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Where to Go for Organic, All-Natural Beauty in New York City

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Happy Earth Day! What better time to drink out of your reusable coffee mug, filled with fair trade ground beans, don a vintage top, and re-evaluate what you're putting on your face and body? We've rounded up 18 eco-friendly spots in the city where you can pick up non-toxic sunscreen, all-natural lotions, and non-synthetic fragrances. We've also included a few salons that tout environmentally friendly products—one will even maintain your dreads.

An honorable mention goes to CAP Beauty, the reincarnation of Castor & Pollux as an all-natural beauty store, opening up later this spring. But in the meantime, there's plenty of places to hit up—check them out after the jump.


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Uni K Wax Center

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Uni K uses a special kind of herbal wax using pine tree resin and beeswax. You'll only find in their salons, which includes four other locations in the five boroughs besides this UES locale. Their in-house collection of body care is also made with natural and botanical ingredients. [Photo]

Sakura Nail & Spa

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We all know that there's a host of environmentally unfriendly things going on in nail salons—just the smell of the polish remover for gel manicures can tell you that. But Sakura stocks its Upper East Side salon with non-toxic gels and polishes and organic skincare products to keep your hands and feet as eco-chic as possible. [Photo]

Rituals Cosmetics

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The Dutch-based cosmetics brand just opened this Upper West Side branch earlier this year. Natural and organic ingredients are used whenever possible in their products, which, according to their website, "are never tested on animals but instead are tested by enthusiastic human volunteers." Their entire product line is vegetarian-friendly as well—but for topical use only, not for consumption. [Photo]
Lush literally has eco-friendliness pouring out of its ears. From minimal packaging and "safe" synthetics to sourcing local ingredients and not just shunning, but fighting against animal testing, you can feel damn good about soaking in a tub with a bath bomb (or six) from one of their many city locations. [Photo]

Om Aroma & Co.

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After a lotion containing 55 ingredients (most of which were chemicals) gave her a rash, founder Angela Jia Kim set out to create an all-natural, organic lotion from her own Manhattan kitchen. Several years later, she has an entire line of products that are free of chemicals, fillers, and dyes. The West Village shop is also home to Savor Spa. [Photo]

Kiehl's

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A Racked favorite for both beauty and overall shopping in New York, Kiehl's is also known for emphasizing natural ingredients and their beloved bottle recycling program—do good and get free stuff? We're in. [Photo]

live live and organic

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Need natural beauty products and an organic snack? Consider this your one-stop shop. There's products from RMS Beauty, Simply Divine, and Herbal Magic stocking the shelves to take care of all your face, skin, and body needs, while the food section stocks a ton of organic chocolates and even some kitchen supplies, like multi-shelved food dehydrators. [Photo]

Sustainable NYC

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In the East Village green mecca's beauty department, you'll find a range of natural soaps, non-toxic sunscreens, Alaffia shea butter products, and MyChelle face cleansers. The rest of the store is definitely worth checking out too—find eco-friendly goods for your kitchen, your bedroom, your wardrobe, your baby, and so much more. [Photo]

Erbe Spa And Boutique

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The Italian-based skincare company has perfected centuries-old techniques for harnessing the power of herbs, plants, oils, and more into skin-saving products. There's no added chemicals and dyes, none of the products are tested on animals, and everything comes in environmentally friendly packaging. Stop in the boutique to take something home or head to the spa for a relaxing treatment. [Photo]

Whole Foods Market

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Come for the organic groceries, stay for light-filled Whole Body section, which is stocked with eco-friendly products from companies that have been thoroughly evaluated for their ethical, sustainable practices. Look for the "Premium Body Care" label on the shelves, most prominently on their own in-house line. [Photo]

Red Flower

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The scent-based products offered here, ranging from candles and diffusers to face masques and body lotions, have all been made with sustainability in mind. Ethically-sourced natural ingredients are in everything they offer, which also comes in environmentally friendly packaging. [Photo by Rebecca Dale

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

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The all-vegan beauty brand opened its doors on the Lower East Side in 2011. Their cruelty-free and animal-friendly status is PETA-approved, and their high pigment Lip Tars are approved by basically every makeup artists out there. [Photo]

Woodley & Bunny

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Update: Now closed. What started out as just a salon has turned into a full-scale "apothecary" with hair, skin, and beauty products. While not everything you'll find here strives to be environmentally friendly, you'll still find plenty of green goodies from brands like Mox Botanicals, RMS Beauty, Kjaer Weiss, and Portland General Store. [Photo]

Mio Mia Apothecary

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Though not 100% of products carried here qualify as "all-natural," owner Katie Chang still stocks plenty of products that fall under the green category. Further, none of the products you see have been tested on animals. Eco-friendly brands include Osea, Ursa Major, and McBride Beauty. [Photo]

skinnyskinny

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While most organic beauty lines shun fragrances for that pure-as-possible feeling, skinnyskinny goes the extra mile by adding aromatherapeutic essential oils to engage all the senses in their products—except for taste, presumably. Everything they sell is also vegan, with the exception of beeswax lip balm, and they use carbon-neutral shipping practices and recycled packaging. [Photo]

Evolution - The Green Room Salon

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This eco-friendly salon was founded on the principle that just because it's green doesn't mean it's not fancy. Get treated like the natural goddess you are with non-toxic hair dyes and relaxers—they'll even start up and maintain your dreadlocks. [Photo]
"Although we all love the idea of miracle products for the skin, I only really believe in a decent routine and nature," co-owner Jules Stringer told us about her reasoning to stock several organic and natural brands in her Carroll Gardens shop. "We really wouldn't feel happy buying into a very scientific line that might be full of unknowns." [Photo]

Rejuvenate Face And Body Spa

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What's so relaxing about letting chemicals soak into your face? Nothing, thinks founder Evelyn Gatzonis, and that's why everything used at her ten-year-old salon is organic and natural. If you're not the type for weekly facials, you can still stop in to stock up on brands like Trilogy, Afterglow Cosmetics, and Priti non-toxic nail polish.[Photo]

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Uni K Wax Center

Uni K uses a special kind of herbal wax using pine tree resin and beeswax. You'll only find in their salons, which includes four other locations in the five boroughs besides this UES locale. Their in-house collection of body care is also made with natural and botanical ingredients. [Photo]

Sakura Nail & Spa

We all know that there's a host of environmentally unfriendly things going on in nail salons—just the smell of the polish remover for gel manicures can tell you that. But Sakura stocks its Upper East Side salon with non-toxic gels and polishes and organic skincare products to keep your hands and feet as eco-chic as possible. [Photo]

Rituals Cosmetics

The Dutch-based cosmetics brand just opened this Upper West Side branch earlier this year. Natural and organic ingredients are used whenever possible in their products, which, according to their website, "are never tested on animals but instead are tested by enthusiastic human volunteers." Their entire product line is vegetarian-friendly as well—but for topical use only, not for consumption. [Photo]

Lush

Lush literally has eco-friendliness pouring out of its ears. From minimal packaging and "safe" synthetics to sourcing local ingredients and not just shunning, but fighting against animal testing, you can feel damn good about soaking in a tub with a bath bomb (or six) from one of their many city locations. [Photo]

Om Aroma & Co.

After a lotion containing 55 ingredients (most of which were chemicals) gave her a rash, founder Angela Jia Kim set out to create an all-natural, organic lotion from her own Manhattan kitchen. Several years later, she has an entire line of products that are free of chemicals, fillers, and dyes. The West Village shop is also home to Savor Spa. [Photo]

Kiehl's

A Racked favorite for both beauty and overall shopping in New York, Kiehl's is also known for emphasizing natural ingredients and their beloved bottle recycling program—do good and get free stuff? We're in. [Photo]

live live and organic

Need natural beauty products and an organic snack? Consider this your one-stop shop. There's products from RMS Beauty, Simply Divine, and Herbal Magic stocking the shelves to take care of all your face, skin, and body needs, while the food section stocks a ton of organic chocolates and even some kitchen supplies, like multi-shelved food dehydrators. [Photo]

Sustainable NYC

In the East Village green mecca's beauty department, you'll find a range of natural soaps, non-toxic sunscreens, Alaffia shea butter products, and MyChelle face cleansers. The rest of the store is definitely worth checking out too—find eco-friendly goods for your kitchen, your bedroom, your wardrobe, your baby, and so much more. [Photo]

Erbe Spa And Boutique

The Italian-based skincare company has perfected centuries-old techniques for harnessing the power of herbs, plants, oils, and more into skin-saving products. There's no added chemicals and dyes, none of the products are tested on animals, and everything comes in environmentally friendly packaging. Stop in the boutique to take something home or head to the spa for a relaxing treatment. [Photo]

Whole Foods Market

Come for the organic groceries, stay for light-filled Whole Body section, which is stocked with eco-friendly products from companies that have been thoroughly evaluated for their ethical, sustainable practices. Look for the "Premium Body Care" label on the shelves, most prominently on their own in-house line. [Photo]

Red Flower

The scent-based products offered here, ranging from candles and diffusers to face masques and body lotions, have all been made with sustainability in mind. Ethically-sourced natural ingredients are in everything they offer, which also comes in environmentally friendly packaging. [Photo by Rebecca Dale

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

The all-vegan beauty brand opened its doors on the Lower East Side in 2011. Their cruelty-free and animal-friendly status is PETA-approved, and their high pigment Lip Tars are approved by basically every makeup artists out there. [Photo]

Woodley & Bunny

Update: Now closed. What started out as just a salon has turned into a full-scale "apothecary" with hair, skin, and beauty products. While not everything you'll find here strives to be environmentally friendly, you'll still find plenty of green goodies from brands like Mox Botanicals, RMS Beauty, Kjaer Weiss, and Portland General Store. [Photo]

Mio Mia Apothecary

Though not 100% of products carried here qualify as "all-natural," owner Katie Chang still stocks plenty of products that fall under the green category. Further, none of the products you see have been tested on animals. Eco-friendly brands include Osea, Ursa Major, and McBride Beauty. [Photo]

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