Friday, October 17, 2008

Cargo Goes Green!

All Green, All Glamour! Beauty innovator CARGO Cosmetics revolutionized eco-friendly beauty with PlantLove™ lipsticks, the first-ever environmentally friendly lipstick in a compostable tube made entirely from corn. Now, CARGO introduces the PlantLove™ Cosmetics brand, the only prestige brand to be given the highest eco-distinction of ECOCERT™. ECOCERT™ is a global designation ensuring that all product, process and packaging meet the strictest standards for natural, organic and environmentally friendly content. ECOCERT™ guarantees that products dramatically reduce their environmental footprint. And, be cause these products are from CARGO, women can rest assured that they are getting professional quality products. PlantLove™ combines earth-friendly formulations and packaging with CARGO’s dedication to creating professional-grade make-up, for a line of cosmetics that is truly beauty with a conscience.

One brand, so many benefits! The entire PlantLove™ Collection is natural in origin. PlantLove™ is free of parabens, phthalates, petro-chemicals, synthetic dyes and fragrances. The cosmetics are only manufactured in countries with solid environmental and labor records. This means that PlantLove™ is entirely in harmony with the Earth.

To further reduce our eco-footprint, the fun and flirty compostable packaging is made of Polylactic Acid (PLA), a=2 0polymer made entirely from corn, a renewable and abundant resource. What’s more, PLA production emits less greenhouse gas than traditional plastics. Boxes are made from 100% post-consumer waste paperboard; and the mill supplying this paperboard manufactures under carbon-neutral conditions, using 100% renewable energy.

Hana Zalzal, Founder of CARGO Cosmetics shared, “For us, PlantLove has always been more than a product, it’s a movement. As Gandhi said, ‘Be the change you want to see in the world.’ We believe that small actions taken by large groups can change this world.”

The PlantLove™ Natural Origin Cosmetics Collection includes:

-PlantLove™ Loose Powder Foundation ($30) - Delivers the effect of loose powder and foundation in one convenient product. Talc-free and infused with natural and organic ingredients such as Jojoba Seed Oil and Olive Fruit Oil, it imparts lasting, healthy benefits and flawless, yet natural looking coverage. Suitable for all skin types. Available in five wearable shades.

-Natural Origin Pressed Powder ($30) - This silky, soft powder, infused with organic olive fruit extract, provides a flawless finish while still looking natural. Ideal for mid-day touch-ups. Available in two shades.

-100% Natural Origin Baked Illuminator ($28, above) - A stunning blend of blush, bronzer and highlighter in one, PlantLove™ 100% Natural Origin Baked Illuminator gives cheeks and body an all-over warmth and glow. Made with natural terracotta ingredients, Karanja Oil to heal and condition, Grape Seed Oil rich in nourishing antioxidants and Sunflower Seed Oil to combat dryness. The Illuminator promotes healthy, nourished skin while giving you a perfect flush. Available in three shades:

  • Earth – Gold, copper and bronze combination
  • Wind – Terracotta, champagne and bronze combination
  • Fire – Pink, pearl and bronze combination
I tried the Illuminator in Earth. This seems like the darkest of the 3 and for that reason, I use it more as a blush than an Illuminator. (When I think of illuminator, I think of subtle highlighter.) I've found that the key to this product is using a large, fluffy brush and very lightly dusting it over the surface of the powder. It is EASY to overdo it, so be gentle with application. The colors mix together to provide a healthy glow with a little bit of shimmer. I wouldn't necessarily wear it on a daily basis, but for night time and special occasions, go for it. It gets extra points in my book for being Green.

Face Candy Grade: B

-PlantLove™ 100% Natural Origin Bronzer ($28) - Gives a natural, easy-to-blend glow. Made with all natural terracotta ingredients and baked for eight hours, it provides a satin finish for a glowing, sun-kissed look, without unflattering shimmer. The universally flattering shade, perfect for all skin types, contains Karanja Oil, Argan Oil and Grape Seed Oil all help to improve the skin, from the inside out.

-100% Natural Origin Blush ($28) - Incredibly fine, micronized texture provides a soft, natural color for superior blendability. Rich in natural and organic ingredients such as Karanja Oil, Argan Oil and Grape Seed Oil, this blush keeps skin healthy while imparting incredible color. Suitable for all skin types, the silky texture of the blush is ideal even for damaged or dehydrated skin. This blush is the perfect partner to the PlantLove™ 100% Natural Origin Baked Illuminator or 100% Natural Origin Bronzer.

Available in six shades:

  • Tulip – Cotton candy peach
  • Peony – Shimmering apricot
  • Rose – Matte rose
  • Begonia – Electric rose
  • Cherry Blossom – Shimmering petal pink
  • Delphinium – Shimmering dusty pink

-PlantLove™ 100% Natural Origin Lipsticks ($20)- Innovative botanical formula is nourishing for lips and the environment. Sold in 20 fabulous shades, nine of which are designed by celebrities. Two dollars from every sale benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

-100% Natural Origin Lip Gloss ($20, above) - Finally, a gloss that’s good for your lips and good for you! Its natural, organic ingredients care for your lips and ensure a smooth texture. These silky, luscious glosses offer high-shine in a non-sticky texture. The Lip Gloss is perfect for layering over lipstick, for added luster, or lip liner, for a soft, natural look. Infused with Karanja Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Apricot Wax, this Lip Gloss moisturizes while improving lip texture. Available in eight pretty, wearable shades, each with a floral inspiration:

  • Sunflower – Sheer gold
  • Dahlia – Opalescent pink
  • Geranium – Sunny rose
  • Magnolia – Icy pink
  • Poppy – Sheer, sparkling poppy
  • Geranium – Sheer plum
  • Bonsai – Shimmering sand
  • Jasmine – Nude quartz
As much as I love the large tins of Cargo Gloss, I might possibly love these glosses even more! Geranium is described as Sunny Rose (actually there's 2 which I don't understand) but I used the Sunny Rose one. It's gorgeous! The perfect pink color without stickiness or being too thick. I highly recommend it, and so does mother nature.

Face Candy Grade: A+

-100% Natural Origin Lipliner ($16) - Formulated with Organic Beeswax and Jojoba Oil, this lipliner softens and moisturizes lips to keep them pucker-perfect. Smooth and blendable, the lipliner applies without skips, creating a natural, gorgeous look. The perfect partner to PlantLove™ 100% Natural Origin Lip Gloss or 100% Natural Origin Lipstick. Available in two classic shades: Rose and Pink.

-100% Natural Origin Lip Balm ($20) - This rich and creamy balm restores, replenishes and cares for dry, chapped lips. Infused with Organic Cocoa Butter, Sunflower Seed Oil, Beeswax and Grapefruit Extract for added care, it provides a clear base for lipstick, gloss or lipliner, or can stand alone for a natural, healthy look.

-100% Natural Origin Eye Shadow ($20) - This smooth, easy-to-blend eye shadow is infused with natural and organic ingredients for healthy skin and incredible wear. Available in 18 shades inspired by tropical gardens, the high pigmentation gives great color payoff, ensuring that eyes will truly shine! The formula contains Karanja, Argan and Grape Seed Oils that combat the signs of aging while moisturizing and revitalizing the eye area.

-100% Natural Origin Eye Liner ($16) - A high-performance eye lining pencil with a rich color payoff, PlantLove™ 100% Natural Origin Eye Liner is long-lasting and glideable – a true treat for the eyes! With a smooth and blendable texture, the formula is comfortable on the delicate eye area. Available in six easy-to-wear shades:

  • Black
  • Dark Brown
  • Light Brown
  • Khaki
  • Bronze
  • Midnight Blue

-Green Goddess Collection ($36) - A collection of eye shadows and blushes. The four easy to wear shadows (Bamboo, Thyme, Beech and Lily) are infused with natural and organic ingredients for rich payoff and long wear. The two universally flattering blushes (Peony and Rose) give cheeks a natural radiance.

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