5 Natural Foundations for Your Green Beauty Routine

If you've been following along on The Essential Life, you know we've been sharing a wealth of information on making the swap & going green with your beauty routine. We're hoping that, by sharing pertinent information with The Essential Life community, we are helping our readers make better, more responsible purchasing decisions which benefit the environment as well as their health.

What you might not know about traditional beauty products & cosmetics is that they are laced with a ton of harmful & carcinogenic ingredients. While synthetic ingredients are used to make a product more affordable, these synthetic chemicals are absorbed by your skin & lead to adverse health problems down the line. In addition, many of the ingredients on this list are harmful for your skin & lead to premature ageing & accelerated damage.

Here at The Essential Life, we are HUGE advocates of living a green, natural & organic lifestyle. We want to help The Essential Life community green up their lives, which is why, for the last few months, we embarked on a mission to find the best all-natural & organic skincare products & cosmetics to help you go green.

After months of research & experimentation, we've found the best natural & organic cleansersmoisturisersfacial serumsacne treatments, face masks, foundations, lip colours, mascaras & deodorants to help your make the swap to a green beauty regimen. Stay tuned to The Essential Life, as we continue counting down the best beauty swaps to green up your beauty routine.

Our Top-Five Picks for Natural Foundations for Your Green Beauty Routine

Sappho Essential Foundation

Why We Love It: Our absolute favourite thing about this natural & organic foundation is that it is perfect for ALL skin types. All of The Essential Life's beauty experts tried this foundation & it worked well for all of us. It comes in a wide variety of shades to perfectly match almost everyone's skin tone &, after applying Sappho Essential Foundation, our skin was supple to the touch & SUPER radiant. 

Another big win for this foundation is how light & natural it felt while providing excellent coverage. One of the problems a few of our beauty experts expressed having with traditional foundations was that, to get the right amount of coverage, it meant layering our makeup. Layered makeup meant that, anything that came in contact with our face throughout the day, was marked with our foundation. This wasn't the case with Sappho Essential Foundation.

Price: $54 USD


Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation

Why We Love It: This powder foundation is basically a miracle for those of us with oily or combination skin. As someone who has combination skin, I have struggled for YEARS to find a foundation that controls the oil slick that is my forehead, but doesn't dry out the desert-like snakeskin on my cheeks & chin. Alima Pure's Satin Matte Foundation is that foundation, it's like an answer to all of my skincare prayers.

One of the things that I love about this powder foundation is that is leaves my face free of shine, offers the coverage I need & doesn't go all clumpy & weird the way that most powder foundations I've tried in the past do as my skin goes into oil-creating overdrive throughout the day. I loved this foundation so much, that it has replaced the foundation I used to use prior to embarking on our mission to find the best all-natural foundations for a green beauty routine. Seriously, I can't recommend this foundation enough!

Price: $28 USD



Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation

Why We Love It: While this cream foundation wasn't unanimously loved by all of our beauty experts, it had to make our list because of its incredible versatility. For anyone looking for sheer coverage, Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation is for you. If you're looking for more coverage, you can build up this foundation until you reach your desired level of coverage.

Another reason we had to include this cream foundation on our list is how natural it looked when applied for full-coverage. With this makeup, we were able create an absolutely flawless look, yet our skin looked completely natural & felt smooth & skin-like to the touch. If you're looking for a full-coverage foundation, you'll love this one.

Price: $68 USD


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Vapour Soft Focus Foundation

Why We Love It: This foundation was the favourite of most of The Essential Life's team of beauty experts. It is created with a unique blend of nourishing oils that drench your skin in moisture & leaves you with a dewy, luminous & radiant complexion. After applying this foundation, our skin looked absolutely incredible & it felt almost velvety to the touch.

The intense blend of moisturisers in this foundation make it perfect for anyone with dry or sensitive skin. It provides a ton of moisture & creates a sultry, candle-lit glow.

Price: $50 USD


W3ll People Narcissist Stick Foundation

Why We Love It: So, we have to be honest with you on this one. This foundation wasn't anyone's favourite. Now, you might be wondering why we've included it on our top-five list. The reason is pretty simple: this foundation is the BEST foundation for any lazy girl's beauty routine. It provides light-to-medium coverage, goes on super easy, can be flawlessly-blended with your fingers (have a long morning commute? Apply this foundation on the bus or train so you don't miss out on valuable beauty sleep), & can be used as a concealer as well as a foundation.

If you're looking for an all-in-one primer, concealer & foundation that can be quickly applied, W3ll People's Narcissist Stick Foundation has got you covered...literally.

Price: $28 USD


Stay tuned as we continue to share the best all-natural swaps to green-up your beauty routine.

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