Clean Living

Detox Your Beauty Cabinet

Clean Eating sat down with Romain Gaillard, founder of The Detox Market, to get the scoop on green beauty trends and tips for transitioning to a cleaner beauty routine.

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CE: What are some up-and-coming trends in the green beauty space?  

RG: One trend I am seeing a lot of is food ingredients. For example, the Odacité Green Ceremony Cleanser contains premium-grade matcha and spirulina. Matcha has some of the highest concentrations of antioxidants you’ll find. I think cannabidiol (CBD) is one ingredient that you will see a lot more of. We’re seeing it in everything from moisturizer to lip balm. With more-relaxed laws in California, we’re going to get a lot of new research to see exactly what its benefits are for skin.

CE: To what extent do diet and green beauty work together?

RG: One of the ideas behind The Detox Market was to bring health and wellness together with beauty, and to educate people about the fact that what you eat is equally – if not more important – for your skin than what you put on it. If you want to improve your skin, then you need to look at your diet, too.

CE: What are the top ingredients to avoid when making the switch from conventional to natural beauty products?

RG: We list all of them on our website, The main ones are preservatives, glycols and parabens. Synthetic fragrances are not something we allow, phthalates in particular. It’s a stabilizer for fragrance to make it last longer. It’s so bad, even bigger companies are starting to think about removing it.

CE: What product innovations do you expect to see in the next few years?

RG: Preservation is going to be key. It’s the biggest hurdle. I’ve been seeing natural preservatives like vitamin E or rosemary extract, but they don’t last long. I know everybody is working on extending shelf life. It might be done through an ingredient, but I have a feeling it might be done through packaging. Tata Harper uses glass airless pumps for some of its products, and a lot of natural-beauty brands are using Miron glass (a dark violet glass) to extend shelf life.

As a leading retailer in green beauty and wellness, The Detox Market offers a selection of eco-friendly, nontoxic and cruelty-free brands. It has five locations across North America, including its newest store, which opened at Toronto’s Union Station earlier this year.