Read on for our rigorous testing criteria and high standards as we made selections for the best natural beauty products of 2015.
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:
Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)
Coal-tar ingredients, including aminophenol, diaminobenzene, and
Loose powder makeup
Mercury (calomel, mercurio, mercurio chloride)
Phthalates, including diethyl phthalate and dibutyl phthalate
SPF above 50
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).