10 Plastic-Free Beauty Products You Need On Your Radar
The beauty industry creates 120 billion units of packaging every year, all of which are polluting the ocean, littering our beaches, and harming aquatic wildlife. And while we’re not suggesting that you should go on a packaging strike, simply by making minor changes to your routine and becoming more mindful of your plastic footprint, you can make a big difference. In honor of Plastic Free July – which aims to ask people to make a conscious effort to reduce their plastic usage for a month – we’ve rounded up 10 amazing beauty products from shampoo bars to packaging made from sugarcane, that’ll help you reduce your plastic-foot print.
1. For Silky Tresses: Ethique Hair Sampler, $17
If you want to dip your toe into sustainable haircare, the Ethique Hair Sampler is ideal. In the pack, you’ll get to try the Frizz Wrangler Shampoo, Heali Kiwi Shampoo, Wonderbar Conditioner, Saint Clements Shampoo, and The Guardian Conditioner. The concentrated formulas last two to five times longer than bottled ones. Plus, the heart-shaped shampoos come in 100% dissolvable and compostable sleeves. Cute and environment-friendly!
2. For A Rosy Glow: Kjaer Weis Cream Blush, $56
Blush is THE makeup product of 2020 and this chic cream blush not only moonlights as a lip tint, but the recyclable metal packaging can be replaced with single pans. We’re obsessed with the cream formula – it melts into the skin leaving a stunning dewy skin finish. It’s also available in 11 shades from a tangy coral hue to a subtle pink, so there’s something for everyone.
3. For Silky Smooth Skin: Oui The People The Single Rose Gold Sensitive Skin Razor, $75
Two billion plastic razors are found in landfill sites each year, Oui The People offer a solution to this ever-growing problem – a reusable (seriously luxe) stainless steel razor that’s packaged in recyclable materials. Not only is it great for the environment, but the single blade razor has garnered rave reviews, as it provides a close shave without pulling the hair or causing friction. The weighted razor also applies the optimum amount of pressure to avoid ingrown hairs and irritation.
4. For Sweet Smelling Skin: Floral Street Neon Rose Body Cream, $26
While this body cream may look like it’s packaged in plastic, the tube is made from 100% sustainable sugar cane bioplastic, formed by processing the crop’s high sucrose content – how insane?! The buttery fast-drying formula is also free of animal-derived materials, synthetic dyes, parabens, petrolatum, mineral oil, or polycyclic musk. Instead, it’s enriched with natural hydrators like shea butter, sweet almond, and argan oil, and is scented with jasmine, apple blossom, and bergamot.
5. For A Scalp Detox: Bask and Bloom Rhassoul and Bentonite Clay Shampoo Bar, $14
Haircare is a major contributor to the amount of plastic waste sitting in landfills each year, which is why shampoo bars are such a great addition to your beauty routine. They’re also super cost-effective, which is another major bonus.
We’re in love with the Bask and Bloom Rhassoul and Bentonite Clay Shampoo Bar, $14, as it clarifies the scalp without stripping its natural oils. Formulated with all-natural ingredients including mineral-rich Rhassoul clay, detoxifying bentonite clay, and moisturizing honey, it effortlessly removes product build-up while nourishing the hair strands to promote healthy hair growth. It also doubles up as a cleanser if you want to be brave and try it on your face as well!
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6. For A Luminous Glow: River Organics Vegan Highlighter Makeup Stick, $17
River Organics is a new beauty brand dedicated to creating clean, low-waste beauty products. Made with nourishing plant ingredients, including vitamin A-rich organic shea butter, and protective grapeseed and rosehip oils, this skin-nourishing highlighter adds a subtle gloss for radiant, dewy skin. The buttery formula smells like cocoa and comes in an eco-friendly paper tube.
7. For Teeth Whitening: Spotlight Oral Toothpaste for Whitening Teeth, $10
It’s estimated that one billion tubes of toothpaste are sent to landfill sites each year, so needless to say, if we all traded in our plastic tubes for a sustainable alternative, it would make a considerable difference. Spotlight Oral Care has become our go-to dental brand, partly thanks to their impactful formulas but also due to their eco-conscious packaging. The toothpaste tubes are made from sugar cane, making them the world’s first-ever 100% recyclable tubes, even their dental floss is made from recycled ocean plastic.
8. For Fresh Scents: Meow Meow Tweet Grapefruit Citrus Baking Soda Free Deodorant Stick, $14
Deodorant is yet another huge contributor to plastic waste. However, this natural deodorant is available in biodegradable packaging or a reusable glass jar. The organic formula is a synergy of plant and mineral powders, as well as antibacterial essential oils to keep your smelling fresh throughout the day. It also contains moisturizing butters to soothe and moisturize sensitive underarm skin.
9. For Cleansed Skin: Joanna Vargas Ritual Bar, $22
This cleansing bar will help you rid plastic from your daily skincare routine while showing your skin some love! Created by celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas, it’s packed with skin-energizing ingredients like detoxifying green tea and energizing coffee, as well as hydrating olive and avocado oil. We love that it helps removes dirt and impurities without leaving your skin feeling tight or dry.
10. For Soothed, Clean Skin: Pai Skincare Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser + Cloth, $50
Pai is following suit from other eco-conscious beauty brands as their cleansing tubes are now made from renewable and sugarcane bioplastic. Plus, the other 52 percent of the brand’s packaging is made from glass. This cleanser even comes with a reusable muslin cloth, helping you steer clear of makeup wipes. The gentle formula is also free of alcohol or detergents and is suitable for dry and delicate skin. It makes a great first step in your cleansing routine.
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