. This subsidiary scores well for its own policies but still receives a low ethiscore as it picks up marks from both L’Oréal and Nestlé.


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This product guide is part of a Special Report on Cosmetics & Toiletries.  See what's in the rest of the report.


 

 

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