Goddess Garden

Skin Safe, Planet Safe

Who They Are

Environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts Nova Covington and Paul Halter grew up experiencing the power of nature. Eventually straying from the woods of Oregon and British Columbia, Nova and Paul realized the importance of continuing this passion when their first daughter, Paige, was born. After finding out Paige was allergic to harsh chemicals traditionally used in skin care products, they set out to find a safe and natural skincare solution that would allow Paige the freedom to play outdoors as they had. Nova’s herbalist background, and Paul’s nutrition science degree lead them to use natural, safe ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as sun protection.

Together, Nova and Paul have grown their necessity into a trusted natural skincare brand, Goddess Garden. Founded on two principles, Goddess Garden aims to help the planet, and help people safely enjoy the sun.

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Why We Like Them

It’s not surprising that health for your body can mean health for the planet, too. Goddess Garden began out of the need for safe, healthy sun care, but quickly morphed into an all around eco-brand.

Goddess Garden only uses ingredients that are certified cruelty free, as well as plant and mineral based. Because of this, their formulas are not only safe for skin, they’re also biodegradable and safe for coral reefs. Each formula contains at least 70% organic ingredients and is certified by NSF/ANSI 500, and is free from hormone disrupting chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate. They even make sure each formula is free from phthalates and parabens, so each formula is scented with natural essential oils.

But, Goddess Garden makes sure you don’t just need to take their word for it. By becoming a certified B Corp, Goddess Garden is third party certified to put the planet first. B Corp vets businesses to make sure they meet strict social and environmental standards, helping to redefine successful business.

Last but not least, Goddess Garden makes sure to share the love. Each year, they get employees together to vote on which nonprofits they’ll donate to that year. From organizations local to Boulder, Colorado, Goddess Garden’s home base (and EarthHero’s!), to national organizations like Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society, Goddess Garden supports a variety of social and environmental causes.

  • Paraben Free
    Paraben Free
  • Phthalate Free
    Phthalate Free
  • NSF/ANSI 305
    NSF/ANSI 305
  • Leaping Bunny
    Leaping Bunny
  • B Corp
    B Corp
  • No GMO
    No GMO
  • Charitable
  • Made in the USA
    Made in the USA

Parabens are synthetic chemical preservatives, commonly used in beauty products like shampoo, lotion, and deodorants. Parabens can accumulate in your body, and have been linked to hormonal disruption and reproductive problems. In studies of breast cancer patients, parabens have been found in the tissue of cancerous tumors–yikes! If you want to avoid Parabens in your beauty products, keep an eye out for methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben in the ingredients list.

Phthalates are found in toys, electronics, personal care products, plastic wraps, containers, and more. These petroleum based chemicals help soften plastics, and bind fragrances to perfumes, deodorants, creams, and other personal care products. Phthalates are are not chemically bound, meaning they can easily get released into the air, water, or your body, just by using the products as intended. Phthalates have been found to disrupt the endocrine system, which can cause reproductive damage, hormonal imbalances, infertility, mood changes, metabolism changes, and more.

The NSF/ANSI 305: Personal Care Products Containing Organic Ingredients Certification helps to label personal care products that may not be eligible for USDA certification, as they are non-food items. Products are evaluated by an independent organization to assure they contain at least 70% organic ingredients by weight. NSF allows for limited chemical processing that is deemed necessary for the production of certain personal care products.

Cruelty Free International certifies that cosmetic and household products are not tested on animals. These companies are audited to ensure that the ingredients and finished products are not causing harm to animals.

The B Lab is a third-party, non-profit organization that certifies companies as socially and environmentally responsible. B Corps are businesses that go above and beyond traditional business models and aim to create positive change in the world through their practices. These companies must meet rigorous transparency and accountablity standards, while doing what is best for people and the environment.

This product is made without the use of Genetically Modified Organisms. The process of using GMO’s involves manipulating the DNA of plants, animals, and other organisms to produce benefits such as an ability to tolerate herbicides or produce their own pesticides. GMO’s have been deemed as unsafe by many developed nations.

This company donates a portion of their time or profits to charitable efforts in their community or abroad.

This product was made in the United States. Buying locally made items helps to reduce harmful emissions that result from transportation during and after the production process. Purchasing products made in the United States also ensures that the items are produced in ways that meet strict safety and labor standards.

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