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Green queens rummage through our makeup bags

Tiernan McKay is a freelance writer based in Denver, Colorado. Her writing has appeared in magazines such as Alive!, Occupational Health and Safety, Restaurants and Institutions, Tampa Bay and Arizona Woman. Right now, she is either ridi...

Green your makeup bag

It can be hard to find pure and healthy substitutes to our favorite beauty products. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try. The green queens at Better Organic Choice (BOC) recently rummaged through the makeup bags of the SheKnows crew in search of toxic products. What did they find? And what do they recommend? Read on!

Rebecca Bracken, Food Editor

Yes to Carrots lip butterFavorite: Philosophy's Hope in a Jar moisturizer

BOC Feedback: This cult favorite moisturizer contains two parabens, propylene glycol and triethanolamine.

Suggestion: Swap it for an active natural moisturizer like Arcona Magic White Ice or The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Rejuvenating Cream.

Favorite: Burt's Bees lip balm Great choice

BOC Feedback: Perfect. This balm is BOC-approved!

Suggestion: If you're looking for an organic version, try Yes to Carrots C Me Smile organic lip butter.

Favorite: Maybelline stick concealer

BOC Feedback: Contains propyl-, butyl- and methyl-parabens.

Suggestion: As a celebrity makeup artist I used this for years. When I decided to green my kit I switched to Mineral Fusion concealer infused with pomegranate and green tea extracts.

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