Toronto's top spots for eco-friendly beauty products

It’s hard enough to find affordable and high quality beauty products, now imagine trying to find options that are environmentally friendly, organic and cruelty free. Luckily, there’s plenty of Torontonians who make taking care of the planet a priority, right down to your shampoo, your fragrance, or your makeup.

The Detox Market

1
420 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K1

With two locations in Toronto, The Detox Market is the eco-shopper’s paradise. From makeup and hair care to bath and body, co-founders Valerie Grandury and Roamin Gaillard have made it their mission to bring green and organic products under one roof, with zero tolerance for toxicity. One Love Organics, Odacite, RMS Beauty and Clean Program are just a few of the countless sustainable brands they offer.

Ambrosia Natural Foods

2
55 Doncaster Ave, Thornhill, ON L3T 1L7

Ambrosia has been a leader in natural and organic living since its humble beginnings in 1979. Since then, they’ve opened three locations in the greater Toronto area, and have helped Torontonians make healthier decisions at discounted prices. Their “one-stop shop” approach to business makes it convenient for shoppers to find everything they need in one place, including beauty and wellness products. Ambrosia carries some of the finest skin care brands, including Dr. Hauschka and Annemarie Borlind, and they sell a truly exceptional variety of non-toxic, gluten-free, vegetarian-friendly, and sustainably produced products, such as sunscreen, makeup and hair dyes.

Grassroots

3
372 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N8

Since 1994, Grassroots has been bringing sustainable products to Toronto, guiding people towards a more conscious and sustainable lifestyle. They’ve won numerous awards, including best eco-store in Canada and the Green Toronto Award of Excellence. Grassroots carries everything from cosmetics and deodorants to menstrual products and soaps. Be sure to try the Lovacado skin and hair serum, made with cold pressed, 100% natural avocado oil, directly from the groves of the Aconcagua Valley in Chile.

Red Mulberry

4
322 Sutherland Dr, East York, ON M4G 1J5

Tucked away in Toronto’s Leaside neighbourhood, Red Mulberry carries a wide variety of organic and cruelty free personal and beauty products, including their popular Henna Plus permanent hair colour. Red Mulberry stands out for their commitment to a green lifestyle, running their shop sustainably to boot; everything in the store is recycled, the interior paint is all-natural, and the heating is through radiant flooring.

Art. 27

5
899 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G5

Amidst Queen West’s countless independent boutiques – perpetually peaking the interest of shopping-minded passersby – Art.27, short for Article 27, might just be the most interesting of them all. Although known for innovative and modern natural living, they also offer certified organic personal care lines that feature no animal testing, contaminants, artificial additives or harmful compounds. What’s more, they’re conscious of responsible packaging, with everything being biodegradable, recyclable and BPA-free.

Ecoexistence

6
766 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C 1B5

Their mission is to make a difference, together. EcoExistence promotes a sustainable and environmentally conscious lifestyle, bringing locals in the St. Clair West area such products as bamboo kitchenware and ecological lunchbox containers. They sell a variety of natural and organic bathroom products as well, including soaps and hair products. Bonus tip: they’ve recently opened a new location in Guelph!

Ecotique

7
191 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2L5

Roncesvalles just got a little cooler. Ecotique is the neighborhood’s first eco-friendly shop that focuses on beauty, gifts and housewares. Although it’s impossible to neglect any of the products in the store – all of which are recycled, reusable, sustainable, local or all of the above – the locally made line of Crawford Street skin care products is a big hit.

Saje Natural Business Inc

8
2636 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P 2J5

One of the most popular eco-shops in Toronto also happens to be one of the most accessible ones, with a whopping six locations in the city, and 32 locations nation-wide. Saje products contain real essential oils and ingredients that are 100% natural – sun protection lotions and perfumes, for instance. The spot is committed to protecting the earth and its ecosystems, one eco-friendly product at a time.

Chock full of latte lovers and cortado connoisseurs, midtown Toronto has seen a huge influx of coffee shops and cafés, each on an aesthetic playing field all their own. For a caffeine boost and a dose of decorative perfection, we’ve got the goods on some of the most unique spots the area offers. [Feature image: Istanbul Café and Espresso Bar]
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