June 9, 2009

Josie Maran Bear Naked Makeup Remover Wipes

I've always favored gentle foaming cleansers over makeup-removing wipes to wash my face. But a lot of women love the no-water-required convenience of wipes.  Plus they're ideal for this time of year; they remove sweat and runny foundation in one quick swipe. Model Josie Maran has launched some nice ones: Bear Naked Makeup Remover Wipes.

A portion of every sale benefits the Polar Bear SOS, a Natural Resources Defense Council initiative that aims to have polar bears protected under the Endangered Species Act. One tragic effect of global warming is that rising temperatures have melted large amounts of Arctic ice. As a result, polar bears must swim further to find land and are drowning in the process. There are some heart-breaking images that document their plight....

Pretty factor: These gentle wipes use a soothing cocktail of cucumber, chamomile, aloe and vitamin E. They're free of artificial fragrance (which can irritate the delicate eye area), instead using a splash of grapefruit oil for a refreshing, zesty scent.

Eco factor: No parabens or artificial dyes or fragrance. A portion of proceeds goes to the Polar Bear SOS, an initiative by the Natural Resources Defense Council to get polar bears protected under the Endangered Species Act.

To buy: $12 at josiemarancosmetics.com and sephora.com

4 comments:

Virginia Green said...

I'm definitely about the wipes! Sometimes you just don't have a sink! Thanks for the recommendation!

Fig+Sage said...

It's difficult to read "organic cosmetic collection" behind the "JM" name. Most of her products contain synthetic and petrochemical derived ingredients with "natural" and "organic" ingredients mixed in. Wish she would rise above and ditch them or stop marketing them as "pure", "natural" and "organic". It's highly deceptive :(

Eco*Pretty said...

Hi Fig+Sage. I don't know about the rest of her products, but both her web site and Sephora's say the Bear Naked wipes are free of petrochemicals. I really hope this isn't a lie or an aberration.

Sounds like she isn't too involved with the manufacturing process, aka what ingredients are being used, what those ingredients are...

Fig+Sage said...

Hi Eco*Pretty :)

The wipes & the organic argan oil are probably the only ones that aren't suspect.

She toutes that she is very involved in her manufacturing process (according to articles & interviews she's done) and it seems as though she knows exactly what she's doing. She's putting her celebrity status and pretty face on a line of cosmetics that claim to be petrochemical free, when in fact, according to her own ingredient listings, they do contain petrochemicals and toxic nasties.

These articles are enlightening:

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/05/josie-maran-cosmetics.php

http://feelgoodstyle.com/2009/05/10/greenwasher-exposed-josie-maran/

It's sad and frustrating. Really wish she'd reformulate or stop the greenwash marketing.

xo,

F+S