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May 22, 2008

Eco-friendly furniture from sustainable forests is growing easier to spot, and the fashion industry is slowly looking for ways to save the planet, but the greening of cosmetics has been less uniform. Manufacturers are trying everything from entering into fair-trade agreements with suppliers to embedding packaging with wildflower seeds to lure environmentally-minded beauty buyers. Here are a few of the latest ways to keep both yourself and the planet looking good. - CHRISTOPHER MUTHER

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Bronzer and Blush: The bronzer and blush holds the distinction of being packaged in the cosmetic industry's first all-paper compact, making it as easy to recycle as a newspaper when it's empty. $13 at CVS.

Care by Stella McCartney 5 Benefits moisturizer: The Care line by Stella McCartney is made entirely from organic ingredients such as grape seed oil, linseed oil, and green tea extract, plus it contains no silicones. $76 at Nordstrom.

Cargo PlantLove lipstick: Cargo's lipstick tube is made of corn polymer that resembles plastic, but it biodegrades in just 50 days. The outer packaging of the lipstick is embedded wildflower seeds. Plant the box in your garden and grow wildflowers. $20 at Sephora.

Pangea Bar Soap: This soap, made from Indian green tea with mint and rose petals, is all natural, but the environmental benefit is found in the packaging. The carton is made of 100 percent recycled paper, and it's embedded with sweet basil seeds. $7 at C.O. Bigalow.

Yves Rocher Inositol Vegetal Total Radiance: Instead of throwing away the modern plastic packaging, Yves Rocher sells refills of this skin cream. To further entice environmentalists, the company plants a tree for every Inositol refill it sells. $22 (refills are $17) at yvesrocherusa.com.

Kiehl's Superbly Restorative Dry Oil: The oil, made from nuts harvested from the Argan tree in Southern Morocco, is purchased in a fair-trade agreement from a collective of local women who harvest the nuts, replant trees, and maintain the forest. $30 at Kiehl's.

Lush Fresh Pharmacy facial cleanser and Angels on Bare Skin facial cleanser: Lush's products are wrapped in paper or are sold in no packaging at all, and are entirely vegetarian. Fresh Pharmacy, $10.25 for 100 grams, Angels on Bare Skin, $11.75 for 100 grams at Lush.

Korres White Tea Facial Fluid Gel Cleanser and Olive and Rye Day Cream: Both products are from all natural ingredients. The day cream sounds good enough to dress a salad thanks to ingredients such as sweet almond oil and avocado oil. Gel cleanser, $21. Olive and Rye cream, $38 at Nordstrom.

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