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  1. Aluminum-free is key. We’ve all heard the rumors about aluminum, commonly used in antiperspirant products. Whether or not there’s reason for concern, we still choose not to use it in our deodorants. Aluminum is typically the key active ingredient in antiperspirant, due to its ability to help block sweat ducts and inhibit odor-causing bacteria. Sweating is natural and a necessary process for the body to detoxify, so why prevent it? Allowing your body to sweat can actually help lead to an overall healthier you!
  2. It’s all in the chemistry! Since all of our bodies are different, deodorant effectiveness can vary from person to person. We offer a variety of options to meet most bodies’ needs from powerful Tea Tree-Lavender to lighter Liken-Unscented. Each of our deodorant formulas are pH balanced for most skin types.
  3. Give your body up to 4 weeks to acclimate. When switching to a more natural deodorant, you may notice that you’re sweatier and stinkier at first. Not to worry! Sweating is normal and good for your body, and the smell should subside as soon as your body adjusts.
  4. Plant power is stronger than you think! B.O. (body odor) is caused by bacteria. Less bacteria = less odor. We choose to use plant extracts that naturally fight the growth of bacteria to keep you smelling fresh! Look for ingredients like lichen, calendula, coriander, ginger, tea tree, rosemary and lavender, which are known for their antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
  5. Your body will thank you. Our deodorants are packed with fresh, botanical ingredients found in nature. Feel fresh! Be confident! Make the switch today for no aluminum, no parabens, vegan and always cruelty free.  Find the right scent for you! Choose from Herbal ScentMint RosemaryTea Tree Lavender and Unscented.

“But, it’s sooo expensive…” That’s the #1 thing we hear when someone considers making the switch to green beauty. Guess what- there are affordable options!

Adding more natural alternatives to your everyday skincare routine can be much less expensive and easier than you may think. With the natural beauty industry growing tremendously in the past decade, economical green beauty products are very available and accessible.

Earth Science jumped on that bandwagon over 35 years ago. Since our founding, we’ve made it a priority to make our products affordable because we believe everyone should have access to clean, more natural products. All of ours are paraben free, cruelty free and contain zero artificial colors, like our everyday Clarifying Facial Wash, which is just $10.99! In fact, we have ten different facial care products priced under $11.00 each.

Our products are also produced in California using sustainable resources and recyclable packaging. We’ve made sure you can get all this without breaking the bank.

So, that’s it! No more excuses. Toss out your skincare products with harmful chemicals, synthetic fragrances, and parabens, and make the switch to green beauty.

Check out our Essentials Collection (look for the orange label) for some of our best-selling and most affordable products!

So much of an eco-conscious lifestyle isn’t just about using products with natural ingredients—it’s also about supporting the health of our natural resources. The ocean provides food, medicine, energy, transportation and recreation; most importantly, it produces the oxygen we breath and helps regulate our climate. But, overall, humans are doing a poor job of stewarding it. Join us in helping to save the ocean:

1) Skip the Straw

At the rate trash enters the ocean, it could be less than 10 years before the ocean contains a pound of plastic for every three pounds of fish swimming in it. Say no to single-use plastics that contaminate and kill wildlife, starting with drinking straws. Other single-use plastics that can easily be eliminated and swapped for reusable replacements are water bottles, utensils and grocery bags.

The Earth Science Team on Coastal Cleanup Day2) Take it With You

Help decrease plastic in the environment by pledging to pick up trash whenever you see it, whether at the beach, on the sidewalk, or in a park. You can also join a community beach, stream or highway cleanup with friends, family or coworkers! Our Earth Science team spent International Coastal Cleanup Day, Sept. 15, cleaning up a local beach in Santa Barbara.

3) Eat Sustainably

Overfishing and unsustainable fishing practices lead to pollution, disease and destruction of coastal ecosystems. Try limiting seafood or eliminating it from your diet altogether. At the least, visit SeafoodWatch.org to learn the environmental impact of our seafood choices. Next time you visit the seafood counter, consider what species—and how much of it—you’re buying as well as its origins.

4) Watch What You Wash Down the Drain

Parabens are great for extending the shelf life of beauty products, but you won’t find them in anything we make. In fact, Earth Science has never used them since its founding 37 years ago. Research shows parabens are hormone disruptors that can penetrate our skin and remain within our tissue, but studies have found they also enter our waterways and end up in the bodies of marine life—from dolphins to sea otters to polar bears. Choose eco-friendly personal care, beauty and cleaning products, and you’ll benefit the health of yourself and the environment.

5) Support Environmental Advocacy

Consider volunteering your time or donating money to a Charity Navigator-rated organization focused on ocean health. Or, shop for good with Earth Science—this month we’re donating 1% of net sales to Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit advocacy group fighting for science-based policy change to protect the ocean. Shop our products now!

Around here, Earth Day is every day. But on April 22, all of us at Earth Science celebrate our favorite holiday by coming together, raising awareness and showing appreciation for our planet. (We also celebrate with 25% off our earth-friendly products!)

We see ourselves as stewards of a better world, so we try to fuse social and environmental responsibility into the core of our business. When you purchase Earth Science products, your actions support:

Our commitment to clean.

In all of its 35+ years, ever since the development of its storied apricot facial scrub, Earth Science has been a 100% paraben-free brand. We’ve always believed that parabens have no place on your face (or body, or hair!). And you’ll find zero aluminum, alum or zirconium salts in our plant-based lichen deodorants—just odor-preventing botanicals and anti-bacterial extracts.

Our respect for recycling.

We diligently choose American-made, sustainable packaging whenever we can—including up to 80% post-consumer—and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified cartons, which are sourced from sustainably managed forests to protect wildlife habitat and maintain biodiversity. For shipping Earth Science products, we only purchase eco-friendly, biodegradable materials, like packing peanuts made from cornstarch that are 100% compostable (and 100% anti-static, because how annoying is the Styrofoam version?).

Our promise to the planet.

Our products are manufactured locally in Southern California, using sustainably sourced raw materials. As a Carbon Fund partner for more than 10 years, we are also dedicated to supporting the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the fight against climate change by supporting climate-friendly projects. Our offices are open four days a week, eliminating one commute day and reducing an estimated 12,300 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually. By sharing the common goal of fighting climate change, we can be a part of the solution toward a clean energy, low carbon future.

CeramedxNo matter where you live, the new year has brought with it a rude awakening: Hello, winter skin! With a record-breaking cold outbreak across the United States at the start of January (Even snow in Florida?!), the fight against dry, rough skin is in full Arctic force.

If you have damaged, dry skin, there could be a reduction in its level of ceramides, or fatty acids that help keep the skin barrier resilient. Reduced ceramide levels can make retaining moisture difficult, which is why we’ve begun to include them in some of our products. We even developed a new therapeutic skincare system now available for very dry, sensitive skin: Ceramedx®. Dermatologist recommended and formulated with plant-based ingredients, it’s the first natural ceramide therapy of its kind!

Try these ceramide-rich solutions for the most common winter skin problems, as well as other tips to bring the moisture back to your life:

1. Itchy, Tight Skin

While a steamy shower in the dead of winter might feel amazing, prolonged exposure to hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils and dry it out even more. Try adjusting the knob to lukewarm, which will also keep you from lingering longer than necessary. Don’t skip body lotion—and make sure to apply it directly after bathing for maximum hydration. Ceramedx® Restoring Body Lotion absorbs cleanly, leaving skin soft and without any greasy residue. For dry body or face patches, use a sulfate-free creamy cleanser like Ceramedx® Extra Gentle Cleanser.

2. Staticky Hair

Could there be anything more annoying? First, revitalize your hair with a ceramide shampoo. Formulated for multiple hair types, our Ceramide Care® Collection repairs the hair cuticle, restoring moisture from within for softer, smoother hair. Also try incorporating a nourishing masque like our Olive & Avocado Deep Conditioning Hair Masque, even as your daily conditioner. Don’t knock the humidifier, either. Staticky hair happens when your strands pick up an electrical charge from the dry air. A humidifier will add moisture to the air for your locks, and your skin will love it, too.

3. Hard, Cracked Heels

If your heels are sensitive to the touch or sticking to your socks, it’s time to give them some attention. Before bed, massage a thick moisturizing cream into your heels—even better if it includes ceramides, like Ceramedx® Ultra Moisturizing Cream. For best results, pull on a pair of cozy socks to lock in moisture and leave them on overnight. Repeat for a few nights in a row or until heels soften!

4. Flaky Face

Yikes! The key to banishing dry facial skin is incorporating a gentle exfoliant and a rich moisturizer into your regimen. Try our Apricot Gentle Facial Scrub, light enough for daily use, and switch out your oil-free facial lotion for a heavier one like our Hydrating Day Cream for a smooth, luminous finish.

5. Dry, Chapped Hands

Our hands work so hard for us. The best way to care for them is by always having a bottle of hand cream within reach—at the office, by your bed and in your bag. Our Purfection® Hand Cream also comes in a 2-oz. size, perfect for on-the-go skin softening. Slather on hand cream after washing hands, and don’t forget to keep a pair of gloves in your coat pockets to protect hands from the elements!

For a whole-body approach, make sure to hydrate from within. Even though we don’t sweat as much during the winter, we still lose a substantial amount of water daily. At a minimum, make sure to drink at least eight cups per day to keep your body operating at its best.

One bottle each of Earth Science's Green Tea & Chamomile Eye Makeup Remover (4 oz) and Herbal Tonic Mist (8 oz), displayed next to two freshly cut fennel bulbs.

Fennel doesn’t get enough love in our opinion, so we’re giving this plant lots of it on the blog this November! Fall isn’t just for cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice everything. It’s also the beginning of fennel season, and its airy yellow tops are covering the coastal bluffs near Earth Science’s southern California office.

An herb with family members like dill, caraway, cumin and anise, fennel has long been used in recipes for everything from baked sweets to marinades, soups and sauces, using both its stalks in some dishes as well as its seeds to spice up others.

Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) fruit extract is an ingredient in our gentle eye makeup remover and refreshing Herbal Tonic Mist. But what’s fennel fruit, you ask? The small pieces of the plant, commonly called fennel seeds, which are actually its dried fruits.

We’ve selected fennel fruit extract as one of Earth Science’s skincare ingredients because of its wonderful anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant properties. It has the ability to soothe and moisturize dry or irritated skin conditions, making it a perfect addition to these paraben-free, cruelty-free and vegan products:

  • Our fragrance-free Chamomile & Green Tea Makeup Remover also features fennel fruit, bilberry and eyebright extracts. This effective herbal formula purifies and refreshes skin while removing makeup. Non-irritating, no artificial colors and no oily residue!
  • Our ultra-pure Herbal Tonic Mist freshens, cools and energizes skin with fennel fruit extract as well as those of raspberry leaf, aloe vera, calendula, sea kelp, chamomile and comfrey. Special “ultra-moisturizers” such as panthenol and hyaluronic acid hydrate and improve skin’s appearance and protect it from the drying effects of the sun.

With a light anise flavor, this herb is also a tasty addition to salads and casseroles. Discover some of these fennel-filled recipes for serving at your dinner table on Thanksgiving:

Learn more about the extraordinary ingredients in Earth Science skin, body and hair care formulas by browsing the Ingredients Glossary.

Hot summer days are on their way! Cooling cucumber and juicy watermelon are delicious treats that also give your favorite eco-friendly products their power. Work up an appetite for beautiful skin and hair with these summer favorites.

Watermelon & Mandarin
Customer favorite! Packed with powerful organic ingredients, Azulene Eye Cream is a treat for tired eyes. With tangy lemon and lime, refreshing apple, orange, and mandarin, as well as mouth-watering watermelon, this little blue cream reduces puffiness, diminishes dark circles, and helps to smooth and firm skin around the delicate eye area providing gentle hydration.

Papaya & Grapefruit
Mild but effective enzymes are the key to the Papaya-Glycolic Radiant Skin Masque. Papaya enzymes loosen and dissolve dead skin cells without the use of abrasive chemicals. Apricot and grapefruit help to enhance skin’s natural glow. A radiant complexion is only a few minutes away with this deliciously effective masque.

Lemon & Orange
Wake up to younger looking skin with our Fruit Actives Perfecting Lotion. Coconut softens and smooths skin while lemon and orange tones and provides a natural source of Vitamin C. Delectably renewed skin comes from fresh ingredients in our fruit-packed formula that uses the best nature has to offer.

Cucumber & Apricot
An experience unlike any other, it is no secret the Apricot Night Cream is a favorite for its deep hydration benefits. Cooling cucumber soothes and rejuvenates skin while grapefruit and apricot provide a rich experience. The Vitamin E in apricot helps to nourish dry, sensitive and mature skin. Make the Apricot Night Cream part of your night time ritual to give skin luscious hydration and a delightful daily experience.

Acai & Passionfruit
A deliciously fruity experience is not just for skin! Acai is a powerful antioxidant providing protection from environmental damage in our Ceramide Care Curl & Frizz Control Shampoo and Conditioner. Rich in Vitamin A and potassium, passionfruit provides rich nutrients to enrich and protect strands for healthy, beautiful hair. Find acai and passionfruit as part of our Rainforest Complex* in every bottle of Ceramide Care Curl & Frizz Control Shampoo and Conditioner.

*Rainforest Complex: Shea butter, jojoba, argan, passionfruit & acai oils

 

Making clean, affordable products that work while we keep our planet in mind is our mission. By using some of nature’s best ingredients, we strive to make sure our products promote, not only healthy skin and hair but a healthy planet……and help its inhabitants to thrive!

Every Earth Science product is cruelty-free.  Our love for our animal friends has always been part of our company’s values. We truly believe in harnessing our earth’s best plant-based ingredients as the power source for our products. Using sustainable natural resources and perfecting them through science will never involve the harming of our furry friends. We proudly participate in PETA’s Beauty without Bunnies Program in support of animals of all kinds.

We make choices that help you help our animal friends and promote a greener Mother Earth every day. We proudly take steps to keep our forests green and our waterways clean.  Thank you for your continued participation and support in caring for our planet.

From our forests to our mountains and seas, Earth Science loves our planet. As we celebrate the International Day of Forests this month, we also celebrate a milestone of our own. We are pleased to announce 10 years of partnership with Carbonfund.org and the Carbonfree Partner Program. Our initiatives to fight global warming for cleaner, and more sustainable business practices, leading to a healthier earth today and tomorrow, are fueled by our passion to keep our environment green.

Keeping the Golden State Golden
Reducing our carbon footprint is a daily priority at Earth Science and we make our best efforts to walk the walk from the products we make to our daily office life. We love our home in California and choose to manufacture locally within the Golden State. By sourcing components locally and choosing recycled & recyclable content whenever possible, we reduce the transportation of goods and materials daily. We believe our higher standards for vendors and raw material suppliers increases awareness for the care of our beautiful planet. Each small step creates an impact, so we pride ourselves in the details like our packing material, a biodegradable, and compostable material made from potato starch.

Sustainability is in our culture
We use local recycling programs and promote a paperless work environment in our offices to reduce and reuse materials and supplies every day. Though our staff loves their coastal commutes, our 4-day workweek reduces vehicle emissions, uses less power & resources, and leaves a little more time to enjoy nature’s beauty.

Completing the Circle
Through our partnership and work with Carbonfund, we are pleased to contribute to the planting of over 100 trees each year and aiding in reforestation efforts. Our contribution to forest preservation helps to create jobs, maintain and expand our wildlife habitats, protects biodiversity, and improves local environmental quality.

We are so excited to celebrate and share this milestone, and thank you for making our contribution possible.

Sweet almonds, fresh walnuts, exotic kukui and more, nuts are a long-time beauty secret that help hydrate and reveal a healthy complexion. Rich in vitamins, minerals and a variety of nutrients, nuts can help in every step of your facial care regimen from exfoliation to moisturizing.

Walnuts:
The shell of these tasty nuts is the star ingredient in our Apricot Gentle Facial Scrub. Crushed walnut shell powder provides the gentle yet highly effective texture that helps this scrub reveal a fresh and glowing complexion.

 

Kukui:
Rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins, and tropical antioxidants, kukui nut oil is used to soothe and repair dry skin. This ancient Hawaiian, secret ingredient provides a decadent moisturizing experience in our Kukui & Macadamia Whipped Cream Cleanser.

Macadamia:
The oil from this amazing nut is extremely soothing and hydrating for dry and mature skin. Reducing irritation and improving skin’s delicate balance, macadamia nut oil is perfect not only in our Whipped Cream Cleanser but in our 145 Smooth Start Shave Cream.

Almond:
An excellent source of moisture that isn’t heavy on the skin, sweet almond oil is perfect for dry, sensitive skin and especially effective in removing makeup in our fan-favorite, Creamy Fruit Oil Cleanser (A-D-E).

Sweet almond oil is also one of the most versatile ingredients used in our popular facial moisturizers, the rich proteins, vitamins, and minerals, make our Almond-Aloe Moisturizers revitalizing and hydrating.

Additionally, the meal from sweet almonds can provide the perfect amount of exfoliation for masques and spa treatments like our amazing Papaya-Glycolic Radiant Skin Masque.