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Launched in 2008, Fair Trade USA’s personal care category is quickly growing, with existing fair trade ingredients like olive oil and coffee and new, exotic launches, including shea butter and baobab oil. Here are 12 of the most beautiful ingredients to hit fair trade lotions, lip balms, massage oils, and more.
Coffee, tea, sugar, honey
Coffee has a long history in fair trade, not only as Fair Trade USA’s flagship fair trade category, but also as the first fair trade ingredient to appear in a beauty product—by accident. “Literally the first person to put Fair Trade-certified ingredients in personal care was a coffee importer who had coffee grounds and was like, ‘I’m going to make a Fair Trade-certified body scrub,’” says Spaull. Coffee and tea, both rich in free-radical fighting antioxidants, are still key ingredients in scrubs, along with other products like lotions, chapsticks, and facial washes.
Try: Planet Botanicals Fair Trade Certified Ethiopian Coffee Body Scrub with Peppermint and Chamomile; Acure Organics Mandarin Orange + Mango Lotion (with fair trade certified rooibos tea)
Honey’s wide range of aesthetic and health benefits include antimicrobial properties that help fight skin irritation, as well as moisturizing properties useful in both skin and hair products. Fair trade honey hails South and Central America, with Mexico and Nicaragua leading the way in organic honey production. Find it in everything from soaps and lotions to facial washes.
Removing dead skin cells and promoting circulation are two prime benefits of sugar, which is sourced from South and Central America, the Philippines, and Africa. Exfoliants using this ingredient also can incorporate other fair trade elements like plant oils or extracts for their fragrances or skin-soothing properties.
Try: Aura Cacia Lavender Nourishing Body Polish; Dirty Beauty Cocoa Cane Sugar Preserve Body Scrub