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10 Sustainable Beauty Products for a Greener Routine

A number of beauty products are housed in single-use plastic packaging, which ends up in our oceans and landfills. Oftentimes, we assume maintaining a sustainable or zero waste beauty routine requires more money, time, and effort than necessary. This could be further from the truth because participating in refill systems is cheaper than buying brand new beauty products. Reusable cotton rounds and stainless razors ensure you’ll never have to waste time ordering these items again.

Whether you’re a beauty enthusiast or minimalist, there are simple ways to integrate sustainable practices into your everyday beauty routine. Be a part of environmental change by shopping these ten products that not only prioritize eco-consciousness from packaging to ingredients but also save you money in the long-run.

Humankind, Deodorant, $15

Save the environment from plastic waste with Humankind’s natural deodorant, which comes in an innovative refillable container. Aluminum-free and compostable, this deodorant uses natural ingredients derived from plants and minerals to keep you smelling fresh and clean.

Earthsider, Zero-Waste Reusable Swab, $25.90

2 billion cotton swabs are thrown away each day in the United States. Keep our oceans clean with a zero-waste reusable swab made from all-natural silica sand. Slightly dampen the pointed soft silicone tip with makeup remover to sharpen eyeliner or wipe away smeared eye shadow.

Eco Roots, Safety Razor – Rose Gold, $32.50

10 billion single-use plastic razors are thrown away per year. Eco Roots ditches plastic in favor of recyclable packaging. Their rose gold razor makes environmental change look glamorous. Give yourself a super close and smooth shave with its stainless-steel, double-edged blades, and ergonomically-designed handle.

The Detox Market, Reusable Rounds, $18

Treat your face to plush bamboo and organic cotton rounds when you cleanse or apply facial toner. Swap single-use cotton pads for The Detox Market’s reusable rounds, which are conveniently labeled for each day of the week. For every purchase, the company will plant a tree.

The Earthling Co., Shampoo Bars, $15

Keep your hair and the planet healthy with these plastic-free, handmade, and plant-based shampoo bars from The Earthling Co. Easy to lather and suitable for all hair types, these sulfate-free shampoo bars will rejuvenate your hair with natural oils and beneficial vitamins to promote hair growth.

Kjaer-Weis, Cream Foundation Perfection, $45

Sustainability has always been a goal for Kjaer Weis’s architecturally-designed makeup products. Get buildable silky coverage with their award-winning, refillable cream foundation. Free of synthetics, this foundation is formulated with skin-care ingredients to improve skin with every use.

Meow Meow Tweet, Vegan Lip Balm, $14

Meow Meow Tweet’s vegan lip balm is formulated with nourishing organic plant oils and butter. It will keep your lips soft and moisturized. The multipurpose lip balm is housed in a jumbo, aesthetically-pleasing paper tube that is compostable or recyclable.

Elate, Universal Crème, $29

Give your cheeks a natural and dewy flush with Elate’s all-in-one blush. This crème is made with hydrating organic jojoba oil, and can also be worn on your lips for a matching color that lasts all day. The Universal Crème is packaged in a reusable bamboo compact. Refills are encased in seed paper that can be planted to grow beautiful wildflowers.

Raw Elements, Tinted Face Moisturizer SPF 30, $17.99

Protect your skin with this all-natural sunscreen that is reef safe, water-resistant, and packed with ultra-moisturizing antioxidants. Raw Elements is a leader in sustainability with plastic-free and biodegradable packaging.

Axiology, Cotton Candy Skies Lip-to-Lid Balmies, $36

Axiology’s lip-to-lid balmies are 3-in-1 multi-use color for eyes, lips, and cheeks. Free of synthetic fragrance and alcohol, these cruelty-free, velvety crayons are chock full of natural oils, butters, and antioxidants such as elderberry, hemp, and plum oil. Balmies are 100% zero waste thanks to recyclable paper wrapping, which allows wearers to tear as needed. Their boxes are handmade from recycled trash by a women’s cooperative in Bali.

Melanie Tran

Melanie is a Marketing and Fashion Merchandising student who enjoys writing about fashion and beauty.