Bamboo is the New 'It' Ingredient

Bamboo is suddenly the trendiest thing to hit the beauty industry since Minx Nails! This multi-functional Asian ingredient is found in everything from candles and shampoo to body scrubs and makeup brushes--and it's easy to see why. Not only does bamboo have tons of hair and skin-softening properties, it can be harvested with negligible impact on the environment, so it's a fabulous sustainable material. Here, check out our roundup of the hottest new bamboo-blended beauty and hair must-haves.
ESSENCE.COM Mar, 16, 2010

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Bamboo is suddenly the trendiest thing to hit the beauty industry since Minx Nails! This multi-functional Asian ingredient is found in everything from candles and shampoo to body scrubs and makeup brushes—and it’s easy to see why. Not only does bamboo have tons of hair and skin-softening properties, it can be harvested with negligible impact on the environment, so it’s a fabulous sustainable material. One of our favorite bamboo-blended product is Physician’s Formula Bamboo Wear Silk Face Powder Compact ($6.99), which comes with a full-size mirror and bamboo brush applicator.

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Red Flower Ohana Gingergrass Bamboo Scrub ($62) gently exfoliates rough winter skin with a blend of crushed bamboo and stimulates circulation with ginger and bergamot. So luxe!

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Seda France Malaysian Bamboo Pagoda Candle ($32) is a tribute to bamboo, one of the most important cultural resources in Asia. The scent is a decidedly unisex blend of amber, sandalwood, tangerine flower, jasmine, and tuberose.

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Darphin Nourishing Smoothing Body Scrub ($60) is a heavenly-smelling gel exfoliator chock full of aromatic, skin-smoothing ingredients like cranberry extracts, bamboo and silica powder.

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Okay, Clinique Lipstick in Bamboo Pink ($14) doesn’t actually have bamboo in it, but we just adore the looks-fab-on-everyone, petal-pink shade.

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Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality Shampoo and Conditioner ($5, each) are blended with avocado oil, grape seed extracts and bamboo to give frizzy, dry hair a super-silky, glossy finish.

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Eco-friendly and adorably portable, Urban Decay Sustainable Shadow Box ($36) comes with ten highly pigmented eyeshadows, a primer, and a cruelty-free brush—plus, the sexy, lacquered compact is made of sustainable bamboo.

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Naturopathica Lemongrass Mimosa Body Scrub ($42) gently sloughs off dead skin cells with crushed bamboo, sugar cane, citrus and lemongrass. Smells divine.

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Garnier Fructis Flexible Control Anti-Humidity Hairspray ($3.99) contains bamboo extract for long-lasting hold and natural movement. Since bamboo bends but never breaks, it’s the perfect ingredient for a flexible-hold hairspray!

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EcoTools 5 Piece Bamboo Brush Set ($9.99) are so soft and plush, you won’t believe the price! The reusable pouch is incredibly handy, too—great to throw in your desk drawer, purse, or gym bag.