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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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1. Uni K Wax Center

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1626 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10128
(212) 369-6888
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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]

2. Sakura Nail & Spa

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1709 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10128
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]

3. Rituals Cosmetics

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420 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10024
(212) 595-9102
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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]

4. Lush

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7 E 14th St
New York, NY
(212) 255-5133
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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]

5. Om Aroma & Co.

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327 W 11th St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 304-2887
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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]

6. Kiehl's

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109 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-3171
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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]

7. live live and organic

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261 E 10th St
New York, NY 10009
(212) 505-5504
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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]

8. Sustainable NYC

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139 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
(212) 254-5400
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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]

9. Erbe Spa And Boutique

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196 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-1445
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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]

10. Whole Foods Market

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95 E Houston St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 420-1320
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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]

11. Red Flower

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13 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-5301
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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

12. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

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174 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 675-2404
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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]

13. Woodley & Bunny

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196 N 10th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 218-6588
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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]

14. Mio Mia Apothecary

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318 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 490-5599
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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]

15. skinnyskinny

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268 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 388-2201
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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]

16. Evolution - The Green Room Salon

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442 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 222-2977
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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]

17. Shen

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315 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 576-2679
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"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]

18. Rejuvenate Face And Body Spa

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26-17 23rd Ave
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 626-4434
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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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1. Uni K Wax Center

1626 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128
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]
1626 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10128

2. Sakura Nail & Spa

1709 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128
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]
1709 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10128

3. Rituals Cosmetics

420 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024
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]
420 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10024

4. Lush

7 E 14th St, New York, NY
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]
7 E 14th St
New York, NY

5. Om Aroma & Co.

327 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014
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]
327 W 11th St
New York, NY 10014

6. Kiehl's

109 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003
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]
109 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10003

7. live live and organic

261 E 10th St, New York, NY 10009
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]
261 E 10th St
New York, NY 10009

8. Sustainable NYC

139 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
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]
139 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

9. Erbe Spa And Boutique

196 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
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]
196 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

10. Whole Foods Market

95 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002
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]
95 E Houston St
New York, NY 10002

11. Red Flower

13 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
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
13 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

12. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

174 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002
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]
174 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002

13. Woodley & Bunny

196 N 10th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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]
196 N 10th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

14. Mio Mia Apothecary

318 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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]
318 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

15. skinnyskinny

268 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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]
268 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

16. Evolution - The Green Room Salon

442 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
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]
442 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

17. Shen

315 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
"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]
315 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

18. Rejuvenate Face And Body Spa

26-17 23rd Ave, Astoria, NY 11105
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]
26-17 23rd Ave
Astoria, NY 11105