Your skin is thirsty. Hiking-the-Gobi-Desert-thirsty. So thirsty that it will drink up 60 percent of whatever you put on it — toxins and all. That’s why Stem Organics, an Australian company that makes cleansers, moisturizers, and facial serums, abstains from lots of nasty things like petrochemicals, parabens, sulphates, artificial colorings or fragrances, and dioxins. (True purists rejoice: Stem even avoids genetically modified ingredients – no small feat these days.)

It’s not just what you put into a product that counts; it’s what you leave out, as well. Among the ingredients you will find in Stem products are: aloe, antioxidants, natural anti-inflammatory nutrients, essential oils, essential fatty acids, and all kinds of organic goodness. Not convinced? Stem is also 100 percent climate neutral, uses recycled-material packaging, and gives a portion of profits to the World Wildlife Fund.

Story by Tobin Hack. This article originally appeared in Plenty in October 2007. This story was added to

Copyright Environ Press 2007