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3 B.C. beauty products that are good for you and the planet

Renowned for its natural splendour, British Columbia is fast gaining a reputation for another form of natural: eco-conscious cosmetics and body-care brands

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Belmondo (www.belmondo.ca) is a natural skin-care line from esthetician Daniela Belmondo, who tapped her Italian roots to source organic olive oil as a base for her rich creams and exfoliants. Handmade in small quantities, the products are scented with herbs that are either certified organic or grown in the wild.

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ILIA Beauty (www.iliabeauty.com) gives a brashly contemporary edge to its line of lipsticks and glosses, which are up to 85-per-cent organic. Shades may skew bold, but ingredients such as shea butter and vitamin E promise to keep lips both soft and toxin-free.

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Bare Love Beauty (www.barelovebeauty.com) replaces harsh synthetic ingredients with its trademarked OlioLove Technology, a soothing, ostensibly all-natural blend of plant and vegetable oils. OlioLove is the basis for the company’s body lotion, face moisturizer and hair and scalp treatment.

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