Natural Beauty Awards Guidelines

Read on for our rigorous testing criteria and high standards as we made selections for the best natural beauty products of 2014.
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Read on for our rigorous testing criteria and high standards as we made selections for the best natural beauty products of 2014.
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Products were tested by a panel of Yoga Journal readers and evaluated on efficacy, smell, texture, ease of use, the innovative use of botanical ingredients, and more. To be considered, products could not contain ingredients identified as harmful or potentially harmful per the Environmental Working Groups' Skin Deep database and shopping tips. This means that products could not contain any of the following:

Aerosol spray

Benzisothiazolinone

Boric acid

Bronopol

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)

Cetearetj

Coal-tar ingredients, including aminophenol, diaminobenzene, and

phenylenediamine

Diazolidinyl urea

DMDM hydantion

Formaldehyde/formalin

Hydroquinone

Imidzaolidinyl urea

Lead

Loose powder makeup

Mercury (calomel, mercurio, mercurio chloride)

Methylchloroisothiazolinone

Methylisothiazolinone

Microbeads

Oxybenzone

Parabens

PEG/polyethylene glycol

Petroleum distillates

Phthalates, including diethyl phthalate and dibutyl phthalate

Quaternium-15

Resorcinol

Sodium borate

SPF above 50

Toluene

Triclocarban

Triclosan

Unspecified "fragrance"

Vitamin A, retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinoic acid or retinal acetate (in daytime products)

For more information on these ingredients, including chemical synonyms, go to the

EWG's Skin Deep website (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep).