I am sure I am not alone in struggling to make sense of all the claims of the skincare companies. I have tried various green face care products and found that many are not as green as I would like (they still contain dyes, toxins, etc.) and that others are simply too greasy or don’t last long enough.
The ingredients that are completely off-limits for me are: methyl and propylparaben, sodium lauryl sulphate (beware here, though, as the similar-sounding sodium lauryl sulphoacetate is apparently OK) and propylene glycol (essentially an anti-freeze). Do check ingredients and see what the products you choose contain. The fact that you picked them up from the `natural health’ section of your grocery store or a healthfood store does not mean that they are without these toxins. (The best overall reference on skincare products is the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database.)
This is not the top of their range (price-wise) but I think it does a great job at a good price (about $20-30). Smells nice, feels nice and lasts a long time (well beyond the use-by date which is stamped on every item). For an even lower-priced facial experience, try their Basis line, which they advertise for the whole family. It was the Basis moisturizing day cream that originally sold me on the line and I still use the foaming cleanser on a daily basis.
Lavera also sells makeup and hair care products, which I will come back to another time.
Although Lavera makes its products in Germany, the carbon issue does not seem too pressing for me. The items are light and last a long time. They can be purchased on line throughout North America (no duties for Canadians, but prices are quoted in US$) and at a growing number of stores. The Lavera website is also informative about ingredients and their toxicity.