All this time spent looking at the insides of my apartment has left me with one thought: I have a lot of stuff. And unfortunately, a large part of this stuff comes from the beauty world. I’ve already accepted that this simply part of my lifestyle. But if I can help it (and the answer is, I can), I try to create as little waste — you know, the tossed cotton pads, the single-use bottles, that kind of stuff) as possible.
Sustainable beauty products aren’t exactly the easiest things to find. And even then, there’s still a significant amount of progress to be made. After all, clean beauty is more than skin deep, and if you want to take your environmentally responsible practices to the next level, it’s not just about finding the beauty products that are good for you, but ones that are good for the earth too.
In my ongoing journey to a more sustainable life, I’ve searched for and found a handful of beauty products and tools that use minimal packaging and reduce water waste. And the best part is, they’re just as good as my other go-to skincare and makeup essentials. Scroll down to check out my favorite sustainable beauty products below.
Body lotions can be great, but if you want to skip the packaging, the Body Stone from Kate McLeod will be your next best friend. The brand has a handful of different types to choose from, depending on your needs. Just let your body heat warm the bar and then massage the moisturizer into your skin.
Facial cleansers can use a lot of water, whether it’s in the product itself or in the process to use it. Plus, they can often strip away the natural oils that nourish your skin. Luckily, products like Haoma’s oil-based cleansing balm just need to be massaged into a dry face, and gently wiped away with a damp washcloth before leaving you with a hydrated finish.
For anyone who’s working to reduce the plastic use in their life, Odacité’s Shampoo Bar is just for you. One bar, which includes hydrating ingredients like coconut, argan, and castor oil, lasts for 60 to 80 washes (replacing about three bottles of liquid shampoo!).
This all-natural, long-lasting conditioner will be the essential counterpart to your bar shampoo. By Humankind’s simple conditioner is available in two scents: grapefruit and eucalyptus. Or, if you want, you can go unscented. Either way, you’ll have hydrating ingredients like cocoa butter, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and jojoba oil keeping your hair soft while forgoing any single use plastic in the process.
One of the biggest areas of waste in your beauty routine is probably with single-use items, like cotton pads. With the Croon Starter Kit, you’ll be able to replace those with a gentle exfoliating microfiber cloth, and get even better results because of it. Plus, you won’t have to use any additional cleanser — just dampen the circles to wipe away your makeup.
Give yourself a DIY spa experience with the Renew Mask Kit, which provides you with everything you need to create a luxurious mask from beginning to end. Face Kit’s superfood mask includes ingredients like spirulina, chlorella, zinc, and more. Basically, it’s a green juice for your face.
I love the idea of this packaging-free face oil bar., rather than pumping an oil into my fingers. This option from Lush, which includes the Vitamin E-packed prickly pear oil and fair trade cocoa butter for extra hydration and protection, will give your skin a soft-to-the-touch feeling without the greasy finish that often comes with oils.